Where to buy WRT54G-TM?

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by Kiwi8, Jun 9, 2009.

  1. Kiwi8

    Kiwi8 LI Guru Member

    I wish to buy and have read from some of u that it can be found in eBay and Amazon. Can u provide me the direct URL to the items? Preferably brand new (not used) and international shipping.

    Thanks. :)
  2. gingernut

    gingernut LI Guru Member

  3. rizsher

    rizsher Network Guru Member

  4. Kiwi8

    Kiwi8 LI Guru Member

    I want it to be shipped to Singapore (in southeast Asia). :)
  5. tstrike2000

    tstrike2000 Network Guru Member

    I bought mine new unopened on ebay for $44 with free shipping. You'd have to ask the seller about international shipping. Like someone in this thread said, some resellers through Amazon are selling it for that similar price and may do international shipping. Easiest way is just do a quick search on those two sites and you'll find links to new ones.
  6. neoufo51

    neoufo51 Network Guru Member

    Is this TM version better than the GL? The price is way cheaper.
  7. rizsher

    rizsher Network Guru Member

    The TM has double the memory of the GL, (32 against 16), so, yeah, the TM is better.
  8. TVTV

    TVTV LI Guru Member

    And double the flash memory, which means you can flash a bigger ROM file (more features).
  9. jsmiddleton4

    jsmiddleton4 Network Guru Member

    "the TM is better."

    Sorry but I disagree. The answer to "better" is based on application. Is a 50 ton a/c unit better than a 25 ton a/c unit because it has 25 more tons of capability for cooling?


    You put a 50 ton a/c unit on a 800 sq foot condo you will have problems. More is not automatically better.

    I have both the older WRTGS with 32 megs of ram and bigger flash memory and WRT54GL. Tomato runs perfectly, quite stable, very satisfied with the GL model.

    If I needed 32 megs of ram and the larger flash memory of a -TM, it could be Tomato would also not be the relevant firmware for my application. When you move into a firmware and application for a router that NEEDS 32 megs of ram and the larger flash memory, you be talking ddwrt, thibor, vpn mods, etc.

    So if you are using Tomato is it as a firmware is about the right size/features for you, the WRT54GL is perfectly matched to Tomato as a firmware and nothing about the -TM model makes it "better" by default simply because it has more memory.
  10. bripab007

    bripab007 Network Guru Member

    Actually, your A/C unit analogy is flawed. With A/C units, size it too big, and you'll run the risk of wasting energy and blowing air too forcefully through the ductwork.

    With the -TM, there's absolutely no downside whatsoever to having the extra RAM and flash memory sitting there, as it's unused unless you need it. It'd be analogous to having user-replaceable RAM and flash memory upgrade chips sitting next to your GL router. You wouldn't have to use them, but the day you decided you want to flash a bigger firmware or run more users on your network, you could pop open the box, install double the memory, and away you'd go.

    Or, even closer to your analogy, having a 3-ton A/C unit that had a switch, enabling it to transform into a 2-ton unit, until you finished the addition on your house, whereupon you'd flick the switch to go to 3-ton :-D
  11. GhaladReam

    GhaladReam Network Guru Member

    Just got my TM in the mail today, it's running Tomato RAF like a charm. Stuck a small heatsink on the CPU, and have it running at 250 mhz, and it's barely warm.

    I got mine off ebay for $42 USD shipped.
  12. Kiwi8

    Kiwi8 LI Guru Member

    I'm not very good in buying things from eBay. There are so many resellers there.

    Can anyone just suggest to me a direct link in eBay to a reseller (preferably a business and not an individual) with excellent reputation (so that I will get the real product) and sells at USD 42?

    Thanks in advance.
  13. bripab007

    bripab007 Network Guru Member

  14. Kiwi8

    Kiwi8 LI Guru Member

    Thanks a lot.

    I saw this BLUTEKUSA selling at eBay too, so I think they are a business entity, and can be trusted. :)

    I'm still considering whether to buy though, cos the Wireless N is going to get ratified in Nov this year, so I may want to buy the ratified Wireless N routers instead.
  15. tstrike2000

    tstrike2000 Network Guru Member

    That's actually the seller on ebay I got mine from. My TM came new and unopened just like they advertised. Shipping was extremely fast, too. Flashing it from stock to eventually Tomato RAF worked like a charm.
  16. Kiwi8

    Kiwi8 LI Guru Member

    Thanks for your confirmation too.


    Btw, can u type in the following command at a telnet prompt, what number does it display?
    nvram get wl0_corerev
  17. bripab007

    bripab007 Network Guru Member

    Yeah, I'm pretty sure all the -TM models have a corerev of 9. I know the three I bought all did.
  18. GhaladReam

    GhaladReam Network Guru Member

    Individuals can be trusted too... I bought my TM from a reseller with only 100 feedback, but it was all positive, so I decided to go for it. I was right, I received my TM in less than a week and it was brand new, unopened, and in mint condition.

    It also overclocks wonderfully. I wouldn't recommend going beyond about 225 MHz without putting a heatsink on the CPU though. I got mine to 250 MHz stable after adding a small heatsink.
  19. tstrike2000

    tstrike2000 Network Guru Member

    Yes, mine is 9. I confirmed this before flashing to the ND firmware. All WRT54G/GS v3, v4, GL, and G-TM use the same 2050 radio than can use the ND firmware.
  20. bripab007

    bripab007 Network Guru Member

    If you don't have greater than about a 20-30MBit internet/WAN connection, then you should just stick with the -TM and then get an 802.11n wi-fi AP. I actually bought a gigabit router with 802.11n wi-fi and merely use it for its wi-fi and gigabit switch, no routing.
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