Tomato router for a 1000/200 connection

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by psychowood, Jul 16, 2017.

  1. psychowood

    psychowood Network Guru Member

    So, I moved to a new house and discovered with great pleasure that I've got coverage for a FFTH connection, specifically a 1000/200 one.

    Since the crappy&locked router of my ISP is, well, crappy, I'd like to keep a Tomato router around, since it has accompanied me for the last 10 years, more or less.

    Do you have any recommendation for a Tomato WiFi router, possibly AC capable, the will be able to support a full duplex 1Gbps (yes, I'm a big optimist :) ) connection with its WAN port, or I should start, sadly, looking elsewhere (e.g. The latest Asus routers, or an ubiquity solution)?

    Thanks in advance.
  2. Sean B.

    Sean B. LI Guru Member

    Unfortunately, I think you're outside of Tomato's coverage on that one. As I'm pretty sure you're gonna have to step out of the SOHO level and into enterprise hardware.. something like this perhaps: .. however I've seen some people state they don't see the full gigabyte performance from the entry level enterprise hardware, and needed a step up such as this . None of which, to my knowledge, is supported by Tomato. However, I'm certainly not an authority on what's all available now n days, so maybe someone that comes a long will correct me and point you in a better direction.
    Last edited: Jul 16, 2017
  3. microchip

    microchip Serious Server Member

    provided you don't use VPN and don't use anything that disables CTF (hardware acceleration), that is anything that needs to expect packets first disables CTF, you should be able to hit close to Gbps speeds for WAN -> LAN and reverse on higher end consumer wifi routers. You can take a look at SNBs testings of various routers For example, an ASUS RT-AC68U easily comes close to Gbps in their tests. Same for the NETGEAR R7000. Those are just 2 examples
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  4. cloneman

    cloneman Addicted to LI Member

    probably best to do Arm router with merlin. will the best closest thing to tomato you can get...
  5. bjlockie

    bjlockie Network Guru Member

    Why is Merlin better than Tomato?
  6. cloneman

    cloneman Addicted to LI Member

    it's not, it just has more routine speed, last I heard, due to being very close to stock firmware, the router should perform exactly as benchmarked on smallnetbuilder
  7. Monk E. Boy

    Monk E. Boy Network Guru Member

    Merlin works better than Tomato on high bandwidth connections because he doesn't disable CTF unless you enable a feature that needs CTF disabled, which is how the stock firmware works. The upside to Merlin vs. stock is its not so kiddy-friendly; you can do things like install entware over an ssh connection.

    You can install Tomato on a supported router but its going to have CTF disabled since much of Tomato won't work w/CTF enabled, which lowers the transfer rate.

    If you're planning on going the Merlin route, be sure to check that the firmware is supported by him. He only builds for models he has access to.
  8. gfunkdave

    gfunkdave LI Guru Member

    The EdgeRouter X will support gigabit speeds, just spread among upload and download. So a 1000/1000 connection could download at around 1000 Mbps or upload at 1000 Mbps, or upload and download at 500 or 750/250. You just need to enable hardware offload. No need for the ER Pro...though the Lite and upcoming ER 4 can do simultaneous gigabit up/down.
  9. Monk E. Boy

    Monk E. Boy Network Guru Member

    It's important to note though that if you enable traffic shaping or QoS it disables hardware offload. Provided you have a well behaved bunch of people sitting behind the ER you shouldn't have to do either but you don't always end up with well behaved people... "what do you mean I can't sit at my desk during lunch and watch 1080p Netflix videos while everyone else is trying to get work done?!"
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  10. gfunkdave

    gfunkdave LI Guru Member

    It would take a lot of 1080p streams to saturate a 1Gbps connection! :)
  11. somms

    somms Network Guru Member


    FWIW: Although not AC just 802.11n, the somewhat older R7000 gateway router I have loaded w/Shibby's latest can handle my 1Gbps FTTH no worries...just makes sure to enable CTF!;)
  12. RichtigFalsch

    RichtigFalsch Networkin' Nut Member

    I'd go for an x86 mini-ITX system running IPFire for that speed.
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