I have K26USB-1.28.9054MIPSR1-beta-Ext installed on an Asus WL-500 g Premium V2 router. It is configured as a wireless ethernet bridge, to allow ethernet connections from a blu-ray palyer and a WDTV-Live to my primary router (a Tenda). It also has optware installed with ipkg/ftpd-topfield to allow me to ftp files back and forth from my Topfield TF5800 PVR and any networked PC via a USB connection from the Asus to the Toppy.
The problem I am having is frequent connection drop-outs between the routers in the bridge (once or twice a day). The two routers are 10ft away from each other, separated by a ceiling, so signal strength is not an issue. The connection can be re-established by rebooting either the Asus or the Tenda. AFAIK, both are configured correctly (same SSID, both WPA-Personal security, same wireless channel (9) with no other detectable wireless channels within 3 channels, primary router IP used as gateway on Asus, primary router DNS used as DNS on Asus, DHCP disabled on Asus, IP of Asus static and on same subnet as Tenda but outside Tenda DHCP range).
Note that after upgrading the Asus firmware to tomato, I also took the added precaution of erasing the nvram via the administation-configuration menu before configuring as above.
The only thing I can think that might be causing a problem is that I have a third router set up in a remote part of the house, configured as a wireless repeater. This is another Tenda router, connected to my primary Tenda router via a powerline connection (i.e. LAN-LAN), set up as an AP with the same SSID and security but with DHCP disabled and wireless channel set to 2. So, when I move around the house with a wireless laptop, etc, it automatically connects to the strongest signal (Note a powerline connection to the Asus doesn't work - I've tried, but the signal is too weak as the primary router and the Asus are on separate ring-mains).
Could the fact that I have my repeater router operating on the same SSID but a different channel as the primary router-ASUS bridge be the cause of my problems? I know it's important to keep a clear channel in a bridge situation (I think mine is adequately isolated; the primary and bridge operate on channel 9, my range extender is on channel 2, and the neighbours are using channel 1), but does this apply also for the SSID?
I would really like to keep the same SSID for my entire network. Is there a way to maintain this but futher isolate the connection between the Asus and my primary router in the bridge setup? Or will I just have to bite the bullet and configure my range extender with a different SSID? Or could the reason for my drop-out problem lie elsewhere?
Any feedback would be much appreciated….