Poor wireless strength with Buffalo WHR-G125

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by Low-WRT, Jan 12, 2009.

  1. Low-WRT

    Low-WRT LI Guru Member

    I just switched to a Buffalo g125 and the wireless strength seems really poor. With my gl, I would get almost full strength anywhere in the house, now I can barely get a signal in my bedroom.
    My gl is in my garage office. When I set it to access point + WDS, my laptop will choose the gl over my g125, even though the g125 is half the distance.:frown:
    Under Advanced/Wireless, I changed Receive & Transmit Antenna to "B"...that helped a little, but not much.
    I even temporarily subbed a wrt54g2 for the g125, and the strength was MUCH better, even though the g2 has internal antennas.

    Anyone else notice this? Or have any suggestions?
  2. dadaniel

    dadaniel Network Guru Member

    Please contact the developer of tomato via [​IMG]

    I think he can debug the problem with you
  3. Low-WRT

    Low-WRT LI Guru Member

    Anyone with a g125 having this problem? I'd like to know if it was an isolated case, or across the board before bothering Jon with my problems. Besides, he's not the one that got the g125s working, so he may not know much about them.
  4. Low-WRT

    Low-WRT LI Guru Member

    Anybody out there using a Buffalo WHR G-125?:smile:
  5. BeHappy

    BeHappy Network Guru Member

  6. Low-WRT

    Low-WRT LI Guru Member

    With dd-wrt, the signal is a lot better, even when the tx power is lowered to 42(to match tomato).
    Is it just how Tomato is? Is it a different driver? I'm not complaining, I just want to know I'm getting the best results from my favorite firmware.:biggrin:
  7. Low-WRT

    Low-WRT LI Guru Member

    I emailed Jon a couple of days ago. Anyone else have any suggestions?
  8. teddy_bear

    teddy_bear Network Guru Member

    You can try to load my latest USB mod build (v 11) which includes the newer Broadcom wireless driver
    Although you obviously do not need the USB support on your Buffalo, you don't have to turn it on. This is just to verify if the new driver helps with this particular problem, and right now I don't have a version with new driver and no USB.
    DISCLAIMER: You are on your own if you brick your router :). I have no way to verify if 3.5 MB firmware image will load into Buffalo. Although it works nicely on my Asus wl520gu (also 4mb flash), so I see no reason for it not to.
  9. szfong

    szfong Network Guru Member

    Different firmware will post different results concerning signal strength. It's a rough estimate, some firmware will make it seem too optimistic. Only way to truly be sure is to do a transfer across your lan wirelessly.
  10. Low-WRT

    Low-WRT LI Guru Member

    Thanks for the help guys. I took the plunge and flashed it with yours last night. The flash went fine. It appears the newer drivers may have helped. Before, the signal would go in and out in our bedroom, but last night it seemed ok. I'll keep testing it and report back.
  11. influx

    influx Network Guru Member

    i have this same issue... i get a lot lower signal strength with tomato vs. dd-wrt. i've emailed the developer a couple times about it now, didn't even get a response. doesn't seem like he is interested in fixing this.

    here's my thread that also talks about this issue:
  12. Delta221

    Delta221 Addicted to LI Member

    Did you try flashing with a "New Driver (ND)" version of tomato, as suggested?

    If you go to http://www.polarcloud.com/tomato, you will see it in the download section:

    Tomato_1_25_ND.7z (3MB)
    » Use this for WHR-G125, WL520GU.
    » May not work with some routers, use extra caution.
    » See NOTES above.

    Tomato_1_25_ND.7z SHA-1:
    3fe86d7251d58ecb01e95fa8d2028718f7562ae3 tomato-ND.trx

    Be sure to do hard resets before, and after flashing.
  13. TVTV

    TVTV LI Guru Member

    It's not that he's not interested, influx, he may not have the actual time to answer you. ;)
  14. influx

    influx Network Guru Member

    yes, i used the ND version and did hard resets before and after flashing.
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