What's the point in upgrading?

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by Low-WRT, Jan 6, 2009.

  1. Low-WRT

    Low-WRT LI Guru Member

    First, I don't mean that in a negative way at all.

    1.21 is working out great for me. There really aren't any features that I need...It works great for my home network.

    My problem is, for some reason, when I upgrade to 1.23, I am unable to WOL my work pc, which is in my detached garage office and connected to my network via an ethernet wireless bridge.
    I've tried it several times, doing full resets, etc, but it still won't work. Every time I go back to 1.21, it works. Being able to WOL that machine is very important to me.

    Anyway, are the any security issues, etc, that could occur due to not keeping up to date?
  2. AF35

    AF35 LI Guru Member

    For every update you can find the change log.

    if there is nothing that interests you to upgrade. You can always stick to your version for as long as possible.

    I haven't touched my tomato since 1.13 :D

  3. bigclaw

    bigclaw Network Guru Member

    I'm just curious. In your case, does WOL not work in general, or does it not work through Tomato? In other words, have you tried using a different utility to send the magic packet?

    I'm on Tomato 1.19, and WOL works both through Tomato or via a command-line executable.
  4. tievolu

    tievolu Network Guru Member

    The problem may be the bridge. I haven't looked at this in a while, but when I last tried a setup like this with two routers I had to use WDS rather than a wireless-ethernet bridge to get WOL working. The reason being that the bridge itself did something to the MAC addresses - IIRC it kind of NAT'd them, so that all the NICs behind the bridge appeared to have the same MAC address (i.e. the bridge's MAC address). This prevents WOL from working, because it can't see an NIC with the target MAC address. With WDS this problem goes away.

    Perhaps you're hitting something similar. Logging into the main router (i.e. the one dishing out the IP addresses) and running "arp -a" should let you check which MAC address each IP is associated with. The results may not be quite what you'd expect...

    I'm not sure why this is different on 1.21 though. Perhaps the problem was fixed, and now there's a regression. Might be worth mailing Jon to notify him.
  5. Low-WRT

    Low-WRT LI Guru Member

    ...that may be the case. I upgraded both routers to 1.23 and I'm using WDS...so far so good. WOL is working just fine.
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