RLI Releases EasyTomato Version 0.6 Beta – Testers Welcome!

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by WRD - EasyTomato, Jul 17, 2012.

  1. WRD - EasyTomato

    WRD - EasyTomato Networkin' Nut Member

    Hey all,

    We’re releasing our first beta of EasyTomato today! EasyTomato is modified version Toastman’s Tomato running a totally new interface designed for nontechnical users and focused on bandwidth management and access restriction.

    We would love the linksysinfo community to beta test EasyTomato and give us constructive feedback, bug finds, or better yet, bug fixes! While checking it out, please keep in mind our target audience (hint, it’s not you!) J

    The goal of this project is to serve non-profits, schools, and hospitals in the developing world and disaster relief settings where bandwidth AND IT knowledge are severely limited. Think school in Africa with 20 computers, a satellite internet connection, and only the teachers as IT support.

    Our short overview video gives a good idea of what EasyTomato is and why it’s important.

    Features Include:
    All of the powerful features of Tomato! (Advanced Tomato interface is regular Tomato)
    Access restriction for groups of computers
    Drag-and-drop interface
    Google calendar like rule view
    Super slick bandwidith per IP graphing (coming in the next release).
    Easy to understand documentation and videos (still in progress)
    100% free (of course)
    (see attached screen-shots)

    Please Note: EasyTomato is designed to run only on the Asus RT-N16 router.

    While we realize that this may limit the number of users who can download and use EasyTomato, standardizing the hardware has numerous advantages, such as better support, fewer bugs, shared knowledge between users, and helps us get EasyTomato to a “just works” type project. See our FAQ page for more info on this.

    If you are itching to run EasyTomato on something other than an RT-N16, feel free to fork EasyTomato on github!

    Install Instructions: If you are already running Tomato (on an RT-N16) just download the EasyTomato image and update as you normally would (and of course clear your nvram). To return to your stock Tomato flavor, use the same update process through EasyTomato's "Advanced Tomato" interface.

    So get it while it’s hot and let us know what you think!

    -The EasyTomato Team

    EasyTomato Download
    EasyTomato Blog
    EasyTomato Bug Submission Form

    Attached Files:

  2. AlexF

    AlexF Serious Server Member

    Nice work, and congratulations to you for reaching a huge milestone in this project!
  3. kthaddock

    kthaddock Network Guru Member

    How much space does this takes in builds ?
  4. WRD - EasyTomato

    WRD - EasyTomato Networkin' Nut Member

    @AlexF Thanks a lot man! It's your turn to give us some new UI next.

    @kthaddock - Do you just want the image size?
    TRX Image:
    Total Size .... : 7860224 (7676.0 KB) (7.5 MB)
  5. AlexF

    AlexF Serious Server Member

    Here it is. The QoS, USB/NAS and VPN sections are still left to port. I wonder if someone is interested in trying a merge ...

  6. mstombs

    mstombs Network Guru Member

    Very interesting - as long as its still the Toastman Tomatousb I know underneath and advanced options still available I'll switch straight over - took a few attempts to get the firmware through dropbox, but I'll soon have the source-code as well...

    Do you realize how attractive having a proper bug tracking system sounds?... something tomatousb has been lacking for quite some time!
  7. WRD - EasyTomato

    WRD - EasyTomato Networkin' Nut Member

    Yep, you've got all of the normal Toastman stuff you know and love in Advanced Tomato. Changes in EasyTomato (access restriction rules, router password, ssid, etc) will be reflected in Advanced Tomato too.

    While our current bug tracking is nothing fancy, I agree that some sort of bug tracking will be helpful to the project.

    Let us know what you think once you give it a try! We should have a version that lets you rename devices shortly and then we work on some really pretty bandwidth graphing in the not to distant future.

    Great! We will take a look at this soon.
  8. mstombs

    mstombs Network Guru Member

    Running fine here, shame have to go via dd-wrt from Asus, but it does allow the load firmware and reset defaults option.

    I don't see OpenVPN options in Gui, and only minor issue I see in logs is that miniupnpd tries to use IPV6 although IPV6 disabled, but I presume that's deliberate?

    [edit] Just had a look at how Asus firmware sign the trx in the last step of their build, relevant section of the log I think is

    ctools/trx -o image/linux-lzma.trx lzma-loader/loader.gz ctools/vmlinuz-lzma ctools/target.squashfs
    warning: increasing offset 2699 to 2700
    warning: increasing offset 1219545 to 1219548
    ctools/trx_asus -i image/linux-lzma.trx -r RT-N16,,image/RT-N16_3.0.0.3_144.trx
    Creating ASUS RT-N16 firmware to image/RT-N16_3.0.0.3_144.trx
    TRX Image:
    Total Size .... : 19496960 (19040.0 KB) (18.6 MB)
    CRC-32 ........ : 777AF768
    The source-code for trx_asus is provided, its a host tool that is recompiled during the build
  9. WRD - EasyTomato

    WRD - EasyTomato Networkin' Nut Member

    Great. Thanks for the feedback on the Asus signatures! We will take a look at it. Not sure about the IPV6 stuff, but we will check that out too.

    OpenVPN is missing as we were doing standard, not VPN builds, but that will change moving forward. Next release, coming out next week, will have OpenVPN and a few bug fixes.
  10. WRD - EasyTomato

    WRD - EasyTomato Networkin' Nut Member

    We are shooting to have the EasyTomato 0.7 Beta out by the end of next week. Our main change is adding the ability to rename devices from the EasyTomato interface and a few bug fixes.

    Please put your bug submissions in if you've found any!

    Here are our current bugs and here is where to report anything you find!
  11. peyton

    peyton Network Guru Member

    I saw that you're using opendns to block adult websites but it's a shame in non-english countries ? Do you know if you can install an ipk and mod the GUI for it like on this ? http://block.si/ (in openwrt)

    Great project btw ! :)
  12. WRD - EasyTomato

    WRD - EasyTomato Networkin' Nut Member

    Hi Peyton,

    For now we are going to stick with OpenDNS Family shield as it's soooooooo easy on our end and we have a million things to do. All we do is change the DNS servers over to FamilyShield and back with the check box. In the future, we may do more (we haven't even looked into this), but for now we don't have the time.

    Thanks for your encouragement!
  13. Kanuki

    Kanuki Serious Server Member


    Can your version of Tomato firmware can support VLAN tagging 500 at WAN port?
    I'm staying in Malaysia. My ISP is called Unifi. This Unifi is vDSL and requires to
    tag vlan.500 at the WAN port. Many users in Malaysia whom using RT-N16 either
    they have to use the ASUS original firmware or install the Bridge switch between
    the vDSL modem and RT-N16 to bridge vlan.500 become something that RT-N16
    with DD-WRT or Tomato firmware can support.

    I've already tried all version and edition of DD-WRT firmware and TomatoUSB firmware
    but still no success. I'm not sure that I configured wrongly or Firmware bug but definitely
    the hardware can support this feature because the ASUS original firmware can do this.

    Please help me. I really need your help. I've already tried to ask many firmware developer
    but they just keep quiet and ignore my request. I believe that if your firmware edition can
    support this. Many RT-N16 users in Malaysia will be interesting in this.

    Below screenshots are the example how the config like when using D-Link DIR615 with
    DD-WRT firmware.




    Best Regards
  14. WRD - EasyTomato

    WRD - EasyTomato Networkin' Nut Member

    Hi Kanuki,

    We are just working on a front end GUI and trying to touch the back end as little as possible. Beyond that, our project has some pretty spesific goals (this isn't one of them) and we're sticking to them. Best of luck though.

  15. Kanuki

    Kanuki Serious Server Member


    I do understand. Please help me to have a look at this when you have time.

    Best Regards
  16. chrisanthropic

    chrisanthropic Addicted to LI Member

    This looks like a really fun project, I'll install it when I get home. Quick question - do you guys plan on including a gui to add items to the whitelist for adblocking? If not, the standard options for doing so on tomato are still available correct?
  17. WRD - EasyTomato

    WRD - EasyTomato Networkin' Nut Member

    We may. We actually don't have the adblocker included in our current release (0.6), but will likely get it in there by 1.0. It works of course, but there is a bunch to play with to make sure it's how we want it and we've been too busy with other parts of the project. We are going to have to look into memory usage, esp if we end up including a squid caching server.
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