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Latest tomato mod release for RT-16

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by meazz1, Oct 7, 2011.

  1. meazz1

    meazz1 Addicted to LI Member

    I have a RT-N16 which is running DD-WRT.
    I am thinking of moving to tomato. My basic needs are to monitor my kids activity, restricts some Urls and have decent WIFI for 3 laptops and 2 USB external storage devices.
    I have read thru Toastman, Vteck, Teddy Bears and other mods but could not decide whicn one to try out.

    any helpful advise would be welcome.
  2. Monk E. Boy

    Monk E. Boy Network Guru Member

    I've had the latest version of Teddy's "Extras" firmware running on nearly a half dozen RT-N16s for months, and I haven't had a single peep of complaint since I put them in place (aside from grumbling early on that I wouldn't let them unplug the router by hand, like they did with the Airports... to resolve traffic/connection-related bugs... on a daily basis).

    I'm going to buy one for home soon and test out Toastman's and other builds, since I'd love to implement a multiple SSID/VLAN setup (could save us tons compared to buying a vendor's system), but just can't experiment with production equipment.
  3. meazz1

    meazz1 Addicted to LI Member

    Which mods offer multiple SSID/Vlan? I know Teddy Bear mod does not offer these feature.
  4. Monk E. Boy

    Monk E. Boy Network Guru Member

    I know Toastman has at least one build with it, but I'm unfamiliar with which builds get it and which don't because, well, I've just been reading on it and not actually doing anything with it.

    Multiple SSIDs require multiple VLANs, but multiple VLANs don't require multiple SSIDs, and as I recall it's based off Teaman's work which was just to implement multiple VLANs.
  5. Gaius

    Gaius Networkin' Nut Member

    Toastman's builds are your answer.
  6. teaman

    teaman LI Guru Member

    Hi there - let me try to clarify things a bit ;-)

    Once upon a time, there was something I cooked up for my personal use, since every time I wanted to change some of the (advanced) networking settings on my WRT54GL and/or improve things a bit, it was a lot of work to reconfigure things like VLAN IDs and port assignments. At some point, someone asked about VLAN tagging on this forum, so I eventually ended up publishing branch VLAN-GUI, which is based on tomatoUSB. And things went just like that for a while.

    Over the next few days, I decided to extend/enhance a few things a bit, and branch VLAN-GUI got support for up to 4 LAN bridges, each assigned it's own ports/VLAN. Next, some of the 'standard' network/helper services, common to pretty much to every tomato build out there these days, became multiLAN-aware: the admin/user has the ability of configuring things like uPNP, static routing and network restrictions/access between each LAN bridge individually ;-)

    While I was digging into the code to implement those things, I noticed a lot of the code already had support for multiple wireless interfaces, so I became puzzled and started to experiment things a bit (based on the great work by Teddy Bear), and eventually pushed another branch to the git repo:

    Please notice this is highly experimental and may not work at all on your router! Still... if you want to go ahead and try it out, you might be able to get experimental/testing tomato builds out there where you'll find these features available/compiled-in. I'm not aware exactly which one you should get for your RT-N16, but you might want to check out other threads about builds from Toastman and/or Shibby20 (and possibly others).

    Please also notice there's no web UI for setting up additional/virtual SSIDs, only a few notes here and there:

    Hope this helps.


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