Question on a setup using Tomato

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by HexImaL, May 27, 2008.

  1. HexImaL

    HexImaL LI Guru Member

    Hey, guys,

    I'll try to explain my current setup and what I am trying to achieve, as brief as possible.

    I want to provide free wifi access to my cafe customers. On top of the cafe is our apartment, where I need wifi access as well. I have two routers, running the latest Tomato firmware (Linksys and Buffalo).

    I am trying to provide free access on the territory of the cafe, but since its location is in a dense residential area (read multi-storey buildings), I want to limit the range of the signal as much as possible (so there aren't as much neighbors mooching off of the cafe net). And I don't want to force the cafe customers to ask for a password each time they need to use the net.

    Currently I have an AP + WDS setup, with one router in the cafe, and the other in our apartment (where the ADSL line is). And I am not too happy about having half the available speed. Additionally, even after setting the tx power to 1mw, the signal is strong enough to reach quite a lot of my neighbors. The ACK/ Distance setting in tomato doesn't seem to work at all (tried setting it to 1 meter and could still use the net about 50 meters away).

    The perfect setup would be:
    Apartment Router - to be password protected
    Cafe Router - connects to Apartment Router and provides free access to the cafe customers (with as limited tx power as possible - need help here too).

    This setup would allow me to limit our neighbors' access near the Apartment Router, and, if WDS is not used, to employ the full speed of my ADSL connection.

    Help is greatly appreciated! :)
  2. danix71

    danix71 LI Guru Member

    Maybe very directional antennas: panel situated in corners of the cafe, pointed at centre. Then juggle with mW.
  3. HexImaL

    HexImaL LI Guru Member

    That would require a more complicated setup. I was hoping for a practical solution for connecting the routers to each other (other than AP + WDS).
  4. danix71

    danix71 LI Guru Member

    It is complicated? What is? Installing a cable between the router upstairs and the one in cafe, the last one as an AP? And then the AP with 2 panel antennas...this is hard to do?
    Sorry to answer you.
  5. HexImaL

    HexImaL LI Guru Member

    Didn't mean to offend you, sorry, danix. What I meant to say is that the only possible way of connecting the two routers is wirelessly.

    And yes, I have no experience in using directional antennas. It may be easy for you, but have some mercy on the newbie, here, please :)
  6. jersully

    jersully LI Guru Member

    Is it an option for you to wire the cafe router to your apartment router?
  7. bigclaw

    bigclaw Network Guru Member

    Post the password prominently in your cafe and change it frequently. The free riders would at least have to come down in person to get wifi, which might generate some more traffic for the cafe. You never know. :)
  8. HexImaL

    HexImaL LI Guru Member

    @jersully - no, not really, wifi is the only option.

    @bigclaw - I want to keep it simple (i.e. without a password) because of less computer savvy people. I've already had a couple of people ask me how to use the net on their laptops (and that's without a password...).
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