WRTSL54GS firmware

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by toadstool, Jun 29, 2006.

  1. toadstool

    toadstool LI Guru Member


    I have a WRTSL54GS. I'd like to increase its signal strength while maintaining the ability to connect a USB hard drive. I don't need a print server or anything else. What's the best firmware for that? Wikipedia says HyperWRT+tofu isn't maintained. Does regular HyperWRT work with WRTSL54GS and still keeps the USB port enabled, or should I use HyperWRT Thibor or something else?

    Thank you for any advice,
  2. vincentfox

    vincentfox Network Guru Member

    I would look at Thibor.

    What is your reason to increase transmit power? Does your client have a similar ability?
  3. toadstool

    toadstool LI Guru Member

    Thanks for the recommendation.

    I am hoping to increase the range of the device. Unfortunately, no, I don't have similar capabilities in the wireless card (client). Any ideas there?

  4. Thibor

    Thibor Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    Regular Hyperwrt will NOT work on a SL. if you only require higher transmission power, Tofu's will work for you just fine. Mine has a print server and i've overhauled the QoS system and done some other fixes, and added support for more filesystems.
  5. vincentfox

    vincentfox Network Guru Member

    Increasing transmit power does little or no good. This is 2-way, not broadcast AM radio.

    Think of it this way, you are talking with someone in a crowded room. You move a bit further away and can no longer talk. If you whip out a BULLHORN AND BLAST THEM, well sure they can hear you, but you still cannot hear them. Not only is it rude to the other people in the room, but it's ineffective since you are not having a functional conversation.

    Chasing transmit-power increase only on the AP side is ineffective.

    You could build a simple corner-reflector following directions at http://www.freeantennas.com/ This will boost receive gain as well as transmit so you can hear a whisper further away. It's a superior solution.
  6. mcaslan

    mcaslan Network Guru Member

    While I agree it's 1 way...

    In my scenario my client is an Apple Airport Express running Apple code and used for print server and iTunes pluged into my stereo. It's right at the opposite end of my house and through as many walls and floors as can be had in my place.

    If I double the power in my WRT using a firmware like we're talking about the AP is able to transmit with enough power to the client to keep the music streaming without a break.

    At normal levels the music is choppy because the client never receives the data stream.

    This is not the normal scenario but one in which a shouting AP is heard better than a normally talking one.
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