Is it safe to increase transmit power?

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by glen4cindy, Jun 27, 2010.

  1. glen4cindy

    glen4cindy Addicted to LI Member

    To 72mW?

    I am trying higher power levels to aid more users to connect.

    Some of our Smartphone users cannot connect reliably, and moving the router is not an option.

    How high can I go safely without destroying the router or shortening it's lifespan??


  2. Toastman

    Toastman Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    Smartphones have lousy internal antennas, not much you can do about that. You can either add more AP's to increase coverage in your home, or you may find improved throughput by increasing transmit power. If you have a WRT54GL it is quite safe to enter up to 150mW.

    It will be very interesting to see if that helps, please post your findings!

    See -
  3. rhester72

    rhester72 Network Guru Member

    I suspect the lack of reliability relates to the antenna in the smartphone rather than the router itself. More APs seems to be the way to go IMHO - if that isn't an option, assuming you have removable antennas, high-gain antennas may help.

  4. glen4cindy

    glen4cindy Addicted to LI Member

    Yes, I figured the smartphone antenna was the problem. I meant to say that I am using a WRT54G. I've got it at 72mW right now which is better. Can't really add more AP's right now.....I'll try this power level and see what happens.
  5. ripat

    ripat LI Guru Member

  6. glen4cindy

    glen4cindy Addicted to LI Member

    Thanks for all the responses.

    I decided after looking at all the information to add another AP. It's not running Tomato, actually only our main AP is running Tomato, but, now we have 3 and our signal coverage is great.

    Thanks for all the excellent information.

    This is a great place for it.
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