Stock vs Tomato performance

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by Sopmod, Jul 14, 2010.

  1. Sopmod

    Sopmod Network Guru Member

    Hi all,

    I've been running Victek and now TB's USB 2.4 firmware on my Asus wl500gv2. Never touched the Wireless settings to the default power has always been "42".

    Through put to my media centre was terrible and so I saw Asus has a new version out and I installed it. Now instead of 6% throughput of my 100Mb Lan card to the router I'm getting 17% throughput!

    Now I've backed up the stock config and can see just two entries.


    I take it that the "pa0maxpwr=60" equates to the 251 setting on Tomato but does the "wl_radio_power_x=17" equate to the 42? If it does why the better throughput on a lower setting?

    What are the equivalent settings on Tomato? So I can get the same performance as the stock Asus firmware.

    Thank you.
  2. Sopmod

    Sopmod Network Guru Member

    Anyone care to comment please?
  3. Dagger

    Dagger Networkin' Nut Member

    I have no idea... but if I had to guess:

    pa0maxpwr = Might be a limit set based on the region selection.
    wl_radio_power = Probably the actual TX power. ASUS firmware probably uses a different scale than Tomato firmware... so 17 might be relative to 42 if they use different scales.

    More or less transmit power would only help throughput if the problem is because of low signal quality. If you were getting good signal quality with Tomato then I would think the difference in throughput is because of something other than TX power.
  4. myersw

    myersw Network Guru Member

    Don't know what the pa0maxpwr is but I can give some experience with teddy_bear mod on a Asus RT-N16. Default on the teddy_bear mod was 42. I had poor performance with wireless with this setting. I reduced it to 17, what DD-WRT sets it to, and performance improved and did not effect range for me. Have seen guesses that the radio transmitter is being over driven and causing distortion to the signal. Lowering to 17 corrects.
    Just my experience.
  5. Sopmod

    Sopmod Network Guru Member

    Thanks for that. I'll try dropping to 17 and see what some experimentation uncovers.
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