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First Impressions

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by 05dyna, Dec 16, 2016.

  1. 05dyna

    05dyna New Member Member

    I’ve been a long time User (not Guru) of dd-wrt. I’ve always held dd-wrt and its developers the highest regard. That said I only tried Tomato once with an old Buffalo router I got off eBay back in the 802.11g days and haven’t used it since…

    Recently I’ve been running the Linksys WRT1900ACS with Kong’s dd-wrt builds and they have been great. In any case I got a great deal on a new Asus RT-AC68U which I couldn’t pass up. I tried to install dd-wrt on (since that’s all I’ve known over the several years) but dd-wrt was unstable at best. The 5Ghz LED wasn’t working and when I tried to overclock it to 1000mhz as I did on my D-Link DIR-868L-A1 it just crashed no matter which dd-wrt build I tried on it. Even with it not overclocked something was just not right. (Off topic but I use the D-Link router in back of my primary router as a dedicated VPN router since we don’t need a “whole house” solution)

    I figured since the RT-AC68U wasn’t playing nice with dd-wrt I would give Tomato a try. The hardest part and fun part was finding my custom setting but once I got those set I’ve been very pleased with the performance. All the LED’s are working and the wireless coverage as good as better than my Linksys WRT1900ACS. The only issue I found with Tomato and the Asus RT-AC68U was with the wireless and APSD Mode. APSD mode was enabled which I which I though was unusual since the default setting is disabled. With APSD enabled I was getting wireless speed slowdowns but once I set it to Disabled it’s been working flawlessly. In fact I even zeroed out my Transmit Power which sets it to the hardware’s default and it still out performing my WRT1900ACS.

    I’m running Advanced Tomato Firmware 1.28.0000 -3.4-138 K26ARM USB AIO-64K, uptime just over 7.5 days and all is good
     
  2. Mr9v9

    Mr9v9 Reformed Router Member

    That is great news! Uptime for me on DD-WRT was always unstable, but that was about 5 years ago. With Tomato builds I go months without a reboot.

    If you had to compare the two what would you say would be the biggest difference between using DD-WRT and Tomato for you now?
     
  3. 05dyna

    05dyna New Member Member

    I think the hardest part was trying to cross over and enable and find the features I use in dd-wrt. For example I use the wireless scheduling and access restriction to prevent my NAS and printer from connecting to the internet. In Tomato as you know both those settings are under Access Restrictions. In dd-wrt the access restriction is under Access Restriction but depending on what flavor of dd-wrt you have the Wireless scheduling is either clearly marked in the Broadcom & Marvell chipsets but you have to enter a script for the Atheros Hardware.

    I’m still a dd-wrt enthusiast but dd-wrt just wasn’t getting the job with this router. Tomato on the other hand is rock solid here on this one. Just up over 20 days and the wireless is preforming as good as or better than my WRT1900ACS-v1 running dd-wrt. so far so good!

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  4. 05dyna

    05dyna New Member Member

    Well the good news is my RT-AC68U made 92 days of continuous uptime, the bad news is the router became unresponsive this morning and I had to do a hard reset. The only thing I did different prior to it crashing was running multiple speed test simultaneously. We just received a speed upgrade from our ISP a few days ago so I ran a few test last night. It seemed to be OK when I ended the testing but the router was locked up this morning. I liked all the features in tomato but can’t have it locking up so back to my old Linksys now…

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  5. t0m@t0

    t0m@t0 New Member Member

    I like my new [first] Tomato, more than DD-WRT even, i think :)
     
  6. mwaterbu

    mwaterbu New Member Member

    I recently migrated from DD-WRT to Tomato, and have been very impressed so far. No major issues yet.
    The AdvancedTomato GUI was a big draw for me to make the switch. It is very good looking and simple to navigate.
     

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