Just installed tomato on my e2000 wireless router. I'm not very skilled in wireless networking so any basic things to change/how to change them would be great. Specifically I'm looking to boost the strength of my signal. Any ideas?
Date: 30 Jul 2011 20:35
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The thing I configure first in wireless is the SSID, then the encryption to secure my network.
these are the settings in my TR-N16:
Enable Wireless check this field
Wireless Mode Access point
Wireless Network Mode usually set to auto
SSID any name you want to identify your network
Broadcast leave with check so you can easily find your wireless network
Channel set it to 1 - 2.412GHz
Channel Width 20MHz
Shared Key this is the password your wireless network will be using (place your password here)
Group Key Renewal 3600 (leave this at default
under Advanced/Wireless (where you will need to set your transmit power)
I have read plenty using 40mW without any problems on a E2000. There were also instances running them at 400 but I would not suggest it.
Assuming the E2000 will behave in the same way as the E3000 (nor reason to believe it wouldn't) this may help:
Download site http://www.4shared.com/dir/v1BuINP3/Toastman_Builds.html (inc. torrent downloads)
Make a Paypal Donation http://toastmanfirmware.yolasite.com/donations.php
So it seems like setting my TX power to 60 would be the correct thing to do, according to the graph for the E3000.
The main reason I ask is because I have an older xp laptop across the house that consistently gets "low" to "very low" signal strength and sometimes loses signal all together. Very disheartening.
I will say just after changing to tomato, my windows 7 machine is working pretty well wireless wise. Much better than with the stock firmware.
Quick question. Ever since installing tomato, it seems my speed has been…inconsistent and I mainly notice this when torrenting. It almost seems like my connection "idles" when my PC is idle, and it leaves my torrent uploading almost nil. Is there a setting to adjust for this?
Well, my 1st Router Mod is complete, I 1st added a small fan dead top center of my Cisco E2000 and added 1/2" thick rubber feet on bottum for air flow, and put a ramsink on the exposed broadcom chip that I noted ran hot, then I replaced the power supply that had a 1000 mA Rateing to one slightly larger, 1250 mA rateing to ensure that the router would have plenty of power with extra fan and so forth. Then I ordered these 7dbi external antenna from Ebay 7dBi-Antenna-Mod-Kit-Linksys-E2000-No-soldering. I ONLY use the 5Ghz side (90% of the time) so these 2 where enough. I hooked one of the externals to the 5 Ghz tx/rx plug then the other external Antenna to the rx only plug. I left the 2.4 Ghz internal antenna hooked up.
I then played around with 5 Ghz band, it seemed the best boost was with both external antenna set straight Horizontal and for the 2.4 Ghz band, set straight vertical. and lastly I came across this cheap and easy mod for my sons pc desktop USB Wirless N Adaptor and pop can on youtube and it worked out Great!! same rules applied to this mod as the Antenna mod, 5 Ghz Horizontal mounting of usb adaptor and can an Vertical for 2.4 Ghz.
I have Tomatousb for E2000 VPN (latest official from Teddy) installed and seem to get best results useing 5Ghz band with settings like so,
radio band- 5 Ghz
wireless mode- N only
width- 40 mhz
Beacon Interval- 75
Frag threshold- 2326
RTS threshold- 2327
Transmit power- 60
Interference Mitigation- none
APSD mode- disabled
So review/recap, 5 Ghz test with inSSider 2.0 confirm a 7db boost with External Antenna and a crazy 12 db boost with the pop can mod for usb adaptor found on youtube
so over all a very cool running unit with a 19 db boost on 5Ghz band with straight/clean signal using both antenna mods…
Compared to some my setup is little, but for reference, this network consists of a E2000 Router and a netgear 5 port Gbyte switch with 2 desktops and a Xbox360 wired to the E2000, another 3 desktops in dif room wired to Netgear Gbyte switch, and another desktop and a Laptop useing wirless N.
So far I love this cheap E2000 and the Tomatousb firmware and I am willing to help test any future Tomatousb builds and or help out anyway I can!!!