Looking to possibly supplant work WiFi

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by JTD121, Apr 26, 2014.

  1. JTD121

    JTD121 Addicted to LI Member

    Currently working at a place that's kind of willy-nilly about their wireless networks.

    They have several APs (not routers) around the site, and they are all different models of Linksys (couple WAP54Gs, a WAP610N), a couple Netgear APs (can get model #s Monday) and I am looking to possibly uproot and update the entire network with (preferably) Tomato-powered routers.

    Question: Tomato doesn't support any APs, just routers, but one can set a router to be an AP, correct? I ask because they have an old AP or two decommissioned now, and I can see their settings, which don't seem to have analogs in a router I have setup replacing one. If needed I can explain and maybe diagram a bit?

    Of course, one of the staff wants me to specifically hard wire a small subset of the company, which will likely reduce the need for a more robust solution, but I still want to at least think and partially plan something like this out.
  2. Marcel Tunks

    Marcel Tunks Networkin' Nut Member

    What settings do your APs have that you haven't seen in a router?
  3. JTD121

    JTD121 Addicted to LI Member

    I'm not sure I worded it correctly, but there is the WAN/LAN settings in a router, that simply aren't there in the APs that I've seen. So to get to the AP, it has a static address, and to get to the router, you can set one for both WAN and LAN, though I am not sure how to set it into the same subnet as the other APs.

    The one router I have setup myself, works as-is, even if misconfigured to make it's own wireless subnet (10.1.3.x, instead of 10.1.2.x, as the rest of the network).
  4. Grimson

    Grimson Networkin' Nut Member

    Using it as an AP is rather simple:
    Go to Basic -> Network, set Wan to disabled and tick the box to use the Wan port as Lan port. Match the Lan settings to the network it should run in (be sure to give the router a unique IP) and configure Wireless the way you want it.
    Remember to turn of DHCP if you already have a DHCP server running in the network.
  5. JTD121

    JTD121 Addicted to LI Member

    Sweet. Any recommendations for a cheap, Tomato-compatible router? Preferably simultaneous dual-band, but these are going to be in a large brick-and-steel warehouse and office building settings :)
  6. mvsgeek

    mvsgeek LI Guru Member

    Asus RT-N12 (B1/C1/D1) fulfills 2 out of 3 requirements (cheap, Tomato-compatible, but no 5Ghz band). I've deployed several, and have been very happy with them. Check ebay for the best deals.
  7. JTD121

    JTD121 Addicted to LI Member

    Sweet. The 5GHz was a want, not really a need, as I described the buildings in question. I can only find the D1 revision from our vendor, and AdvancedTomato (based on Shibby) only lists the B1 revision as supported (while Shibby's router list included B1/C1/D1, although separately). I will try to figure out how many I'll need; like to buy all of them at once from a vendor, even if it's not the company's preferred vendor.
    Last edited: Apr 27, 2014
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