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Retain bandwidth logs from Tomato v1.28.1816

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by JollyTall, Apr 1, 2013.

  1. JollyTall

    JollyTall Network Guru Member

    Hi all,

    I'm going to install a Toastman VLAN build to update my WRT54GL which is currently running Tomato Firmware v1.28.1816. But I have over 1 year of bandwidth data I would like to keep, maybe re-importing after upgrade. Is this possible? Apologies if this is already answered elsewhere - I couldn't find anything. Point me in the right direction if so. Thanks.
     
  2. JollyTall

    JollyTall Network Guru Member

    OK, I assume no-one knows. Anyone know if I risk damaging my router if I try to re-import, or will it just fail harmlessly?
     
  3. koitsu

    koitsu Network Guru Member

    Administration -> Bandwidth Monitoring -> Backup.
     
  4. JollyTall

    JollyTall Network Guru Member

    Thanks. I know about the admin link, but I assume it's only meant for re-importing to the same firmware ie original Tomato 1.28.1816 I want to move to a Toastman build and retain previous logs.
     
  5. koitsu

    koitsu Network Guru Member

    Again I will repeat myself: Administration -> Bandwidth Monitoring -> Backup.

    This is not the same thing as Administration -> Configuration -> Backup Configuration.
     
  6. Mercjoe

    Mercjoe Network Guru Member

    To answer your question:

    Yes, you can re-import the logs with no issues.

    I transferred my data logs from the original Tomato (on a WRT54G) --> TomatoUSB on a WNR3500L --> to the WRT after 3 years that was now loaded with Toastman's fork --> to another WNR3500L. I am talking about YEARS of data logs. No problems or issues going back and forth with different tomato forks, kernels, and hardware.

    As Koitsu stated, you do this in Administration -> Bandwidth Monitoring --> Backup.

    In that menu you just set it up to the location you have the logs saved to. DO NOT CHECK THE CREATE NEW FILE OR the Create Backup.

    Be sure to set the backup frequency.

    When the firmware goes to back up the data it will find the existing file and append it. It then reloads the appended file to the router for display.

    The easiest way to learn would be to make a backup of your original data and play with the settings. If you mess something up then you just recopy your good data and try again.

    Experience is your best teacher.
     
  7. pharma

    pharma Network Guru Member

    I can tell you are speaking from lots of experience! I remember when I first tested the "Create New File" option. :)
     
  8. JollyTall

    JollyTall Network Guru Member

    Mercjoe: thanks, it worked fine. Even though I knew EasyTomato (which I installed on a new RT-N16), Toastman and Tomato were all variants of the same thing, I just lacked confidence to try it.

    Koitsu: I was aware that bandwidth and config backups are distinct. I don't believe I suggested otherwise.​

    Just have to get WDS working now between my RT-N16 and WRT54GL (it doesn't), but that's a different subject :)
     
  9. Mercjoe

    Mercjoe Network Guru Member

    Well, now that we got fixed, what is the WDS problem?

    I do have a little experience.

    I have a WDS link from a Netgear WNR3500l (running Tomato Firmware v1.28.7502.1 MIPSR2Toastman-RT K26 USB VLAN-VPN-NOCAT) to a WRT54gv2.1 (running Tomato Firmware v1.28.7634 Toastman-IPT-ND ND Std).

    Fire away. We have similar hardware. Bet we can get it working for you.
     
  10. JollyTall

    JollyTall Network Guru Member

    Mercjoe: thanks, I appreciate the offer. Initially I had EasyTomato on my RT-N16 and Tomato 1.28 vanilla on the WRT54GL. I tried many combinations of channels and security (WPA/WPA2 & AES/TPIK), but only by disabling security entirely could I get the two to talk. I used various tutorials on the net, so can't give a line-by-line description but I'm fairly sure I did the important things right. But now I have decided that I don't really like the EasyTomato interface after putting a Toastman build (ND.1.28.7634Toastman-IPT-ND-VLAN-Std) on my WRT54GL. I am going to put an equivalent Toastman build (but tailored to the ASUS) on my RT-N16 and try WDS with the WRT54G again. Will let you know if it doesn't work, and we can go from there.

    All I really wanted from the modified Tomato firmware was individual IP address bandwidth monitoring, mainly so I could observe data transfer rates between a WDTV Live and my NAS over different wired & wireless settings, but I've yet to find a way of seeing the LAN traffic data flow if it is only internal (ie not to/from internet). Can this be done? I have played with flashing routers, starting with the old linksys firmwares, then dd-wrt & tomato, but as you probably guessed I'm still pretty much a novice.
     
  11. koitsu

    koitsu Network Guru Member

    It can be done, but there is no support for this via the GUI. It would be somewhat painful to implement.
     
  12. Mercjoe

    Mercjoe Network Guru Member

    Um.. it is EASY. It is on the IP bandwidth charts. I monitor traffic from my server to my computers by looking at the individual IP address's. The Bandwidth graphs chart WAN to LAN. The IP charts will show you ANY traffic to and from that IP address. That is how I catch my kids sneaking movies and/or music that is stored there.
     
  13. koitsu

    koitsu Network Guru Member

    I'm sorry but you did not read what JollyTall said. Let me quote him and bold the important part:

     
  14. JollyTall

    JollyTall Network Guru Member

    OK, after much hair-tearing, gnashing of teeth, etc, I have finally managed to get the two routers talking. Using v1.28.7500 MIPSR2Toastman-RT K26 USB VLAN-Std on the RT-N16 and v1.28.7634 Toastman-IPT-ND ND VLAN-Std on the WRT54GL, and WPA / WPA2 Personal + TKIP / AES on Channel 11 Mode G only. It did seem a bit unstable and slow using Ch6, a bit better so far on Ch11, and success may depend on reboot order, but time will tell.

    At one point I had given up, and was considering DD-WRT in repeater bridge mode which I read was a better alternative. Any thoughts?
     
  15. FlashSWT

    FlashSWT LI Guru Member

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