January 19, 2011 12:15 PM
Setup / Configuration
Toastman, a huge contributor to the online open source router community, has created a special Tomato firmware build that will run on the NETGEAr WNR3500L -- which contains many special features not found elsewhere.
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August 3, 2011 12:14 PM
You can't use NVRAM60K it is intended for other routers, it can brick the 3500L. You can use all others depending on what you need. You should flash a USB version if you want tu use an external Harddisk.
The most used are Ext and VPN both are the same but VPN has ... OpenVPN features added. Mini and STD are for routers with less flashRAM than 3500L. Cat versions contain a web portal to identify users by login/password to be able to surf the internet so it's often not necessary for a 'domestic' use.
Hoping I've been clear enough !
WNR3500L running Toastman's Tomato.
August 4, 2011 9:55 AM
Googling seems to indicate RT might be something to do with realtime monitoring of individual IPs.
August 4, 2011 11:05 AM
updated: August 4, 2011 11:11 AM
Nope don't think so I've understood that it's referring K26-kernels builds for MISPR2 routers like RT-N16 and 3500L, but I've never saw a clear explanation or that lol.
WNR3500L running Toastman's Tomato.
August 5, 2011 1:55 PM
Might be that, but I'm currently running
which doesn't have the RT in it.
August 21, 2011 6:16 PM
I was thinking of trying a Toastman build of dd-wrt, but I don't know if it has a DLNA server built in? If not, is it easy to add one?
October 26, 2011 1:05 PM
Can anyone comment on routing and wireless speed using Toastman/Tomato vs the stock Netgear firmware?
I just purchased this router to replace my WRT54G running Tomato in order to get better wireless speed, but have seen some worrying reports about DD-WRT firmware performing poorly on the unit.
How does Tomato fare? If there's a significant speed loss, I might consider making do with the stock firmware...
December 17, 2011 2:56 AM
Still using Tomato Firmware v1.28.7440 MIPSR2-Toastman K26 USB Ext
97 days, 15:26:54
damned stable !
WNR3500L-100PES powered by tomato-K26USB-1.28.7440MIPSR2-Toastman-Ext // RJ45 UTP CAT6
December 29, 2011 1:20 PM
I'd like to do this but I don't want to sacrifice the wireless performance - 90% of what I run is wireless - has this improved since March?
December 29, 2011 1:29 PM
updated: December 29, 2011 1:30 PM
To follow up on my own question, I ran the stock firmware for a while, but had stability issues (and disappointing speed) and thus switched to Toastman about a month ago. I'm happy to report that both stability and speed have improved.
I ran some quick and dirty tests (bash script uploading and downloading files of random data to a server connected to the router on Gigabit) and 802.1n wireless transfers are something like 25% faster with Toastman than with stock. Not what I was expecting, but I'm pleased :)
December 30, 2011 12:08 PM
updated: December 30, 2011 12:21 PM
The original wireless drivers for K2.4 years ago was sort of the standard wireless driver.
The ND drivers were introduced to provide support for newer routers while also supporting legacy routers, and a side effect of this was that some problems such as rebooting when certain Intel clients connected, were fixed.
The newer generation of faster routers needed yet newer drivers, the first to be used was for the RT-N16 router. This became known as the RT driver, though of course it's not limited to that. This is used for the 3500L, the Linksys E series, etc.
Recently Teddy Bear added support for the E4200 with a yet newer driver, his branch for the E4200 was named RT-N. This wireless driver has sort of become known as the "N" driver. It is really for the E4200 and a few similar routers. It isn't needed and doesn't work so well on most legacy routers, although *** does run, and it's BIGGER too. A few people have had good results with it but the majority have not been so happy, I think it would be fair to say.
Happy New Year to all!
December 31, 2011 9:33 AM
Does Tomato USB support RFC 4638 (MTU > 1492)? I guess it doesn't, as I cant seem to set the MTU to work above 1492.
February 25, 2012 11:35 PM
What is the default user name and password? I tried root and password.
It says the server says: toast.
April 23, 2012 11:18 PM
updated: April 23, 2012 11:21 PM
1. Is PPPoE supported in this version - I saw a note in the initial version that it was not. It's my only way to connect to the wild web, so must have it
2. Is USB storage supported? Netgear native version works in Windows and Android tablet (Thrive), but on the tablet it fails in file explorers. I wonder if this Tomato version might do the job
3. Are the logs better than the native firmware? - I'm used to Hyperwrt-Thibor on WRT54g logs and not two-liners which are rough to read
4. Can we tweak the wifi signal power a bit?
OOOPS, I think I'm in a wrong forum - new and dumb user :(
I'm interested in WNR3500Lv2, some 1.28 version of firmware.