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WRT54GL dual router w/tomato problems

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by ryanjg11, Aug 14, 2011.

  1. ryanjg11

    ryanjg11 Addicted to LI Member

    I'm running two WRT54GLs in my house. Both have Tomato firmware. The first router is being used just as a switch, with wireless disabled. (My house is wired for Cat5 and this first router is located at the hub, passing a signal on to three Ethernet outlets in my house.)

    The second router is attached to one of those outlets, with wireless enabled. I am experiencing intermittent wireless connectivity when devices are connected to this router... My laptop might work for about 30 minutes and then crap out. Then it'll go about five minutes and I'll be able to reconnect once again.

    Here's how my routers are setup:

    TomatoHost Router (the hub router only used as a switch)
    IP: 192.168.1.1
    WAN/Internet: DHCP
    IP Address Range: 192.168.1.2 to 192.168.1.150
    Wireless: Disabled

    TomatoClient Router (the router connected to an outlet, with wireless enabled)
    IP: 192.168.1.2
    WAN/Internet: Disabled
    Default Gateway: 192.168.1.1
    Wireless: Enabled
    Wireless Mode: Access Point

    Anything look out of whack here?
     
  2. Mercjoe

    Mercjoe Network Guru Member

    You may want to put the AP on a static IP outside of the DHCP IP range, or change the IP address range to be 192.168.1.3 to 192.168.1.150

    You currently allow a possibility of both a wireless client (as assigned by DHCP) and the router to have the same IP of 192.168.1.2. It is very UNLIKELY that this is a problem but it is something to look at.

    Load a free program like inSSIDer onto your laptop and look at the signal your router is putting out. See if it is dropping off from time to time. That will help to see if it is a hardware problem or is it in the software. You will also be able to see if you have any interference coming in that may be affecting your link.

    Another thing, is you have the same SSID on both routers, you can use BOTH of the them and expand your wireless range/signal. I do that here and you will just switch to the strongest signal with no loss of connection. The only difference in my setup is both routers are set to WDS + Access Point as I am not hardwired like you.
     

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