E4200 running TomatoRAF by Victek has 5Ghz issues

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by Devileyezz, Feb 21, 2012.

  1. Devileyezz

    Devileyezz LI Guru Member


    I installed the above version by Victek on my Linksys-Cisco E4200. Everything has been fine except for connection drops on the 5Ghz band. I have about 15 clients logged into (using D-Link DWA-125 WUSB) the 2.4Ghz/eth1 band and they seem to be fine. But using Linksys AE1000 for the 5Ghz band connecting to the 5Ghz/eth2 SSID, I encounter drops about 2-3 times a day.

    Help would be appreciated.

  2. eahm

    eahm LI Guru Member

  3. LanceMoreland

    LanceMoreland Network Guru Member

    Do you have the 2.4 GHz band set to the same SSID and Password? The 5GHz bands tend to be a weaker signal and as signal strength decreases the client will drop to the 2.4 GHz channels if you have it set up as above. Not ideal but it will mitigate some of the drop outs.

    BTW, I have been running Toastman's builds for the E4200 for over a month now and they have been flawless.
  4. Devileyezz

    Devileyezz LI Guru Member

    eahm, the time when I installed there was only 9007. And I'm afraid to do upgrades as I seem to always have to reconfigure clients to reconnect.
    LanceMoreland, what build exactly and could you post a direct link to it please?
  5. LanceMoreland

    LanceMoreland Network Guru Member


    I am running the VPN build on one unit and the EXT on another.
    tomato-E4200USB-NVRAM60K-1.28.0495.3MIPSR2-Toastma n-RT-N-VPN.bin
    tomato-E4200USB-NVRAM60K-1.28.0495.3MIPSR2-Toastma n-RT-N-Ext.bin
  6. eahm

    eahm LI Guru Member

  7. Devileyezz

    Devileyezz LI Guru Member

    Thanks Lance!
  8. Devileyezz

    Devileyezz LI Guru Member

    eahm, what's good about the shibby?
  9. eahm

    eahm LI Guru Member

    It's really stable. You have to test all of them to see which one you like, at least TomatoUSB, Tomato RAF, Toastman, Shibby, Teaman.

    Here the features of Shibby builds: http://tomato.groov.pl/K26/build5x-083V/builds.png
  10. Devileyezz

    Devileyezz LI Guru Member

    Basically, I'm running the E4200 in a small office of about 20 employees. All the 20 desktops connect to the router via USB WiFi Adapters. About 4-5 other PCs connect via cable. Almost all of these guys are accessing our cloud CRM and I'm the only one who does torrenting. No need for IPv6, VLAN, or VPN (if there is ever a need for VPN, it would be me who would use it anyway). Maybe USB one day so all the 20 desktops can save to a 64GB USB Flash drive on the router, or maybe use a USB Printer through it. No need for Media server, Captive Portal, or BT.

    Require powerful QoS and Bandwidth limiting per IP/MAC so it's easier to target, lock and control a specific PC.
    If any of these builds can provide such a minimalistic feature set & make sure all these guys are always connected, then we're golden. Unfortunately, I can't test too many builds because everytime I re-install a new build, I have to go to each PC and make them re-connect to the router.
  11. quietsy

    quietsy Network Guru Member

    Both Toastman and Teaman's builds have the new ingress QoS improvements made by Tiomo, I find it much better than the standard QoS.
  12. Devileyezz

    Devileyezz LI Guru Member

    All the new ones you mean? Or is there a special version for it?
  13. bawjkt

    bawjkt Networkin' Nut Member

    Hope I'm not hijacking this thread too much, it's related to E4200 and Tomato...couldn't find a better drop-in point.

    I serve ~45 megabit class internet connections to 300-room hotels and apartment buildings who are upgrading from no QOS and tiny connections. I need a "QOS Box" for this application. WiFi performance isn't really important, as this connects to a network with a hundred or so WiFi APs, but scaling to mixed-use 90 megabit is.

    Eahm speaks highly of the E4200 and the price point makes sense. Lack of external antennas is actually a plus aesthetically for this QOS Box.

    I use a separate aggregator to aggregate multiple lines of cable modem service and DSL as the bandwidth feed. Unless separately configured, it does not do QOS. The QOS Box would be downstream of this.

    What hardware item,
    what build, and
    what tweaks would you recommend for this application?

    Simplicity is appreciated, already bricked a WRT-54 GL doing stairstep OpenWRT --> Tomato flashes.

    Appreciate all of the expertise here.

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