wireless signal help

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by chrisn2323, Aug 18, 2009.

  1. chrisn2323

    chrisn2323 Addicted to LI Member

    I upgraded from stock linksys firmware to tomato firmware, boosted the x-mit power, and found an empty channel. The problem is, the wireless quality is worse than it was when I had the linksys firmware (poor signal, less than 24mbps connection). With the linksys firmware, I usually had a good/excellent signal with a 48mbps - 54mbps connection. This same thing happened to me with dd-wrt.

    Anyone know how to fix this?

    I really like the tomato UI, but if I can't get a good connection, then I find it pointless.
  2. ringer004

    ringer004 LI Guru Member

    A few things to try

    Actually, I had similar issues when I first went to Tomato from stock Linksys firmware.

    1) Make sure you do a full nvram erase and re-configure from scratch.

    2) Which router do you have (and the natural follow up question is did you use the correct Tomato image for your router (standard vs ND builds)).

    3) Maybe try a different wireless channel? I had my original Linksys firmware on channel 11 with good performance. Then using Tomato on channel 11 was the same symptoms you describe. I moved my Tomato router to channel 1 and it seems more well behaved (but I admit my other experiments with options (1) and (2) may have slewed my results).

    Good luck.
  3. chrisn2323

    chrisn2323 Addicted to LI Member

    1) did it

    2)WRT54GL, yes

    3) I did
  4. Toastman

    Toastman Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    Interesting, because this is not typical behavior. You have something seriously wrong with the installation, but what? Also happened with DD-WRT?

    Standard Tomato uses Japan as a default country (lower power) so try Victek's mod. Use the ND version, latest is 1.25.8515.2 and try US as country first. It might just do the trick.
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