Asus wl-500gp v2

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by Sopmod, Nov 12, 2009.

  1. Sopmod

    Sopmod Network Guru Member

    Hi all,

    I see from the sticky the wl-500g Premium is supported but is the wl-500gp v2 supported as well?

    My WRT54G v2 died from lightning and so I'm looking for a replacement.

    Any suggestions?
  2. greenythebeast

    greenythebeast LI Guru Member

    It is indeed supported. I'd say it's one of the best possible Tomato routers :)
  3. Sopmod

    Sopmod Network Guru Member

    Cheers Greeny. :)
  4. TexasFlood

    TexasFlood Network Guru Member

    I'm connected through one right now, so yes.
  5. Sopmod

    Sopmod Network Guru Member

    It may have just clicked.

    ASUS WL-500gP V2 Premium is what I'm after yeah?

    So a ASUS WL-500g Premium is version 1 or this router?
  6. Toastman

    Toastman Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    There have been two models of the "Premium". The first one was much nicer. Later a router was marketed under the same name, the v2 model. but it bore no relationship to the original and should not really bear the same model number. It has a budget SOC chipset, the wireless is nowhere near as good, and certainly the ones I have in service are rather sluggish. My original suspicions about this, just days after I purchased them, were confirmed by trawling through the ASUS forum, where I found several people making the same comment. There was also a post from Oleg (the developer of a popular 3rd party firmware for ASUS) stating they were slow, and expalining why he thought it was a marketing mistake. However, it is one of the few routers around with 32MB memory. That does give it more stability under load. I tried to buy some more here as we have no other 32MB routers, but they have been discontinued, apparently due to poor sales. The general stability under high load 24/7 is excellent.
  7. occamsrazor

    occamsrazor Network Guru Member

    Echoing what Toastman said.... the v1 is better, but very hard to find. That said, the v2 works quite nicely... and you need the large flash if you want to run a mod like Thor's.
  8. TexasFlood

    TexasFlood Network Guru Member

    Guess I don't know what I'm missing since I never had an exposure to a Asus wl-500gp v1.

    Snagged an Asus wl-500gp v2 when they were being closed out and prices were falling and it is working well for me.

    The only issue that cropped up was WDS links sometimes not communicating when the router was rebooted. I experienced this years ago but not since going to identical versions of Tomato on virtually identical router hardware. Any newer hardware most likely would have resulted in the same problem. This isn't a big issue locally as I can always cycle power and bring a non-responsive WDS router back but not if I'm coming in from a remote location. So I put in some scripts in all my routers to reboot themselves if they can't communicate with the other routers. Everything always comes back fine if I reboot them with a several second delay & the WAN router last, so that's what the scripts do. Anyway, it seems as good or better in coverage than my WRT54G v2.0 with a bonus of more memory and USB ports.
  9. Toastman

    Toastman Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    I compared the wireless coverage with the WRT54GL, it was not so good. I use them in concrete built condos with steel reinforcement in the walls. Most rooms have a path to an AP thorough at least 2 walls or floors, and the higher power of the GL gives far better results here. But it's a good router. I don't use the wireless at all now, it's faster that way. Incidentally, I did try with full blown USB services enabled at one time but the actual routing / NAT performance was degraded badly. I just use a normal tomato compile now.

    I think though, we are on the brink of a new age and all of these toys are about to become obscured by a much better family of routers with faster processors and more memory. ASUS have realized this now, and the RT-N16 is going to be interesting.

    So I'm waiting to see who will be the first to get Tomato running on one of them !
  10. TexasFlood

    TexasFlood Network Guru Member

    Never had a WRT54GL either, so don't know what I'm missing there either , ignorant bliss, :smile:. My provantage RT-N16 order is sitting in special order limbo, not sure how long it will take or even if it will ship. Should be an interesting toy, even with the Asus firmware which sounds like it's not half bad.
  11. Sopmod

    Sopmod Network Guru Member

    Well ordered myself a wl-500gp v2. Not the latest, not the greatest but for my needs will do fine until the N series routers sort themselves out. Plus although the stock firmware may be fine I really want to use Tomato because I know it works.

    Thanks for your feedback all.
  12. Sopmod

    Sopmod Network Guru Member

    Hi all, the new router arrived.

    If I want to run Victek's mod. Any suggestions on versions?

    My understanding is:

    If I don't want USB support flash with Victek's latest ND version

    If I do want USB I use Teddy Bear's mod?

  13. greenythebeast

    greenythebeast LI Guru Member

    Teddy bear also has a non USB version of his firmware.
  14. Sopmod

    Sopmod Network Guru Member

    Hey Greeny, do I have to flash DD-WRT to the router before Victek's?

    Can someone link the instructions for an ASUS firmware to latest ND Tomato? Is their one. Sorry to ask seemingly simple questions but I don't want to brick my router and there seems to be a few variations available on the web.

  15. greenythebeast

    greenythebeast LI Guru Member

    I haven't used Victek's mod so I'm not sure. Teddy bear's mod comes in .trx format so it should be able to be flashed using Asus' recovery tool that came on the disk with the router.
  16. Sopmod

    Sopmod Network Guru Member

    As it stands I have Victek's 1.25.8515 ND installed.

    Downloaded the firmware
    Changed .TRX to .BIN
    Set router into recovery mode (reset depressed when powering the router on)
    Used TFTP to upload the firmware
    Waited 5 mins and had no response from router to ping or browser
    Power cycled the router
    Ping responded and then the Tomato login.


    One issue is I can't get uTorrent to Port forward to my static DHCP address.

    Port forward / Basic
    On... Both 50123 50123 Torrent
    On... TCP 50123 50123 Torrent
    On... UDP 50123 50123 Torrent

    and any combination of the above.

    Any ideas anyone?
  17. TexasFlood

    TexasFlood Network Guru Member

    Did you
    Administration -> Configuration -> Restore Default Configuration -> Erase all data in NVRAM memory (thorough) -> OK
    after flashing?

    Might not be the issue but I believe this should always be checked first when troubleshooting, at least when switching between major different builds.

    This is not requires for new releases of official Tomato and quite likely not required for most minor releases of most other firmware builds but I have seen it specified in release notes and recommended for some firmware.
  18. hapahopi

    hapahopi LI Guru Member

    I find it a lot easier enabling NAT-PMP on both Tomato and uTorrent to do the port forwarding.
  19. Sopmod

    Sopmod Network Guru Member

    Hi guys,

    Texas, yes I did a "Erase all nvram" from the gui and then entered my specific details. I should have mentioned it.

    Hapa, cheers mate I shall try that approach.

    Also I renamed the .trx to .bin before flashing. Is this required or should I just flash the .trx file?

    Thanks everyone for your replies and assistance.
  20. TexasFlood

    TexasFlood Network Guru Member

    It's coming back to me now, I did the same thing after having trouble getting it to work by defining port forwarding "manually". Seemed like my configuration should have worked but didn't. As NAT-PMP worked, I never got to the bottom of it.
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