Basic Configuration Setup Using Tomato

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by ZeonSar, Oct 16, 2008.

  1. ZeonSar

    ZeonSar Addicted to LI Member

    Hey all.

    Yesterday I discovered the existence of this tomato firmware for my trusty WRT54G router and plan to make the change to it probably this evening. I've been using thibor for a quite awhile with little problems, except I do have to reset my router periodically which I've come to read is pretty common for it.

    I never really configured my Thibor firmware to get online so when I upgrade to Tomato, alot of configuring will be new to me. I know computers pretty well, but not networking.

    I been looking around the site but can't seem to find a FAQ or anything for just what I am looking for: Namely a howto of some sort to setup a router with a fresh copy of Tomato installed. Just the basic network settings I need to set to get online.

  2. jersully

    jersully LI Guru Member

    If there is one, I've not run across it. But you probably wouldn't need it anyway. The menus are nice, and the firmware will work immediately after flashing for your wired devices. So flash, and point a wired PC's browser to Default password escapes me at the moment, but I believe it's the same as Linksys' defaults. Ought to be in the FAQ too. Find the wired section and tailor it to your likings.

    From there it's gravy. Explore the menus and experiment.

    Oh yeah... also there's the wiki. I read every word of it as I was going through the Tomato screens for the first time.

    Good luck and welcome aboard!
  3. ZeonSar

    ZeonSar Addicted to LI Member

    Thanks. :) But what about the very basic stuff, like just getting the router to...well route my internet connection? That's how basic I am talking about! Do I just need to plug it all in and it will sort of start itself? If so, that's all I really needed, then I can tweak the Tomato like I had my Thibor with Port forwards, Static DHCP assignments, etc.
  4. jersully

    jersully LI Guru Member

    Yes, that is correct. It's really easy to do a base setup.
  5. ZeonSar

    ZeonSar Addicted to LI Member

    Got a few questions I wanted to post here rather than making a new thread.

    So I'm getting an Old WRT54G to use as a Bridge along with my main router, which is also a 54G, though I still haven't gotten around to putting Tomato on it. The other 54G I'm going to be making into the bridge I will be putting tomato right away.

    My first basic question is, is there a guide to setting up a Bridge? I've never did it, so it's very new to me. These questions might seem incredibly stupid, but I really don't know this stuff!

    When I configure the Bridge 54G, I know I hook it up to my PC. Do I hook it directly and by itself during set? (No other router, no internet, etc?)

    During the config of the Bridge, how can I find the wireless Mac address of it? I imagine the router will have one, and I do need it because my current router is set to "allow only" based on Mac filtering. I've never had to find the MAC of a router before.

    Finally for the item connected via the bridge, which in my case is a Blu-Ray player, with LAN port do I use? The one usually for the internet cable, or the 1-4 ports meant for computers on the back of the router?

  6. ZeonSar

    ZeonSar Addicted to LI Member

    I could use some help setting up my tomato firmware 54G to be a bridge. I'm not having any luck, I can't even get it to show up in my main router's device list. Would really love some input on how to go about this bridge's pretty new to me!
  7. Low-WRT

    Low-WRT LI Guru Member

    Your bridged router will need to be hooked up to a pc to configure it. After you get it configured, you can disconnect the pc and plug in your blue-ray. A laptop works well for this, if you have one. Make sure your main router is working, first.
    This video may help in setting up the bridged router.
  8. ZeonSar

    ZeonSar Addicted to LI Member

    After awhile of configuring and trying last night I discovered the idea of WDS and gave that a try. For some reason that was really easy to setup and worked like a charm. I don't know if that option was actually best for me and what I wanted to do, simply hook up my BD Player via the extra Router, but it seemed to work.

    Is there any downside I might not be aware of with WDS that would make me want to get the origial plan I had of making the second router into a Bridge working?

    Thanks for the input.
  9. voxabox

    voxabox LI Guru Member

    IIRC, WPA2 does not work in WDS mode
    and if you have a loop, turn spanning tree on
  10. ZeonSar

    ZeonSar Addicted to LI Member

    What does having a loop mean? And how does it relate to spanning tree?

    I'm in an apartment and my original router covers wireless throughout the apartment, so I didn't need the WDS for extra coverage, it was only a means to get my BD Player on the network and it's the only way I got it working so far.
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