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Discussion in 'DD-WRT Firmware' started by Dragon2611, Jul 12, 2008.

  1. Dragon2611

    Dragon2611 LI Guru Member

    Bought to of these to replace my WRT54GL running tomato and a powerline link.

    Flashed DD-WRT (VPN) on both but ended up putting the one downstairs back to the Stock firmware.

    Here's why

    I could not seem to get 40mhz mode to work in 802.11N mode Even with it set to N only I was only getting Connection rates upto 130Mbit/s

    With the stock firmware on one WRT160N and DD-WRT on the second one (client bridge mode) i'm getting a reported connection of 160 - 270Mbit/s on the DD-WRT WRT160N

    Throughput is only in the 3MB/s - 4MB/s range and i thought 802.11N could go faster than that, so im not sure if it's really using 40mhz mode :confused:

    I'd have liked to run DD-WRT on both but The reason I bought these was because of the Rubbish thoughput on my Powerline network was slowing me down.

    I have 24Mbit broadband (DSL sych speed, using a dg834v4 in modem only mode) t so want to be able to sustain 2.2MB but I was hoping to get closer to 50Mbit/s over Lan transfers.

    I would put the 2nd wrt160N back to stock firmware but Afaik that doesnt support wireless client/bridge mode.
  2. Dragon2611

    Dragon2611 LI Guru Member

    Getting 4.5 - 5MB/s now with both routers using DD-WRT V2.4 VPN edition

    That's in Mixed mode with The 2nd one set to client-bridge and 802.11G clients active and WPA2 encryption set.

    Also given that im only using 20mhz channels that's not bad


    Dropped the TX power way down to 25mW think the result must have been a cleaner signal as now pushing 5MB/s+ constantly :)

    Now if 40mhz channels worked and there wasnt a load of 802.11G clients active wander what i would get :wink:
  3. LLigetfa

    LLigetfa LI Guru Member

    This is the point where "marketing speak" meets the road. According to test reports at SmallNetBuilder, there is hardly any mbps difference (peak, not sustained) between 20MHz and 40 MHz channels. Average difference is around 5mbps.
  4. Dragon2611

    Dragon2611 LI Guru Member

    Hmm seems i'm not missing out on much then.

    Still least I can actually use my broadband speed properly now

    Before for the upstairs pc it was

    Gigabit switch > Powerline > WRT54GL > Netgear DSL modem

    The powerline adaptors are supposed to 200Mbit/s UPA but when I have 3 of them turned on i was lucky to see 10 - 15Mbit/s :thumbdown:

    Now i have

    Gigabit switch > WRT160N (Client Bridge) > WRT160N (router) > Netgear DSL modem

    I still have a powerline segment between the WRT160N (router) and another PC but since there's only 2 UPA adaptors now the speed better on that as well :biggrin:

    I did try "Repeater Bridge" on the upstairs WRT160N but the laptops still decided to connect to the main one dispite the closer one being upstairs :confused:

    Not that it matters since the signal strength seems good enough

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