New Linksys Routers, EA Series

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by hawkmat, Mar 16, 2012.

  1. hawkmat

    hawkmat LI Guru Member

    Linksys displays all new routers on there website. There new top dog is the EA4500. Does anyone know anything about this router? It looks like the E4200 but there is very little info on the web. A few people have purchased ones at Walmart. ?? Walmart is on the leading edge of wireless networking.

    Update: It's a Marvel chipset like the E4200v2

    Link with photo's:
  2. kthaddock

    kthaddock Network Guru Member

  3. Toastman

    Toastman Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    For newbies who are already PM'ing us - EA3500 and EA4500 cannot therefore be supported by Tomato.
  4. Zodler

    Zodler Serious Server Member

    Hello, I have Linksys EA2700. Is there any tomato firmware that I can put on it?
  5. koitsu

    koitsu Network Guru Member

    BTW, just throwing an opinion in here. In this post, the user states how he's disappointed Cisco is moving to Marvell, blah blah blah, fuck Cisco for doing this, blah blah blah.

    I'm actually one of the few developers who is happy they are getting rid of Broadcom. I hate their crap with a passion (not just their SOC stuff but their NICs as well), solely because they are the most lawyer and IP-oriented company out there. Marvell is "somewhat" better -- they have a better track record in supporting/helping the Linux community (especially with NIC/PHY details -- they've actually given the driver authors development PCI/PCIe boards to work on the drivers (these boards are significantly different than your standard PCI/PCIe NIC)) and haven't gone the "binary blob" route (at least for their NIC drivers). Broadcom executives and lawyers are the reason we're stuck with crappy broken wifi drivers on our current models of consumer routers, thus I for one welcome the change. As I understand it, the OpenWRT guys had to go through hell and high water to try and get details out of Broadcom about some of their chips, and full details of that still haven't been disclosed.

    If the Cisco routers in question are non-GPL / closed-source, that's a bummer, but I'm hoping down the line they can work with Marvell to release a version that is open-source (I don't care what license).
  6. Mangix

    Mangix Networkin' Nut Member

    IMO it would have been better if Cisco went with Atheros instead of Marvell. All the TP-Link routers I've dealt with have had excellent WiFi performance. Not only that but because the ath9k driver is open source, the latest Linux kernel can be compiled against it to get stuff like Byte Queue Limits and Codel.

    I agree that Broadcom is a stinking pile of ____ but the move to Marvell definitely stalls 3rd party firmware support for at least the near future.
  7. phuque99

    phuque99 LI Guru Member

    I doubt 3rd party firmware users are going to make any dent in Linksys' profits so you're probably left with Asus to play with until things changes.
  8. koitsu

    koitsu Network Guru Member

    Yup, I would have liked Atheros over Marvell and Broadcom both, but the decisions aren't being made by us, sadly. :(
  9. lefty

    lefty Addicted to LI Member

    Asus uses broadcom based chips, so its in the same dilema as above. Alot of this resides in the chip manufacturer's hands, not the companies that use them. But who knows, maybe sometime in the future broadcom may change this, we can only hope.
  10. velis

    velis Serious Server Member

    Sorry about resurrecting this old thread, but there was no answer regarding EA2700 model. I can't seem to find any compatibility lists laying around...
    AFAIK the EA2700 has a Broadcom BCM 5357 (see here) and should be supported by tomato variants. I'm guessing plain old MIPS R2 where not specified otherwise?
  11. Malitiacurt

    Malitiacurt Networkin' Nut Member

  12. kthaddock

    kthaddock Network Guru Member

  13. Malitiacurt

    Malitiacurt Networkin' Nut Member

    It could be using a real digital signature, or doing something simple such as checking the memory location of certain partitions or the last X values of the size of the firmware being a certain hash value. Broadcom may be purposely writing the error message as a digital signature error to deter custom firmware.

    Either way, as a result, I doubt you'll see devs put any priority to add support for this device.
  14. velis

    velis Serious Server Member

    So, there actually isn't any tomato based firmware for this router?

    It seems buying this router may not have been such a good idea despite the huge discount I got it for :p
    Well, hoping stock firmware will still let me create a one SSID network using two routers.
  15. velis

    velis Serious Server Member

    Well, despite firmware being quite simplistic, it allows some basic network setups, including the bridge. Router operational :)
  16. tvlz

    tvlz LI Guru Member

    I looked at 2 different versions of the stock EA2700 firmware and I think the router is looking for "piggy" in the firmware.

    Malitiacurt and darkknight93 like this.
  17. darkknight93

    darkknight93 Networkin' Nut Member


    this is a strange identifier for a Firmware imho
  18. tvlz

    tvlz LI Guru Member

    Yeah, I doubt that is the right one after looking at it some more
  19. Mike Parker

    Mike Parker New Member Member

    Not sure if this would add any value to this forum or questions, but I just found this forum and have been running Tomato on a Cisco EA3500 for over a year. Below is the firmware and version currently running. I've been very satisfied with the firmware as it allows me to limit bandwidth to certain devices via MAC address.

    Tomato Firmware 1.28.0000 MIPSR2-104 K26 USB AIO
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