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Transmit Power In Tomato

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by mystycs, Apr 30, 2008.

  1. mystycs

    mystycs Addicted to LI Member

    I put the Transmit Power in Tomato to 100 from the original default of 42. Is this a safe setting? Or will it overheat my router? And to how much can i set it to where it will be the most power, but not overheat.

    Thanks
     
  2. LLigetfa

    LLigetfa LI Guru Member

  3. mystycs

    mystycs Addicted to LI Member

    That thread doesn't have an answer. lol its just randomness.
     
  4. Rob650

    Rob650 Addicted to LI Member

    Default in Linksys firmware is 28mW. 100 is really getting up there... don't set it any higher than you need it.


    How high should I set the transmit power on my router?

    Somewhere around 84 mW is considered to be the best setting for maximum power with minimum noise for most hardware. The Buffalo WHR-HP-G54 has a built-in amplifier. The amplifier is turned on by default; the radio power should not be set above 10 mW (on v23SP2), or 28mw on current firmwares (v24RCx). The forums have had discussions about what power level is safe, with little consensus. Use common sense and don't set the power higher than you really need to. If you're trying to get more range, consider using a different antenna and make sure you have a clear line of sight, two of the most critical factors in your router's range.

    From a network security standpoint, the transmitter power level should be just enough to cover the intended area reliably. Optimal power settings can be determined by trial-and-error. ​
     
  5. mystycs

    mystycs Addicted to LI Member

    Does this go along with tomato?
     
  6. Rob650

    Rob650 Addicted to LI Member

    Yes, it's the same hardware.
     
  7. mystycs

    mystycs Addicted to LI Member

    yes sir!
     
  8. LLigetfa

    LLigetfa LI Guru Member

    Power settings are the same, dd-wrt or Tomato.
     
  9. mystycs

    mystycs Addicted to LI Member

    Ah i set it to 60 and now it went form 3 to 5 bars :)
     
  10. LLigetfa

    LLigetfa LI Guru Member

    Since you failed to divulge what brand and model router you have, everything to this point is pure conjecture. I set my router to 32 and get 5 bars.
     
  11. mystycs

    mystycs Addicted to LI Member

  12. LLigetfa

    LLigetfa LI Guru Member

    OK, damn crystal ball is going back to the shop!
     
  13. TexasFlood

    TexasFlood Network Guru Member

    My first wireless router was a WRT54G v2.0 which is still my main router. I did some tests LONG ago with Sveasoft, probably Alchemy, as to what I could set the power to without it starting to malfunction due to overheating or the signal getting dirty. I never put a heatsink or fan on it. It just so happens that 42mW was the number I came up with so that being the default in Tomato is just perfect for me, :-D
     
  14. bigclaw

    bigclaw Network Guru Member

    42 is a good number. :)
     
  15. bripab007

    bripab007 Network Guru Member

    28mW works fine for me!
     
  16. Daggerx

    Daggerx LI Guru Member

    Alright, so what I'm getting from this thread is this:

    • 42 is good
    • 70 is good
    • 100 is good

    But use wisdom.

    Mine is set for 70 right now and when I run Tversity, I usually run it wirelessly for my 360 with no hicups or choke challenges.
     
  17. LLigetfa

    LLigetfa LI Guru Member

    For me, 32 is good (5 bars, -51dBm) and for the wife it is very good (7 bars,-47dBm). It is after all, just a bunch of numbers and really depends on a lot of factors, none of which have really been pointed out here except for router brand and model.
     
  18. jersully

    jersully LI Guru Member

    Why have I never noticed before today that the default was 42? Methinks Linksys has a sense of humor.

    I used to bump the transmit power up a bit, but when I got better network cards I found that I no longer needed to. At least, I think I put it back...
     
  19. TexasFlood

    TexasFlood Network Guru Member

    I think the Linksys default is 28. Tomato bumped it up to 42. But honestly, 42 is what I came up with through my own WRT54G v2.0 testing 4 or 5 years ago with no relationship to Hitchhiker, :-D . I wonder what would happen if it was set to 23?
     
  20. bigclaw

    bigclaw Network Guru Member

    When in doubt, pick 42.
     

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