I was looking for a switch (as for instance RB250GS or GS108T) when I found an inexpensive router that could utilize open source firmware (WNR3500L v2). The price tag was enticing. It did, however, require a fair amount of head-scratching to get the setup right. I started by connecting the old router/gateway with a LAN-connector in my new switch-to-be. That way, I got a network working, but Ping, Traceback, Date and Time didn't work, and revealed that I had to improve the setup. Now, in the rear mirror, it's obvious that if only I'd tested to chose the alternative "disable WAN", I would probably have got a nice setup much earlier, but it was first after a couple of days that I got that bright idea. Instead I tried to find more direct methods to get dnsmasq and the ntp client to work. That was the wrong way. I also used Google to search the Internet, but didn't really get the straight forward answers I was looking for. Actually, two of the forum posts that I found (this and this) were pretty much spot on, but in the flood of other skimmed posts, I didn't understand that. In fact, I now realize that it doesn't require more than a handful of changes of the default setup (Shibby's mod), to get a well working setup, of which four on the Basic-->Network setup page are the crucial ones: "Disable" WAN IP Adress of the switch Default gateway (to the Internet) One static adress to a DNS (for instance the same as the default gateway) I wonder if others have had a similar problem to understand how to turn a tomato-router into a switch, and if something could be done to make it easier for us? Maybe a notice, or something, at Advanced-->Routing-->Michellaneous-->Mode ??? p.s. My first impression of Tomato (in Shibby's mod) is quite positive. But I'm not very experienced, and have not much to compare with, so I'm not really the right person to make judgements. Instead I thank - and bow in awe!