Please assist with firmware for WRT54GS 1.1

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by bengalih, Oct 24, 2013.

  1. bengalih

    bengalih Network Guru Member

    I am running 1.28 of the original tomato on my WRT54GS 1.1

    I would like to upgrade to a version that supports OpenVPN client so that I can connect to a VPN service provider.

    Can someone please tell me which of the various flavors/builds I should choose? It is a little daunting trying to figure out all the various mods.

    As a bonus - if I can get one that does VLANs too that would be amazing.

    As a double bonus - if anyone can recommend what VPN provider might work best with this (best speeds, low cost, reliable) would appreciate it.

  2. pietja

    pietja Networkin' Nut Member

    Tomato-ND-1.28.5x-114-VPN.trx should work.
    It is the most basic version of Tomato with OpenVPN.

    Also because you have a WRT54GS 1.1 it should have 8MB of flash, it should tell you that on the main overview page.
    So any firmware that is smaller than 8MB from here should work
    If you want IPv6 look here, only the firmwares that have MIPSR1 in the file name and are smaller than 8MB work.
    Look in the builds.png to see what options are in each build.
  3. bengalih

    bengalih Network Guru Member

    Thanks for the head start. I'm still a bit confused especially because what I was reading before was saying that K26 builds won't work on that true?

    It does look like my router is of the 8/32MB variety, so if it was simply a memory issue, then I guess I should be able to handle it?

    Also from my recollection when I updated before I used .bin files.. (I think), but the MIPSR1 are all TRX files... are these interchangeable?

    Looking at that build.png it looks like it is saying there is a MAX version in K24 that supports both IPV6, VLAN, and OpenVPN (2nd column)...but I can't find that file anywhere... Am I reading this chart right?

    Ideally, if someone could just point me to a version that will run on my 8MB WRT54GS that supports OpenVPN and preferable VLAN and IPV6 I would really appreciate it!
  4. pietja

    pietja Networkin' Nut Member

    I have a K26 build running on my WRT54GL, so the K26 builds mentioned should work.

    TRX and BIN files are basically the same when updating from tomato, only keep the size and MIPSR1 in mind.
    Keep the firmware you chose under 7.5MB because the bootloader and settings also go inside the 8MB.

    Not all versions in the build chart are actually made for every router so its possible that some are not available.

    VLAN is supported in al versions so tomato-K26-1.28.RT-MIPSR1-114-IPv6-VPN.trx should be the one to chose, you can always take a version with more options and not use everything.

    Note that IPv6 needs to be supported by your ISP to be useful, but it wont hurt to have your router prepared for the future.
  5. bengalih

    bengalih Network Guru Member

    I went ahead (before your reply) and risked using "tomato-K26-1.28.RT-MIPSR1-114-Max.trx"

    Everything came up fine with my same config as before, but then after choosing the "tomatoanon" settings it requests at first launch the router reset back to what seemed to be a default config. I did a through erase of NVRAM and set things back to basics and my basic internet seems to be functioning fine right now.

    I need to play around with the open VPN client and also see if I can get the VLAN functionality doing what I want.

    I don't have full IPV6 from my ISP yet...I think they are going to make me buy my own modem if I want to support it, but I need to talk with them about it. I might set up a 4to6 tunnel when I have some time.

    Thanks for your assistance
  6. bengalih

    bengalih Network Guru Member

    ah well - got OpenVPN working but my speeds are crap... I think it must be the CPU power of the router...going to start a new post for some suggestions.
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