Which of these three routers should I get for Tomato?

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by valzi, Aug 27, 2010.

  1. valzi

    valzi Networkin' Nut Member

    I want to get the best cheap router I can and run Tomato on it. From my research so far, it looks like I should get either:

    WRT54GL (the standby that most seem to get) for $60


    BUFFALO WHR-HP-G54 for $50

    From what I can tell the WHR-HP-G54 is as good as the WRT54GL, but a little cheaper at the moment.

    I also found the Rosewill RNX-GX4 for even cheaper at $30. I have no idea if it's any good. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833166032

    So I'm thinking the BUFFALO WHR-HP-G54 for $50 is the best Tomato-supporting router around for the money. Is that correct?

    I'm open to other suggestions, of course. Thanks for the help!
  2. bogderpirat

    bogderpirat Network Guru Member

  3. ladysman

    ladysman Network Guru Member

  4. valzi

    valzi Networkin' Nut Member

    Ladysman: Uh, that's not a little more money. That's double the price of the Buffalo (after shipping.)

    Why would I care about N and 2 USBs? I'm not being sarcastic - I actually don't know what improvement N is over G and I don't know what the USBs are for.
  5. valzi

    valzi Networkin' Nut Member

    Ordered the BUFFALO WHR-HP-G54. Thanks.
  6. wasp87

    wasp87 Network Guru Member

    Wireless N is MUCH MUCH faster than Wireless G

    Wireless N = 300Mbps transfer
    Wireless G = 54Mbps

    You just bought OLD technology.

    What he recommended (The ASUS RT-N16) is arguably the best bang for the buck router at the moment with full DD-WRT and Tomato support. I was a long time WRT54GL owner, and just got my ASUS N16 two days ago and am loving it so far. Picked it up for $78 shipped from Newegg after coupon code EMCYWNY48 (which I believe is still valid). Also the N16 has a MUCH faster processor (480mhz), much more ram (128mb), and larger flash ram (32mb) allowing for firmware with more features.

    USB allows you to hook up a printer or USB hard drive, so that you can share your printer/hard drive with your home network. Just an neat addition whether you use it or not.
  7. valzi

    valzi Networkin' Nut Member

    I doubt I will need 300mbps for quite a while. I live in the Southwest (New Mexico and Arizona), where high speed internet is mostly a relatively new thing and still relatively slow. I think what I got for half the price of the N-enabled router is still good for me.

    Thanks for the explanation though. I've been seriously wondering what the point of USB ports was, and now I know.
  8. though

    though Network Guru Member

    N16 = my vote
  9. rs232

    rs232 Network Guru Member

    I have 3x WHR-HP-G54 running tomatoVPN and they all work perfectly. Good decision indeed!
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