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best optomization?

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by inc188, Oct 7, 2007.

  1. inc188

    inc188 LI Guru Member

    hey all..

    i have had the prevelage to try Tomato and it is awesome... just looking at the menus and stuff i am very sure i am not even close to using it to its potential..

    i am newbie and i have a linksys wrt54gs and i would like to learn from you folks to how to use the capabilities of tomato to its max potential?

    i have 3 laptops in the house, a psp and a desktop... the desktop runs utorrents and mirc...

    if someone can lead me in the correct path... it will be great.

    thanks in advance. :smile:
     
  2. yaqui

    yaqui LI Guru Member

    If you are using torrent software and doing alot of bulk downloading off 1 machine... you may want to play around with the QOS settings.
     
  3. inc188

    inc188 LI Guru Member

    what are som of the best setting that have worked for you or are good to start with? i have never used qos and would like to know a good starting point?

    thanks
     
  4. GeeTek

    GeeTek Guest

    It is hard to answer your question. Tomato QOS is infinitely customizable to provide a perfect balance of bandwidth and priorities for any given system requirements. It has great diagnostic abilities with it's pie charts and bandwidth graphs that will identify your various traffic types and show you what they are doing. To fine tune a Tomato system you need to understand what you want and spend some time fiddling with Tomato to see how it works. There are numerous threads on the subject, the FAQ is loaded. Specific fine tuning points are easy after you have the general idea down. Read a bunch of QOS threads. Start with the default QOS settings. Run your computers. Look at the charts and graphs to see what is what. The psp is a game device ? You would want it to have full priority over anything else right ? For it you need to create a rule that has 100% of your bandwidth allocated and make that rule the first in the list with logical rule order enabled.
     
  5. tievolu

    tievolu Network Guru Member

    This is a good quick guide to what QOS is and how it works:

    http://vonage.nmhoy.net/qos.html

    It's targeted predominantly at Vonage VOIP users, but there's some good general information in there too.

    As GeeTek said, there is no one-size-fits-all solution with QOS, but the default settings in Tomato are about as close as you can get (hence why they are the default values).

    To get QOS working really well, you have to do a bit more work :) First you need to understand your network traffic and clarify your requirements. Then you need to apply your knowledge of QOS to configure some rules (if you don't know anything about QOS you need to learn - try reading some of the older QOS threads).

    Once you've done that you need to do some experimenting and testing, and tweak the settings while monitoring the charts provided by Tomato so you can see what effects your changes are having. This may take some time but it's the only way to get QOS working optimally.
     

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