120 Mbit connection, what router with Tomato?

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by sander815, Jul 6, 2010.

  1. sander815

    sander815 Network Guru Member

    my ISP has raised its downspeed from 50 to 120Mbit, of course my wrt54gs can't handle it anymore
    But i really like Tomato.. Is there any new highspeed n-router that supports Tomato? or other custom firmware?
  2. ManuX

    ManuX Guest

    Netgear WNR3500L ?
  3. szfong

    szfong Network Guru Member

    If you decide on the WNR3500L, I believe it will be fine if you do not open too many simultaneous connections as it'll do about 300Mbps. As the # of packets per seconds rises to about 10,000 or so, you'll notice that even at 50Mbps, the WNR3500L cpu will be saturated. This was using an older Netgear default firmware, which should be fastest. But, if you wish to build your own router, I highly recommend a fast yet low powered/heat Intel cpu w/ Intel based gigabit nic chips. You've probably outgrown Tomato, depending on what you plan to do with your 120Mbps connection :)
  4. sander815

    sander815 Network Guru Member

    something like a trendnet won't work?
  5. sander815

    sander815 Network Guru Member

    yeah, i was also looking at that one
  6. szfong

    szfong Network Guru Member

    Only thing I can add withut knowing what you plan to do with your 120Mbps connection is to buy a couple of routers and stress test them. Make sure they have good return policies.

    I personally recommend recycling a pc, and throw a Linux or BSD based free router/firewall on it and couple it with a few good gigabit nic's which offloads interrupt handling w/ good stable drivers. You can monitor and watch how much cpu/memory performance you need & can later google for an embedded router & scale it based on your needs.
  7. Azuse

    Azuse LI Guru Member

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    Tim2k Addicted to LI Member

  9. trevorw

    trevorw LI Guru Member

    Are there any benchmarks/numbers for wired WAN->LAN (and vice versa) for Asus RT-n16?
    I'll be changing my ISP and probably have gigabit to the rest of the ISP network and am wondering whether RT-n16 can handle the load or whether will become the bottleneck.

    This post from a while back (http://www.linksysinfo.org/forums/showpost.php?p=360408&postcount=48) got me thinking if the current consumer grade routers are enough for such speeds or whether I should be looking at something else. However I couldn't find anything decent with Gigabit Ethernet that also runs Tomato and costs (the complete package) up to 150$.

    Any experiences in this regard?
  10. FattysGoneWild

    FattysGoneWild LI Guru Member

  11. trevorw

    trevorw LI Guru Member

    Yeah - I've heard good things about WNDR3700 however it only has 64mb of ram (though it does have dual band capabilities).
    Not sure whether Tomato will run on it though.

    As for the benchmark, Asus fw sucks. They have good hardware but awful firmware - I was hoping to get some real-world benchmarks for an RT-N16 with Tomato on it. I'm pretty sure the numbers would be out, but not sure by how much.

    Anyone looked/tried the routerboard (http://www.routerboard.com/pricelist.php?started_from_home=1) hardware? They seem to come with their own OS which is a pity (I understand is very good but I'm looking for a more streamlined, UI-based config = aka Tomato!)?
  12. trevorw

    trevorw LI Guru Member

    Thanks wlkn.
    Do you know whether Tomato can be installed on it? Or any of the WRTs ?
    I was a bit put-off by the RouterOS requirement - I understand it's a nice OS but I see you cannot make backups or install anything else on these devices w/o losing the license (which has a significant price tag).

    I'd appreciate any experiences you might want to share since I haven't seen these devices in many places.
  13. hrana

    hrana Network Guru Member

    For a long time I've needed more throughput out of my WRT54GL but I don't need any additional features other than those provided by Tomato. Plus the interface is slick and does what I need it to do. I've always wished there was an port of Tomato (or at least the GUI) to a standard x86/x64 Linux distro so we could configure the necessary utils in Linux. I've sacrificed throughput because of all the great things in Tomato.

    I've been eying routerboard's products for a while because they can offer a true dual-band wireless-N setup but they're a bit pricey for an AP-only configuration. I need a minimum of 3 wireless access points to blanket my house completely. What consumer-grade routers/APs provide true dual-band wireless-N and are worth buying?

    Lastly, what Linux router/firewall distribution for an old x86/x64 box does everyone recommend? Working QoS is a necessity!
  14. greenythebeast

    greenythebeast LI Guru Member

    I have 150 down, 50 up and use the RT-N16 with no problems. The CPU is uber powerful and doesn't break a sweat.
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