Tomato Upgrade Questions

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by Tyrel, Sep 28, 2013.


Which mid-range router is best?

  1. Linksys E3200

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  2. Asus RT-N16

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  3. Other (described in comments)

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  1. Tyrel

    Tyrel Networkin' Nut Member

    Hello everyone!

    First of all, I'd like to say I'm sorry for starting such a new thread, but googling around didn't help me with finding answers to my questions.

    I'm currently running Tomato (build 104) on a Linksys E1000 v2.1. To be honest this router was a bunch of junk, right up to the moment when I flashed Tomato onto it for the first time (s*cked with ddwrt too), ever since I love this thing... But now I got to a point where I'm willing to upgrade, to meet my new requirements.

    There are a couple of things I'd like to know before making the decision:
    VPN. I'd need it, but mini builds (E1000) can't have it.
    • Does the VPN feature of Tomato support creating and maintaining a new VPN network (Acting as a VPN host) or is it just able to connect to an already existing one?
    • Can you limit the bandwidth usage of the VPN connection? How? Direct feature in the VPN settings, or can you make the VPN be a standalone VLAN, then limit the speed of that VLAN with the 'Bandwidth Limiter'? In this latter case, can you map VLAN-s to each other, so that computers on them can interconnect as if they were on the same LAN?

    bitTorrent. Another feature I'd need, but with my minis I can't check how it would work.
    • Can a Tomato router run as a standalone, fully-funcitonal bittorrent client, with an USB attached harddrive and without any need for a computer to control it?
    • Can you directly limit and prioritize the bandwidth usage of the onboard bittorrent client?
    NAS. The router would have to act as one, instead of running my PC all day (as I currently do) for this purpose.
    • If I connect an USB harddrive to the router, will it be accessible from the LAN as if it was a standard network drive? Even when the bittorrent client is using it, or does the torrenting somehow 'lock' the harddrive?
    • Can you control which VLANs can access the USB harddrive?

    Router. Obviously I can't do all the above with E1000, I'm willing to buy a new one. I'm looking for something what is reliable and will hopefully be supported by future Tomato builds for a long time - but on the other hand I wouldn't like to spend too much money on it, for features that I don't even need (e.g.: an Asus RT-N66U looks very cool, but also costs a fortune) So what do you think is better?
    • Linksys E3200?
    • Asus RT-N16?
    • Something different at around the same price-range?

    I'm currently using Shibby's builds, are they suitable for my purpose, or are there some other builds which are more oriented around creating a NAS / Torrent router?

    Thank you in advance for anyone who bothers to read and answer my questions, you're a great help to me!

    P.S.: Also why do multiple devs create USB builds for Linksys E900 when it doesn't actually have an USB port? Am I missing something?
    Last edited: Sep 28, 2013
  2. Tyrel

    Tyrel Networkin' Nut Member

    Anyone, please?
  3. fubdap

    fubdap LI Guru Member

    Go with N16 if you do not need 5GHz.
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