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RT vs RT-N on E3000

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by zapoqx, Jun 30, 2012.

  1. zapoqx

    zapoqx Networkin' Nut Member

    Ok, I do admit, I'm confused about something when I have seen this a few times.
    I know that RT-N was mainly meant for making sure 5GHz radio worked on newer routers.
    But on a Linksys E3000 since the examples usually is shown for the RT versions, doesn't it already have 5GHz radio support?
     
  2. Dent

    Dent LI Guru Member

    Yes it does. The regular RT drivers on an E3000 have support for both 2 and 5 GHz.
     
  3. zapoqx

    zapoqx Networkin' Nut Member

    So, what is the point of the RT-N for an E3000?
     
  4. Toastman

    Toastman Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    It works fine with RT branch. However, the newer driver works with it too, since it is designed to have as much backwards compatibility for the older models as possible. There is a newer RT-N driver around now from ASUS sources too.
     
  5. zapoqx

    zapoqx Networkin' Nut Member

    So basically the RT-N is using a newer driver that is backwards compatible with the E3000 thus possible enhancement to the firmware's overall quality while the RT is just all the same features that RT-N also gets without the newer driver.
    Is that what the overall difference is?
     
  6. Toastman

    Toastman Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    Kinda. Though newer does not necessarily always mean better. These drivers are getting more complex and full of additional crap all the time, some of which may have some odd side-effects, so it isn't a clear-cut case. Some people reported the RT-N drivers to be slower and not so well suited to the earlier routers. They are also bigger, making it harder to create small builds that will flash. The latest driver which Shibby and I will be using in the RT-N builds may actually be rather better on throughput, you would need to do some tests. Most users with relatively low bandwidths probably won't notice the difference.
     
  7. zapoqx

    zapoqx Networkin' Nut Member

    Hm... I'll keep it in mind. Thanks Toastman. I just was confused overall with why there was an E3000 for RT-N when I thought 5GHz worked on RT and just didn't understand what made it special.
     
  8. Dent

    Dent LI Guru Member

    Toastman, don't you mean the latest RT-N driver (from Asus I believe) that you and Shibby will start to use will be incorporated into the RT-N builds and not the RT builds that you just stated?
     
  9. Toastman

    Toastman Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    yes, apologies, I changed it..
     
  10. brueggma

    brueggma Networkin' Nut Member

  11. shibby20

    shibby20 Network Guru Member

    1st) AIO is only for routers with more than 8MB flash. well no you can`t flash this image to E3000.
    2nd) Use RT builds. Older broadcom driver is better for older devices. Leave RT-N driver only for newer routers. This is my opinion.
     

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