Extraoriginal question about WRT54GL

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by JTD121, Sep 2, 2013.

  1. JTD121

    JTD121 Addicted to LI Member

    Hey all,

    I am currently running a WRT54GL, @ 250MHz, on Toastmans' latest release for it (7633.3), and have a really dumb question.

    Until recently, I was paying Comcast ~$65 for 16/4 (down/up) speeds. Due to my finagling, I am now on their 50/10 plan, for ~$62 (not sure how many months until 'normal' price kicks in). I was just curious, up to what speeds is a 54GL good to route? I imagine wireless is about 54mbps, but in theory, probably 20-30mbps? I only have one device wired (other than the cable modem) to it at the moment, an original Xbox running XBMC, so that's irrelevant at the moment. All connected wireless devices support 802.11N, but the current router is 11G, so obviously the 'bottleneck' at present is the router, but all seems dandy at the moment regarding bandwidth/speed.

    I ask because I have yet to upgrade to my dream machine, ASUS RT-N66U; this will happen in a few weeks. Also, because I am getting one of the FCC Whiteboxes, for 'helping to shape US Internet Policy' and such; only been about 18 months since I signed up......I may ask for help (or read the FAQs) on how to hook that up for my simple little network.
  2. M0g13r

    M0g13r LI Guru Member

  3. Porter

    Porter LI Guru Member


    The version you are talking about is old and most probably doesn't have real inbound QoS. I'm not sure how the current Toastman firmware performs with a 50Mbit link, though.

    I think version 7634 is available, but if I'm not mistaken it just contains bugfixes. You should be fine.
  4. srouquette

    srouquette Network Guru Member

    I was also wondering the same when I moved to fiber optic with a theoretical bandwidth of 100 Mbits/s, but I'm currently at 40 Mbits/s up and down without QoS.

    I'm using 7634.
  5. lefty

    lefty Networkin' Nut Member

    Most likely you guys need something with a faster CPU to handle bigger pipes. I'd highly suggest no less than something like RT-N16 or E3000. I'm on comcast 50 currently, i get pretty close to it now with an E3000, i've gotten 'bursts' of over 60 quite a few times, but on average its around 45~47. My asus wl520gu wasn't able to handle the connection, so now i won't use anything less than 400Mhz CPU in a consumer wl router.
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