Asus rt-n66u Tomato recommendation

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by RCNDND, Oct 3, 2018.


    RCNDND New Member Member

    Hello All:

    I have an Asus rt-n66u router. I want to install Shibby's Tomato but don't know which version to use.
    The amount of versions is very confusing. I am hoping you all can give me a recommendation.

    Thank you..
  2. cloneman

    cloneman LI Guru Member

    Shibby 1.32 or Freshtomato MIPS, IMHO.
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  3. Onee-chan

    Onee-chan Network Newbie Member


    RCNDND New Member Member

    Thank you for your replies.

    I have a couple of more questions. What is the difference between the VPN and AIO versions of Shibby 1.32. I am using Wireguard on individual computers for my VPN.

    What is the difference with the MIPS versions. Sorry for the newbie questions, I used to use a DD-WRT on a 54G and the choices were simple.

    Thanks again.
  5. AndreDVJ

    AndreDVJ LI Guru Member

    AIO has everything including with VPN plus Transmission, NGINX, Tor client, PHP, MySQL, nano, Tinc and DNSCrypt v1.

    The differences between MIPS versions is that the RT-AC builds come from a newer SDK than RT-N. Some people prefer the older one because they claim wireless driver is better.
  6. Monk E. Boy

    Monk E. Boy Network Guru Member

    Some people also like the RT-AC builds for the same reason. It's one of those "use the build that works best for you" situations.

    Generally I recommend going with the least number of features in the firmware that you intend to use. So if you just need VPN go with the VPN build not the AIO (even though AIO includes VPN). In theory the less complex a build is the less there is to go wrong. Note that VPN refers to running VPN on the router itself, not running VPN clients behind the router (with an N66 you probably don't want to run VPN on the router unless you have a slow internet connection).

    The problem is that the build that most people are using is the one that people are more likely to report issues with so problems tend to get fixed on that build faster, and sometimes (not often) those fixes create issues with other builds, so by going with the less complex build you've gone off into the hinterlands of less tested firmwares. Usually it doesn't bite you, but every so often it does.

    RCNDND New Member Member

    Thank You All for your input.

    Installed the Shibby 1.32, it took several attempts. I kept getting an error message not knowing to ignore it and give the router a half hour to do its thing. Really thought I had bricked it.

    Finally got it working, The Shibby Tomato is fantastic. My up and down load speeds are amazing over the stock Asus speeds.

    Thank You All Again. I am very happy.
  8. Monk E. Boy

    Monk E. Boy Network Guru Member

    I know! N66s take such a crazy amount of time to cross-flash. Thankfully if you upgrade to a newer version of Tomato it doesn't take that long.

    The flash chip in the N66 is quite large and connected via a very slow serial interface which is why it takes so long.

    Thanks for letting us know you got it working.
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