Wireless-N support

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by Jason404, Nov 27, 2009.

  1. Jason404

    Jason404 Addicted to LI Member

    The list of routers that Tomato supports does not seem to include any wireless-N routers. Why is this? Are there plans to support it in the near future?

    Also, is Tomato really more stable than DD-WRT?
  2. phuque99

    phuque99 LI Guru Member

    to be objective, you'll have to visit dd-wrt and give it a spin on your wifi-N router. there is always a risk of fanboyism for tomato firmware on a tomato forum stating that this firmware is "more stable" without any objective information or comparison ;)
  3. though

    though Network Guru Member

    i really hope that they make tomato available for the new Asus RT-N16. dd is now available on it. it IS the new router to have over the dated buffalo/linksys units.....
  4. ng12345

    ng12345 LI Guru Member

    there is a router with tomato firmware and wireless N support (though not complete); the source is available on the site - though they don't have WPA built in yet, it seems like some of the stronger coders on this site should be able to push the firmware forward.

  5. Jason404

    Jason404 Addicted to LI Member

    Thanks for the link, but which router were you referring to? The Netgear WNR3500L?
  6. The Doctor

    The Doctor LI Guru Member

    Yes, the WNR3500L. You can't buy it yet (as of a few days ago, anyway), I've heard it should be available early Dec. That site is run by Netgear, for what that's worth.

    I may end up with that router, but from my past experience with Netgear, I'll try to avoid it. I can continue a bit longer with my WRT54G-TM, it's a little underpowered for me but extremely stable with Tomato, or try DD-WRT on my Actiontec MI424WR. I will probably do one of those and hope something good happens with Tomato hardware support.
  7. Jason404

    Jason404 Addicted to LI Member

    There seems to be refurbished Netgear WNR3500 routers on my local eBay, for reasonable prices. Is that a non-Linux version then? Can they be hacked for third party firmware?

    The fact that they are 'factory refurbished' makes me think that this is an unreliable model, as you suggest. A lot of the reviews on Amazon are really bad, but it could just be the Netgear firmware.

    I am now thinking about whether wireless-N is actually that important to me. I would like the speed for RDP and FreeNX wireless connection, but I suppose I could live without it for now.
  8. The Doctor

    The Doctor LI Guru Member

    WNR3500L is different specs, less memory for starters. Linux? No idea. Don't know if it's hackable or not, not gonna try.

    Lots of items show up as 'factory refurbished" early in the product life cycle, I don't think it's cause for concern. But I went through 3 WGU-624 routers, every one of them locked up every few days (sometimes every few hours). Removing the case and adding a fan didn't help. My sister had slightly better luck with that model, only locked up every week or 2 for her. She's a very light user, <2 GB per month. My experience with that model left a very bad impression of Netgear products.
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