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Donations for Netgear WNDR3700?

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by kamatschka, May 16, 2010.

  1. kamatschka

    kamatschka Network Guru Member

    Hi there.

    All the Firmwares out there (DD-WRT , Openwrt, Tomato, etc) I like tomato the most.
    I used OpenWRT, DDWRT, HyperWRT and Tomato on my WRT54GSv1.1 and the most happiest I was with tomato. It has , compared to DDWRT, a much quicker UserInterface, doesen't waste memory, which is really important on such devices with a small memory size, its QoS feature is superior to the QoS on DDWRT and Tomato has many features but isnt overloaded like DD-WRT. OpenWRT is much more customizable but you need to take care of so many things before you are done with its configuration.

    I was really glad to be able to use Tomato on my WRT54GS many years but I thought my WiFi network needs to be faster. I read many reviews and I decided to go with the Netgear WNDR3700 DualBand Router. Its faster (throughput) than the Asus RT-N16. Thats why I chose the WNDR3700 instead of the ASUS RT-N16.

    I decided to buy this router because of its Performance and I saw on the DD-WRT and OpenWRT forums guys who successfuly flashed the WNDR3700 with minor and major bugs/problems but this will surely be resolved in future.

    What I really miss is a tomato build or some people working on it. I want rather go with tomato instead of DD-WRT or OpenWRT.

    SO I thought to donate a little amount, and I hope there are some people out there who are also willing to donate so u guys are able to buy such a Netgear WNDR3700.

    So now my question: To whom I need to donate. I didnt saw any "official" donation Site where you can gather informations regarding donating money or donating the device itself..

    And who wants also to donate for this device so the devs are able to buy one to mess around with it?

    Thank you for your answers in advance.

    Greetings from germany!
  2. mstombs

    mstombs Network Guru Member

    I don't want to say never, but Tomato currently only runs on Broadcom based routers. The Linux kernel is heavily patched by Broadcom to work with Broadcom binary drivers.

    The WNDR3700 is Atheros based, so there is a lot to change to make Tomato work with it. dd-wrt already has a port for certain Atheros chips, OpenWRT will always struggle because of the binary only wireless drivers.
  3. occamsrazor

    occamsrazor Network Guru Member

    What do you think are the chances to get Tomato working on a router that supports 5Ghz WiFi, also 40Mhz channel bandwidth?

    I need to upgrade my wireless to N, and currently it seems like my best bet is to buy a router (the WNDR3700 is the current overrall champ for fastest wireless according to Smallnetbuilder) and use it simply as an access point connected to my WL-500GPv2...
  4. mstombs

    mstombs Network Guru Member

    The WNDR3700 is GPL and there are downloads on


    but don't expect too much since Netgear don't seem that good at supporting their router WNR3500L which is marketted as OpenSource.

    It seems a bit much to assume Tomato Author's can support that hardware using info from dd-wrt, OpenWRT, Linksys, Asus etc!

    But dual band 5GHz N + 2.5 GHz G would be good. The first step would be get examples of the hardware to the Tomato and mod developers Jon, Viktek and Fedor (teddy_bear). Viktek has mentioned in the RAF thread he has been working with Atheros...

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