Asus WL500W + Tomato RAF + USB + BT

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by Kibe, Aug 29, 2011.

  1. Kibe

    Kibe LI Guru Member

    Hello everyone.

    I've tried to find the answer myself, but I guess i have been unable to figure the answer myself. I really appreciate any help you guys are able to provide.

    I recentely bought a Asus WL500W to use as a BitTorrent unit and a remote location.

    It's flashed right now with Tomato RAF 1.28.8800 USB+BT

    I figured that I must enable swap according to Victek's recomendation from the BT interface: "Enable torrent client - Attention! - If your router has only 32MB RAM, you have to use swap."

    Since my router does have only 32MB, I'd like to know how is the best (most secure) way to enable this "Swap" in my router. I have right now a 32GB Flash drive plugged to one of the router USB formated as NTFS.

    I really appreciate any suggestions you can provide.


  2. molnart

    molnart LI Guru Member

    you wont be able to download anything to an NTFS formatted drive with Tomato (or any other alternative firmware). the most convenient way to format your usb drive is on your your computer. i personally prefer GParted which comes in almost any linux distribution. create a small swap partition (you wont need more than 256 MB) and for the rest an ext2 or ext3 partition.

    you may find useful info in this very detailed tutorial here

    anyways i think the WL500W with its slowish cpu is a rather poor choice for bittorent downloads (which happen to be very cpu intensive). an RT-N16 or Linksys E3000 could do the job much better.
  3. Kibe

    Kibe LI Guru Member

    Thanks for your input molnart.

    One question, just by creation a swap partition named SWAP with 256MB in my flash drive and a ext3 partition on the remaining space means that I already have the necessary swap mentioned in Transmission page?

    I will give a shot with this cheap WL500W and might consider a RT-N16 if this unit becomes too slow. Would your recommend Shibby versions of Tomato over Victeks RAF?

  4. molnart

    molnart LI Guru Member

    i think you also need to edit the fstab file. please refer to point 3 of the tutorial i linked above.

    shibby's builds are based on Victek's version with the addition of some new features. also he releases new builds more frequently with several build types where everyone can pick the one fitting his needs (and router ROM). in theory, the more feature rich shibby builds may be more prone to instability, but i never experienced anything like that. the only donwside of shibbys build is the removal of the lovely penguin logo on the WebUIs about page.

    whats more important, victek has no Bittorent builds - the one on his site is a pretty outdated version which was actually made by importing shibbys code :) after that only shibby makes builds including bittorrent (and he has made some significant progress since that build on Vic's site)
  5. shibby20

    shibby20 Network Guru Member

    ok ok i will revert penguin logo ;)
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