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Looking for a new router

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by lockheed, Dec 6, 2013.

  1. lockheed

    lockheed Reformed Router Member

    I have been using tomato on Linksys WRT54G ver.2 since several years and it has been working perfectly. The only thing I am missing is a USB port (for 24/7 HDD).

    I looked around and I found RT-N10U. It has USB, Broadcom chip and apparently Tomato support (I think). Would that be a good choice?
    I really do not want to spend more, definitely not RT-N16 money.

    My requirements:
    - working well with Tomato
    - great NAS capability to be used on a 24/7 USB 2.5 HDD as online backup and file storage (accessible from WAN), so that means not just USB and NAS software support, but also CPU weak/strong enough to handle it
    - serve a medium-sized apartment with 1-2 laptops and an occasional smart phone

    I look forward to opinions of Tomatoers more experienced than myself.
     
  2. mstombs

    mstombs Network Guru Member

    Don't buy a router and expect it to give great NAS suppport, the new (expensive) Asus range have much faster dual core CPUs than others. I've heard good things about a pogoplug for cheap NAS support.
     
  3. lockheed

    lockheed Reformed Router Member

    How does such plug differ from a Tomato router with regards to NAS support? I would think not much, with the disadvantage of the impossibility of running 3rd party feature-rich firmware on it (as I can on router)? But I might be wrong.
     
  4. jerrm

    jerrm Network Guru Member

    Performance for one. Most of the pogos are ARM based at higher speeds and with more memory than anything that runs Tomato at the price points your looking at. Some have SATA ports.

    See http://archlinuxarm.org/ for linux support.
     
  5. quihong

    quihong Serious Server Member

  6. JBunselmeyer

    JBunselmeyer Reformed Router Member

    Got the Belkin mentioned above a few weeks ago and have been running AdvancedTomato on it and have been very happy.

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  7. lockheed

    lockheed Reformed Router Member

    That Belkin costs twice as much as RT-N10U. Even if I wouldn't have to add Pogoplug to it, I wouldn't go for it at that price. And if a pogoplug is better than any tomato router, then what's the point of changing my old linksys?
    Wouldn't getting just the plug do the job just as well?
     
  8. JBunselmeyer

    JBunselmeyer Reformed Router Member

    Where are you seeing the N10U for ~$17? Also, the Belkin is gigabit and dual channel.

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  9. lockheed

    lockheed Reformed Router Member

    I am seeing it new for 100 PLN, while 2nd hand Belkin is for 220 PLN.
     
  10. JBunselmeyer

    JBunselmeyer Reformed Router Member

    Ah, sorry. I was looking in American dollars. In dollars the Asus is actually more.

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  11. quihong

    quihong Serious Server Member

    Comparing the Belkin N600 I mentioned above to the Asus 10U and WRT54G...

    The Belken has 2 USB Ports which are good for attaching a printer and usb drive for additional apps via entware/optware, also gigabit and simultaneous dual band, 2.4ghz and 5.0ghz.
     

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