Is it possible to run tomato infront/behind other router

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by Eri, Apr 18, 2014.

  1. Eri

    Eri Networkin' Nut Member

    Dear Experts,
    need your explanation.
    I had tried to search the article in the forums many times but couldn't find it.

    The point is:
    i need extra bandwidth that can be administered with tomato.

    So is it possible to run tomato infront/behind other dual wan load balancing router (Linux PC Server with dual internet connections/Dual Wan Router Device)?

    Which is scenario can be done:
    a. Linux PC Server with load balancing system/Dual Wan Router Device -> tomato ->LAN/WLAN
    b. internet1 (tomato1) + internet2 (tomato2) -> Linux PC Server with load balancing system/Dual Wan Router Device -> LAN/WLAN

    nb: especially i love to use the great QOS of Tomato.

  2. rs232

    rs232 Network Guru Member

    Adding a tomato router just to implement QoS? Hummmm not sure I would recommend that.
    Remember SOHO routers, often have limited capacity in term of throughput/number sessions... if you're at the stage where you have a load balancer... I would really not consider it a viable option.

    I suggest you look into other products like pfsense or Sophos UTM (darkknight93 seems to be enthusiastic about this second one)

  3. Eri

    Eri Networkin' Nut Member

    @rs232: thanks for your concern
    i've took a look of Sophos asmentioned above, it's so comprehensive for me.

    in my situation there's only limited (small) bandwidth that can be offered from the local isp with affordable cost.
    so that when i need an additional line, i'd like to load balance them, then administer the network as good as tomato does (especially for the QOS).

    Can we compile the tomato QOS source code into PC Linux Machine (with load balance system is configured) to have a good QOS as tomato has?
    or there's way how to configure a good QOS system in PC Linux as tomato has?

  4. rs232

    rs232 Network Guru Member

    In short: tomato won't run on x86 hardware and it's very unlikely anybody will look into this in my opinion.
    On the bright side do have a look at the tomato dualwan module perhaps that can give you some ideas.

    In my personal experience loadbalancing for LANs adds more problems than performance. I have two connections myself and after many load balancing attempts have decided to assign a different default gateway on a host basis. I'm really pleased with the result and it's a trivial configuration so tumb up in my case.

  5. Eri

    Eri Networkin' Nut Member

    Thanks for advance.
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