Router/Modem for Tomato

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by Pricetx, Jan 30, 2011.

  1. Pricetx

    Pricetx Networkin' Nut Member

    EDIT: I have now established that you cannot used a combined router modem with Tomato Firmware.

    My New question is: What would be the best ADSL modem to go with a WRT54GL
  2. shibby20

    shibby20 Network Guru Member

    No. You have to use adsl modem in bridge mode and router DSL with tomato. Then you can set pppoe WAN configuration.
  3. Pricetx

    Pricetx Networkin' Nut Member

    Ok. In that case, is there any particular recommended modem for something such as the WRT54GL?
  4. TT76

    TT76 Networkin' Nut Member

    The selection of modem is not that important, the modem from your isp is ok.
  5. shibby20

    shibby20 Network Guru Member

    any adsl modem with support to set as bridge mode.
  6. Pricetx

    Pricetx Networkin' Nut Member

    My ISP only supplied me with a usb modem several years ago which I have long since thrown away. Any sort of general recommendation for a cheap modem?
  7. ringer004

    ringer004 LI Guru Member

    Cisco 678

    I highly recommend the Cisco 678 ADSL modem. This is what I use. It is robust and dependable - it can go for months between modem reboots. These used to be available on eBay for $10-$20, though I haven't checked lately. This modem supports data rates up 8 Mbps (it dates back to the late 1990's IIRC).

    For your modem choice, it really depends on what type of technology is being used at the other end of the phone line. You will need to contact your ISP to determine compatibility (for whatever modem you choose).

    The Cisco 678 supports CAP (Carrier Amplitude Phase) and DMT (Discrete Multi-Tone) technology via a different firmware load.

    The Cisco is old school though. The configuration is via a serial terminal. The firmware update is via the same serial terminal using the old XMODEM protocol (I use HyperTerminal under Windows for this).

    There are a number of configuration parameters need to be supplied by your ISP.
    For example, do they use an ADSL version of DHCP, or do you have a static IP?

    As far as bridging, the Cisco does support bridging. Though for my needs, I never needed it. I just use a double NAT setup with a Linux PC acting as my real router for my network. Again, this all comes back to what your needs are.

    Good luck in your search.
  8. mstombs

    mstombs Network Guru Member

    Why would you want to use a 10-year old ADSL1 modem restricted to ADSL1? If you can't get ADSL2+ (up to 24Mbps) there are other newer modes such as RE-ADSL for extended reach.

    Just need to add that if the OP has a PPPoA only ISP the choice of modem is more restricted because you need one with a good half-bridge mode - you cannot "full bridge" PPPoA. This particularly affects users in UK and NZ it seems.
  9. Toastman

    Toastman Super Moderator Staff Member Member

  10. Ragnor

    Ragnor Addicted to LI Member

    TP Link TD 8840 adsl modem is cheap/reliable and does PPPoA half bridge (called ip extension in the GUI).
  11. ringer004

    ringer004 LI Guru Member

    Well, the OP gave *absolutely no information* about his technical requirements, other than "cheap". So I offered up one that is robust, reliable, and usually cheap.
  12. Pricetx

    Pricetx Networkin' Nut Member

    Sorry for not getting back sooner.

    The ISP in question is TalkTalk and I live in the UK.

    I do not have a static IP.

    I receive ADSL2+

    I doubt it counts for much but my current modem/router works when set to both pppoa and pppoe.

    If you need any more information feel free to ask.
  13. BeHappy

    BeHappy Network Guru Member

    As I can see TalkTalk can use both pppoa and pppoe. Cheap, reliable modem D-Link dsl-320b (ADSL2+) is a very well option. Using it in half-bridge mode (D-link own ip extension) for months w/o any reboot at all. My speed (20Mb down/2Mb up)
  14. mstombs

    mstombs Network Guru Member

    I have TalkTalk LLU and it is PPPoA only - or I have been wasting a lot of time getting my ADSL2MUE to work reliably in half-bridge...

    Firmware version: RouterTech_3.6.0D_20110103_2.95 (psbl-4mb-flash; 20110103005111) 
    System Uptime: 112 hours 4 minutes 
    DSL Status:Connected
    DSL Speed:1020/16656kbps
    WAN Uptime: 112hr 2min 45sec ("TalkTalk")
    DS Margin                6
    US Margin                8
    DS Line Attenuation     19
    US Line Attenuation      9
    Trained Modulation   ADSL_2plus               
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