What firmware best restricts access/tracks usage for the ASUS RT-N16?

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by Garneac, Mar 14, 2014.

  1. Garneac

    Garneac Reformed Router Member

    .........Hello everyone!

    .........First off: apologies if a thread like this already exists.
    .........Now, I'm looking to add the most appropriate custom firmware to my RT-N16. I should note that I'm a complete beginner at this stuff, and would appreciate if you took the time to explain things to me, rather than assuming I knew anything (or failing that, at least point me in the direction of the most helpful links/threads).
    .........The firmware I'm hoping to adopt should be able to do two things: first, limit the speed/access of any connected devices (a family member's iPod, for instance); second, display usage in an easy to understand manner (daily and monthly would be best).
    .........It's been suggested that I go with Tomato Toastman, since it doesn't add anything frivolous. Your thoughts? I'm really not looking for anything fancy.
    .........Also, does anyone have an installation guide for whatever firmwares you all suggest?
    .........The family needs a way to track our usage as well as restrict the usage of some of our siblings. Thanks in advance for the help!
  2. eibgrad

    eibgrad Network Guru Member

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  3. Scottmsu

    Scottmsu Reformed Router Member

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  4. Garneac

    Garneac Reformed Router Member

    .........Thanks, you two!
    .........I'm looking now at three firmwares: Toastman; AdvancedTomato; and EasyTomato. They all seem to be able to do what I'm looking for. Is the difference between them only in terms of GUI, or is there something else I'm missing?
    .........Also, how do I go about restoring the stock firmware, in case something goes wrong? o_o

    .........EDIT: Just to be clear, I'm looking not only for a way to create schedules/restrict access, but to also reduce bandwidth for certain devices.
    Last edited: Mar 14, 2014
  5. Toastman

    Toastman Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    Pretty much any of them - we all have similar capabilities. You can use normal QOS to control the two PC's or you can use the bandwidth limiter.

    I use access restriction to the internet by MAC address to control access by residents in large condo blocks. It works pretty well, on the whole. Use static IP's for your clients in DHCP/ARP/BW, enable static ARP binding, and also "ignore DHCP requests from unknown devices" for best effect.

    With your family you may find a good understanding of QOS will allow you all to use the web without anyone clogging it all up, without slowing any one PC down unnecessarily.
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  6. Garneac

    Garneac Reformed Router Member

    .....Alright, I decided to go with Toastman's Tomato. It's working pretty well. :D
    .....IP traffic seems odd, though. I think that every time a new device gets added, the history gets reset to 0. Is that normal behaviour? Because what if I add another device at some point in the future...? Or is there some setting I'm messing up? (I have it set to daily traffic.)

    .....EDIT: Also, I've come across a couple of posts where people reboot their router. Is this something I should be doing as well? If so, why is that?

    .....EDIT: Last but definitely not least, the bandwidth limiter. Would the following work?

    ASUS RT N16  Toastman   QoS   Bandwidth Limiter.png

    .....44MB/s down and 4MB/s up is my regular speed. And then mock numbers of 1 MB down with a ceiling of 2, and 1 MB up with a ceiling of 2? All I'd need then is an IP address, and the individual's bandwidth would be restricted to those numbers?
    Last edited: Mar 16, 2014
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