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Newbie help needed

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

  1. Thurman

    Thurman Networkin' Nut Member

    Hello, first time user for Tomato. The good news, I have successfully downloaded & installed tomato 1.28 and started configuring it on a new WRT54GL. I am somewhat technical, setting up multiple routers (2 wired, 1 wireless) in my home that all bridge through my current trendnet TEW-633GR router.

    My reason for getting tomato is to do bandwidth monitoring. I have > 10 devices in my house (3x win7, 2x macbook pro, 2 ipads, 2 ipods, 1 iphone, 1 xbox, 1 wii, 1 old network printer). My ISP recently told me they are going to bandwidth charging in January and I want to get a handle on how much each device is actually using)

    My confusion lies on trying to map my previous setttings to the new settings.

    1. I have a static IP from my ISP.

    In my previous router, I have a local IP and a internet IP. In tomato, I only have a single LAN IP. I'm afraid if I put my static IP in that field, I won't be able to access the router on my local subnet, but I don't see where to put the static IP the ISP gave me.

    2. Likewise with subnet/DNS -> I have specific values my ISP gave me but these seem to conflict (eg, my subnet mask is which tomato doens't like)

    3. Vanilla tomato or ??

    I didn't realize all the custom distributions people have made. I'm particularly interested in the tomato-teaman-ND release that has a lot of cool bandwith tracking. I'm assuming that I should just start with that one before trying to get vanilla going?

    Thanks in advance & thanks for your patience.
  2. Thurman

    Thurman Networkin' Nut Member

    Fascinating site you have here. Wonderful QOS description by toastman. Spent the last hour reading it & went ahead & downloaded the latest v2.4 build, so answered my own question for #3 above. I love having the default QOS all set up for me (all I need to do is set my limits to 70-85% and turn it on)

    However, I'm still having the most basic problem for #1 & #2 above. I can't see where to set my WAN IP address. I'm obviously missing something stupid easy because under "Status/Overview", it's showing WAN IP / DNS as blank. Where can I set these values?
  3. Toastman

    Toastman Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    In the BASIC / NETWORK page, select your means of connection to the ISP. There are several options, but when enabled, some of them will open up the menu and allow you to enter a WAN IP below. If on PPPOE ADSL you enter password and IP is usually allocated dynamically by the ISP. DHCP accepts DHCP allocations on Cable, STATIC allows you to enter a fixed IP that the ISP gave you.

    Does that help? If not please clarify ;)
  4. Thurman

    Thurman Networkin' Nut Member

    That did help. I was confused because either the default is DHCP or I set it early and I didn't get that drop-down was for configuring the ISP connection - I mistakenly thought that was the configuration for the router (As I want the router to be my DHCP server for my home network). It also may be that I was confused by the subtle UI changes between the vanilla tomato and your latest build.

    In any regard, I am now posting from the router, so all is good. I can't wait to try out the bandwidth monitoring and the QOS. This is fantastic.


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