Help with Tomato in WDS with a DD-WRT Host

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by faji_tama, Jun 28, 2009.

  1. faji_tama

    faji_tama Guest

    Not sure where I should be asking this, but I figured it's more a Tomato TO DD-WRT thing rather than vice versa...

    So I picked up an Asus 520GU the other day and loaded it up with teddy_bear's version of Tomato with USB support, so that I could set it up as a NAS in my living room, next to the TV. The main router I have now is a Linksys WRT54GL running DD-WRT, set up in my bedroom where the cable modem is. I know that Tomato doesn't have support for being used as a repeater, so I was trying to set it up with the Linksys as a WDS, but with little luck. Has anyone done this successfully before, and can give me directions? The documentation on the DD-WRT wiki pages is for all routers using DD-WRT, and vice versa with the Tomato FAQ blurb.

    Alternatively, I can swap the two routers around and use the Linksys as a repeater, but I wanted the external drive to be in the living room. Or... I could put Tomato on the Linksys, but I'm not sure I want to do that yet, unless someone can give me some compelling reasons (besides that it'd make this easier :D). Thanks!
  2. RonWessels

    RonWessels Network Guru Member

    While I have not done that myself, I would be very surprised if it were not possible.

    When setting up a WDS connection, you should first establish the connection settings without any security enabled (ie. no WEP, WPA, WPA2, etc). Then, once you have that working, you can play with the security settings to get something that continues to work. And if it stops working, you know it is the security setting that are causing the problem.

    The issue is that WDS is very particular about what security settings it will work with. And the same settings cannot be guaranteed from software to software, or even version to version. I'll give an example. I have a WRT54G running Victek's 1.23.8025 set up as a WDS-only connection to my main router. My main router is a WRT54GL. Now, when the GL is running Victek's 1.23.8515 ND, it has to be set to WPA/AES to work; WPA/WPA2/AES does not work. However, when running Victek's 1.23.8513 ND, it has to be set to WPA/WPA2/AES to work and WPA/AES does not work. I don't even want to speculate what sort of security settings you need to get Tomato and DD-WRT to work together.
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