suitable hardware to use with tomato & 100mbps broadband?

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by vibe666, Apr 6, 2011.

  1. vibe666

    vibe666 Network Guru Member

    my broadband is going to be upgraded to 100mbps down & 10mbps up in the next month, but i'm pretty sure that's going to be significantly beyond what my old faithful tomato running WRT54GS v4 is capable of managing, so i'm looking for an upgrade path that will allow me to make the most of the connection, whilst still using tomato.

    I'm thinking that the Asus RT-N16, but not sure if it's the best option or just a good one for my needs considering the speed of the broadband?

    does anyone have any thoughts on what would be the best choice?

    also, if i change the hardware platform, can i still use my existing WRT tomato stats?

  2. jsmiddleton4

    jsmiddleton4 Network Guru Member

    I'm very happy with my Linksys E3000 dual band. Price not too bad either.
  3. vibe666

    vibe666 Network Guru Member

    thanks, it looks pretty good.

    how fast is your broadband (assuming you don't mind me asking)? I'm just worried about torrenting with 100mbps and whether or not it'll be up to the task of juggling that much data coming from so many different sources at once.

    do you know how wll it compares to the Asus RT-N16, other than the dual band support?

    thanks again. :)
  4. hjf288

    hjf288 LI Guru Member

    Same CPU as RT-N16... N16 just has more memory..
  5. TexasFlood

    TexasFlood Network Guru Member

    But also note that, as of now anyway, the E3000 has more available NVRAM which might be important with some complex configurations.
  6. jsmiddleton4

    jsmiddleton4 Network Guru Member

    "how fast is your broadband"

    Cox. But advertised speeds are not real world speeds. At best I'm hitting in the high 20's for download. So no, its not 100.... But the E3000 and the coming E3200 should be more than enough for 100....

    The simultaneous dual band is of great value. It makes setting up a 2 router home network, have home theater area that is not hard wired for LAN access, rock. Speeds between the two routers is fantastic given they can talk to each other on the 5ghz channel.
  7. vibe666

    vibe666 Network Guru Member

    thanks, i just ordered an e3000 so cross your fingers for me. :)

    any tips for getting tomato on it?

    i've done a few tomato/thibor/ddwrt re-flashes on various wrt54g's (and a la fonera) before, including one that required sticking a paperclip onto some pins on the mobo to bridge it, so i think i'll be okay but it would be nice to know ahead of time what to expect. :)

    thanks again for the advice, now i just need to get the 100mbps broadband in and i'm all set.
  8. vibe666

    vibe666 Network Guru Member

    i got my E3000 the other day and have it all set up and working now.

    flashing was a breeze using toastman's FW, it re-flashed with tomato straight from the linksys firmware with no issues at all and is working fine.

    i configured it the same as my old WRT54GS on the same wifi channel, same SSID & WPA2 key and her laptop didn't even notice i'd changed the router for a new one and connected right away. :D
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