New with tomato v1.21 and with problems

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by qubo, Sep 26, 2008.

  1. qubo

    qubo Addicted to LI Member

    Hi. I just update the firmware with the tomato v1.21 in my wrt54gl

    I tried to connect to AP. that I saw in my wireless survey
    but i dont know if it does automatic or is a join button. to the target ap. the thing is that i was not able to navigate with internet. even when in my laptop i connect to the same AP without problems with internet.

    I tried first client mode
    then bridge ethernet mode
    without success

    I config the router wrt54gl with IP the gateway with
    same dns with
    as the AP router is

    I set the channel in tomato same as the AP
    the AP is open no password protect, I tried disable protection. without success
    an set to wep personal without success to

    I am little frustrated cuz I dont know if the connect should be automatic or with join as the DD-WRT 2.4 option. I personaly never installed DD-WRT but read in forums that it has join buttons after a wireless survery. I tried youtube to see a video tutorial on how to get internet from the target AP but i havent found anything
    could anyone on this tomato forum drive in the right direction.

    thanks in advance

  2. SgtPepperKSU

    SgtPepperKSU Network Guru Member

    First, I need to clarify what it is that are trying to do. Are you wanting your router to connect to another access point that you do not control? If not, you can stop reading here and clarify your needs.

    If that is the case, you want Wireless Client mode. Set it to Wireless Client mode with the ssid, channel, and security settings the same as the AP. You will also want the "WAN Type" to be DHCP. Give that a try, and report back.
  3. qubo

    qubo Addicted to LI Member

    Hi. yes it is exactly what I want. to connect to AP that I dont control with my tomato.. then conect a laptop wired to the tomato. and use internet.

    I did what you said

    put client mode. then match the ssid, chanel and protection ( so is open i put disable)
    I choice dhcp in Wan/Internet Option as you Told Me
    so I save and now it appears connected but is not sharing the internet. so I see that AP have tomato connected too. ( isaw that cuz the AP admin doesnt have user pass and list the devices)
    but the internet is NOT working. If I disconnect from wired tomato. and then connect wireless to the AP it gives me internet.

    NOTE. by the way some times in past I change the router ip from tomato to cuz i dont wanted problem with the AP
    but some times I have not access at all when tried to reconnect to so i had to reset linksys to default to be able to reconnect again.
    someone knows what it this problem ?
  4. SgtPepperKSU

    SgtPepperKSU Network Guru Member

    You need to put your LAN on a different subnet than the WAN's. If the router you are connecting wireless to is, change your router's LAN address to (or anything that doesn't start with 192.168.1 really). I think that will fix your problems.
  5. qubo

    qubo Addicted to LI Member

    ok thanks so much, I will try and then give feedback

    do you know something about this ?

    NOTE. by the way some times in past I change the router ip from tomato to cuz i dont wanted problem with the AP
    but some times I have not access at all when tried to reconnect to so i had to reset linksys to default to be able to reconnect again.
    someone knows what it this problem ?
  6. SgtPepperKSU

    SgtPepperKSU Network Guru Member

    That, too, could be attributed to having the WAN and LAN on the same subnet. The reason they need to be on separate subnets is so that the router can know where to route traffic. If the WAN subnet is 192.168.1.X and the LAN subnet is 192.168.0.X, the router knows to not send any 192.168.0.X traffic over the WAN connection. However, if you have them both as 192.168.1.X, the router doesn't know whether a given address is on the LAN or WAN. The results in that case are indeterminate and undesirable. Once you separate the subnets, the router is able to make the correct decisions on where to route traffic.

    Let me know how it goes.
  7. qubo

    qubo Addicted to LI Member

    Hi. I did to set, I am having internet. but I dont know if it is wirelessly or wired by the tomato router. since the SSID in the rounter is the same as the AP.
    I want to connect to to see if it is connected but I CAN NOT login the new ip
    however i Made a connection to (main AP ip) and it appears I am connected,
    but I can not confirm since the New doesnt appears the login screen at all.

    why is this happening? I am in client mode tomato. how can I make it appears the login password popup behind that new ip set

    thanks for all your support
  8. qubo

    qubo Addicted to LI Member

    well I disconnect it was the wireless AP. but now it works is connected via tomato wired and is giving internet. I could connect to
    and see it is connected. and confirmed. but why sometimes it is dificult to login that IP ?
  9. qubo

    qubo Addicted to LI Member

    If i need 4 wired devices plugged to tomato. I need ethernet bridge isnt? cuz client mode only accept one wired devices isnt?
    I tried to change to bridge mode but the internet doesnt work with that option. what params I need in order to succesful use as client mode ?

    thanks for all
  10. SgtPepperKSU

    SgtPepperKSU Network Guru Member

    I'm not sure what you mean here. Do you have a wire plugged into the WAN port on your router? If not (and you shouldn't), then the router is connecting to the internet through the wireless. And, your router is not going to "have" an SSID. Your router is connected to the other router using that SSID, but does not broadcast as an access point at all.
    I'm not sure what all issues you are still having (if any), but in Wireless Client mode, you can have as many connections on the LAN ports as you want. You are not limited to one as you say. Bridge mode is when you would be limited to one.

    If you are still having problems, let me know.
  11. qubo

    qubo Addicted to LI Member

    Thanks for your support. I thought that wireless Client was only for one wired device and the bridge mode for 4 wired devices.

    well I am in client mode. and my laptop works well with internet. however I have a linksys Pap2 wired to the tomato router in client mode. but the pap2 doesnt signin and therefor isnt working. any info to succesful make the pap2 work ?
    thanks for all and your time and support
    thanks so much
  12. qubo

    qubo Addicted to LI Member

    by the way even when the pap2 is wired right now. i saw that in tomato admin console I dont see the pap2 in device list
    I dont know if that is important or not. and if yes how i can make the pap2 to be visible on device list

    thanks again
  13. qubo

    qubo Addicted to LI Member

    I enter the code to see the pap2 ip. but is said is so i dont know how to make the router assign one and can use the internet. i thougth that once wired in a lan port. the tomato router would assign a new ip for the pap but is not. as i said it ip is now and the device is not shown in the device list.

    the pap2 is actually wired in the tomato router in client mode
  14. SgtPepperKSU

    SgtPepperKSU Network Guru Member

    Is the "DHCP server" option checked in the Basic Network settings? If the PAP2 isn't getting an IP address, by what method are you seeing that it has This might seem silly to ask, but to be sure: have you tried power cycling the PAP2 with it attached to the router?

    There are a few items on the Status Overview page you can check to make sure everything is on the up and up so far:
    In the WAN section, there should be an IP address of 192.168.1.something and a gateway of
    In the LAN section, there should be an IP address of with a subnet mask of and DHCP range of at least a few 192.168.0.something addresses.
  15. qubo

    qubo Addicted to LI Member

    the dhcp server is not checked as you told me with client mode,
    the method i saw that is is because the pap2 has a inner method that if you dial * * * * then 110# it gives you the actual ip address of the pap2.

    the tomato router is set as you suggest

    I dont know what means power cycling but I unplugged the electric wire and plugged again. connected to the the router even I unplugged the tomato router and the pap2 same time. and other pap2 plugged electric and the router unplugged plugged. I dont know if that is power cycling ?
  16. qubo

    qubo Addicted to LI Member

    here is how are set

    Name Advertising
    Model Linksys WRT54G/GS/GL

    Time Tue, 30 Sep 2008 00:11:41 -0600
    Uptime 0 days, 00:19:17
    CPU Load (1 / 5 / 15 mins) 0.12 / 0.05 / 0.01
    Total / Free Memory 14.19 MB / 6,128.00 KB (42.18%)
    MAC Address 00:1C:10:3C:8A:65
    Connection Type DHCP
    IP Address
    Subnet Mask
    MTU 1500

    Status Connected
    Connection Uptime 0 days, 00:19:05
    Remaining Lease Time 41 days, 15:40:55

    Router MAC Address 00:1C:10:3C:8A:63
    Router IP Address
    Subnet Mask
    DHCP Disabled
    MAC Address 00:1C:10:3C:8A:65
    Wireless Mode Wireless Client
    B/G Mode Mixed B+G
    Radio Enabled
    SSID default
    Security -
    Channel 11 - 2.462 GHz
    RSSI -60 dBm
    Noise -93 dBm
    Signal Quality 33
  17. SgtPepperKSU

    SgtPepperKSU Network Guru Member

    There's your problem. You do want the "DHCP Server" option checked. This is how the router gives out LAN ip addresses for each of the devices you connect. I imagine the laptop that is working is either set up with a static IP or is operating on a lease that hasn't expired since you last had this option checked. I cannot find where I told you to uncheck it, but if I implied it somewhere, I am sorry for the miscommunication.

    And yes, unplugging and replugging the power cable is a suitable method of power cycling for these types of devices.

    Everything else looks good, so I think your PAP2 should work as soon as you enable (and save) "DHCP Server" on the router and power cycle the PAP2!
  18. qubo

    qubo Addicted to LI Member

    Hi. Yes it works now. I enable dhcp server and know is working nicely thanks so much

    one question. It is secure to connect to that open AP and have connected the pap2 there?

    someone connected wireless or wired to the AP (router one) can connect to that is my tomato router? or connect to pap2 ip ?

    or is secure in that way ? and it only can be connected from the router 2 tomato in wired way thank for all
  19. SgtPepperKSU

    SgtPepperKSU Network Guru Member

    Only computers plugged into the LAN ports of your router will be able to log in to the PAP2. And, as long as you have "Remote Access" (Administration->Admin Access) disabled, that goes for your router as well. Everyone else doesn't see any of your 192.168.0.x devices, only a single (your router WAN IP).

    Using Wireless Client mode just treats your wireless connection as it would the WAN port in normal operation. This creates a NATed, firewalled, and possible QOSed (I'm not sure about that one) environment.

    I hope everything goes smooth for you from here!

    - Keith
  20. qubo

    qubo Addicted to LI Member

    Thanks so much Keith for all your help. with me. as the Newbie I am.
    but thanks to you all is working well.


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