What's the best Tomato-compatible N-wireless replacement for the WRT54GL?

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by Gaius, Oct 1, 2011.

  1. Gaius

    Gaius Networkin' Nut Member

    So I've had my GL for years now and I'm thinking about finally making the switch to N-wireless since all my computers, phone and media players use N anyway. I haven't switched to N in the past because really, my GL is so rock solid that I never have to reboot it, ever. I'm looking for that same experience but with N wireless.

    Is the RT-N16 by Asus the best replacement so far? It seems like it would have the best price-performance ratio, but is it the most rock solid solution in the Tomato N wireless world today?
  2. Toastman

    Toastman Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    I'd say it probably is.
  3. shibby20

    shibby20 Network Guru Member

  4. bjlockie

    bjlockie Network Guru Member

    Yes, the N16 is the best.
    The N12 is ok if you need to save money.
  5. Beast

    Beast Network Guru Member

    I just bought a Asus RT-N16 from Fry's for $84 plus tax. Brought it home about three weeks ago. Powered it up looked around stock firmware just long enough to find the upgrade page. Runing Toastman's v1.28.7483 MIPSR2-Toastman-RT K26 USB VPN. Been very happy with it.
  6. phuque99

    phuque99 LI Guru Member

    Linksys E3000 is also a good option if you're looking for a 5Ghz N router to escape the crowded 2.4Ghz.
  7. Gaius

    Gaius Networkin' Nut Member

    Thanks, guys. I've been looking around and it does seem rock solid, especially for the price. I think I will buy it later this week unless somebody else wants to chime in with yet another recommendation.
  8. dlawley

    dlawley LI Guru Member

    The RTN-16 strong reliable router, got it last Spring (6/8 months ago). Running ever since without issue. Never ran stock firmware, upgraded to Toastman's Tomato almost right away. It feeds 5 Belkin Share Max N300 (F7D3301/F7D7301) v1 units in bridge mode running same firmware.
  9. ppsun

    ppsun Networkin' Nut Member

    Currently running an E3000 but, IMO, the N16 is the current best non-5GHz tomato-compatible router. Another option might be the Asus WL-500W (2xUSBs, 802.11n, 100bt ports), Basically, an older & lower performing model to the N16. Solid reliability. A used one must be dirt cheap by now.
  10. eahm

    eahm LI Guru Member

    E3000. It handles more P2P connections than any other router I've tested, strange but true, even more than the RT-N16.

    I am not suggesting you the E4200 just because it's not 100% compatible with Tomato yet.
  11. Gaius

    Gaius Networkin' Nut Member

    How's the wireless signal? I'm a big P2P user but the quality of the signal matters just as much.
  12. eahm

    eahm LI Guru Member

    One of the best I've tested, I really think the E3000 and the E4200 are the best atm.
  13. Mercjoe

    Mercjoe Network Guru Member

    Wow.. seems I am in the minority in liking the Netgear WNR3500l. This thing has been absolutely rock stable since day one. Granted, it is a 2.4ghz only, but I do not have anything that uses the 5ghz band so that radio would have just been a waste for me.

    The wireless signal quality has been fair. To be honest, my old WRT54gver 2.2 has a better signal overall than this unit. As far as wired goes, I can easily get 110 meg/sec on the wired portion to my server. I have done P2P at full blast (2000+ connections) and never gave my wife a reason to hate me when she is in a MMO as she plays with no more lag than normal.

    My experience with Asus gear has always been bleh.. When they work, they work well.

    Linksys had some really buggy gear for a while. Glad to see they are making a comeback.
  14. Dr Strangelove

    Dr Strangelove LI Guru Member

    My Linksys E4200 has been running Toastman Tomato firmware for some months and been very stable.
    Very soon the Toastman Tomato firmware will have all the features (and more, already has OpenVPN server) of the original Linksys E4200. USB access to a WDC 500GB 2.5 HDD is much more stable than the original Linksys firmware.
    I have just installed the Tomato firmware which supports 2.4/5Ghz WiFi on the Linksys E4200. So far, all good.

    As a device, the original WiFi signal strength of the E4200 could be better, especially 5Ghz.
  15. Europan9600

    Europan9600 Networkin' Nut Member

    Can you tell which version of Toastman Tomato firmware you used?

    I just found the link (http://www.4shared.com/dir/v1BuINP3/Toastman_Builds.html) to Toastman Tomato firmware... but want to download the correct version for the E4200.

    Thanks much.
  16. Toastman

    Toastman Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    Latest build is Toastman-VLAN-RT-1.28.4406-BETA. Choose a version labelled E4200.
  17. Europan9600

    Europan9600 Networkin' Nut Member

    Great. Thanks much.
  18. mskreis

    mskreis Network Guru Member

    I plan on upgrading as well. What Tomato flavor should I use?
  19. Toastman

    Toastman Super Moderator Staff Member Member

  20. Beast

    Beast Network Guru Member

  21. fubdap

    fubdap LI Guru Member

    what kind of router do you have? Linksys, Asus, etc.
  22. mskreis

    mskreis Network Guru Member

    I have a WRT54GL but I just ordered an Asus RT-N16.
  23. pharma

    pharma Network Guru Member

    I think the build you mention is missing 5 ghz option. I reverted back to tomato-E4200USB-NVRAM60K-1.28.0406MIPSR2-Toastman-VLAN-RT-N-BETA-Ext which I downloaded before.

    If you have a E 4200 or other dual band I think you want to download Toastman's firmware from here:

  24. mskreis

    mskreis Network Guru Member

    No seriously, if I'm mainly interested in stability and only minimal tinkering which of your version should I go with.

  25. Toastman

    Toastman Super Moderator Staff Member Member

  26. Gaius

    Gaius Networkin' Nut Member

    Bought myself an Asus RT-n16 last night. Glad to see you seem to be solidly behind it, Toastman. I'll be sure to keep an eye on your builds.
  27. mskreis

    mskreis Network Guru Member

    Great, thanks. Would this be the one you'd recommend?

  28. Gaius

    Gaius Networkin' Nut Member

    I got my RT-N16 yesterday and it's been running smoothly all night with Toastman's builds, and I had 3 torrents running at the same time to stress test it and it ran without a hitch. Thanks for the recommendations, everybody.
  29. Toastman

    Toastman Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    mskreis, you ordered an RT-N16, which uses 32K NVRAM? So you can't use a 60K NVRAM build.

    I would suggest you try tomato-K26USB-1.28.7486MIPSR2-Toastman-RT-Ext.trx

    Gaius, glad it's working well.
  30. Gaius

    Gaius Networkin' Nut Member

    It's working better than I could have imagined, and the price was great. It was $76.99 at Amazon with a $10 rebate for a final price of $66.99 so it was not much more expensive than what I paid for my original WRT54GL many years ago, which I'm keeping safely tucked away in a box in case I need it or to hand it down to somebody else who needs it. I've been stress testing this box this afternoon and it seems to be able to handle over a dozen torrents just fine. I'll never put it under this much stress normally but to see this thing effortlessly handle all that traffic makes me wonder why I didn't buy this sooner.
  31. Toastman

    Toastman Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    A dozen? Hey, I always run around 100 to 150 torrents, that way although each (public) torrent may be relatively slow, I get three to 10 torrent downloads finish every day on average. With fast conntrack timeouts, I rarely see more than 1500 connections. And that's not including the traffic from the other users (currently 106 in this building). It is a long time since one of these routers rebooted or crashed. You can start pushing it much harder than that!
  32. mskreis

    mskreis Network Guru Member

    Understood - thank you.
  33. mskreis

    mskreis Network Guru Member

    I also got mine from Amazon but did not see the rebate. Got a link?
  34. Gaius

    Gaius Networkin' Nut Member

    Here's the PDF. It's valid only 30 days from the date of purchase.

    Attached Files:

  35. mskreis

    mskreis Network Guru Member

    Excellent, thank you.
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