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Want to switch to Tomato but....

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by dustintinsley, Jan 20, 2008.

  1. dustintinsley

    dustintinsley LI Guru Member

    Ok, here is my current situation. I am in the Navy and currently living in a bachelors barracks where they provide a free Wi-Fi signal. However, my room faintly catches this signal. I am currently using DD-WRT in "Repeater" mode, which works but is buggy. I also can get "Client" to work in DD-WRT. I want to switch to Tomato as I have heard it is a better firmware. I want to pick up the weak signal with my router and use a wired connection to my laptop. The need to repeat a wireless signal is not an issue, as I don't care to much about that, a wired connection to my laptop from the router is fine. I tried flashing Tomato over and used "Client Mode" and "Client Ethernet Bridge" but I could not get an internet connection with either. What do I need to do to get Tomato working? This is on a Asus WL-500g Premium router...
     
  2. Kiwi8

    Kiwi8 LI Guru Member

    Does the free signal have any encryption? If so did u input the encryption settings properly on the router?
     
  3. dustintinsley

    dustintinsley LI Guru Member

    No, there is no ecryption on the signal.
     
  4. Kiwi8

    Kiwi8 LI Guru Member

    Ok.

    Try to use the Wireless Site Survey page on Tomato, see if u get that signal? If so, try clicking on it and it'll automatically try to connect to it as a client.
     
  5. dustintinsley

    dustintinsley LI Guru Member

    Maybe I am selecting the wrong option for doing this. What mode should I be in? Any "options" I need to modify for the connection to work?
     
  6. Low-WRT

    Low-WRT LI Guru Member

  7. dustintinsley

    dustintinsley LI Guru Member

    when i try to click it, nothing happens at all. the signal is there but i cant tell if its connecting to it as a client...
     
  8. Kiwi8

    Kiwi8 LI Guru Member

    In that case, try to do it manually. Since the signal is not encrypted, make sure that the SSID u set is what that wireless signal is set to. And check that the channel of the signal is selected correctly too.
     
  9. dustintinsley

    dustintinsley LI Guru Member

    Yeah, I tried that, too. I have no clue why it connects in DD-WRT but wont in Tomato. I would much rather use Tomato... A side not, I tried Sveasoft Talisman 1.31 release and my router ended up bricked. Took some work but I got it unbricked, but Tomato still isnt working for me...
     
  10. LLigetfa

    LLigetfa LI Guru Member

    When switching between builds, do you do the 30 second hard reset? There could be carry-over from one build to another.
     
  11. szfong

    szfong Network Guru Member

    It seems you are on the verge of receiving/not receiving a signal.

    1. get a directional antenna
    2. a better router, the whr-hp-g54 may help
    3. increase signal strength

    your signal will be unstable unless its quality is at about 5%, depending on model of router.

    Personally, I use dd-wrt for client/client-bridge access and Tomato for AP/A+WDS.. but both has worked fine for me in the past.

    One last option is get a cheap Meraki (suuports PoE) or a cheap Fonera, load it with Atheros dd-wrt, put in a plastic enclosure and mount it outside in client-mode. I've found it increased signal quite a bit and costs very little.
     
  12. dustintinsley

    dustintinsley LI Guru Member

    My signal strength is around 35% when i do a wifi survey, so it should be ok. i am having no problems connecting with dd-wrt, thats what i dont get. i will try once more with a 30 second reset and see how that goes...
     
  13. Kiwi8

    Kiwi8 LI Guru Member

    Dun try Sveasoft already. It has been condemned by me.

    Anyway, as a precaution, do try to do a thorough NVRAM reset, start afresh, see if u can get the connection to work.
     
  14. dustintinsley

    dustintinsley LI Guru Member

    Ok, I tried again today doing a 30 second press of the reset button. Same situation, I can see the signal just fine, but can not get a internet connection. On the status page, under WAN, it shows the connection signal to the conection I am trying to grab. Under Lan, for my lease, it constantly says "Renewing". I am lost here as DD-WRT works with no problems. I have tried Client Mode and Client Ethernet Mode, replicating every setting I have used in DD-WRT. I even tried Tomato 1.13 to make sure it wasnt just the 1.14 firmware. I do not know what else to try...
     
  15. dustintinsley

    dustintinsley LI Guru Member

    Here is a screenshot of my dd-wrt...
     

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  16. dustintinsley

    dustintinsley LI Guru Member

    And another...
     

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  17. dustintinsley

    dustintinsley LI Guru Member

    any suggestions appreciated...
     
  18. Kiwi8

    Kiwi8 LI Guru Member

    Ok did Tomato 1.13 work for u?

    Anyway, try one last step. Power cycle your router (after doing a thorough NVRAM reset).
     
  19. dustintinsley

    dustintinsley LI Guru Member

    Nope, same results with 1.13. I'm headed to work right now, will try when i get in with th nvram clear then power cycle. thanks for your help...
     
  20. dustintinsley

    dustintinsley LI Guru Member

    still no luck on my end...
     
  21. K1nslayer

    K1nslayer LI Guru Member

    Setup Wireless Ethernet Bridge

    Flash Tomato!
    Goto Administration:Configuration:Restore Config -> erase Nvram (thorough)
    Reboot
    Goto Basic:Network
    Set Router IP Address to something in the same subnet as the router your connecting to -> like 192.168.1.2 if your connecting to 192.168.1.1
    Set Default Gateway and Static DNS = address of router your connecting to -> 192.168.1.1 in this example.
    -> Enable Wireless
    Set Wireless Mode = Wireless Ethernet Bridge
    Set SSID="Network SSID of Network your trying to connect to"
    Set Channel = Channel of SSID of Network your trying to connect to"

    *SAVE* and reboot.
    Connect to new router address (192.168.1.2)
    Goto Advanced:Routing:Mode -> Set to Router not Gateway

    Set your machine to get its IP via DHCP

    If this doesn't work, then you have to adjust your Advanced:Wireless settings to match the host router.
    If it still doesn't work then you are probably not getting an IP address from the host router.

    -K1nslayer
     

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