How to select specified MAC from points with same SSID in Wireless Client mode?

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by yudouxie, Jul 25, 2013.

  1. yudouxie

    yudouxie Reformed Router Member


    There is free WIFI in the apartment. I got an E3000 to repeat the network because my laptop always switches in the access points. I tried DD-WRT and got the bandwidth around 5M most of the time. But I gave it up for the bug(s) that makes me disconneted from my router which needs to be rebooted again and again.

    Now I've updated my E3000 with TT Shibby build 110. It runs steadily so far. Maybe kind of stubborn, I would say. There're several available points with the quality above 40 as you can see from the picture. But the TT router is sticking to the blue two which provide bandwidth only around 1M. No matter how I click the Release, Renew or Reboot.

    Could anyone help me to select the access point with MAC address? Or, just let me have a random one with possibility over 36 percent linking to a high speed point that allow me to decide whether to relink again.


  2. yudouxie

    yudouxie Reformed Router Member

    Tried to download a file for a test but the performace made me sad.
    The signal is kind of normal of this access point. Rssi:-64dBm; Quality:24; Noise Floor (eth1):-88dBm
    The bandwidth is just about one-tenth of other better access points of the same network.

  3. Malitiacurt

    Malitiacurt Networkin' Nut Member

    I had this issue back a few years ago connecting to a public wifi with multiple AP's. I was using dd-wrt, but I imagine it would work in Tomato too.

    Turn on wireless MAC filtering and either only allow those high-SNR macs or disallow all the low ones.

    If Tomato doesn't allow it then try dd-wrt. I know it works as recent as build 18777.
  4. yudouxie

    yudouxie Reformed Router Member

    @Malitiacurt Thank you.
    I've tried the filter. Unfortunately the MAC filter is for clients thus doesn't affect the upper router.
    My router was running on dd-wrt.v24-21061_NEWD-2_K2.6_mega-nv60k.bin previously. The filter was completely ineffective even for vlan. I found this problem reported serveral times on forums. However, I did can choose Ap by MAC with DD-WRT though not successfully each time.
  5. FlashSWT

    FlashSWT Network Guru Member

    If you can't find a way to handle this in firmware, I wonder if you could use a directional antenna (Pringles can) to help determine which AP you connect to?
  6. Monk E. Boy

    Monk E. Boy Network Guru Member

    That could require a second router, unless you can bind the client to a single antenna and the AP functions to another.
  7. FlashSWT

    FlashSWT Network Guru Member

    Ah yes, didn't even consider that his local clients still need to access the wireless. :confused:
  8. yudouxie

    yudouxie Reformed Router Member

    Thanks to all.

    I updated the wirelss driver of my laptop, then I could select an AP with filling in the MAC. :) But it's not good enough because of the distance.:(

    Different from my previous knowledge, I got to know from one website that I can use WDS mode without any setup in other routers.:rolleyes: So, instead of Client + Virtual Wireless, I set my E3000 as WDS+AP to join the network, thus the upper router is specified by MAC. I can link to my favorite AP now. :D Since my wireless driver is updated, I don't need Virtual Wirelss anymore. Without this kind of driver, Virtual Wirelss will work as well to make sure your laptop links to your own router. They're optional.;)
  9. Monk E. Boy

    Monk E. Boy Network Guru Member

    That's a clever idea, though now you run the risk of others connecting to your AP. I suppose a MAC filter could help, though it may introduce connection issues for others.
  10. yudouxie

    yudouxie Reformed Router Member

    I know that. I havn't setup the filter or Qos yet because it seems they don's cause any sensible effction to me till now.
  11. Toastman

    Toastman Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    I believe that "Wirelessmon", which is a paid Windows application, does allow connection to individual AP's by using their MAC address. Some of my students use it to connect to a particular AP in the campus. But that isn't a solution for the router itself,though it may provide a secondary way to set a client to do so.
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