Why Use Tomato Firmware for WHR-G54S?

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by asloane, Sep 27, 2007.

  1. asloane

    asloane LI Guru Member

    I hope someone can help out.

    I earlier asked if the LinkSys WRT54G v.7 had detailed firewall logging, didn't get a reply, and figured that it does not.

    I have moved on to Buffalo WHR-G54S Ver.1.40. I like the GUI. It has very detailed logging and intrusion detection plus more. A big improvement over the LinkSys WRT54G!

    The questions is would Tomato firmware improve it? If so how?

    I'll say now that I am not looking for a wireless booster as I am running wired only.
  2. ifican

    ifican Network Guru Member

    I own one of those buffalo routers as well but as soon as i got it i flashed it and never looked at the buffalo gui. Tomato is a great firmware that offers additions and is very stable. But the way i look at it, is if you now get everything you need from the buffalo firmware there really is not need to change it.
  3. scuba_steve

    scuba_steve LI Guru Member

    Back to the question

    OP, Tomato's logging is limited to device performance...not firewall logs...or at least that is all that I have found. I would also love to have an option to log inbound and outbound traffic...even if it only spit the traffic to a logging server.

    I use Tomato because I want more control over access restrictions, and it shines in this regard...at least in comparrison to what is available in the stock Linksys firmware.

  4. mraneri

    mraneri Network Guru Member

    No, It can log firewall stuff too. But, you will get all the gory detail. It's in Administration -> Logging.. There's two options for Logging Incoming or Outgoing traffic.
    This info gets logged with the standard log, making it basically useless, though. (It will fill up so quickly with dropped packets, the log is useful for nothing else.)

    Anyone figure out how to send the dropped packets to a separate log? I'm interested in keeping a log of dropped packets to process for statistics without affecting my regular syslog. I would ideally like to just save the dropped packet log to a separate file in /tmp on the router.

    Any clues?
  5. yaqui

    yaqui LI Guru Member

    Reading an iptables document, they suggest this. But I have no idea how to implement it in Tomato.

    Maybe there is some way to do something very similar in Tomato.
  6. yaqui

    yaqui LI Guru Member

    Hmm doesn't work.
    # /usr/sbin/iptables -A INPUT -j LOGDROP --log-level debug
    iptables v1.3.7: Unknown arg `--log-level'
    Try `iptables -h' or 'iptables --help' for more information.
  7. mraneri

    mraneri Network Guru Member

    Also, you can't redirect these particular log entries to a separate file via the /etc/syslog.conf change either, because the busybox version of syslogd doesn't read the syslog.conf file...
  8. sillydoh

    sillydoh LI Guru Member

    If you get a lot of connections, (like using p2p software) then Tomato is the way to go. The stock firmware bogs down when there are a lot of connections going through it...
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