A few questions...

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by Parity Error, Sep 10, 2011.

  1. Parity Error

    Parity Error Addicted to LI Member


    I've been using Tomato on a WRT54GS v4 since 1.25 and currently use 1.28. My cable hsi recently was upgraded to docsis 3.0 (finally) and I'm getting anywhere between 35-45Mb Down/8-9Mb Up.

    My question is, would any of the newer modified firmwares increase my bandwidth? I definitely don't need any type of QoS, or VPN, etc. I'm really just looking to increase my LAN/WAN speed as much as possible. If there is such a firmware could you please point me to it? I've read quite a bit about the firmwares here and let me say that I'm quite impressed, yet somewhat overwhelmed. Any advice is appreciated ~ ;-)

    Thanks much!
  2. Parity Error

    Parity Error Addicted to LI Member

    Welp, guess there isn't. :confused:
  3. shibby20

    shibby20 Network Guru Member

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  4. Parity Error

    Parity Error Addicted to LI Member

    Hi Shibby,

    Thank you for the response. I flashed the firmware above and there doesn't seem to be any increase over the stock 1.28 I was previously using. Is there something I'm missing possibly? I'm using cat5 from the router to my pc, so I'm not sure if cat6 is required or not. Let me know if you have any suggestions on the settings with that firmware -- It's currently using default [victek] settings/and freshly cleared nvram.

    ~ Best Regards
  5. EOC_Jason

    EOC_Jason Networkin' Nut Member

    A cat5 cable would be more than adequate for 100Mb and the few feet between your PC and router...

    Perhaps you've reached the peak of what your ISP speed is offering?
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  6. Toastman

    Toastman Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    You need a better router, I think.
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  7. Parity Error

    Parity Error Addicted to LI Member

    True. Is there a way to speedtest only within the LAN?

    That's what I'm thinking as well. I've lost track of how many years I've been using it, so that's probably a good indicator it's time to upgrade.

    Any recommendations?
  8. shibby20

    shibby20 Network Guru Member

    Netgear 3500L it`s powerful and cheap router.
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  9. eahm

    eahm LI Guru Member

    Parity Error, if you live in USA you can buy the E3000 for ~$70 on Amazon or Buy.com.
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  10. Parity Error

    Parity Error Addicted to LI Member

    Would you stay away from refurbished routers? I definitely want a new one, although I can't decide which is the best.

    Hmmm... maybe I'll just flip a coin?
  11. Toink

    Toink Network Guru Member

    E4200, E3000, E2000 very stable and am using them all :)
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  12. Parity Error

    Parity Error Addicted to LI Member

    heh. so I still haven't bit the bullet yet and purchased a new router. I guess my hope of some type of 'mega-sale' on routers during the holidays never came to fruition. :(

    I definitely want to get a newer one; it's just so tough to decide! thanks for all the suggestions though, I'm still pondering them over.
  13. eahm

    eahm LI Guru Member

    ...between $49.99 and $59.99 on Newegg: http://goo.gl/tWvmd

    Don't buy new ones, if possible.
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  14. Planiwa

    Planiwa Network Guru Member

    You could scp a large file to (from) the router ( to /dev/null ) and use the scp progress meter and/or Tomato's transfer rate meters.
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  15. Parity Error

    Parity Error Addicted to LI Member

    @Planiwa, much appreciated.

    I'm buying a new router first thing tomorrow, I've narrowed it down to Netgear 3500L or one of the linksys. One question I have about the Linksys is what is the difference between an E2000 and X2000?

    EDIT: nevermind, just figured it out. x2000 is adsl. ;)

  16. bluenote

    bluenote Addicted to LI Member

    Before you go and buy a new router, I would plug your PC directly into the cable modem and do a speed test.
    Might save yourself a few bucks and some disappointment.
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  17. Parity Error

    Parity Error Addicted to LI Member

    I got a smoking deal on a refurb E4200.

    Now I just need to know what firmware to use. Previously I used Victek's version that supported the WRT54GS and had no complaints at all. I'm hoping for much of the same with the new one, so suggestions and recommendations welcome!
  18. eahm

    eahm LI Guru Member

    $99 from the Cisco Store?
  19. Parity Error

    Parity Error Addicted to LI Member

    Close! I had a promo code for $10 off too ;-)

    Now if I could just figure out how to use this thing... seemed like my 10+ year old router was faster?
  20. PBandJ

    PBandJ Addicted to LI Member

    Asus RT-N16 was on sale during black Friday at Amazon (and NewEgg). Got one for 70$ ;)
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