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I don't like a lot of the interfaces and restrictions used in most routers, so when my WiFi went for a crap the sales guy suggested the ASUS RT-N16 and run Tomato.

I only really need it for WiFi. I have a DHCP, DNS and firewall so I don't need it to do that. Would be nice to be able to stream at least 720p.
I want total control on who has access, so I mac filter and set some static IP's. I also would like to be able to set the range. My previous router I could connect to 300 feet away from my house! (for real!!). Also I would like to be able to restrict who has access at what time. I can to site restriction in my firewall, (Endian 2.5.)(haven't learned or even know if it will do this type of scheduling)
Hence I was suggested Tomato...

Your thoughts please!!!
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I was also looking at the RT-N66U, does this support Tomato?
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post #3 of 11
http://tomato.groov.pl/?page_id=69
might not be a complete list
typically broadcom based routers are supported, do a quick google search to see if it's been done before/ supported.

i run tomato usb on a netgear wnr3000 and i'm very happy with it.
everything you describe in your first post is possible; never had a router that worked at 300feet for me though.
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You will have to test out different firmwares that support your router. Not all 3rd party firmwares will have the exact options that you want, so you will have to find one that works for you. And in some cases, you will have to make a compromise; have 1st and 2nd option, but not 3rd option.

You have a long road a head of you that involves a lot of reading and testing different firmwares.


Your choices are, but not all firmwares will support your router;
Tomato
Gargoyle
DD-WRT
OpenWRT


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Edited by KGB7 - 1/16/13 at 9:28pm
post #6 of 11
I've used all four distros that the previous poster has stated above.

Tomato does pretty great with having all those features that you want and you can try increasing your Transmit Power to help (although you may have signal at 300 feet i've done that myself, but link rate wasn't that great).
It's easy to use, has all the features you would need, and just great balanced firmware.
OpenWRT - very dev friendly, doesn't have a UI unless you install Luci, decent support
DD-WRT - featured on many routers, usually the go to firmware if the others don't support, kinda of clunky UI, but works well
Gargoyle - very feature packed firmware, based of OpenWRT, my personal favourite


That is just my personal opinion on it so see what you like and what firmwares you got supported. Also on the N66U you can check out the Merlin firmware too.
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post #7 of 11
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link for Merlin..? or Gargoyle..?
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Here is the link of supported routers on shibby's tomato build:
http://tomato.groov.pl/?page_id=69
Link for the N16
http://tomato.groov.pl/download/K26/
Link for the N66
http://tomato.groov.pl/download/K26RT-N/
~~Make sure for those to get the EN since it is in English the PL is for polish versions.

This is the list of supported Routers on Gargoyle:
http://www.gargoyle-router.com/wiki/doku.php?id=supported_routers_-_tested_routers
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Thanks for the info!

I purchased the N66U.
It seems that because I am not letting the unit manage the DHCP for my network I cannot use the Guest services.
Also for some reason the Parent Controls screen has lost all the controls, the only thing that is there is the info screen. I have to reset it and start from scratch with the settings. Do I have a wonky unit or is this typical with this unit?

I also found AS-WRT, I think I am going to try this. Thoughts...?
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