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Firmware Question upgrading

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by x7007, Oct 6, 2012.

  1. x7007

    x7007 Networkin' Nut Member


    I have E3000 which works pretty well with a version i got from http://tomatousb.org/download

    tomato-E3000USB-1.28.9054MIPSR2-beta-vpn3.6 - This version.

    Is there anything i can use to upgrade ? I understood that only E4200 has support for 5Ghz so it's not useable for me cause for some reason i have this option in this version i have now.

    I want to have VPN and IPv6 support.

    Now you'll see a list of builds:
    Mini - no USB, no CIFS, no Zebra
    MiniIPV6 - no USB, no CIFS, no Zebra + IPv6
    Std - normal build
    Ext - normal + Extra utilities + NTFS
    VPN - normal + Extras + NTFS + VPN
    VPN-NOCAT - normal + Extras + NTFS + VPN + NOCAT portal

    Does std,Ext,VPN,VPN-NOCAT gives IPv6 support ? or only the MiniPV6, i don't know what the other things are though...

    the Mini,Ext,VPN-NOCAT, what are the difference between them all ? I could not find any real answer to help me decide, what they write on the TXT file doesn't say if all other version has IPv6 support which what i want to have soon for future use.

    And which is always newer version the one with 7500.4 or just 7500?

    And how come i have higher version number than the version on the 4shared server ?

    Thanks, i will appreciate if someone could give me a straight answer.
  2. Toastman

    Toastman Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    You are using a rather old version of TomatoUSB and the numbering therefore has no relevance to other firmwares. TomatoUSB is no longer being actively maintained.

    Re Toastman firmware, 7500.4 just shows that there have been several small changes/bugfixes to the 7500 firmware.

    E3000 has support for 5GHz

    On the E3000 you are not limited by the router's hardware, so you can flash any build. I would use the ext build for E3000.
  3. x7007

    x7007 Networkin' Nut Member

    Thanks, But if i need VPN + IPv6 ? Will i get those in the Ext or the VPN version ? or only on the miniiPV6 ?
  4. koitsu

    koitsu Network Guru Member

    I can confirm that the Ext builds provide IPv6 support.

    Note that if you're a Comcast customer (and possibly this issue applies to other ISPs), you should note that you may need to apply some workarounds in Scripts -> Init to get IPv6 working properly. I can provide links to the relevant scripts/etc. you need to use to get things working.
  5. x7007

    x7007 Networkin' Nut Member

    Please do provide the link to set IPV6 correctly, thanks.
    The thing is i can't see the EXT version.

    I am at RT(MIPSR2) > 1.28.7500.4 VLAN and there is no EXT for E3000, only 4200.

    To choose the 1.28.7500.4 STD or VLAN ? Vlan doesn't have EXT.

    Btw, if i don't need the USB thing, and i will use without it, will i get improve router speed or something else ? I don't know what is the differences between VPN and VLAN. but anyway i might need them both and the ipV6 just not USB.

    Please if you could answer all the questions cause it takes ages until my message to be approved and i just want to update. I just don't want to mess it up and then i will really need help and the moderator approval thing isn't helpful to any situation.
  6. x7007

    x7007 Networkin' Nut Member

    What happens with the Moderation check ? i'm waiting for an anwer more than 10hrs just for the message to get posted, then more time until someone will answer it. i'm planning to use the firmware, but then i don't want to mess things up. How's this is a forum and no private chat that i can at least communicate with people for quick decisions ?
    And if we have different time zone then it's really a BIG waste of time for getting a simple question.
  7. koitsu

    koitsu Network Guru Member

    You want the STD builds. You do not want/do not need the VLAN builds.

    It sounds like the build type you want is the VPN build -- this provides IPv6 support as well as VPN support. For the Linksys E3000 using Toastman's firmware, these are the 4 firmwares you should choose given your requirements mentioned in your first post:

    * RT -> 1.28.7500.4 STD -> tomato-E3000-NVRAM60K-1.28.7500.4MIPSR2Toastman-RT-VPN.bin
    * RT -> 1.28.7500.4 STD -> tomato-E3000USB-NVRAM60K-1.28.7500.4MIPSR2Toastman-RT-VPN.bin
    * RT-N -> 1.28.0500.5 STD -> tomato-E3000-NVRAM60K-1.28.0500.5MIPSR2Toastman-RT-N-VPN.bin
    * RT-N -> 1.28.0500.5 STD -> tomato-E3000USB-NVRAM60K-1.28.0500.5MIPSR2Toastman-RT-N-VPN.bin

    The difference between RT and RT-N (do not confuse this with model numbers of some other routers) is the wireless network driver. RT-N contains the "new technology" wireless driver, and you may get better (or worse!) wireless performance with it. RT contains the "original" wireless network driver. Which you choose is your choice. I run RT-N but I do not use wireless much.

    The difference between tomato-E3000 and tomato-E3000USB is, obviously, USB support. The USB stack and related tools/libraries/etc. greatly increases the size of the firmware. If you do not use USB functionality on your router, then you don't need the USB firmware. If you want USB capability but don't use it at this present time, or you're not sure if you'll ever need/want it, then go ahead and use the USB firmware; you can disable the USB stack functionality in the GUI (uncheck option USB and NAS -> Core USB Support in the GUI).

    All 4 of the above firmwares provide IPv6 capability, as well as VPN capability.

    Re: IPv6 adjustments in Scripts -> Init: are you using Comcast or not? If not, just start without the scripts and see how it goes, okay? Don't jump the gun -- slow down, one step at a time.

    Re: "quick responses" and "lack of response within 10 hours": I'm sorry but I feel you're stretching your demands a bit. If you need someone to be at your beck and call, I recommend you hire a consultant to help you with this conundrum. This is a best-effort firmware, best-effort project, and best-effort forum. That's just how it is. You need to accept that fact.

    If 24x7x365 immediate real-time support is needed, you have two options:

    1. Hire a consultant or expert to assist with the matter and make his/her problem; they will be available at your beck and call. I don't know of anyone who does this for Tomato/TomatoUSB-based firmwares, but I know there are some folks/companies who do this for OpenWRT,

    2. Purchase a router from companies like Cisco, Sonicwall, or Juniper -- these come with a support contract that will allow you to get any question answered and any issue solved by opening up tickets, and they're all staffed 24x7x365. Alternately you could use pfSense, which also offers commercial support.
  8. x7007

    x7007 Networkin' Nut Member

    Hi, Really Really Thanks you for the answers, that's exacly what i just asked help for.

    It's not about the answering time !, it's about the moderator that accept the message so Normal users can see it including you. It just took so long just to accept my message until you can see it. I don't care if it will takes you 2 weeks to answer, but as long as i can send you private message or just know that my message can be seen by everyone.

    Btw : you said you have IPv6 guide and you might missed it, i am greatly appreciating for everything you said, that was really well. I couldn't ask for a better answer. and trust me i tried to search alone but i just couldn't find anything to show that i am right, i just understood, but i wanted to make sure with the people who know.
    This is a good forum with good people, i might just nervous cause i waited so long to upgrade ( you can see it by the version i am using) and now i really want to do it.
  9. x7007

    x7007 Networkin' Nut Member

    Re: IPv6 adjustments in Scripts -> Init: are you using Comcast or not? If not, just start without the scripts and see how it goes, okay? Don't jump the gun -- slow down, one step at a time.

    edit : Ha yes, i don't have Comcast, i am with bezeqInt Isp.

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