Tech Tip: DD-WRT iPhone And iPad Frequent Disconnect Solution

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thB9ROHNOGMost of you probably use a wireless router in your home or workplace. If you’re tech savvy, then you’ve probably heard of the DD-WRT custom firmware you can load onto some routers, which gives you a lot of customization options over the stock firmware. If you use DD-WRT and also use an iPhone or iPad, you might have noticed a common issue where your phone will frequently disconnect and reconnect from the wireless network. I’ve noticed this when trying to download a large file (like a game app update or iOS update) on my phone.

After searching the internet and asking a friend for some help, I might have come across a winning combination for some of you. There are two settings to change which may help you.

Change Beacon Interval

– Log into your DD-WRT firmware page on your router
– Go to the Wireless tab
– Then go to the Advanced Settings tab under Wireless
– Look for Beacon Interval and change it to 50 (you can also try 40, but 50 seemed to work better for me)
– Click Save, then Apply Settings

NOTE: If you have an Atheros-based router, you won’t have this option. Instead, you have to run it as a command or add it to startup.
The command would be similar to this:
nvram set ath0_bcn="50" nvram set ath1_bcn="50" nvram commit

Disable DNSMasq

– Log into your DD-WRT firmware page on your router
– Go to the Services tab
– Scroll down to DNSMasq and select Disable
– Click Save, then Apply Settings

That should be all there is to it! If you have any other suggestions, please comment below. Also let us know if this worked for you or if you’re still having problems.

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