Upgrading to more modern Tomato...

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by mpthompson, Feb 19, 2014.

  1. mpthompson

    mpthompson Reformed Router Member

    For a number of years I've been a very happy user of Tomato v1.28 on a Linksys WRT54GL. However, I now would like to get access to the more modern features that have since been added to TomatoUSB. VPN, IPv6, etc... It looks like my WRT54GL cannot be upgraded to take advantage of the kernel 2.6 features and such.

    Is a LinkSys E2000 with Shibby's TomatoUSB mods a reasonable upgrade? What other low cost hardware would be worth looking at? I don't need the wireless features, I'm looking to use it purely as a wired router.

    I'm assuming I can use the builds from here:


    What's the difference between the IPv6-VPN and the Max bin version for the E2000?

    Sorry for the newby questions. Tomato has certainly moved on since I last upgraded my WRT54GL many years ago and it's more difficult to make sense of the variety of options and devices now supported.


  2. shibby20

    shibby20 Network Guru Member

    how much can you pay for new router?
  3. mpthompson

    mpthompson Reformed Router Member

    Well, I suppose I can pay whatever, but my desire would be to keep it as inexpensive as possible. Under $100 is OK, under $50 is better. I paid under $50 for a refurbished Linksys WRT54GL and it has served me well for many years after being upgraded to the earlier version of Tomato.

    For instance I saw in another thread someone mention the Belkin Play N600 HD for $33 on Amazon. If the Belkin will give me a feature rich Tomato router capabilities then I wouldn't see the need to spend $200 or $300 -- particularly if the difference is primarily in the wireless capabilities which I won't be using.
  4. gfunkdave

    gfunkdave LI Guru Member

    Look at the Asus RT-N10P (runs Shibby, $30) or RT-N12 (runs Shibby or Toastman, $40)
  5. mpthompson

    mpthompson Reformed Router Member

    Thank you for the suggestions. I ended up getting a Belkin N600 HD F7D8301 from Amazon for about $35. I basically chose this router because I found a link to instructions elsewhere in the forum for upgrading it Tomato by Shibby that were very easy to follow. I'm certain there are probably instructions for the other models as well, I just found the ones for the Belkin N600 first and it meets all my needs. Now I just need just move my settings from the WRT54GL and I'll be in business with Tomato for hopefully a good number of years to come. :)
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