New user, need help with Signal strength

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by monks1975, Feb 8, 2007.

  1. monks1975

    monks1975 LI Guru Member

    Hi, I'm new to Tomato, using it on a new Buffalo WHR-HP-G54 and it's very good in all respects so far (have paypalled $10 to author). Just have a question about the signal strength I'm getting from the radio.

    For a basement setup, are these good signals??

    LAPTOP (2nd Floor): RSSI: -64 dBm QUALITY: 18
    AIRPORT EXPRESS 1 (Front Room above Bssement): RSSI: -45 dBm QUALITY: 37
    AIRPORT EXPRESS 2 (2nd Floor): RSSI: -58 dBm QUALITY: 24

    This is with the default radio power of 10 for this router.

    I get four bars with the iBook Laptop and transferring files is quicker than my old setup...

  2. GeeTek

    GeeTek Guest

    You are bragging aren't you ? Those are some superb readings for the distances you are covering. The HP radio with Tomato is VERY hard to beat for performance.

    Edit - Welcome to Tomato !
  3. monks1975

    monks1975 LI Guru Member

    Really? That's good news :)))

    I wasn't sure how to read the data but I guess the proof is in the pudding. It feels so much more responsive than the v7 WRT54G that I replaced (after one week). Tomato is the bomb!!

  4. monks1975

    monks1975 LI Guru Member

    Slightly OT:

    If I get another Buffalo with Tomato installed for upstairs, can I use the Bridge mode switch at the back to connect to the 1st one?

    And if this works will I get the bandwidth loss that comes from WDS?

  5. GeeTek

    GeeTek Guest

    Tomato firmware will work on WDS without messing with the external switch. WDS will reduce bandwidth (not speed) by half if you use it as a wireless repeater. WDS as a client will not lose any bandwidth.
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