26 hours and counting trying to connect 2 desktops and 2 laptops wirelessly to my new Tomato loaded

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by Kevin Alexander, Apr 20, 2008.

  1. Kevin Alexander

    Kevin Alexander Addicted to LI Member

    This is my first time manually configuring a router for use. I had no problem installing the Tomato firmware, and even got a connection for the 2 desktops w/ ehternet cables going directly into the router. But the challenge I have is getting it to work WIRELESSLY w/ my 4 computers and Comcast broadband.

    In the BASIC section I am running access mode DHCP w/ the DHCP Server box checked, start/end boxes are 100/149, WEP 64 enabled, b/g mode. When I try to make a wireless connection on the laptops it incorrectly tells me that I'm using the wrong passphrase (I've tried passphrase and keys, but nothing). I've copied all of my MAC addresses from my buffalo router that's still setup and copied them into the Tomato Wireless Client Filter and selected disable filter.

    I've also rebooted the router and computer more than I'd care to relate (but that's how I got the wired connection going). Hey, it's progress (for me)! So can someone tell me what I'm doing wrong? Do I need to do a static IP instead? Should I have done somethine else? Basically, I tried to copy my Buffalo settings into Tomato. I feel that I'm really close since I've established a wired connection, but I need some tutoring w/ the wireless aspect. Anxiously waiting..........
  2. LLigetfa

    LLigetfa LI Guru Member

    Start without WEP and use a different SSID.
  3. Kevin Alexander

    Kevin Alexander Addicted to LI Member

    I changed the ssid already, but i'll try it w/ wep off.
  4. Kevin Alexander

    Kevin Alexander Addicted to LI Member

    Didn't work.:mad: Anyway, I'm leaving soon to pick up my wife from the airport and will continue when I return. Thanks for the response LLigetfa, and if anyone else has any ideas I'd appreciate it. Thanks.
  5. bigclaw

    bigclaw Network Guru Member

    Who's incorrectly telling you that you are using the wrong passphrase? Your laptop or the router? As far as I know, the WEP passphrase is only used to generate a WEP key, and you are supposed to enter that WEP key, not the passphrase, on your laptop.

    Disclaimer: I haven't used WEP in ages. Even 128-bit WEP is broken in minutes nowadays.
  6. quirK

    quirK LI Guru Member

    Didn't know there was a passphrase and key to handle in WEP. When I hopped onto wireless connections I went straight to WPA2, more straightforward.

    If your desktops and laptops are running at least XP there should be no problems updating them to use WPA2.

    Make sure Tomato is set to 'Access Point' and 'Broadcast' is checked.
  7. Toxic

    Toxic Administrator Staff Member

    a passphrase is entered but then you generate the key. Kevin are you using the generatedd key for all PCs or just the passphrase?

    have a look here for wep 128 setup.


    I cannot see how you can just be so quick tp answer without what you actually done. as to the removal of a wep key

    firstly turn of every PC except one PC and use this for testing purposes.

    disable ANY filtering. first of all you need to get connectivity, nothing else. once you have connectivity you can then start enabling mac address filtering and wireless encryption, though WEP is very unsecure and mac filtering can be bypassed very easily.
  8. Kevin Alexander

    Kevin Alexander Addicted to LI Member

    I have been entering a passphrase on my laptop and desktop. Both tell me that I entered the wrong passphrase/key and to try entering it again.
  9. Kevin Alexander

    Kevin Alexander Addicted to LI Member

    I'm using the passphrase. That's what I do now w/ my Buffalo setup when switching between the main router and the bridge.
  10. Kevin Alexander

    Kevin Alexander Addicted to LI Member

    Maybe I misunderstood the request. I'm working on everything you said above, and I'll let you guys know what's happening. Thanks everyone for all the help!
  11. Rob650

    Rob650 Addicted to LI Member

    Did you erase the NVRAM after you installed tomato? I would try that first, if you haven't already.
  12. Kevin Alexander

    Kevin Alexander Addicted to LI Member

    yes I did.
  13. Kevin Alexander

    Kevin Alexander Addicted to LI Member

    OK guys, I have connectivity on the GL running Tomato w/ ethernet cable going into the GL!!! Do I now copy all my MAC addresses from the Buffalo screen into Tomato? I think Toxic referred to it as MAC address filtering.
  14. Rob650

    Rob650 Addicted to LI Member

    MAC address filtering is very poor security. I'd try getting the wireless clients to connect first and add MAC filtering later if you want it.
  15. Kevin Alexander

    Kevin Alexander Addicted to LI Member

    OK, I got my laptop to connect wirelessly and I saved the connection. I have not set up security yet. Do I do that now, or do something else first?
  16. Rob650

    Rob650 Addicted to LI Member

    If your clients can support it, set up WPA or WPA2 security, else use WEP. Although WEP has been broken for some time now. I would not set up MAC filtering either. It's more trouble than it's worth.

    Some nice passwords to use here: https://www.grc.com/passwords.htm
  17. Kevin Alexander

    Kevin Alexander Addicted to LI Member

    OK, I just went in and enabled WPA2 Personal w/ a randomly generated Tomato key. Now there's a red "X" next to my broadcasting name in the "Connect to a Network" box w/ a sentence that reads: "The settings saved on this computer for the network do not match the requirements of the network." What does this mean? Are there some computer settings that I need to change? Or, perhaps choose a lower setting encription? Thanks for the help Rob650.
  18. Rob650

    Rob650 Addicted to LI Member

    Make sure the client does indeed support WPA2. One of mine doesn't support WPA2 so I had to go back to WPA. And make sure the password isn't being cut off at the end on the client computer.
  19. Toxic

    Toxic Administrator Staff Member

    if you going to use WPA PSK use a phrase with alpha-numerical values adding a few upper and lower case characters make the phrase at least 20+ characters in length.

    once you setup the Router WPA Key then you enter it on the laptop or PC.

    for WPA2 to work on XP you will need to add the WPA patch. http://support.microsoft.com/kb/893357

    this patch is NOT inclusive of XP SP2.
  20. Kevin Alexander

    Kevin Alexander Addicted to LI Member

    Well, I've got everything up and running and I couldn't have done it w/o you guys. I just have to setup the wireless bridge downstairs for the XBOX360 and play around w/ QoS. Thanks Toxic, Rob650 and others. One last question: Will there ever be a wireless "N" router w/ support for Tomato?
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