ASUS RT-AC67U Dual-band Wireless-AC1900 Router

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by hawkmat, Mar 1, 2013.

  1. hawkmat

    hawkmat LI Guru Member

    ASUS RT-AC67U Dual-band Wireless-AC1900 Router. Looks like it will contain the new Broadcom BCM4708 1GHz ARM® Cortex™-A9 dual-core processor, 32 KB I-cache and 32 KB D-cache per core, Snoop Control Unit (SCU) with ACP interface for I/O coherency, 256 KB L2 Cache (shared), SMP and AMP capable, Single-processor core operation configurable, Advanced Gigabit Ethernet, 8-ports with full-line rate, 10/100/1000 PHY ports, Support for lot6 power standard, Hardware Flow Accelerator, RGMII/MII-lite interface. It looks like it is still several months out from shipping and is still subject to change. I expect Tomato would need a major overhaul to work with this new ARM processor. Update: Built-in 3T3R high-performance antenna, 2.4GHz and 5GHz dual-band synchronization can reach 600 + 1300 Mbps transfer rates. Dual USB 3.0 Ports.
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  2. M_ars

    M_ars Network Guru Member

    wow :)
  3. jerrm

    jerrm Network Guru Member

    It will be a big undertaking. Big enough to question if porting Tomato as a whole is the best approach, or port the best bits of Tomato over to another project (or fork it). Either one that is already more hardware independent like OpenWRT, or assuming ASUS keeps things open source, take RMerlin's approach and use the ASUS gpl bits a base.

    If I were one of the Tomato developers, and embarking on such an undertaking, I would probably also try to move away from the bits that have questionable licensing at the same time.
  4. Monk E. Boy

    Monk E. Boy Network Guru Member

    Going from single core to multiple cores can involve a lot of work. Back when dual core desktop processors first came out there were lots and lots and lots of problems. Even today some products, internally, limit some of their processes to executing on a single CPU so they can guarantee instructions are executed in a very precise order. When second thread that's depending on the results of first thread executes at the same time as the first thread... you've got a problem.

    Sounds like very nice hardware though.

    Also keep in mind Tomato = MIPS, so ARM probably isn't in the cards. That's... a lot of work...
  5. kthaddock

    kthaddock Network Guru Member

  6. Toastman

    Toastman Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    Unfortunately, if you remove the bits that have "questionable licensing", then what's left isn't Tomato.
  7. lancethepants

    lancethepants Network Guru Member

    I think it's so funny every time some new router comes out (especially non-mipsel/broadcom based ones) we get these posts asking about Tomato support.
    I'm not saying it's not possible, or couldn't happen, but if you're waiting for these to be tomato supported, don't hold your breath.
    Just buy tomato supported hardware. Tomato supports some pretty decent stuff. If it's not enough, you probably should be looking at some x86 software solutions anyway.

    I will only buy (already) tomato supported hardware because I know I want to run tomato. I don't run DD-WRT as a matter of principal, despite the fact that TomatoUSB blows it out of the water anyway.
    Good luck developing (or simply compiling) with it too. They can take their firmware modfication kit and shove it up there ...!
  8. quihong

    quihong Networkin' Nut Member

    How about Arch Linux Arm with some custom packages to handle the routing/switch functionality instead?
  9. RMerlin

    RMerlin Network Guru Member

    If third party firmware for this device is what you are looking forward, I can tell you that there's a firmware based on Android that will be developped, by the Droidifi folks. Not sure how it will work out in the end (I admit I'm a bit skeptical about the use of Android for a router), but will still be interesting to see.
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  10. BrainSlayer

    BrainSlayer Network Guru Member

    funny. but what i have to say here. people are asking for tomato support but the product did not even hit the market yet. asus was kind enough to provide me some engineering samples. so i was able todo the job.
    @lancethepants: i dont want to argue with you whats better and whats not, but you should maybe take a look on our development progress before you start to throw shit on dd-wrt. specially the nas/samba/dlna support etc. has been heavily improved over the last months.
    and for all other users i hope that tomato will find its way to the arm architecture too. the AC56 as well as the AC67 has usb 3.0 on board which could be some benefit. just in case you still want to say that usb 2.0 blows away usb 3.0 support :)
    and no, i have no critism left for tomato. good job and i hope it will coexist with dd-wrt for a long time
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  11. mstombs

    mstombs Network Guru Member

    Great that you took the time to post here BS, your GPL sourcecode via dd-wrt svn will be very useful to anyone thinking about Tomato support. When will dd-wrt actually release a non-pre-release version, V25? I know tomatousb is in no better shape its current version should be called a mult-headed "Hydra".
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  12. mito

    mito Network Guru Member

    @ BS, thanks for your post, i agree 100 % with you:)
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  13. MilanMr

    MilanMr Reformed Router Member

    Support IGMP v3?
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