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Why upgrade firmware?

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by Sopmod, Dec 23, 2009.

  1. Sopmod

    Sopmod Network Guru Member

    Hi all, maybe a dumb question, but why would I want to upgrade my firmware continually?

    Bearing in mind these factors.

    I'm running Victeks 1.25 ND which provides all features I require. So new features in say 1.27 probably will be useless to me. Heck I don't use 80% of the current features. No QoS etc.

    My router is rock solid (ASUS gl-500Gp v2) so bug fixes don't seem an issue.

    I really want just speed and reliability, and am I wrong thinking the more features the slower the performance?

    I'm just trying to get my head around the situation.

    Cheers
     
  2. TVTV

    TVTV LI Guru Member

    New firmware versions include newer versions of variuos pieces of software, like dnsmasq, dropbear etc., so new firmwares should be less buggy and maybe more feature-packed (NAP-PMP), i'd dare say more secure, too. But if your current firmware suits all your needs and more, and you're running a router at home and not handle sensitive data, you can keep your current firmware without any problems at all. :)
     
  3. Gewehr98

    Gewehr98 LI Guru Member

    More features, bugfixes, etc.

    But sometimes a firmware upgrade can be more hassle than it's worth.

    If you read through the forum here deep enough, you'll see a firmware update or two that fix bugs introduced by the previous update.

    I've stayed with Tomato v1.19 on my ancient WRT54G v1.0, but it's also been running smoothly for 421 days continuously since I last upgraded it from v1.18. :wink:
     
  4. Disman_ca

    Disman_ca Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    Upgrading to stay current is a personal preference and is usually based on an individual's desire to maximize the use of their hardware. If you're perfectly happy with the version you currently have, I suggest you leave it. If you're like a lot of other people here, we do it because we can and it fills a void for us. I consider it to be a hobby and enjoy the challenge while I continuously learn new things. Either way do as you are doing, reading up on updates and maybe in the future you'll find a new feature that warrants an upgrade.
     
  5. TurtleFang

    TurtleFang Addicted to LI Member

    If it ain't broke, don't fix it.

    There are only three reason that I can see to upgrade:
    1. Just for fun
    - You have expressed that this isn't driving you. Which is perfectly fine.
    2. To get a feature that you want.
    - You mention that you have everything you need. Which is also true for most.
    3. To fix a bug or known security flaw.
    - This would be the only reason for you.

    Bugs are things you find that inhibit your usage and need to resolve, security issues are usually things you don't know about but third parties could use to exploit your setup.

    As others have mentioned, new images can introduce new bugs in addition to any new fixes and features. This volatility is always in play with upgrades. Something to keep in mind and another reason to just stay where you are if you just want your router to work and you're a "user" not a "tweeker".

    Keep an eye out for any major known security issues, and be happy with what you have otherwise.

    Hope this helps,
    -TurtleFang
     
  6. ifican

    ifican Network Guru Member

    This was actually a very good question, its one i know alot think about and most dont have answers for they just follow the masses. I concur with all of the above, both personal and enterprise. I can say my enterprise experience is what keeps me upgrading but i only do so when bugs are identified on my core devices at home and whenever they are released on my play devices to test. At work i only ever upgrade to fix security bugs or for newer features needed. But work also has another one not mentioned here. EOL (end of life). We also get code upgrade through hardware refresh.
     

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