Just bought WHR-HP-G54, want to flash Tomato, got some questions.

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by brjoon1021, Jul 30, 2007.

  1. brjoon1021

    brjoon1021 LI Guru Member

    1. I have read too much about the Tx and Rx power settings. I did not have any idea what they were when I started reading. Now I don't know what to do with them... can you shed some light, please ?

    2. The router will be used in my home to cover a 2200 square foot home and my two-car-length driveway. I want my connection to be invisible to everyone else if that is possible. I only want my laptop and my music server, the awesome Slim Devices Squeezebox (http://www.slimdevices.com/pi_squeezebox.html) to connect to it (and even see my connection). How do I go about setting the router up that way?

    3. I have read that Tomato might be a little more comfortable of a GUI than dd-wrt, but that dd-wrt might have more geeky options. Is tomato going to cover me, do you think ? or should I opt for dd-wrt ?

    4. I have read a few dd-wrt users say that they lost throughput speed when switching to Tomato and that they got it back when switching back to dd-wrt. Fanboyism ? I even read one exactly opposite account. More fanboyism ? or is there truth to these claims for technical reasons?

    Here is the "network" information for my Squeezebox, if any of it helps answer my question:

    "Network Wireless Interface

    True 802.11g wireless networking
    Bridging capability allows Ethernet devices to connect to the network through Squeezebox Wireless
    Throughput up to 54Mbps, high speed PCI interface to radio module
    Dual antennas for improved range and throughput
    Supports all 802.11b and 802.11g access points
    Internal antennas: planar inverted-F antenna
    Automatically detects available networks for quick setup
    Supports both WPA Personal, WPA2-AES and 64/128-bit WEP encryption

    Ethernet Interface

    True 100Mbps throughput
    Shielded CAT5 RJ-45 connector
    Connects to any 100Mbps or 10Mbps network
    Auto-detects full duplex and half duplex modes
    Automatic receive polarity correction
    Maximum cable length: 100 meters (328 feet
  2. ifican

    ifican Network Guru Member

    1. Dont worry so much about this just yet, your best bet is going to be a highgain omnidirectional antenna, once in place you can start playing with power settings if need be. But you may find that you need additional routers to cover the intended area.

    2. You can hide your ssid (though some devices dont like to connect when the ssid is hidden), there is a check box to not broadcast it. You can also set dhcp to 2 and use mac filtering if you choose to do so.

    3. ddwrt is great well at least v23, however it really is overkill for most users. Tomato is alot more user friendly. And yes either firmware will cover you, if your fairly new to this go with tomato.

    4. I run both firmwares and they are both stable, I have found some quirkyness in ddwrt that i do not like but does not affect its usability, tomato i have not come across anything yet.
  3. azeari

    azeari LI Guru Member

    2. Think you should take note that hiding SSID doesn't really hide the router(other than from the standard windows easy connect and similar stuff), and MAC filtering is really quite easy to break, so security wise, it might be wiser to use wpa or add it to that above setup

    3. This really depends on what features you need. For simple playing around, i've found tomato more usable due to its ability to modify settings without a full reboot (=

    4. Never really benchmarked DD-WRT vs Tomato, though both gave decent-enough throughputs for my usage
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