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How to boost wifi signal on my E3000 router?

RVD26 4,132 355 May 9, 2012 at 04:51 PM
I have a Linksys E3000 router with "Shibby E3000" Build (Tomato Firmware 1.28.0905 MIPSR2-079V K26 USB BT-VPN).
With the stock firmware and even with DD-WRT all my wifi devices (HTC phone, HP Touchpad, WDTV, etc.) always had full bars when connected to the network.
Ever since I flashed the router with Tomato, it is hit or miss in regards to getting full bars on these devices.
What settings can I change to get a full signal on these devices?
My settings are below:



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Why did you go from DD-WRT to Tomato? And the most obvious question...why haven't you gone back since you know DD-WRT is solid when loaded?
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Up transmit power your at 50 max 400 probably a safe/good setting is 82-84. Try it and see what happens.

The problem is the more power the more noise. More heat also.
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What antenna are you using and how's the antenna placement?
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Why did you go from DD-WRT to Tomato? And the most obvious question...why haven't you gone back since you know DD-WRT is solid when loaded?
I had issues with the router overheating and having to reset it. No overheating issues since I flashed Tomato on it. Plus, I like the UI on Tomato better.

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Up transmit power your at 50 max 400 probably a safe/good setting is 82-84. Try it and see what happens.

The problem is the more power the more noise. More heat also.
I tried up to 200 and that didn't help. Not sure I want to max it out at 400.

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What antenna are you using and how's the antenna placement?
I'm using the built-in antenna that came with it. You can google it for a picture if you're not familiar.
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Bump...any other suggestions?
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Have you considered placing something cool or something that absorbs heat underneath your E3000 as well as giving it enough room for ventilation?

If this is all overheating related issues, perhaps target the overheating first. Otherwise, I'd suck it up and go back to DD-WRT. For some reason it's working and Tomato in this case is not.
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Bump...any other suggestions?
Did you do an NVRam clear on your initial install of tomato? Did you try turning up the power into the 80's range?
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Its ghetto but will work....


http://www.sevenforums.com/networ...e3000.html



9) Boost the signal with reflector - Reflector will reflect back the signal in the direction that we need, just like a mirror reflecting the light. Wireless signal from the router can be reflected the same way using a Tinfoil reflector which acts like a mirror. This can be easily made in your house using daily household items and in few minutes – all that you need is tinfoil, cardboard, sticky taps.
Cut cardboard in rectangle shape about 15 x 10 cm in size and wrap tinfoil around it.
Cut another piece of cardboard (or paper) in a circular shape. Now bend the circular paper slightly and place it like shown in the figure.
Now pass the tip of the antenna along the focal point of the parabola, reflector. This not only helps to reflect the signal but also acts just like a dish to receive signals and focus them on to the antenna.
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Did you do an NVRam clear on your initial install of tomato? Did you try turning up the power into the 80's range?
I checked off the box stating to clear the NVRam, however I did not do a 30-30-30 reset.
Not sure if that was necessary or not.

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http://www.sevenforums.com/networ...e3000.html



9) Boost the signal with reflector - Reflector will reflect back the signal in the direction that we need, just like a mirror reflecting the light. Wireless signal from the router can be reflected the same way using a Tinfoil reflector which acts like a mirror. This can be easily made in your house using daily household items and in few minutes - all that you need is tinfoil, cardboard, sticky taps.
Cut cardboard in rectangle shape about 15 x 10 cm in size and wrap tinfoil around it.
Cut another piece of cardboard (or paper) in a circular shape. Now bend the circular paper slightly and place it like shown in the figure.
Now pass the tip of the antenna along the focal point of the parabola, reflector. This not only helps to reflect the signal but also acts just like a dish to receive signals and focus them on to the antenna.
I appreciate the suggestion, but I don't think my wife would go for that shake head
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I checked off the box stating to clear the NVRam, however I did not do a 30-30-30 reset.
Not sure if that was necessary or not.



I appreciate the suggestion, but I don't think my wife would go for that shake head
No the Clear NVRam command should work,

The antenna catcher does work, but not with this router since your antennas are internal. laugh out loud

Sounds like you need to go back to DD-wrt and underclock a bit.
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