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Hello, I currently have a bargain barrel Netgear router that I despise with fervor. The Asus RT-N12 router looks very promising, but I have a few questions about the custom "TomatoUSB" firmware though if anyone can help.

I'm well-versed in computer building, but oddly have very little experience with wireless devices soo...

1. How do you install TomatoUSB?

2. What are the primary benefits of installing TomatoUSB custom firmware over stock firmware?

3. How difficult is it to configure TomatoUSB in an optimal way?

4. I've heard of people overclocking their router's CPUs. Is this something that will net you tangible results with a modem, or is unsafe and frivolous? I have a couple low profile heatsinks for GPU RAM that I could probably stick on there if this is something worth doing.

5. How important is my wireless adapter? I have a cheapo one, but my router is only like 20 feet away, if I upgrade my router should I pick up a new adapter too? Also are the PCI slot adapters more adequate then USB adapter?

Thanks and + rep for anyone who can assist me. =)
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Go to tomato website and find your router version and the most up to date .bin file and save to destop.
Connect your router directly to the pc and type in your ip address of the router ( most likely 192.168.1.1 )...now your inside the router. I don't use tomato but can't be that different than dd-wrt. Look for a tab called (update).

Make a backup of your existing .bin file then browse your desktop for the file you just downloaded and follow prompts, what ever you do, DO NOT power off the pc or router or you will brick it.

Following prompts, once complete, you will have to power cycle the router to make the changes complete.
Linux firmware is more stable than the stock firmware and the options are plenty. Options like transmit power. Overclocking the router will see no real world difference and all your doing is generating more heat, not good for a router.
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Go to tomato website and find your router version and the most up to date .bin file and save to destop.
Connect your router directly to the pc and type in your ip address of the router ( most likely 192.168.1.1 )...now your inside the router. I don't use tomato but can't be that different than dd-wrt. Look for a tab called (update).

Make a backup of your existing .bin file then browse your desktop for the file you just downloaded and follow prompts, what ever you do, DO NOT power off the pc or router or you will brick it.

Following prompts, once complete, you will have to power cycle the router to make the changes complete.
Linux firmware is more stable than the stock firmware and the options are plenty. Options like transmit power. Overclocking the router will see no real world difference and all your doing is generating more heat, not good for a router.

Ok cool, that helps a lot.

What's the difference between DD-WRT and TomatoUSB? Is it just a preference thing, or are they both better suited to certain applications and tasking?

I'm mainly just looking for solid and stable performance with streaming and online gaming(unsurprisingly)
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I can not comment on tomato as i have never used it but i understand many do like the feel and simplicity of it so, maybe its just what one feels comfortable with.
I use dd-wrt and do alot of streaming and with my setup haven't encountered any suttering or disconnects.
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I can not comment on tomato as i have never used it but i understand many do like the feel and simplicity of it so, maybe its just what one feels comfortable with.
I use dd-wrt and do alot of streaming and with my setup haven't encountered any suttering or disconnects.

Alright, thanks again for your help sir
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