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WRT54GL + Tomato 1.19 + Wii = random reboots

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by sjc80, May 31, 2008.

  1. sjc80

    sjc80 Addicted to LI Member

    With others bragging about their uptime with Tomato, I decided to keep an eye on my uptime. I was shocked to see that my router would reboot every couple of days. I had never noticed this, as these reboots seemed to occur in the middle of the night.

    Recently, I was pleasantly surprised when I surpassed 10 days of consecutive uptime. During that time my Wii console was unplugged. Once the Wii was connected again (with WiiConnect24 turned on), my router rebooted within about 24 hours. (FYI, WiiConnect24 allows the Wii to download updates/content during periods of inactivity.)

    Now that I've identified the Wii as the culprit, how would I go about diagnosing the problem? Do others suffer the same (seemingly) random reboots with a Wii connected?

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. szfong

    szfong Network Guru Member

    Try Newer Driver Release

    Try: http://www.polarcloud.com/f/Tomato_1_19_ND.7z

    I will only use this version on routers which randomly reboots, as it is mostly designed for the bcm5354-based routers. WRT54GL is bcm5352 and should also work fine.

    Also, if someone is "improperly aircracking" you, whether successful or not, it can also cause Tomato to randomly reboot.

    -Simon
     
  3. sjc80

    sjc80 Addicted to LI Member

    Thanks. Next time I upgrade the firmware, I'll consider the ND version.
     
  4. averylinden

    averylinden Addicted to LI Member

    I second szfong's recommendation. I was having uptime problems with my WRT54GL + 1.19, and the ND version has fixed the issue. I don't have a wii though. I wouldn't wait until the next revision, I'd try it now.
     
  5. jsmiddleton4

    jsmiddleton4 Network Guru Member

    I have 1.19 and have used it and victek's mod. I have Wii. I am using Linksys WRT54G and 2 Buffalo HP54G's. One Buffalo as the gateway/dhcp server, one as a pure AP, the Linksys as a WDS bridge in an entertainment center. Wii has been connected to the AP and to the Linksys WDS slave router. Not had one reboot with the Wii connected to either. Have not had the Wii connected to the main gateway/router dhcp server.

    However I have never quite figured out if I should be using the ND version. Since my stuff has worked fine and I'm using the older Linksys, have 2 more on the way, I've always stuck with the non-nd or regular version.
     
  6. azjerry

    azjerry Addicted to LI Member

    I've got a WRT54GL w/ Tomato 1.19 and a Wii. I've not had any reboots. I've gone as long as 8 days. I've been manually rebooting as needed as I've been playing with an SES LED script.
     
  7. Pawel35

    Pawel35 LI Guru Member

    Tomato 1.19 (not ND) and Wii = 0 problems

    I have Tomato 1.19 and Wii and I do not have problems with this configuration (wireless connection with Wii using WPA2 AES encryption). Maybe radio in Wii or WRT is starting working strange (damaged).
     
  8. sjc80

    sjc80 Addicted to LI Member

    Thanks for all the feedback. I'm looking at the logs and find the following lines repeatedly (SSID, IP, and MAC changed from original log):

    Jun 3 10:50:38 unknown daemon.info dnsmasq[115]: DHCPREQUEST(br0) 192.168.1.100 00:17:ab:3e:fb:cc
    Jun 3 10:50:38 unknown daemon.info dnsmasq[115]: DHCPACK(br0) 192.168.1.100 00:17:ab:3e:fb:cc Wii
    Jun 3 10:52:37 unknown daemon.info dnsmasq[115]: DHCPREQUEST(br0) 192.168.1.100 00:17:ab:3e:fb:cc
    Jun 3 10:52:37 unknown daemon.info dnsmasq[115]: DHCPACK(br0) 192.168.1.100 00:17:ab:3e:fb:cc Wii
    Jun 3 10:54:38 unknown daemon.info dnsmasq[115]: DHCPREQUEST(br0) 192.168.1.100 00:17:ab:3e:fb:cc
    Jun 3 10:54:38 unknown daemon.info dnsmasq[115]: DHCPACK(br0) 192.168.1.100 00:17:ab:3e:fb:cc Wii
    Jun 3 10:56:37 unknown daemon.info dnsmasq[115]: DHCPREQUEST(br0) 192.168.1.100 00:17:ab:3e:fb:cc
    Jun 3 10:56:37 unknown daemon.info dnsmasq[115]: DHCPACK(br0) 192.168.1.100 00:17:ab:3e:fb:cc Wii
    Jun 3 10:58:37 unknown daemon.info dnsmasq[115]: DHCPREQUEST(br0) 192.168.1.100 00:17:ab:3e:fb:cc
    Jun 3 10:58:37 unknown daemon.info dnsmasq[115]: DHCPACK(br0) 192.168.1.100 00:17:ab:3e:fb:cc Wii

    If I understand this correctly, my Wii is requesting a DNS lease once every couple of minutes. The router might be overwhelmed and reboot (similar to aircracking attempts suggested by szfong). When I have time, I'll check the Wii to determine if there is a setting that I can change.

    Any other advice is welcomed and appreciated.
     
  9. bigclaw

    bigclaw Network Guru Member

    Yes. The Wii is known to generate these requests. However, the router shouldn't be overwhelmed by DHCP requests that come every two minutes.
     
  10. Danielink

    Danielink LI Guru Member

    WRT54GL random reboots

    My daughter has a Wii connected to our network, but our WRT54GL is still running Tomato 1.15, so this random reboot issue may not be a problem. As I read these posts, however, I asked myself, "How would I know whether the router did reboot?" Is there something in the log files (e.g., lease renewal)? Also, I'm curious as to what "ND" stands for in these posts? Thanks. :biggrin:
     
  11. pharma

    pharma Network Guru Member

    You will know if your router has rebooted by the UPTIME. It is reset everytime you reboot the router.

    "ND" stands for "New Driver" ... a newer, experimental driver was incorporated in one of the official Tomato builds.

    Pharma
     
  12. Danielink

    Danielink LI Guru Member

    Thanks for the response, pharma. How do you check the uptime ... is it something visible in Tomato logs, or is there a command you have to type to get that info? :confused:
     
  13. sjc80

    sjc80 Addicted to LI Member

    When you login, it's on the Status > Overview page under the System heading.
     
  14. GhaladReam

    GhaladReam Network Guru Member

    I had a similar problem just yesterday with my Wii & Tomato. I had flashed Victek's mod and erased my NVRAM and re-keyed all my settings. All the while, My Wii was trying to re-establish its Wiiconenct24 connection. Once I had set everything up to the way it was, I noticed that I would get random disconnects and lag problems while playing XBOX Live on my 360 (which is hard-wired into the Tomato router). I initially thought it was Victek's mod firmware that was causing the problems, but I discovered that the Wii was maintaining a SOLID Wlan connection to the router for some reason... The normal behavior of Wiiconnect24 is to connect via wifi every 2-5 minutes to check for messages & updates, and then disconnect. I simply powercycled my Wii (actually unplugged it for a couple of mins) then re-connected it and it resumed its normal 2-5 minute checks (instead of being solid). I'm not sure why this happened, but it's been about 24 hours now and the problem hasn't returned. It probably has something to do with the Wii getting confused when I changed firmwares/reset settings on the router.
     
  15. Danielink

    Danielink LI Guru Member

    Found it!

    Right before I logged into this site, I went into my router setup, and found Uptime under Status - Overview. Thanks for the reply, sjc80 ... you confirmed this for me. I never really gave my Uptime much thought because I haven't noticed any real problems. [BTW, my Uptime was at 4 days. :thumbup: ]
     

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