Migrating from one router to another

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by z00100, Jan 18, 2008.

  1. z00100

    z00100 LI Guru Member

    Hey there guys,

    Been lurking in this forum for almost 6 months now, but first time posting.

    Anyway, I have a WRT54GL 1.1 running tomato 1.14. The router has been serving me extremely well and I have no real complaints so far except that I find the router takes too much space on my shelf and I wish I could stand it on it's side. But that's a minor niggle, nothing to do with the actual performance of the router.

    I am going to end up giving my router to my friend who saw tomato and fell in love with it. He is currently using a Belkin G MIMO gateway/router and although happy, has some issues with it.

    So, to keep up my ketchupy goodness, I went and ordered a Buffalo WHR HP 54G router.

    My questions are 2 fold.

    1. Is the Buffalo a "better" router? I know that the built in amplifier helps and most people have had improved range, but I have the 7dbi antennas for the WRT54GL. I also have ordered one of them Rubber Duck 9dbi antennas for the Buffalo. So all being said, is the Buffalo better or the Linksys?

    2. More importantly, I want to be able to migrate my settings and configurations from my linksys to the buffalo. I have some scripts set up and also some tweaks I have done, so would it be possible to somehow migrate those from one router to another?

    I should be getting the buffalo within 2-3 days time, so I would really appreciate it if you guys can help me out with this.

  2. Mastec

    Mastec Network Guru Member

    IMO the Buffalo is better but I think with most its just preference, there are Linksys fans and Buffalo fans.

    Migrating configuration from Linksys to Buffalo, no. Good chance you will brick the router.
  3. Kiwi8

    Kiwi8 LI Guru Member

    With different hardware, it's always safer to start afresh and do a thorough NVRAM reset.
  4. z00100

    z00100 LI Guru Member

    Okay, gotcha!

    It'll be a pain in the *** to set the Buffalo up again, but what the heck, it's worth it.
  5. z00100

    z00100 LI Guru Member

    Can you please let me know why the Buffalo is better?

    Since I will have both with me soon, I can pick and choose to keep 1.

    Mind you the linksys has been bulletproof for me for the last 8-9 months now. Just like I said, the only niggling thing is that I can't stand it on it's side. It takes way too much space up for my liking.

  6. LLigetfa

    LLigetfa LI Guru Member

    It looks better and you can stand it on its side. :D
  7. z00100

    z00100 LI Guru Member

    LOL! :rolleyes:

    Those are good enough reasons for me :p
  8. LLigetfa

    LLigetfa LI Guru Member

    I don't want to get into a pissing contest with a bunch of linksys fanboys, what with this being a linksys site and all so I'm just sticking to the "good looks" argument. I also like the wallmount bracket they come with.
  9. Mastec

    Mastec Network Guru Member

    Its a preference... the Buffalo looks better, stands on its side or wall mount, as I have mine. The Linksys WRT54G routers are just plain ugly IMO.
  10. Kiwi8

    Kiwi8 LI Guru Member

    I'm also not getting caught up in the brand hype, even though I am having 2 WRT54Gs. And the second one was only bought recently, but that was only due to it being second-hand (came at an attractive price) and due to the fact that I already had a WRT54G.

    I would think the Buffalo router is good since u are getting it first-hand.
  11. Mastec

    Mastec Network Guru Member

    I've had a WRT54Gv3, WRT54Gv4 and a WRT54GLv1.1. The GL and v4 died last year and I recently gave my v3 to my step-daughter.
  12. z00100

    z00100 LI Guru Member


    It's settled, I am keeping the buffalo.

    How much harder is it to flash the firmware on the buffalo?

    I keep on reading the readme file in tomato and it seems that the buffalo needs special attention.
  13. LLigetfa

    LLigetfa LI Guru Member

    Very easy with the supplied whr_install.bat file.
  14. z00100

    z00100 LI Guru Member

    Okay great man!!

    Thanks for the tip.

    Just out of curiosity, is it safe to flash over Wifi?

    Or should I use a cable?
  15. Kiwi8

    Kiwi8 LI Guru Member

    It is safer to flash over wired connection. Even if your Wifi connection is stable, the chances of it dropping is still higher than wired connection. If the connection drops in the midst of flashing, the flashing fails, your router will not boot up, and u will need a JTAG cable to revive it (very troublesome process).
  16. z00100

    z00100 LI Guru Member


    Thanks for the info.

    Will try it out soon and let u know how things go!
  17. z00100

    z00100 LI Guru Member

    I am on the Buffalo now.

    Initial upgrade was a bit weird, and had to use a cable to do it, as wifi was not supported.

    Either way things went well and I now have the exact same settings as I had in the linksys WRT54GL.

    I don't have the time today to do tests regarding the wifi signal strength but things seem decent for now. I don't notice anything "less".

    Anyway, it stands straight and takes up much less space than the linksys, so that's a big plus in my book!
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