Just a Wild Idea: OpenSource Tomato Router

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by eangulus, Feb 20, 2018.

  1. eangulus

    eangulus Network Guru Member

    Just wondering why no one has seemed to think of building an Opensource Router platform specifically for Tomato, OpenWRT, DD-WRT etc?

    Why are we still dependant/restricted by Closed Source Code, hardware and the likes?

    If someone were to offer an opensource hardware platform I know I would jump on board in a heartbeat.
  2. eangulus

    eangulus Network Guru Member

  3. Mr9v9

    Mr9v9 Serious Server Member

    I made a post about this a while back just to discuss the Turris and nobody said anything.

    My guess would be it depends on compiling the code...and the code is old, so yes it can be Opensource hardware and it will run, but Tomato will still be just as old on the "new" device.

    The other factor is price, and that is the reason why Tomato runs on "cheap" low-powered devices. Most users can't exactly drop $300 for a non-enterprise opensource Router to just play with. Somebody needs to make money creating the components, and if going with cheaper components you might be left with something underpowered like a Raspberry Pi for $35.
  4. eangulus

    eangulus Network Guru Member

    As far as I'm concerned, anyone who won't spend $300 on a router are those that won't use tomato. The type of people that want tomato want control, and the ability to do some non mainstream networking setups. Those of us that do that also understand that the router is the heart of your whole setup and if you understand that, then you have no problem spending decent money on a decent router.

    Also I wasn't meaning tomato as it stands. I know it's old but that is mainly because we can't change too much of it due to hardware restrictions, limitations driver issues etc. If the Devs had the hardware limitations removed who knows what they could do.

    I don't believe it has to be overly expensive either. There are allot of powerfull mini pc hardware out there. And besides, I already spend $300 on a fixed hardware solution like Asus or Netgear, so spending a little more on something I can say swap out the wifi card to update to latest standards would be worth every penny.

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