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Tomato Router Recommendations - Dual Band with Gigabit?

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by vivithemage, Nov 1, 2012.

  1. vivithemage

    vivithemage Serious Server Member

    My three requirements :

    -Can run tomato, obviously!
    -Dual band - 5ghz and 2.4ghz
    -10/100/1000 on WAN and LAN

    -Quick question on Tamoto : How far back does it log the overall bandwidth? I'd love to start keeping track of how much data I push/pull.

    -Also, does it ever log each users/IP traffic/bandwidth? Not required, just interesting to know if it does.
     
  2. bmupton

    bmupton Serious Server Member

    My first post here, and I think I can answer this. (I had been running DD-WRT on my E3000 for ages, and figured I'd give Tomato a try...totally impressed).

    If you can find one, the Linksys E3000 fits your requirements I believe.

    The bandwidth logs can be saved indefinitely I think. There's the option to save to JFFS or CIFS, so it's entirely space-dependent (as far as I can tell).

    And it appears as though it does keep track of each host in the IP Traffic logs.
     
  3. ladysman

    ladysman LI Guru Member

    RT-N66U

    http://www.amazon.com/RT-N66U-Dual-...F8&qid=1351863400&sr=8-2&keywords=asus+rtn66u
     
  4. vivithemage

    vivithemage Serious Server Member

    Sweet, what firmware?

    Verified to have working dual band?

    Any ideas on the logging, how far back it can go? And if it logs users/ip traffic bandwidth at all?
     
  5. vivithemage

    vivithemage Serious Server Member

    How about the RT-N56U? It's $50 cheaper!
     
  6. phuque99

    phuque99 LI Guru Member

    Linksys E3000 may also fit your needs if antennas are not your thing.
     
  7. vivithemage

    vivithemage Serious Server Member

    The E3200? What version of tomato works on that? Is it better then the N66U?
     
  8. phuque99

    phuque99 LI Guru Member

    No, E3000. And E4200 is supported too. Fedor's original tomatoUSB should work on both. Otherwise, you can compile the latest yourself or pick one of Toastman's or Shibby's current build.

    I dunno if they are "better" than N66U because I'm a consumer so I don't buy or get free routers to compare and review. With metamaterial antenna, I don't believe in ugly antennas sticking out of routers anymore. So "no antenna" is "better" to me, but that's just me.
     
  9. vivithemage

    vivithemage Serious Server Member

    So E4200 is supported 5ghz and 2.4ghz? I read that it only did 2.4?

    I have no idea how to compile a build ... I just want one that works, haha.
     
  10. lefty

    lefty Networkin' Nut Member

    The E4200 v1 has both 2.4 and 5Ghz support with tomato and the E3000 has both 2.4 and 5Ghz support with tomato as well. Either of these are great units to run tomato on.
     
  11. eahm

    eahm LI Guru Member

  12. menses

    menses Addicted to LI Member

    RT-N56U has Ralink chipset which is not supported in Tomato.

    I think RT-N66U is the top choice now (if you can spend the money) even though it has the NVRAM issue.
     
  13. vivithemage

    vivithemage Serious Server Member

    If the E4200v1 is $70 less, and works better, or just as good as the N66U, I think i'll just go with that....unless there is some compelling reason to go with the N66U.

    How does one get the right tomato firmware for the E4200v1?
     
  14. phuque99

    phuque99 LI Guru Member

    See the sticky threads.
     
  15. menses

    menses Addicted to LI Member

    N66U has 4 x more RAM than the E4200.
     
  16. vivithemage

    vivithemage Serious Server Member

    Yeah, but only 20%~ increase in throughput, how else does the extra memory help?
     
  17. menses

    menses Addicted to LI Member

    Torrents like memory
     
  18. vivithemage

    vivithemage Serious Server Member

    ah, I won't be torrenting from it.
     
  19. menses

    menses Addicted to LI Member

    Ok, then E4200 should be enough.
     
  20. vivithemage

    vivithemage Serious Server Member

    So what version do I use? Which track should I follow for upgrades on it?

    Can I just upload it, or do I have to do something special? The FAQ's have far too much information and don't have specific install links.
     
  21. lefty

    lefty Networkin' Nut Member

    For the E4200, you can use this link and get the builds with E4200 in the file name:
    Shibby builds
    http://tomato.groov.pl/download/K26RT-N/build5x-102-EN/Linksys E-series/

    Toastman builds
    http://www.4shared.com/dir/v1BuINP3/Toastman_Builds.html#dir=419837610

    Mainly what you want to remember is you need the RT-N builds with either the E4200 name in it or for upgrading from existing builds use the builds with nvram 60k in the file name as this unit has 60k of nvram. Also, you should be able to flash the images with E4200 in the name from the stock firmware upgrade gui, nothing much special you have to do, i always make sure to reset to defaults either using the gui or doing the 30-30-30 hard reset before and after the flashes.
     
  22. vivithemage

    vivithemage Serious Server Member

    What is the difference between VLAN, NOCAT, STD?

    I assume this is the beefy/everything build?
    tomato-E4200USB-NVRAM60K-1.28.0500.5MIPSR2Toastman-RT-N-VLAN-VPN-NOCAT.bin

    Are the USB ones buggy, or do they work well? I assume 5ghz works?
     
  23. lefty

    lefty Networkin' Nut Member

    1) Thats pretty self explanatory in the file names. VLAN has VLAN, NoCAT has NOCAT, STD has standard features.

    2) Why not test it out for yourself and see if it has everything?

    3) the USB ones work pretty well, and are required if you want to use the USB port on the unit. 5Ghz works.

    You seem to have alot of post follow up questions that regard future matters in which you either need to do as advised and read the stickies or test for yourself and you can then answer the questions yourself, i cannot tell you which build you would want to use, i use a build with a feature set that fits my needs, your needs may be different and from the sounds of the questions, are in fact different. To note, i can't/don't even use Toastman builds, which is what you are asking about, because my unit is not currently supported by his builds. So for now i use shibby tomato builds.
     
  24. vivithemage

    vivithemage Serious Server Member

    I will use that one then. I might as well have it all if they work. I was thinking of using the USB for printer, but not required. I just really want 5ghz with tomato.

    What is NOCAT, VPN/VLAN all make sense, but not NOCAT...quick google suggests it might be guest access?
     
  25. lefty

    lefty Networkin' Nut Member

    Yes, NOCAT is like a capture portal system for a hotspot setup.
     

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