Wireless Ethernet Bridge - Internet transfers slow

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by CoverlessTech, Apr 8, 2009.

  1. CoverlessTech

    CoverlessTech Addicted to LI Member


    I just installed Tomato on my Linksys WRT54G version 2. I got the client bridge up and working(even got it to recognize my static IPs; something dd-wrt couldn't do). However internet download speeds are going slower then they should. I have a 7Mb connection but only get speeds around 3 Mbps. I am not running any p2p software or any internet applications(save for this one browser) on any machines on the network. When I test with a direct connection to my network I get the full 7 Mbs.

    It's slow on both Linux and Windows Vista and I can get full connection by hooking it up to the main router so it's not the machine or OS. Network transfers(from my PC to a PC connected to the main router) go at 2.5MB/s(mega bytes, not mega bits) so the connection between my bridge and main router is good. It's just that something is bogging down my internet speeds. Any ideas on what it could be? Are there any full set up guides to the client bridge(full set-up, not just putting it in bridge mode and connecting it)?

  2. bripab007

    bripab007 Network Guru Member

    Didn't I see this post on the DD-WRT forum earlier today?
  3. CoverlessTech

    CoverlessTech Addicted to LI Member

    Yes(on the dd-wrt forums, not here), I switched firmware after not being able to get anywhere with dd-wrt. My speeds now are a little better but still nowhere where they should be. I was hoping someone here might be able to help.
  4. bripab007

    bripab007 Network Guru Member

    I have to admit, I have not used wireless client bridge mode with Tomato, but I was actually just testing it out on DD-WRT last week, using a build from late March, and it was quite fast. I was getting internet speed tests in the 7-8mbps range, my advertised rate, and the same as I was getting on a machine connected to the main router at the time.

    This is how I set it up on DD-WRT: Basic setup tab - give it a static ip, save, change from DHCP server to DHCP forwarder, enter main router IP for gateway and local DNS servers as well as for DHCP server, save, under Routing tab - change from gateway to router, save, under Wireless - set to client bridge, enter main AP's SSID, save, Wireless Security - change to wpa2/aes or whatever, put in main AP's password, save, go to Security tab - uncheck everything but Filter Multicast, then hit radio button to disable spi firewall, then save, then under Services (maybe Administration, then Services?) - uncheck dnsmasq, save, apply settings at bottom of that page, give it a minute or two to reboot/restart all those changes.

    I was running an eko/BrainSlayer V24 preSP2 260309 build I believe (from March 26, 2009).
  5. CoverlessTech

    CoverlessTech Addicted to LI Member

    Thanks for the reply. I just tried out what you said using 11296 firmware(new, more recommended firmware) and it's still going slow. Your tips on setting the DNS and some other things helped me get static IPs working though, that's a great help. Just got to focus on getting these speeds up. What router did you use(the one in your sig)?
  6. bripab007

    bripab007 Network Guru Member

    Well, with that build in particular, I was using a Fonera 2100. But a few weeks ago, I set one up identically with a WRT54G-TM and a slightly older build of DD-WRT, but it worked fine, too.
  7. jsmiddleton4

    jsmiddleton4 Network Guru Member

    For me I found wds easier and faster as compared to ethernet bridge mode.
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