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Tomato capabilities

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by Natey2, Aug 24, 2013.

  1. Natey2

    Natey2 Serious Server Member

    Could someone tell me what the Tomato firmware can do that the stock firmware in a Linksys EA4500 can't?
  2. lancethepants

    lancethepants Network Guru Member

    Absolutely nothing, because the EA4500 is not supprted.

    For supported routers, you can check Tomato's capabilities on tomato's wiki page.
    OpenVPN is a big plus for many.
    Better QoS that many like.
    Torrent client (Shibby builds).

    TomatoUSB mods site
    You can also use optware/entware, which pretty much makes it limitless.
    I've used my routers as
    -Web Server
    -Voip Server (currently)
    -Development environment (tomatoware).
    -Tinc - A mesh VPN for all my sites.

    Pretty much anything you have the source to you can compile for tomato.
  3. hawkmat

    hawkmat Networkin' Nut Member

    Tomato can not be installed on a Linksys EA4500. Can only installed on certain Broadcom chipset routers. Routers it can be installed on are several Asus Models such as the popular RT-N66 and RT-N16, Linksys E4200v1, etc. Read the forums and you will discover all the great things Tomato can do!
  4. Natey2

    Natey2 Serious Server Member

    I have a 10-year old WRT54G v2.0 that might be salvageable. I'm deciding if I should upgrade to the EA4500, or enhance the WRT54G (if salvageable).
    Does the v2.0 (CDF5) use an ADM or BCM chipset? I'm seeing conflicting reports.
    Last edited: Aug 24, 2013
  5. Malitiacurt

    Malitiacurt Networkin' Nut Member

    In my, and many other people's opinions who use alternative firmware, the stock firmware is pure dung poop. Few reasons why, including a bunch of limitations they implement to restrict you, including requiring a sign up and use a Linksys Smart Wifi account to get the newer firmware 'features' like qos, remote access, parental rules, etc.

    Tomato has a bunch of features that Lancethepants mentioned that I find really useful, especially openvpn, bw monitor, and qos/ip limiter. Another huge plus is also being able to use the routers as clients, repeaters, WDS APs, etc. I like being able to use my older routers as extenders/repeaters/wireless clients for wired devices when I upgrade the gateway routers. Stock firmware would never let you do that so you're basically forced to use it as a wired AP, switch, or chuck it.
  6. Natey2

    Natey2 Serious Server Member

    It is with regret that I announce that my WRT54G v2.0 router is dead, after a decade of loyal 24/7 service.
    Using the new power adapter from the EA4500 (similar rating) allowed me to briefly connect to, flash v4.1.25 (I was on v4.1.21), and when I tried to save settings, locked up on me. The connection doesn't last for long now after each reset.
    I guess Tomato is not on the horizon for me.
    Thanks for the info, guys.

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