Netgear R7000P TX Power

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PostPosted: Sun Jun 07, 2020 18:35    Post subject: Netgear R7000P TX Power Reply with quote
Netgear R7000P flashed with DD-WRT v3.0-r43320 STD (first with r43320factory-to-dd-wrt.chk and then with r43320netgear-r7000p-webflash.bin) obtained from ftp://ftp.dd-wrt.com/betas/2020/06-01-2020-r43320/netgear-r7000P/.

My question is this. On wireless TX Power (either radio) default is 71 (Range: 1 - 1000mW). If I may, let's assume that the "71" is mW. That's just 7% power. And clearly the "71" is not dB, dBm, or EIRP.

Please explain.
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 07, 2020 19:17    Post subject: Reply with quote
First, I must ask why you flashed the .chk then the .bin, when all you had to do was flash the .chk. Second, it is mW (it's Broadcom). What needs explaining?
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 08, 2020 4:54    Post subject: re: Netgear R7000P TX Power Reply with quote
The DD-WRT Wiki recommends not to deviate from default.
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What needs explaining?
Why does DD-WRT recommend TX Power at 7%?
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 08, 2020 6:38    Post subject: Re: re: Netgear R7000P TX Power Reply with quote
C17Technician wrote:
The DD-WRT Wiki recommends not to deviate from default.
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What needs explaining?
Why does DD-WRT recommend TX Power at 7%?


that is an old recommendation and is not valid anymore. Auto doesn't mean 71mW, i guess the label saying default is 71mW has to be altered or removed altogether to avoid confusion.

basically, keep it at Auto, auto means the radio will output max allowed power based on channel and regulatory domain selected. btw, R7000P does a great job with coverage specially 5GHz compared to other routers i have.

if using US domain, keep TX power at Auto in advanced, select channel 6 for 2.4GHz and channel 161 for 5GHz, you should be getting max allowed power.

and changing the level manually to any value doesn't make it go higher than allowed output, so if you want highest output you select Auto, if you want to limit output, you put a value. for example in one of my APs i limit output to 10mW, why? because i want the AP to cover one room only, the room it is installed in.
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