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[recommendation?] best router to run Tomato..

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by lordielordie, Apr 13, 2008.

  1. lordielordie

    lordielordie LI Guru Member

    I'm looking to get a new router, and I really like Tomato software.
    I was about to order the WRT54GL by default, but I thought I'd ask here first:
    all I need is a 4 port router, with good wireless support, reliable/stable and fast.

    Any ideas?

  2. houman

    houman LI Guru Member

  3. szfong

    szfong Network Guru Member

    WHR-G125, WHR-HP-G54, WHR-G54S, and WRT54GL (excluding the WRT54Gv2-4, and the WRT54GS (no longer produced). ASUS units are a bit pricey.

    In that order, according to performance & value.

    I personally really like the speed of WHR-G125 and value. Got a couple I bought for $25US after rebate at CircuitCity. Due to lawsuit, Buffalo's has vanished. So, WRT54GL is the cheapest and ASUS are more flexible (more ram/flash + removable rp-sma antennas, I hate those tnc antennas).

  4. kevanj

    kevanj LI Guru Member

    Look on ebay.....
  5. z00100

    z00100 LI Guru Member

    I have a question, which one is better?

    1. WRT54GL + HGA7T


    2. WHR-HP-G54 (Stock antenna)

    This is assuming that Tomato is freshly installed on both routers and no power tweaks done.

    Strictly bone stock.
  6. szfong

    szfong Network Guru Member

    The WHR-HP-G54, in my opinion is better. The "high gain" omni antennas will flatten the "donut" pattern as it radiates outward. Use directional antenna for range/sensitivity and the 4dbi antenna Buffalo included are a nice balance between range and coverage.
  7. kevanj

    kevanj LI Guru Member

    I concur with Simon. I have a WHR-HP-G54, and have no signal problems anywhere is a 2-storey 4500 sq.ft. house.

    They are recognized within the firmware community as one of the routers with the greatest wireless range.
  8. szfong

    szfong Network Guru Member

    I almost "choked" seeing how ridiculously high those router's prices had gone on ebay.

    I bought the couple of whr-hp-g54 for $50US after $10 rebate, couple whr-g125 for $25US after rebate, and WRT54GL for about $50US (on sale). Even not on sale the whr-hp-g54 were merely $60US, when I had bought them. Although there UPC was cut away, I still have many brand new, on reserve or to give to friends or relatives (w/ latest Tomato installed, of course).

  9. houman

    houman LI Guru Member

    I had two whr-g125, that were running dd-wrt, before tomato were ported to them. One of them died, because partly it was in a sunny room + I had the xmit power too high, the other one was fine... I have not tried to put tomato on them (I bought them like $30 @ Bestbuy) and they seemed like a good deal.

    But one day I saw Tigerdirect had good deals on WRT54GL and I picked two, and could not be happier... I also picked the HGA7T from Amazon Marketplace for $20, the signal quality is great and I am like the #1 signal quality in the neighborhood (well the surrounding town homes).

    I'd say stick to routers that are 100% supported on the firmware list, since WHR-G125 is still under experimental stuff. But if you pick the G125, and do not like tomato, you could use dd-wrt.

  10. lordielordie

    lordielordie LI Guru Member

    I decided on the Linksys, mostly because the Buffalo routers are harder to find as they are no made anymore..
    Thanks everyone for your help.
  11. LLigetfa

    LLigetfa LI Guru Member

    What makes you think they are not being made anymore? They are still sold in other countries and gray marketed into the US.

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