Time to upgrade from Tomato

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by sauce, Apr 28, 2009.

  1. sauce

    sauce Network Guru Member

    I am Tomato's biggest fan. It has pleased me well over the years. I regret to say that I think it is time to retire it. Even when overclocked 125%, load averages are well over +1.0 under low to moderate use with 10 nodes behind it, and it's about to get worse because my ISP just announced a 101MBit plan next month (yes, 101MBit) which I fully intend on using.

    The trusty little box will not get retired, it will just be moved to another network. But I will need to replace it with another linux based low power, low heat solution with all of the Tomato features.

    So what do you go when you have outgrown Tomato? An eBay'd Cisco device would be overkill. Maybe an old ITX based box running pfSense or similar? I sure could use the SNMP and full BIND server.
  2. rhester72

    rhester72 Network Guru Member

    I've been eyeing OpenWRT x86 in a pizza box with two internal NICs and a four-port PCI-x card myself. pfSense isn't a bad choice, Shorewall also remains rather popular.

  3. gawd0wns

    gawd0wns Network Guru Member

    look at the D-link DNS-323 debian linux hack, maybe you can get a USB NIC/wifi card in it somehow... or a usb hub with 4 usb nics :tongue:

    One of the best places for info: http://wiki.dns323.info/
  4. GreenThumb

    GreenThumb Addicted to LI Member

    I fail to see how this is Tomato's problem. It seems to me to be a hardware limitation.
  5. baldrickturnip

    baldrickturnip LI Guru Member

    a 54GL with tomato+VPN is still my main interface , but I have a second one with SD card mod on which I have been playing with openwrt.

    I am thinking about getting a routerstation from ubquiti to use with openwrt for some experimentation.
  6. jersully

    jersully LI Guru Member

    Agreed. Sauce, what's your hardware?
  7. vibe666

    vibe666 Network Guru Member

    i don't think he's saying it is, I think he just knows that someone else might have had the same problem before and is looking for advice on a suitable hardware and software upgrade.
  8. Toastman

    Toastman Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    The fact that he is mentioning an upgrade to 101MB seems to indicate he is using a very high link speed already. I've no experience of anything higher than 8Mbps with a lot of clients, (I'm in Thailand where we have just left the string and cocoa-tin era) but I will stick my neck out and say that there are probably no SOHO routers available that would handle 101Mbps. There are some in the pipeline that MIGHT do it, but not available yet. And they aren't going to be cheap. (Look for ASUS new product announcements, for example). Probably the ISP that offers this service might already have a solution? Whatever it is, it won't be running Tomato for a while!
  9. thor2002ro

    thor2002ro Addicted to LI Member

    i got a 50mbps connection and no problems, i can use it all ...
  10. vibe666

    vibe666 Network Guru Member

    I just found out the other day that my ISP is upgrading all it's packages by the end of this year. their current fastest package is 20mbps for 40€ per month, but they've said they're going to bring out 60mbps and 120mbps packages by the end of this year. can't wait. :D

    anyone know how a WRT54GS v4 and tomato will cope with that sort of speed?

    tbh, the 60mbps package will likely be the one that is priced the same as the 20mbps package (based on current prices from the same ISP (UPC) in the Netherlands), so I'll probably stick with that. not sure what I'd do with 120mbps anyway although, whatever I do, I'll be doing it really quickly! :D
  11. bripab007

    bripab007 Network Guru Member

    How many users do you have behind Tomato?
  12. Sarkelaru

    Sarkelaru Addicted to LI Member

    On 10 km link i have 2 MB transfer. From my ISP i have 50Mb (6MB best efort) .
    In this case problem is not Tomato, is my Wrt54GL:frown:
    Max transfer rate between two Wrt`s achieve by me was 3MB (2 metes distance)
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