Are E3000 builds compatible with the WRT610N V2?

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by CarbonCrew, Jan 12, 2011.

  1. CarbonCrew

    CarbonCrew Networkin' Nut Member

    I realize that this is probably a dumb question but I feel I have to ask to avoid making a $100 paper weight. I'm a bit confused as there are specific DD-WRT builds for the WRT610nV2 and the E3000.

    Are the Tomato E3000 K2.6 builds compatible with the WRT610n v2? I realize that the routers have identical hardware and the answer seems obvious, but I wanted to make sure. I've read the tutorials on the WRT610nV2 to E3000 upgrade process but it seems that the only advantage is the extra NVRAM that becomes available. As I have no intentions of running scripts or bandwidth monitoring, the E3000 upgrade does not seem worth the potential bricking risk.

    Also, when flashing to Tomato, it is advisable to flash with one of the DD-WRT 'first time flash' builds before transferring to a Tomato build?

    Thanks for any help!
  2. shibby20

    shibby20 Network Guru Member

  3. CarbonCrew

    CarbonCrew Networkin' Nut Member

    Thanks Shibby for the info. Have you considered upgrading your wrt610Nv2 to the E3000? As I understand it, the E3000 has a larger NVRAM size which is only beneficial when running a lot of scripts or doing some sort of monitoring. However, I have read that some people feel the upgrade improves the performance of the router, perhaps just a placebo effect. I'm still on the fence about attempting the procedure.

    When you say the install is the same as the RT-N16, do you mean that you first flash with the 'first flash' DD-WRT build, followed up with a build of your choice or is the process more complex?
  4. dmb41crash

    dmb41crash Networkin' Nut Member

    E3000 builds are NOT compatible with any other router. Same goes for the E2000 build. This is because they both have a 60K CFE as compared with a 32K CFE for the other models. The hardware might be the same, but the NVRAM is most certainly not.
  5. CarbonCrew

    CarbonCrew Networkin' Nut Member

    Thanks Crash.

    Are there any tangible performance benefits associated with a NVRAM increase from 32K to 60K? I've seen people claim better performance, but I'm not sure how that is possible in low to moderate duty applications.
  6. rhester72

    rhester72 Network Guru Member

    More NVRAM just allows you to store more configuration data - no performance difference whatsoever.

  7. CarbonCrew

    CarbonCrew Networkin' Nut Member

    When flashing a WRT610n, are you still required to first flash with a DD-WRT mini build and then flash with Tomato? or Can you flash straight to Tomato from the Linksys GUI?

    I've read some flash procedures and noted a 'pre-flash' of DD-WRT. I suspect that this information is dated and is no longer required. Any clarification would be appreciated.
  8. wats6831

    wats6831 Networkin' Nut Member

    You're going to want to flash the initial DD-WRT build or image that they state in the instructions and then flash Tomato. Straight to Tomato may be possible but I'm not sure and everyone I've talked to does it with DD-WRT
  9. CarbonCrew

    CarbonCrew Networkin' Nut Member

    Thanks for the response Wats.

    I ended up doing the E3000 upgrade for longevity reasons. Of course, that process required a DD-WRT build before ultimately landing on TeddyBear's E3000 USB build.

    Thanks everyone for the help.
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