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Thinking of switch over from dd-wrt

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by lovingHDTV, Feb 9, 2007.

  1. lovingHDTV

    lovingHDTV LI Guru Member

    I've been running dd-wrt v23 sp2 for a couple months now on my two Linksys WRT54GS version 1.1 routers.

    The primary reason for using a different firmware is QOS. I use Vonage, and want good voice quality. Nothing like your boss not being able to hear you because your uploading a presentation to him while talking on the phone at the same time.

    I found the QOS in dd-wrt to be . . . marginal. I kinda works, but I'm not happy. Monowall/PFSense worked much better but that is a whole different story.

    Is the QOS in Tomato better? Will I be able to have good voice quality? I have my Vonage pap hooked up to the router directly. In dd-wrt I'm using mac based priority.

    Secondly, my other router is hooked up as a client bridge. It works great and I have no complaints about it as there are no QOS issues. Will the client bridge work with Tomato as the wireless access point? I'm assuming it will, but thought I would ask. I don't want any surprises.

  2. der_Kief

    der_Kief Super Moderator Staff Member Member


    nothing ventured, nothing gained :biggrin:

    Joking apart, i think you should give it a try. I myself dont use VoIP but all i read about QoS+VoIP was positive. I use QoS especially for short response time in online gaming whilst doing p2p or video streaming. Tomato QoS gives you a wide spectrum of possibilities
    For wireless i'm not a good contact partner because i use it only temporary.

  3. ntest7

    ntest7 Network Guru Member

    QOS in dd-wrt works well, but is a little tricky to set up right. QOS in Tomato is very simple to set up, and gives you pretty graphs of usage.

    Give tomato a try - it's easy enough to flash back to dd-wrt or one of the other firmwares if you like them better.

    Just remember to do the factory reset thingy every time you flash your router.
  4. digitalgeek

    digitalgeek Network Guru Member

    My suggestion is to turn everything on as is... except you will need to add a very high priority rule for you voip gateway, but most of the time the default rules/settings are going to give you the best result. it's easier to tweak than got back to original.

    I use bt alot soto prevent my downloads from absobing all the available upstream I use QOS and application settings so all my clients are guarenteed bandwidth allwoing me to always be able to view webpages. The wds is extremely stable (more stable than Thibor).
  5. JensG

    JensG Network Guru Member

    I use Tomato's QOS to give priority to my VOIP(SIP) adaptors MAC address on the outgoing bandwidth, and the WRT scriptgenerator to control/reserve incoming bandwidth. It's close to perfect, even with my 1024/256 bandwidth.

    BTW, I moved from DD-WRT to Tomato because my router rebooted if my VOIP phone was occupied and another call came in. That problem doesn't exist with Tomato.
  6. lovingHDTV

    lovingHDTV LI Guru Member

    I must be missing something. I downloaded the firmware, but when I extract it nothing is extracted. I then downloaded the source and that worked fine. Any ideas?

    EDIT: go figure, the 5th attempt actuall downloaded it.
  7. lovingHDTV

    lovingHDTV LI Guru Member

    Everything is up and running. I'm very impressed with the QOS quality. I kept the default QOS setting, added a src mac address rule for all traffic from my phone adapter, moved it to the top of the rules and tested. I honestly could not tell the difference when I was hammering it with ftp, sending email, anything. Better by far than dd-wrt.

    Glad I moved over. Now to upgrade the second router that is acting as a client bridge. It is working well but the interface is so fast with Tomato compared to dd-wrt.

    thanks all!
  8. der_Kief

    der_Kief Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    You're welcome :biggrin:

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