Flashing E4200 v1 to latest stable Tomato raf questions...

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by FattysGoneWild, Feb 16, 2014.

  1. FattysGoneWild

    FattysGoneWild LI Guru Member

    1. I have Charter cable internet 100mb/5mb service. Would I still get my full speeds?

    2. Is this the proper way to flash? Disconnect everything with only port 1 hooked up and into pc.

    1. Restore Linksys stock firmware defaults.
    2. Flash to Tomato.
    3. Log in using root/admin and clear NVRAM (thorough)
    4. Configure.

    3. Any settings that should be set after flash? I imagine country should be set to United States and transmit power to 0 for default.

    4. Extremely reliable? I would assume so! :)

    5. Any current or known issues? Something about 5GHz radio missing when flashing?!?!?

    6. qos. I have a Ooma Telo device for phone. That is the 1 device that needs priority. What would be the best setting? Hearing I don't even need to be concerned with it since my internet speeds are fast enough?

    7. Any tips would be welcome. Thanks!

    8. Been so long since I used Tomato and I know many new features have been added. Is it hard to use now? Kinda worried it might be over whelming? The last time I used Tomato was with Linksys WRT54GL RAF. What makes me want to flash is the recent security whole in E series routers and I must say. I miss the bandwidth meter. As for my home network. It consist of the following.

    Desktop (wired)
    Desktop (wireless 5GHz)
    Directv On Demand (wired)
    HP Envy Printer (wireless 2.4GHz)
    Ooma Telo (wired)
    PS4 (wired)
    Netbook (wireless 5GHz)
    Last edited: Feb 16, 2014
  2. tomatosoup

    tomatosoup Networkin' Nut Member

    Don't have answers to all your questions, but here you go:

    1. I have 75/7,5 - full speed with tomato (without QoS), so I guess 100/5 should also be possible

    2. Yeah, should work that way.

    4. My uptime only gets back to 0 when I flash a newer version, so yes - very stable (both RAF and shibby)

    5. No, 5GHz is working fine
  3. FattysGoneWild

    FattysGoneWild LI Guru Member

    Is CTF enabled in the latest stable official build? Also regarding QoS. I only have 1 device that needs major priority over everything. Its our Ooma Telo for the phone. But, I am hearing since it uses such a small fraction of an amount. I don't even need to use qos just for that setting? I have Charter cable 100mb/5mb service.
    Last edited: Feb 25, 2014
  4. Marcel Tunks

    Marcel Tunks Networkin' Nut Member

    No CTF. Without QoS or BW limiter you should be fine at 100mbps. No good way to predict if your VOIP will be okay without knowing if you saturate your bandwidth while talking on the phone. QoS probably won't be needed, but you should just try it. I've flashed different Tomato mods on several E4200v1, some with over a year of uptime interrupted only by power failures.
  5. FattysGoneWild

    FattysGoneWild LI Guru Member

    Going to flash today with latest "x" version. FINALLY. Couple last questions for now.

    1. Login information is still root/admin or admin/admin?

    2. Channel width. 2.4GHz 20MHz, 5GHz 40MHz. That is how I have mine set currently with stock firmware. BUT. My question is regarding actual channel selection. I have both set to "auto". Never had a problem with it tbh. 2.4GHz flips between 1,6 and 11 depending on interference. Does it work the same or just as good with Tomato RAF?
  6. Marcel Tunks

    Marcel Tunks Networkin' Nut Member

    admin/admin for Victek's firmware

    I recommend manual channel selection, 1, 6, or 11 for 2.4GHz

    For 5GHz I get better less interference with the lower band, so I use manual selection there as well.

    The wireless driver cannot be relied upon for appropriate channel selection in either band, at least in my wireless environment.
  7. FattysGoneWild

    FattysGoneWild LI Guru Member

    Cool beans. Thanks!
  8. Victek

    Victek Network Guru Member

    All tomato have admin/admin for first login, in my last version your can change the user login also.
    E4200, E3200, RT-N16 using RT-N firmware reach easily 196Mbps download speed.
    I recommend you to set manual channel instead of auto channel for wireless.

  9. FattysGoneWild

    FattysGoneWild LI Guru Member

    Okay. I went through with the flash and just finished a few minutes ago. Wow just WOW! So, many options and things to screw up if you don't know what you are doing. Not that its a bad thing. Its come so far along compared to when I had it on my old WRT54GL v1.1 lol. Any ways. Question. Want to set the dhcp addresses it came up with to static dhcp addresses for my devices. But, I have no clue what those 2 little boxes do if they need to be checked or not when adding? Bound to and IPTraffic?

    Also Marcel. I took the advice and set 5GHz manually. But, when you mentioned better luck with lower band. Did you mean to change Control Sideband to Lower? I changed mine to that and have it set on channel 149. Help would be great asap. I need to get our Ooma Telo voip box set to a static dhcp address the router handed out earlier.
    Last edited: Mar 4, 2014
  10. Marcel Tunks

    Marcel Tunks Networkin' Nut Member

    Tick the "bound to" box to assign a particular ip address to a particular MAC address. Untick the box to disable the static DHCP lease for that device. My static assignments are outside my usual DHCP range.

    Bandwidth usage can be monitored for devices with the ip traffic box ticked. (the explanation is in the Notes section at the bottom of the page)

    Edit: forgot to answer part 2
    WiFi has access to two 5GHz bands, channels 36-64 (lower band) and channels 149-161 (upper band). A couple of us have noticed higher signal strength in the lower band for the E4200v1 if the Advanced Wireless region is set to Singapore and transmission power set to 0 (default). I also get much less non-WLAN interference in the lower band, but YMMV.
    Last edited: Mar 4, 2014
  11. FattysGoneWild

    FattysGoneWild LI Guru Member

    Gah. Apologies. I was in such a panic and hurry to figure it out. I completely missed the notes! Thanks for the fast reply. Appreciate it.

    WiFi has access to two 5GHz bands, channels 36-64 (lower band) and channels 149-161 (upper band).

    Bit confused here. When I flashed. The country defaulted to United States and Transmit Power to 0. Which is fine since that is where I live. And I don't want to push the hardware farther. But, when you mention upper band 149-161. When the control sideband was set to upper by default. I could not select 149. But, setting it to control sideband to lower. I was able to select that channel. I only done that because my stock linksys firmware had it set to channel 149+? I can't remember the second half. But, Tomato only says 149? Is it not bonding or something? I have it set to 40MHz.


    I used Inssider and noticed its grabbing 149+153 channels.
    Last edited: Mar 4, 2014
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