Tomato Access Point + WDS Setup

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by delajed, Sep 8, 2008.

  1. delajed

    delajed Addicted to LI Member


    I'm having some problems with my newly configured network.

    Right now I have two WRT54GL routers running the latest Tomato firmware. One is connected to a modem in my basement. The other is upstairs, and is intended to act as a repeater/bridge.

    I've configured the two routers as per the Tomato FAQ, with both routers running the same SSID and protection.

    I am able to get a solid and stable connection from a PC that is hardwired into the upstairs router. But on my other PC which is connected through wireless, I encounter consistent disconnects/reconnects onto the network.

    My guess is it's confused about which router to connect to, given that they have the same SSID and WPA password. I've tried it with security disabled and had the same result.

    I can't configure the SSIDs to be unique from one another, because once I do, the routers are unable to communicate with one another.

    Does anyone have any idea how to fix this?
  2. baldrickturnip

    baldrickturnip LI Guru Member

    if you only want to connect to one of the AP's you can configure MAC filtering to stop it conencting to the other AP
  3. HennieM

    HennieM Network Guru Member

    Doubt that the "don't know which AP to connect to" is causing the problem. Most likely your wireless card/driver is either configured "funny" or broken.

    Your wireless driver should have a setting for "Roaming Tendency" or maybe "Roaming aggessiveness". As a first try, try to lower that setting.
    If that does not help, see if you could upgrade the driver to a later release.
    Also check to see that your wireless card/driver is not perhaps set for SuperG (if an Atheros based card), or perhaps for N-mode (if an N card).

    If still no joy, see if you could turn WMM/WME on or off on your APs - this sometimes screw around with drivers that don't handle WMM correctly.
  4. delajed

    delajed Addicted to LI Member

    I tried adding MAC filtering, but I experienced no change.

    I'm letting Windows handle my wireless adapter, so I'm not sure where to configure those settings. (I'm guessing somewhere in Device Manager? - I don't have access to it at this moment)

    Could it be XPs Wireless Zero config? I don't think I've turned that off on the XP box I'm having trouble with...I'll definitely try that next.

    The card itself doesn't have any extra capabilities other than regular G access.

    Thanks for all the advice so far.
    If all else fails I may grab another wireless card for a Vista upgrade. (since the current card doesn't have vista drivers)
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