I'm...something like an experienced novice in these fields. I've been running tomato on my wrt54g for years, and have all sorts of QoS set up that I LOVE and can't do w/o. however, I now would like to incorporate N & Gigabit connections b/t a couple different computers in the house, b/c I'm handling time machine backups and serious data transfer b/t the front and back of my house (mac mini HTPC and Mac Pro as my work computer + eyetv "tivo", transferring recordings over to mac mini for watching on the big screen), and having wired connections just won't cut it. (I'm renting, and the wife would not be happy w/ cables running throughout the house) What I'd like to have: Main goal is maximum (possible) 'n' speed between two mac computers, one wired and one wireless, to transfer large video files (possibly even stream them, if the network will handle it) and expedite backups to the wireless machine (1.5tb internal hard drive) from the wired machine and 2 laptops. Similar to this setup: http://maccentricsolutions.com/research-and-how-tos/7/dual-speed-airport-extreme-base-stations-so-happy-together/ 1) front room of the house: (containing mac mini as HTPC, ps3) *dsl modem ---> *linksys wrt54g w/ tomato (handling DHCP, QoS, port forwarding, and wireless G access for iPhones and my older macbook pro...serves G through most of the house; it won't reach to the back) ---> *new apple airport extreme (handling gigabit local network connections to mac mini and PS3 and serving wireless N connections throughout the house) 2) back of the house: (mac pro as main office computer, eyetv hybrid 'tivo', and torrent machine) *airport express connected to mac pro via ethernet cord: this is essentially an external wireless card...not sure of the exact terminology of what this would be called, but it just receives the N signal from the Airport Extreme and feeds it to the mac pro. The mac pro didn't come w/ an internal network card, so this is my solution. -------------------------- I have the brand new airport extreme router w/ the dual-band, but I want it ONLY running in N to get maximum transfer speed b/t the mac pro and mac mini. I have somewhat confirmed via apple that if it runs in dual mode, it will slow down a bit from max n speed...I say somewhat b/c the person from apple wasn't too sure, and after recommending a couple wrong things, had to ask someone else--but I think we finally settled on the 'correct' answer. I think my only question is how to set up the tomato router to make this work correctly. I don't think I want 'bridge' mode, as I'd then lose wireless capabilities from the tomato router, no? I'm going to fiddle around w/ it for a bit, but I know someone out there knows the answer, so hopefully once I'm frustrated, I can come back and *poof*, there's the answer. Thanks a lot!