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Which mod for WRT54GL

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by krneki, Mar 3, 2012.

  1. krneki

    krneki Networkin' Nut Member

    I've been searching for the best Tomato firmware for a while, but I'm afraid to test versions on my own because there are so many mods with different kernels for different routers, so I'd just like to ask you which one do you recommend for WRT54GL? At the moment, I have official 1.28 - is it worth to try others?

    Thanks.
     
  2. adlerfra

    adlerfra LI Guru Member

    I have tried many and my favorite is Tomato RAF Firmware v1.28.8515 _RAF ND Std by Victek.
     
  3. Gaius

    Gaius Networkin' Nut Member

    Shibby firmware is best. I have it running on my backup WRT54GL.
     
  4. WRobertE

    WRobertE Addicted to LI Member

    I agree with adlerfra. Tomato RAF Firmware v1.28.8515 _RAF ND Std by Victek is rock solid.
     
  5. ladysman

    ladysman LI Guru Member

    i like shibby's as well but this is the one i am using on 3 GL's in the "field". Rock solid.
     
  6. Planiwa

    Planiwa LI Guru Member

    Why? How do they differ?

    IMPORTANT QUESTION:

    Is awk included or left out from busybox?

    Code:
    l /bin/busybox
    Thanks.
     
  7. krneki

    krneki Networkin' Nut Member

  8. WRobertE

    WRobertE Addicted to LI Member

  9. KyleS

    KyleS Networkin' Nut Member

    Should definitely use K2.4 on a device like that. I've only had really good results with Tomato RAF 1.28.121006 on my WRT54GL.
     
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  10. Planiwa

    Planiwa LI Guru Member

    Why only k2.4? What are the particular reasons for this? Or are there trade-offs that depend on priorities that might differ?

    For example, I would be quite happy to limit connections to 500, in order to get more available RAM.
     
  11. KyleS

    KyleS Networkin' Nut Member

    Well, on k2.6 I'd consistently run out of ram, and frequently crash. The CPU simply cannot handle it. If you have better luck, by all means continue using it. I know I never could, though.
     
  12. juntok_abot

    juntok_abot Networkin' Nut Member

    if I use the firmware with K2.4.37 from RAF 1.28.8515 ND Std NoUSB, website response took a noticeable some seconds, tried the firmware with K2.4.20 from RAF 1.28.121006 runs responsive.
    how about others?
     
  13. Toastman

    Toastman Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    Victek's 8515 was a sort of "reference build" - I think your result was unusual.

    If you want to track clients and diagnose problems, have better QOS, then the latest Toastman versions are useful. I also would not use K2.6 on these early routers. As usual, you need to try several versions to find the one you like best. Variety is the spice of life!
     
  14. juntok_abot

    juntok_abot Networkin' Nut Member

    i've been looking at Toastman builds, but confuse with which one i should use.
    under this forlder: ND-MIPS32R1 Kernel 2.4 (WRT etc ONLY) - 1.28.7633.3, and then?
     
  15. Toastman

    Toastman Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    Depends what router you have.
     
  16. juntok_abot

    juntok_abot Networkin' Nut Member

  17. Toastman

    Toastman Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    Then one marked WRT54GL would be a good one to try :) The STD one is the one I always flash to AP's.
     
  18. juntok_abot

    juntok_abot Networkin' Nut Member

    this one? tomato-WRT54G_WRT54GL-1.28.7633.3-Toastman-IPT-ND-Std
    if the build using 2.4.20 or 37?
     
  19. Washu-Chan

    Washu-Chan Networkin' Nut Member

    I asked the same question on what build to use on Victek's board. I have a bunch of WRT54G/GL/GS routers.

    In this case, I loaded 1.28.9006-VPN on the GS routers (I have Vers. 1.0-3.0), as they have 32MB of RAM, and 1.28.8525-VPN on the G/GL routers.
     
  20. Planiwa

    Planiwa LI Guru Member

    So, am I correct to assume that for a WRT54GL,

    If I don't want any fancy features, but do want maximum Unix functionality, and space,
    the most current, most stable choice is:

    tomato-ND-1.28.7633.3-Toastman-IPT-ND-Std.trx

    and how are these different?: (what is missing from Mini and Tiny compared with Std?)

    tomato-ND-1.28.7633.3-Toastman-IPT-ND-Mini.trx
    tomato-ND-1.28.7633.3-Toastman-IPT-ND-Tiny.trx

    (This is for a Wireless Client Diagnostic host at a remote site.)


    EDIT -- Answers:

    Tiny has 8.9 MB free 768 kB JFFS2, no awk, no arping
    Std ___ 8.8 ______ 458 _________ awk __ arping

    So, clearly Std is the one.

    EDIT -- More answers:
    Code:
    Tomato v1.28.7633 .3-Toastman-IPT-ND ND Std
       wl ver
    4.150 RC10.5
    wl0: Apr 10 2008 11:52:33 version 4.150.10.29
     
       wl chanim_mode
    wl: Unsupported
       wl chanim_mode ?
    set: error parsing value "?" as an integer for set of "chanim_mode"
    var     unrecognized name, type -h for help
    
    Code:
    Tomato v1.28.7821 MIPSR1-Toastman-ND K26 Mini
       wl ver
    5.10 RC147.0
    wl0: Mar  4 2010 00:00:47 version 5.10.147.0
    
       wl chanim_mode
    CHANIM mode: detect only.
       wl chanim_mode ?
    chanim_mode
        get/set channel interference measure (chanim) mode
        Usage: wl chanim_mode <value>
        value: 0 - disabled; 1 - detection only; 2 - detection and avoidance
    
    So, it appears that there is a significant difference in the wireless driver between these two builds. Let's see:

    Code:
    Tomato v1.28.7494 MIPSR2-Toastman-VLAN-RT K26 USB VPN-NOCAT
      wl ver
    5.10 RC147.0
    wl0: Mar  4 2010 00:00:47 version 5.10.147.0
      wl chanim_mode 
    CHANIM mode: detect only.
      wl chanim_mode ?
    chanim_mode
        get/set channel interference measure (chanim) mode
        Usage: wl chanim_mode <value>
        value: 0 - disabled; 1 - detection only; 2 - detection and avoidance
    
    Considering that the Access Point uses the same (newer) wireless as K26 Mini, perhaps I should run K26 Mini on the Monitor, even though that means giving up awk, arping, and all that space.
     
  21. juntok_abot

    juntok_abot Networkin' Nut Member

    Tomato RAF 1.28.121006 + AdBlock by Yaqui is the one
     
  22. landa

    landa LI Guru Member

    Tomato RAF 1.28.121006 is the best for WRT54GL
     
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  23. Planiwa

    Planiwa LI Guru Member

    What are the comparable parameters for the RAF .18.121006?
    k24 or k26?
    wl version?
    busybox version?
    Free space -- RAM and JFFS2?
    awk?
    arping?

    By what criteria is it "the best" or "the one"?
     
  24. juntok_abot

    juntok_abot Networkin' Nut Member

    "the one" refers to that i'm only using a single tomato raf 1.28.121006 on my wireless router, and already satisfied. the browsing quite responsive as soon as you finished typing an url, although my net speed only 1mbps. i've tried raf-1.28.8515nd and toastman-1.28.8025.2, but my luck is with raf 1.28.121006. i'm not any advanced or fancy coders, which checked into what driver, busybox or qos version. one thing i noticed the 1.28.121006 utilize the k2.4.20, but who cares whether k3 or k9. my obsolete WRT54GL is healthy and productive with its qos. people experiences may differs, dont forget to clear nvram after flashing. good luck finding your soul-firmware.

    fyr: my WRT54GL wl0_corerev=9 (if this helps)
     
  25. Thinkcat

    Thinkcat Reformed Router Member

    Hello. I am currently using Tomato Firmware v1.28.7821 MIPSR1-Toastman-ND K26 MiniIPv6 on my WRT54GL with unmodified hardware. I wish I could add a 16GB SDHC card to it, but seems like the firmware does not have support for it. What should I switch to?

    What can I then use the 16GB card for? Storing logs, but something more?

    Should I even consider OpenWRT, or would that do any good?

    Is the combination of IPv6 support and SDHC support possible on this hardware?

    If there is nothing I can / want / will do with the SDHC card and I still want to have IPv6 connectivity, I guess staying with the current firmware is the best option. Does everyone agree?
     
  26. mito

    mito LI Guru Member

  27. Toastman

    Toastman Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    @Thinkcat, the WRT54GL does not support SDHC card, you would have to do extensive modifications to use one. Use your SDHC card in your camera, or for whatever purpose you originally bought it.
     
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