Testimonial to Toastman (Toastimonial?)

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by mvsgeek, May 24, 2019.

  1. mvsgeek

    mvsgeek LI Guru Member

    I was looking forward to posting this a couple of weeks from now on the one-year anniversary, however an extended power outage this morning exhausted my UPS and shut down the router. But here goes anyway, a tribute to the reliability of Tomato in general, and Toastman's build in particular...

  2. eibgrad

    eibgrad Network Guru Member

  3. Jacky444

    Jacky444 LI Guru Member

    No updates??? You are begging to be hacked! :p
    Joke aside, that truly is good up time. However it doesn't really say anything. Linux systems in general are as stable as rock and can reach really high uptimes. Tomato it self is just an modded linux and so it can use all the best of Linux it self. I'm system administrator for various systems including two servers running ARM based Linux and it all runs for years. We manually reboot stuff for system upgrades. So 352 days simply means your router is probably vulnerable to some issues/bugs that Tomato/Toastman mod developers already solved.
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  4. RMerlin

    RMerlin Network Guru Member

    Getting high uptimes on a router isn't unusual, unless there's a memory leak in one of its components. This belongs to one of my customers:


    If you don't expose any service to the Internet, then your main worry (security-wise) is if your LAN itself gets compromised. Most likely target would be through XSS exploits embedded into visited websites. I suspect that Tomato isn't a common target for such attacks however, compared to stock/OEM firmwares.
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  5. mvsgeek

    mvsgeek LI Guru Member

    Good point, thanks. Since I'm no longer shooting for a year of uptime, I've replaced the Toastman RT-N66U with another RT-N66U running the latest release of FreshTomato. So far so good.
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  6. eibgrad

    eibgrad Network Guru Member

    How anyone could be an active member of this forum since 2011 and not reboot/update his router for 352 days is the real miracle. I'm always futzin' with somethin'.
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  7. mvsgeek

    mvsgeek LI Guru Member

    Until fairly recently that router was providing internet access to about 20 households in my little rural wireless network, so rebooting wasn't a trivial decision. Now that the neighborhood finally has cable, I only have my family's internet access to consider, and believe me that's not trivial either :D Meanwhile I've been futzin' in my computer lab aka man cave for several years with multiple test routers, firmware versions, network configurations and home-grown scripts. I are after all a bona fide 'pooter geek!
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