Tomato + Intel 2200BG

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by greatscott, Aug 29, 2008.

  1. greatscott

    greatscott Addicted to LI Member

    Hello everyone,
    I have a laptop with a Intel 2200BG wireless card and I'm planning on buying a WRT54GL router and using the Tomato firmware. On the Tomato firmware wiki page it says

    I want to know if this issue is fixed in the latest firmware. If not, are there any mods/fixes?
  2. mstombs

    mstombs Network Guru Member

    Look through this thread - lots of discussion

    I do not have a problem with my 2200BG Dell laptop and WRT54GSv1.1 with Tomato old drivers.

    Seems if you have a problem the only permanent solution at the moment is to use dd-wrt. It is an issue with the Broadcom wireless drivers/specific router/adaptor hardware - Broadcom may blame Intel but old drivers crash the router, ND drivers block access. dd-wrt has a different Linux kernel so not straightforward to just copy binary drivers! If this problem is present in stock Linksys WRT54GL firmware would be great if Linksys/Broadcom could compile the latest drivers for us!
  3. hogrod

    hogrod Network Guru Member

    I've had no issues with my wrt54g V3 and my intel 2200bg with tomato installed, maybe I've been lucky.
  4. baldrickturnip

    baldrickturnip LI Guru Member

    I had problems with my dell laptop and 2200BG connecting to a 54GL until I installed the latest drivers for the 2200BG from the dell website
  5. greatscott

    greatscott Addicted to LI Member

    Thanks for the info. What drivers are you guys using? Mine says
    Driver Provider: Intel
    Driver Date: 6/26/2006
    Driver Version
    This is the latest version from the Sony website (I have a Sony Vaio VGN-FS745P/H)

    The latest version on the Intel website is but it says use the one provided via your laptop manufacturer.
  6. mstombs

    mstombs Network Guru Member

    I'm currently using

    OS: XP PRO SP3
    Driver Provider: Intel
    Driver Date: 19/12/2007
    Driver Version
    Using Intel Wireless Manager, not Windows

    but I also have and downloaded ready to use if I need to. There is an interesting comment in the release notes 'known issues"

    I also have the latest Dell version which appears to be, and an Intel, both of which didn't seem to want to install properly.
  7. Toastman

    Toastman Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    I've had many Compaq/HP/Acer/Sony laptops with Intel cards brought to me by customers to try to get them to associate with our network. I've tried to install new drivers too, but most machines won't accept them or the old version 9 driver, which some people say effects a cure. Had no real success with changing power/CAM mode, but some success with putting the cards into "b" mode only. Also, try using a manually entered IP in your laptop, because the cards often don't appear to even try to request an IP from DHCP before they apparently go to sleep.

    I cured the problem for a time by putting all of the AP's here on mode "b" but my latest wizard scheme is to use DD-WRT on all of the AP's and use Tomato only on the router - though this won't help you much :biggrin:

    EDIT Jan 17th 2009

    See fix here:
  8. Deimdos

    Deimdos Network Guru Member

    No problem here with 2200BG "no idea drivers" (over 10.xx sure, I think 12.x but now I haven't the laptop here) and Tomato 1.19
  9. baldrickturnip

    baldrickturnip LI Guru Member

    driver provider: Intel
    driver date : 8/02/2007
    driver version :

    Dell Inspiron 510m

    I am also using the Intel PROSet/Wireless Manager and not the default Msoft one
  10. hogrod

    hogrod Network Guru Member

    I don't use the drivers from dell for my B130, they always seemed to have old versions even when they did released newer ones. I also ALWAYS use the windows wireless management, when using XP and now in Vista.

    OS: Vista Business 32bit
    Driver Date: 8/10/2007
    Driver Version:

    For some reason I can't ever get the latest drivers to install using the driver only package, maybe I should try installing with the Intel wifi utility.

    I installed this card in my laptop, I'm not sure if this has any effect on performance or if it could be related to issues people have but my laptop only had the Main antenna to hook to the card, no aux. antenna. SO I am only running the main antenna and seem to be able to still connect to access points 500ft away or more.
  11. greatscott

    greatscott Addicted to LI Member

    I'm getting some weird speeds. Under XP Pro with Driver Version and my download speeds is 800 KB/s and the lan speed is 2 MB/s (16 Mbps). Under Ubuntu 8.04, I get my max download speed at 2.2 MB/s and the lan speed is 2 MB/s. Is there any way to increase my download speed under XP? Is 2 MB/s normal for downloading from a computer on the network?
  12. LLigetfa

    LLigetfa LI Guru Member

    Try tweaking RWIN.
  13. greatscott

    greatscott Addicted to LI Member

    What will this do? How do I tweak it?

    Thanks, tweaking the RWIN values fixed the speed issue under XP.
  14. Toastman

    Toastman Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    2200BG Connection Problem - Driver Fix

    With any ND version of the wireless driver, including the and, telnet to the router and enter the following commands.

    nvram set wl_reg_mode=off
    nvram set wl0_reg_mode=off
    nvram commit

    This switches off the redundant features in the wireless drivers that were causing the problems. It has solved the problem here with all Intel cards, and a few others which previously were unstable.

    Thanks to "Teddy Bear" who is incorporating this in his new releases.
  15. greatscott

    greatscott Addicted to LI Member

    Thanks. Luckily, I never had the issue from my original post.
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