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Moving to ARM Builds

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by lightsword, Nov 1, 2013.

  1. lightsword

    lightsword Serious Server Member

    Now that broadcom is switching over from MIPS to ARM I figured I would start a thread to discuss how this affects tomato. Their new ARM platform has significantly higher specs, generally 64 megs of flash memory up to 256 and possibly even higher compared with about 8 megs on a mid-high range wireless N router. With this change comes the new wireless AC standard along with USB3.0 support. Most broadcom routers that support the AC standard will likely now be ARM based, with the ASUS RT-AC66U being one of the last MIPS based chipsets, ASUS has moved on the the ARM platform starting with the RT-AC68U. I have been in the process of gathering all the necessary development resources needed to support these new routers including the new broadcom SDK components which also includes a much more modern version 2.6.36 kernel. I'll try and post whatever resources are needed. A good place to start may be the broadcom sdk in the linksys buildroot system it appears to be fairly clean and straightforward to understand. I have been researching the details of this platform so if there is anything in particular that anyone needs or any software I should post let me know.
  2. RMerlin

    RMerlin Network Guru Member

    The simplest path is to start with Asuswrt. Since Asuswrt was originally forked from Tomato, it would be the simplest way to implement support for Northstar on Tomato.

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