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

By |2016-10-16T15:56:40-05:00July 31st, 2013|Categories: Mobile, Technology|Tags: , , , , , , , , |8 Comments
Share This:

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.

Share This:


Related Content


  1. Robert Russell on Facebook July 31, 2013 at 11:26 am - Reply

    Jeff Jiggens – You might want to check these settings out if you ever run into this problem. I know we were tweaking a lot of things, but this combo seems to have worked best so far.

  2. Jeff Jiggens on Facebook July 31, 2013 at 11:34 am - Reply

    I already modify my beacon rates as i use my units to set up WDS meshes. Ipad keeps connected just fine.Read more…

  3. Jeff Jiggens July 31, 2013 at 11:40 am - Reply

    Thanks for the heads up, i believe we spoke about this some tiem ago and i had you set the beacon to 40.

    I use 40 on my Atheros based devices and it seems to work just fine with my Ipod touches and Ipad4

    On my Atheros based device i have DNSMasq left on and it seems to be fine. Millage may vary and users should test them selves of course.

    To set the beacon interval on Atheros based devices you must do it via a shell or start up command as the option is not present in the GUI.

    An example of my commands for my dual 2.4/5.0 GHz route are

    ” nvram set ath0_bcn=”40″
    nvram set ath1_bcn=”40″
    nvram commit “

  4. Mike Lee August 14, 2013 at 2:16 am - Reply

    i tried that command but get

    nvram lock, waiting….

    any suggestions?


    • Alex Decarli April 1, 2015 at 1:12 pm - Reply

      i tried that command but get

      nvram lock, waiting….

      any suggestions?


Leave a Comment