Reboots and losing PPPoE connection...

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by back0rifice, Oct 9, 2009.

  1. back0rifice

    back0rifice Network Guru Member


    First of all I'm not 100% sure if it is a Tomato issue or not. In case it isn't it must be a hardware defect because it used to work for a long time and I also tested it with the default modem/gateway as it came with my ISP and the internet connection was up for more than 4 days (when I aborted testing).

    My configuration: I'm using the Tilgin Vood 422 ADSL modem in bridged mode and connect with my Linksys WRT54GS v4 via PPPoE.

    Some time ago I started to notice that the connection is getting dropped quite frequently, i.e. every 24 hours or less. Also, the rooter rebooted itself from time to time...

    I have re-flashed it with 1.25 and cleared the NVRAM. This did at least help in a way as it increased the time between reboots (still it did reboot after several days). Since they connection drops still were there I decided to give 1.26 beta a try, but still the same. :(

    So, I'm back to 1.23 now and seeing how it goes. It's now 24 hours the connection is up but, of course, that's not yet enough to say it's good now.

    In the meantime I wanted to ask if there are any known issues? Is there anything else I could be looking at?

    Edit: I should also mention that the logs didn't contain much useful information, only:

    Sep 29 14:07:59 ? daemon.warn pppoe[23001]: LCP appears to be disconnected (pending: 5).
    Sep 29 14:08:04 ? redial[23000]: WAN down. Reconnecting...

    Any help appreciated!

  2. back0rifice

    back0rifice Network Guru Member

    Might be a bit too early for celebrations - but with 1.23 I'm online now for more than 2 days. I didn't achieve this with 1.25 or 1.26!
  3. Toastman

    Toastman Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    Is that original Jon Zarate Tomato 1.25/6? Much of the core code has been updated by Teddy Bear and Victek, so it would be interesting if you could try the same thing with Victek's RAF -
  4. Planiwa

    Planiwa Network Guru Member

    The mesage means that that the modem dropped the DSL connection, (or that there was a cable disconnection).

    Would not the rational response be to consult the modem's log?

    This is most likely not a PPPoE-rooted problem.

    Rebooting is of course a different matter, although it is possible that the router responds to the loss of PPPoE (caused by an apparent loss of physical or DSL connection to the modem) by crashing.

    In any case, the reasoned first response would appear to be to verify that there was inded a modem event. Sadly, most modems do not maintain useful logs.
  5. Toastman

    Toastman Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    Very true, although I can't help feeling that there is something odd about Jon's latest releases, because there have been many posts from quite experienced users about line dropping, and wireless instability, especially with WDS. If RAF fixed the problem, and it is repeatable every time, this would be a useful test. There are also rogue modems, often the free, cheap ones, supplied by ISP's. I have dozens of Zyxel P660HW-T1 v2 wireless router/modems supplied by True Internet that don't even work properly on their own network! Can't even use them as AP's... pity.
  6. back0rifice

    back0rifice Network Guru Member

    Well, I have to admit that it indeed looks like a DSL connection issue. But if it really was one how come I used to be online with the Vood modem for several days. And how come I'm online now with 1.23 for 2,5 days whereas the connection dropped every day with 1.25 and 1.26. I seriously do not believe this being an infrastructural issue!

    I'd really like to try the alternatives mentioned here but as long as 1.23 is running smoothly I'll stick to it. The problem is I rely on a permanent internet connection and hence cannot test that much... :(

    Thanks for your help anyways! I will keep you posted how it goes with 1.23. Maybe I'm just lucky atm... ;)


    Connection Uptime: 5 days, 01:24:08 // 7 days, 01:39:29
  7. LadFromWales85

    LadFromWales85 Network Guru Member

    Just thought I'd mention.
    I had a WRT54GSv1 for several years with no problems before it packed in.
    Got a WRT54GL to replace it, flashed it with Tomato RAF 1.25, and am experiencing disconnections as often as once per day with the same starting line
    Jan 16 21:10:14 GATEWAY daemon.warn pppoe[9677]: LCP appears to be disconnected (pending: 5).
    The modem is not losing sync. It records the length of time it's link has been up, and resets if I pull out the DSL cable, or induce noise onto the circuit by not using a filter, and picking up a phone. It also counts the number of errors occuring, which also resets upon loss of sync. Modem is a Zyxel P-660R-D1.

    Prior to my old WRT dying, I'd been using 1.23. I may try that again!
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