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WRT54GL Tomato Question..

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by dfrandin, Dec 30, 2013.

  1. dfrandin

    dfrandin Addicted to LI Member

    I've got a WRT54GL running Tomato (v1.28.7635 Toastman-IPT-ND ND VLAN-VPN). I upgraded from the 1.27vpn I had been running for years as I wanted the vlan/virtual wifi support. My question is this: I'd love to get support for a tunnelbroker ipv6 tunnel I'm currently running thru a Linux system on my network. I need Openvpn and VLAN along with the ipv6 support. Is there a Toastman version that will do this on a WRT54GL?

    Thanks
    Dave
     
  2. lancethepants

    lancethepants Network Guru Member

    IPv6 is only available in firmwares with with 2.6 kernel. Your firmware has 2.4 kernel.
    The Toastman firmware for WRT54GL with 2.6 kernel has long been abandoned, it ran much slower on that device.
    I don't think it has VLAN gui integrated anyway, that didn't come til later. Don't think it had room for OpenVPN either.
    If you want all those feature; VLAN/Virutal Wifi, IPv6, OpenVPN, you'll need to buy a newer router.
     
  3. gfunkdave

    gfunkdave LI Guru Member

    The Asus RT-N10P is only $30 on Amazon and supports Shibby's builds. Or for $10 more you can get the RT-N12, which works with Shibby and Toastman.
     
  4. dfrandin

    dfrandin Addicted to LI Member

    Thanks everybody!!
    I guess a new router is in my future.. I didn't realize that the Asus units were that cheap..

    Dave
     
  5. dfrandin

    dfrandin Addicted to LI Member

    OP here!! Ok.. Bought a used Asus RT-N12 on Amazon from an independent seller. It came with a 1.28Beta install of Tomato, seller was bragging about how much better it was than the OEM f/w. Unfortuantly, I need the following items, and the installed version did not have them when I fired up the webGUI. VPN, IPv6, and VLAN.. I took a tour thru the Toastman builds but I'm soooo confused.. Could some point me to the correct version that does those tasks for this router??

    Thanks
    Dave
     
  6. gfunkdave

    gfunkdave LI Guru Member

    Check your router's existing firmware to see how big the router's flash is. Older Rt-N12s only have 4MB, while newer ones have 8. This information might be on the status page (it is in Toastman), but if it's not then telnet/ssh to the router and issue the following command:

    Code:
    echo "$((0x`cat /proc/mtd | grep linux | awk '{ print $2 }'`)) bytes available for firmware"
    Divide the number it gives you by 1048576 to get your total flash RAM size in megabytes (approximately). It should be very close to either 4 or 8.

    Go to Toastman's firmware page and open the RT-N MIPSR2 folder, then scroll down to the newest firmware directory with VLAN in the name.

    You want any of the images that starts with
    tomato-K26-1.28.0503.5MIPSR2Toastman-RT-N-VLAN.

    If you only have 4 MB of flash RAM, then your only choices are the Mini or Tiny option (the only ones smaller than 4 MB). These will not have IPv6 or VPN (or might just have IPv6 - I'm not sure).

    If you have 8MB flash, then you can flash the most feature-filled version,
    tomato-K26-1.28.0503.5MIPSR2Toastman-RT-N-VLAN-VPN.trx, which has all the features you're looking for.

    If you try to flash an image that's too big for the available space, you will brick your router and have to re-flash with one that fits.
     
  7. riley0

    riley0 Addicted to LI Member

  8. gfunkdave

    gfunkdave LI Guru Member

    I usually prefer Toastman myself, but one nice thing I discovered about Shibby is that he puts a graphic of the network port status on the status page - a nice touch.
     
  9. dfrandin

    dfrandin Addicted to LI Member

    Lovely.. I do wish you'd warned me about the different ram capacities.. Turns out the unit I purchased is a 4mb unit.. Since I've always used Linksys routers, I had NO idea that there were different sub-models with different ram capacities. It really would have been nice for one of you to warn me about that.. With this unit, I might as well stay with my Linksys, as I cannot get the Tomato features I wanted FOR BUYING this unit.. Yeah, I know.. I should have *asked*.. But how was I to know there was even a question *to ask*??

    gfunkdave said:
    The Asus RT-N10P is only $30 on Amazon and supports Shibby's builds. Or for $10 more you can get the RT-N12, which works with Shibby and Toastman.

    THIS would have a really nice place to say "be careful, there are both 4mb and 8mb models...", then I would have *known* to ask the seller this VERY important question...

    Thank you VERY much..
     
  10. gfunkdave

    gfunkdave LI Guru Member

    Yes, and I was quoting prices for new, not used, units. Your used one is a few generations old; the 4 vs 8 MB flash hasn't been an issue for the RT-N12 in quite some time. If the $30 for an RT-N10P was too much, you should have said that you were going to buy used, in which case I might have thought to warn you - though it didn't occur to me until you posted asking which firmware to get.

    In the end, it's still caveat emptor out there.

    You're quite welcome! :)
     
    Last edited: Jan 7, 2014
  11. dfrandin

    dfrandin Addicted to LI Member

    This RT-N12 showed up on Amazon at ~$40, so, not knowing there were different sub-models, took the plunge.. oh well, this RT-N12 will be on eBay before the day is out.. Hopefully can get close to what I paid for it...

    Dave
     
  12. gfunkdave

    gfunkdave LI Guru Member

  13. dfrandin

    dfrandin Addicted to LI Member

    Yup... Gonna peddle the 4mb one on Craigslist, bought one of the D1's from Newegg.. Ordered it yesterday afternoon and voila! it arrived this afternoon... One of the things I LOVE about Newegg.. Essentially overnight service from their LA warehouse to Las Vegas, where I am...
     
  14. gfunkdave

    gfunkdave LI Guru Member

    Excellent. It's a nice router with Toastman on it. The only thing that's missing is USB - I didn't think I'd ever use USB on a router until I started to do so.
     
  15. dfrandin

    dfrandin Addicted to LI Member

    Actually, I'd love to get one with USB. Supposedly you can put a usb hub on them and use the usb port(s) to add a hard drive and a printer, getting both a NAS and a print server out of the deal...
     
  16. dfrandin

    dfrandin Addicted to LI Member

    Ok.. Just downloaded "tomato-K26USB-1.28.0502.1MIPS2Toastman-RT-N-VLAN-Ext.trx".. I'm totally NOT clear if this has the items I'm looking for, ie: VPN, Vlan/Virtual wifi, ipv6 tunneling.. Seems if you have one of the new Linksys units, its pretty clear which items work on those.. but these Asus units, not so much... I'm assuming that having the USB support despite no USB hardware is not a problem?? If this version will not do the job, please point me to the right version.... Will hold off trying this until I hear back, as I *really* DON'T want to brick this....

    Thanks
    Dave
     
  17. gfunkdave

    gfunkdave LI Guru Member

  18. dfrandin

    dfrandin Addicted to LI Member

    Ok.. Thanks.. Fired up the new unit, and would'nt you know it.. DOA.. RMA'ed with Newegg, awaiting a replacement (sure hope its not dead too... :-< )
     
  19. dfrandin

    dfrandin Addicted to LI Member

    Recieved a working replacement unit from Newegg today.. Managed to get the tomato-K26-1.28.0503.5MIPSR2Toastman-RT-N-VLAN-VPN.trx flashed via the cfe miniwebserver.. After poking around this version of Tomato, It appears to be virtually identical to what I'm running currently on my WRT54GL. It has OpenVPN, Vlan/Virtual wifi but the only thing I see about ipv6 is checkboxes to disable logging of dhcpv6 and dhcpv4 and RA logging.. I'm assuming that RA reference is to ipv6 route advertisement.. I saw a screenshot of a version of Tomato that had a section on configuring a tunnelbroker ipv6 tunnel, and a DDNS place to allow the tunnelbroker DDNS to update your public ipv4 address when it changes.. I cannot find that menu selection on this version of Tomato. I'm assuming that since I now have an 8mb router, these features would be available with a larger version? They should be since the suggested version only sucks up a bit over 4mb of the router.. Please advise..

    Dave
     
    Last edited: Jan 15, 2014
  20. koitsu

    koitsu Network Guru Member

    AFAIK the code for AAAA record (IPv6 record) updates for DDNS has not been written yet, at least not in Toastman. Possibly in another (Shibby? Victek? Not sure).
     
  21. dfrandin

    dfrandin Addicted to LI Member

    oops.. I was referring to the ability to update your IPV4 address (not IPV6) with the tunnelbroker ddns...
     
  22. dfrandin

    dfrandin Addicted to LI Member

    Anybody? Need OpenVPN, ipv6/tunnelbroker support, vlan/virtual wifi.. Currently have tomato-K26-1.28.0503.5MIPSR2Toastman-RT-N-VLAN-VPN.trx recommended by gfunkdave a few days ago, but it seems to only have Openvpn/vlan-virtualwifi, which is the same feature set I current have on my Linksys WRT54GL, and why I went thru all of this to get a router with 8mb of ram and ablity to run K26 versions. I'm not at all clear which versions have my needed features.. namely Openvpn, vlan/virtualwifi, and ipv6+support for tunnelbroker tunnels.. I'm leery of picking one myself by guesswork.. Don't want to brick this thing..

    Dave

    NEVER MIND.. Found a Shibby build that does everything I need and more...

    Dave
     
    Last edited: Jan 16, 2014

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