WRTSL54GS X WRT54G-TM as main router?

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by Kibe, Jul 28, 2009.

  1. Kibe

    Kibe LI Guru Member

  2. fyellin

    fyellin LI Guru Member

    Well, this guy is massively overcharging. I've seen other postings of WRT54G-TM with DD-WRT installed going for around $60ish.

    Or you can buy a vanilla WRT54G-TM with vanilla firmware (roughly $40 on ebay) and upgrade it to DD-WRT or Tomato yourself. Anyone who knows enough about computers to post to this forum knows enough to reflash the router him/herself.

    (The one piece of software you'll need is "tftp". This comes pre-installed on Macs. I know it is free and readily available for download on Linux and Windows, but I don't know if it's pre-installed).

    I've never used DD-WRT. Reading this forum, you'll see that the most frequently asked question is "How can I stop my boyfriend/roommate/landlady from torrenting so much?"

    Edited to add:

    I take back my claiming that this is overpriced. I didn't realize that this guy had also added a heat-sink and an SD card port.

    Other posters on this form claim that you can overclock up to 250Mips without needing a heat sink. As for the SD card, I have never needed one, though I think it's a cool hack; your needs may differ.

    In any case, I was perfectly happy with my WRT54GL. I upgraded to the WRT54G-TM because I thought there might be a big gain from the extra memory; there really isn't.
  3. rhester72

    rhester72 Network Guru Member

    tftp is definitely in Windows XP, not sure about older or newer.

  4. Toastman

    Toastman Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    tftp is also in Windows 7 (and presumably Vista).

    In my useage, I have a lot of clients, at any one time there are usually around 7 to 11 people using p2P and at least 1000+ connections 24/7. I bought several ASUS WL500gP v2, I found the extra memory of these routers did help in my case - the routers very rarely suffer from problems due to (presumed) "connection storms." However, that router is somewhat sluggish and I certainly wouldn't buy any more, I would go for the TM and avoid anything using the 5354 chipset . Everyone on here seems to be very happy with the TM!

    Having said that, a whole bunch of new routers are about to hit the market, based on N technology, sporting more memory and faster processors (but more expensive). And some of them are a bit "flakey". There should be some reviews soon. The new ASUS RT-N16 looks like a mean machine. I'm hoping someone will be able to port tomato :biggrin:

    I've never seen an SL, didn't think they were still available.

    RAF is good, and T/B's USB mods give some amazing functionality to the ports.
  5. spliff

    spliff LI Guru Member

    WRT54G-TM is the best choice, running Tomato. It overclocks to 250MHZ eazy and can NAT at almost 70 megabits. I have a 16M/2M connection and often use more than 1000 connections. It is very stable.

    You can try and find a T-Mobile store that has them in stock. Just make sure you ask for the "old blue and black one with two antennas". They should be $20, no contract or anything required. Otherwise they are on Ebay for less than $50. I sold one and got only $41 bux for it.
  6. bripab007

    bripab007 Network Guru Member

    The -TM is the same as the -GL only it has double the RAM and costs a little more than half what the -GL goes for.

    'Nuff said.
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