Tomato and Intel Wireless 2100 b3

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by dingmel, Oct 10, 2008.

  1. dingmel

    dingmel LI Guru Member

    Hi there. I'm running a WRT54GL 1.1 with Tomato 1.21. Have another laptop that has an intel wireless 2100b3 adapter built in. i'm having a weird problem where the signal strength is abnormally low ie - i'm only able to connect to my router when i'm directly in front of it, the max distance is approx 3 metres and no more. any further and the laptop detects the wireless SSID, but refuses to connect to it. i'm at my wits end trying to figure this out as its probably not the router, other laptops/wireless devices detect it fine at distances up to 30 metres +. any ideas?
  2. SM188

    SM188 Addicted to LI Member

    Don't know if this will help but go to Advance --> Wireless and look for transmit power. Default for Tomato is 42 but if I remember correctly DD-WRT/Linksys firmware had it at 70 something. I wouldn't set it any higher than that if you don't have any added cooling fans.
  3. dingmel

    dingmel LI Guru Member

    don't think its anything to do with the trasmitting power, i have mine at 70 anyways, thats apparently the threshold. how does that relate to my problem?
  4. Toastman

    Toastman Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    dingmel, the 2100 cards seem to suffer from inability to connect to Linksys routers, the same as the 2200BG series. There's a lot of info on the forum abou the 2200 - but maybe by now you found the answer. (I just found this thread by accident, and wanted to add a post to help others with the 2100 card).
  5. rkloost

    rkloost Addicted to LI Member

    In the dd-wrt forums this used to be a known issue. I believe updating tot the latest (and the greatest?) Intel drivers should work.

    Otherwise lock the router on the G-band (G-only).

    It might be the used channel, channels > 11 might give problems in some situations.

  6. Toastman

    Toastman Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    rkloost, did you mean to type B only? That sometimes worked for me, I think there was no power saving in the "B" spec - but I might be wrong there.
  7. RockT

    RockT Addicted to LI Member

    None of these points can make 2200BG/XP work with tomato ND, and I guess the same applies to 2100.

    While dd-wrt works out of the box with the router that need ND, I already tried all the above points mentioned:

    - latest Intel drivers, - Intel constantly releases new all-in-one packages but driver version has not been updated for long
    - several channels tried
    - G band only

    I would really really appreciate if someone could make tomato work stable with later ND drivers because this is said - here in the forum - to help.

    Guess we can't count on Intel for newer drivers lately... :sheesh:

  8. Toastman

    Toastman Super Moderator Staff Member Member

  9. dingmel

    dingmel LI Guru Member

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