Optware or Entware?

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by Projectoras, Dec 30, 2012.

  1. Projectoras

    Projectoras Networkin' Nut Member

    First of all,I would like to say hello to everyone in this forum!

    I have a 3500L v1 router which is running Tomato Firmware v1.28.7481 MIPSR2Sandwich K26 USB VPN-NOCAT (Toastman's build). I would like to install a torrent client like transmission and I know that it would be more stable if it runs through optware. But here I read that entware is better because it has more often updates,so I am very confused.
    Is it possible to tell me what to install (optware or entware) and what's the right procedure to have torrent client running on my router? Is there a noob guide? Because I am not familiar with Linux yet.
    Thank you in advance!
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  2. jondlou

    jondlou Networkin' Nut Member

    I would make sure that you read: http://tomatousb.org/tut:how-to-set-up-nas-optware-etc-for-total-noobs

    Especially if you are doing just optware and want basic functionality with Transmission (torrent client).

    As far as entware goes it is a completely separate version of libraries, files, etc... so programs between optware and entware only work with their initial files, and you cannot use both installations at the same time. I know that entware is updated more often (but for OpenWRT mainly), although I have had better luck using Shibby's repo and downloading Transmission 2.75 (newest release of any) with regular optware because it feels optimized. Plus if you like caching proxies like Squid or other programs, I have found more support under optware for newer versions even.

    Shibby's Repo: http://tomato.groov.pl/repo/

    I am still interested in learning more about entware though... it seems to be different and powerful. Good luck!
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  3. Projectoras

    Projectoras Networkin' Nut Member

    Thank you my friend for your answer!
    I have read the above link and it's very useful.For the beginning am interested only in using a torrent client like transmission,which can run on my router.But I read that transmission runs better through optware and not as a standalone application.That's why I would like to install optware or entware first.
    I think that I will try optware,there are more information about it on the web.
  4. koitsu

    koitsu Network Guru Member

    Do not use Optware. Use Entware. Period. Optware is not maintained and is buggy as hell. Please do not use it.
  5. leandroong

    leandroong LI Guru Member

    In my google research, entware has also introduce its own toolchain. I will switch to entware, only if the modder of my FW, will switch using entware toolchain in his compilation. I don't see any advantage.
  6. Projectoras

    Projectoras Networkin' Nut Member

    Thank you my friend for your information,but is there a guide how to install entware and transmission for newbies like me? I am not familiar with complex linux commands. How can I install entware on a usb stick on my router?
  7. koitsu

    koitsu Network Guru Member

    The Entware site has an installation guide. The rest is up to you.
  8. koitsu

    koitsu Network Guru Member

    Please explain what this means exactly; I have a feeling you're using the word "toolchain" to mean something else. Entware can/should be entirely separate from your firmware, there aren't any "conflicts" (for lack of better term) and I can answer any questions you have regarding that subject if you have them.
  9. Cyberian75

    Cyberian75 Network Guru Member

    Entware repo has Transmission 2.72 even though I was told it's updated monthly. Shibby could use the Entware's toolchain to build his "tools" to make them work under Entware.
    jondlou likes this.
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