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WRT54G (v4) with Thibor 15c = No Speedbooster ?

Discussion in 'HyperWRT Firmware' started by sbug, May 28, 2006.

  1. sbug

    sbug Network Guru Member

    I have a WRT54G V4 with Thibor 15C. I recently purchased a WMP54GS card used. I downloaded the latest drivers from Linksys. The router sits about 20 ft away from the computer so I have excellent signal strength. I have WPA2 enabled with AES. I have the Speedbooster option enabled in the windows driver and Afterburner set to enabled on the router.

    However when I run the wl Afterburner command through the Run Command option, it returns a value of 0 meaning speedbooster isn't active. Turning Afterburner on and off doesn't have any affect. The signal is stable and performs normally either way.

    I've searched through the forums and have tried turning Mixed Mode on but no change either. Thibor 15C was flashed from Tofu. Does it make any difference if I flash to DD-WRT mini generic and then to 15C??
     
  2. sbug

    sbug Network Guru Member

    No one has any ideas??
     
  3. Thibor

    Thibor Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    afterburner is set to auto by default, and will NOT work in mixed mode for starters.
     
  4. sbug

    sbug Network Guru Member

    Well I've switched back to G only and have Afterburner set to Enabled but "wl afterburner" still returns a value of zero.

    The only thing I can think of is the guy sold me a bogus WMP54GS. Windows didn't report any problems identifying and loading the drivers. Can you load GS drivers for a non-GS card? The serial on the card matches that with the box which says it has Speedbooster.
     
  5. Thibor

    Thibor Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    dunno, i'm not an expert on wireless cards. Linksys drivers tend to be sh*te though
     
  6. jblade

    jblade Network Guru Member

    It reports 0 for me. Router is down stairs, and Im getting 36Mbps and Low to very low signal strength :(

    P.S. what happens if I set Afterburner to enabled, and non speedbooster clients are connected. Will they not be able to connect?

    EDIT: Set it to enabled, and wl afterburner still reported 0. Seems like this is a major bug. Maybe a 15d to fix this problem ?
     
  7. jblade

    jblade Network Guru Member

    bumpidy bump
     
  8. swinn

    swinn Network Guru Member

    Did you clear your nvram when you switched firmware from Tofu to Thibor?
     
  9. sbug

    sbug Network Guru Member

    Yes
     
  10. Toxic

    Toxic Administrator Staff Member

    How is this a major bug? wireless works. if wifi did not work at all it would then be a major bug.

    you say your getting 36Mbps. is this the reported connection speed or a throughput test of a large file transfer.
     
  11. Toxic

    Toxic Administrator Staff Member

    try this in telnet

    nvram set wl_afterburner=on;nvram set afterburner_override=1;nvram commit;reboot

    it will force the afterburner on.

    if you experience weird wireless problems after this then your WRT54G (that is not a GS) doesn't like afterburner.
     
  12. sbug

    sbug Network Guru Member

    Just tried it. "wl afterburner" still reports 0. Wireless connection is fine though.
     
  13. Toxic

    Toxic Administrator Staff Member

    then maybe your WRT54G just does not support

    from telnet please type in this

    wl revinfo

    and tell me what the result is.
     
  14. Thibor

    Thibor Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    also, if "nvram get boardflags" = 0x188, enter the following on the command line; "nvram set boardflags=0x388;nvram commit;reboot"
     
  15. sbug

    sbug Network Guru Member

    vendorid: 0x14e4
    deviceid: 0x4320
    radiorev: 0x22050000
    chipnum: 0x5352
    chiprev: 0x0
    corerev: 0x9
    boardid: 0x467
    boardvendor: 0x14e4
    boardrev: 0x10
    driverrev: 0x35a2500
    ucoderev: 0x1220099
    bus: 0x0
     
  16. sbug

    sbug Network Guru Member

    Typing this in gets me

    0x2558
     
  17. Thibor

    Thibor Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    i'll check my gsv4 later and let you know what the gs boardflag should be. i haven't see that number before.
    **EDIT** mine is 0x2758 on a gsv4
     
  18. FrancoisC

    FrancoisC Network Guru Member

    I get "0x2558" on Gv4 here also
     
  19. jchuit

    jchuit Network Guru Member

    The speedbooster enable/disable bit.

    I think the nvram boardflags is a 16 bit register which enables/disables speedbooster or afterburner.


    For the wrt54gv4 WRT54GL wrt54gsv3.1 wrt54gsv4:
    -----------------------------------------------------------------------------
    0x2558 => 0010 0101 0101 1000
    ````````````````|
    ````````````````\
    `````````````````speedbooster enable/disable
    ````````````````/
    ````````````````|
    0x2758 => 0010 0111 0101 1000
    ------------------------------------------------------------------------------


    For the wrt54gv2 to wrt54gv3.1 and wrt54gsv1 to wrt54gsv3:
    ------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    0x0118 => 0000 0001 0001 1000
    ````````````````|
    ````````````````\
    `````````````````speedbooster enable/disablè
    ````````````````/
    ````````````````|
    0x0318 => 0000 0011 0001 1000
    ------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Maybe something to try out.

    Greetings
    jchuit
     
  20. Thibor

    Thibor Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    that is in keeping with my understanding of the boardflags too, all they need to do is to change the boardflags to 0x0388 if it's 0x0188, or 0x2758 if it's currently 0x2558
     
  21. Kamui1407

    Kamui1407 Network Guru Member

    I have got

    Code:
    ~ # nvram get boardflags
    0x0318
    ~ #
    it's good or not ? for enabling afterburner ?

    I have WRT54GS rev 1.1 with dd wrt v23SP1 :)
    Thx :thumb:
     
  22. Thibor

    Thibor Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    this is the HyperWRT forum, try dd-wrt's
     
  23. Kamui1407

    Kamui1407 Network Guru Member

    I try thibor 15c and DDWRT 23SP1 , and I lost my speedbooster I only connect at 54Mbits , before I had 125 Mbits speed wireless connection
    :cry:
     
  24. jchuit

    jchuit Network Guru Member

  25. jblade

    jblade Network Guru Member

    So what exactly do us users with 54G type in the command prompt to enable speedbooster?

    Anyway you can fix this in a small update?


    Here is what I did

    Originally my boardflags was 0x2558
    so I typed in command prompt

    "nvram set boardflags=0x2758;nvram commit;reboot"

    After reboot, I typed in wl afterburner and it was 0

    however

    # nvram get boardflags

    0x2758


    ---

    # wl revinfo

    vendorid: 0x14e4
    deviceid: 0x4320
    radiorev: 0x22050000
    chipnum: 0x5352
    chiprev: 0x0
    corerev: 0x9
    boardid: 0x467
    boardvendor: 0x14e4
    boardrev: 0x10
    driverrev: 0x35a2500
    ucoderev: 0x1220099
    bus: 0x0


    ---
     
  26. jblade

    jblade Network Guru Member

    bumpidy bump
     
  27. Thibor

    Thibor Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    why have you bumped?
    you haven't typed the necessary commands to force afterburner active.
    you may have changed your boardflags, but there is more you need to do to force it on, go back and read the previous posts; and don't bump needlessly.
    you can modify the sourcecode if you want it fixed, this is not a bug, since the "G" router doesn't have speedbooster by design.
     
  28. jblade

    jblade Network Guru Member

    Well I bumped, because when I do enable the command you previously posted, my router slowly begins to not respond wirelessly. I found htis puzzling, as its the same hardware as the real WRT56GS v4, and firmware is the same. Is there something in the BIOS that maybe needs to be flashed to make this exactly the same as the speedbooster model. I really dont understand how your WRT54G can be working as an S, and being the same version as mine, mine can not.

    even though
    nvram set wl_afterburner=on;nvram set afterburner_override=1;nvram commit;reboot

    does display the wl_afterburner as 1, it seems to me as this is not enabling it hardware, but simply forced to display a 1.

    I would greatly appreciate any help that can be provided in fixing this matter.
     
  29. Thibor

    Thibor Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    firstly, by setting the boardflags to what they are for the gs; you are making your identical hardware think it's a gs, which it still isn't as it doesn't have a gs cfe, but it's as close as you can get. when "wl afterburner" returns "1", you are directly querying the wireless driver and if it says it's active, it really is. if your router becomes unresponsive when turning afterburner on, turn it off and be happy with what you already have.
     
  30. jblade

    jblade Network Guru Member

    I really appreciate the help, I can tell your getting kind of irritated...

    Is the gs cfe hardware that is not in my WRT54G v4 or is it activated through firmware.

    The main reason I want this enabled, is my client has speedbooster, and I currently get low signal, and when it was working for those few seconds, my signal was excellenet.

    Ill try some tweakin around, and see what I can do.
     
  31. jblade

    jblade Network Guru Member

    Sorry to gravedig. I believe the problem was solved recently.

    I had been reading the DD-WRT forums, and I believe the problem is that "Mixed" mode needs to be enabled.

    Hope this helps anyone else with the problem
     

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