Installing teady bear mod on WRT54GS v4

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by amsri, Aug 1, 2010.

  1. amsri

    amsri Networkin' Nut Member

    I have been informed that NoUSB standard K24 version or NoUSB VPN K26 version should work on my router. I want to install it for its enhanced features. I am more interested in k26 vpn no usb. However, I have few questions (I had to ask this as I was unable to find any relevant answers):

    - I have already installed normal Tomato 1.28 (no mod from on my WRT54gs v4 and it is working fine. The version is not the ND version but old driver. Do I still need to first install DD-WRT mini/factory in order to upgrade to tomatousb k26 vpn nousb or normal tomato web-GUI upgrade will work.

    - Is there any JFFS left after installing K26 vpn no usb (Though I am not very keen to use JFFS)

    - What is wireless performance and stability (as per it works on WRT54 GL so any experience from this may also be useful)

    - I also about to acquire an old WRT54G -will it work on that too (hopefully it should). I will be setting up WDS between the GS and G routers.

    I AM SORRY FOR BOTHERING BUT I AM REALLY NEW TO ALL THIS. I HAVE INSTALLED MY FIRST 3RD PARTY FIRMWARE ON ANY ROUTER JUST 3-4 DAYS AGO. Though I have some experience of using Linux. Am I posting on the wrong forum/thread.

  2. amsri

    amsri Networkin' Nut Member

    Come on anyone PLEASE. First question is the most important (as it may brick). Rest I may be able to explore myself.
  3. lsiguy10

    lsiguy10 LI Guru Member

    Yes, you can upgrade from Tomato 1.28 straight to Tomato ND USB Mod. I've done it myself and I have the WRT54GS v2. I use the Tomato ND USB Mod K24 Standard version.

    Wireless performance and stability are great, for me at least.

    It should work okay for any WRT54G v1-4.
  4. amsri

    amsri Networkin' Nut Member

    Thanks a lot lsiguy10, however before your reply I have been able to load k26 no-usb standard (tomato-K26-1.28.9048MIPSR1-beta18-Std.trx) version on wrt54gs v4. Everything went fine. I followed the guide by cariyawa at with some amendments. I flashed the router with dd-wrt.v24_mini_generic.bin first then flashed it with NoUSB Standard K24 and then NoUSB Standard K26. I would have loved to install NoUSB VPN K26 (as stated in my post above) but when I upgrade it says "File is too big to fit in MTD" and rooter reboots. I am not sure because image size for NoUSB VPN K26 is only 3.7mb (and routers flash is 4mb).

    First experience - wireless signal strength doesn't seem to be as stable as the original tomato (no mod -no ND). Overall its OK, may be it may need some tweaking in the settings. The reading for nvram get wl0_corerev in my router is 9. My wireless card in the laptop is Intel IPW2200 BG.

    Also enabling JFFS gives error.
  5. lsiguy10

    lsiguy10 LI Guru Member

    Some other people have reported NoUSB VPN K26 being too big for the Asus RT-N12 (4MB flash) as well.

    So it seems to be a somewhat common issue.
  6. amsri

    amsri Networkin' Nut Member

    With this upgrade my wireless signal strength is a bit unstable it starts with 90% (90/100), then drops to 84-85 after some time and then shakes between 86 -74% every few minutes. 75 being the lowest. It did not happen with Tomato 1.28 (no mod from and the signal strength did not go down below 86% (it was 86 or higher). My laptop wireless card is intel ipw2200 bg. Will any particular tweak in wireless setting cure this.
  7. lsiguy10

    lsiguy10 LI Guru Member

    Try using channel 6 and set Transmit Power (under Advanced --> Wireless) to 17.

    Those are the settings I use.
  8. amsri

    amsri Networkin' Nut Member

    Thanks for your reply. Well with your setting signal went to 10% and shaking between 10-35%. Previously I had channel 3 and TX power 92. Now I am trying a new setting channel 2 and TX power 72. The new setting seems to be slightly better than ch 3 -TX92 or its just an illusion because I think it is still not as it should be steady and stable or at least variation rage is small.
  9. lsiguy10

    lsiguy10 LI Guru Member

    What works best for me may not work for other people. You just have to try different things and see what works best for you.

    I definitely like Tomato better than DD-WRT.
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