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Author Topic: DD-WRT vs OpenWRT vs Tomato  (Read 25623 times)

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DD-WRT vs OpenWRT vs Tomato
« on: March 27, 2011, 06:40:08 pm »
That's it in a nutshell. I thought there was a thread around here discussing DD-WRT but I guess it's not this board.

For those who know what I'm talking about, what did you choose for your router and why?

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Re: DD-WRT vs OpenWRT vs Tomato
« Reply #1 on: March 27, 2011, 07:44:05 pm »
Re you asking about routers that can be flashed for other purposes like VPN and mini linux boxes?
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Re: DD-WRT vs OpenWRT vs Tomato
« Reply #2 on: March 27, 2011, 07:58:29 pm »
I chose DD-WRT because my brother in law had gone that route so there was a little experience at my disposal.  I'm entirely happy with DD-WRT but have not tried OpenWRT or Tomato to compare.  The reason I set up for DD-WRT in the first place was to connect a router to another router to create a wireless bridge between the two wired halves of the network.  I don't do much of that these days but still do on occasion because I've got a couple PCs that don't have wireless cards.
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Re: DD-WRT vs OpenWRT vs Tomato
« Reply #3 on: March 27, 2011, 09:16:34 pm »
Re you asking about routers that can be flashed for other purposes like VPN and mini linux boxes?

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Re: DD-WRT vs OpenWRT vs Tomato
« Reply #4 on: March 27, 2011, 10:13:26 pm »
I went with DD-WRT, trying to turn one into a bridge to connect a printer to my network. Haven't had a lot of luck yet (but I did +seem+ to be able to flash the router successfully, I can browse over to it and it clearly shows that DD-WRT is installed....)

I saw tomato when I was looking, but I've never seen OpenWRT...

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Re: DD-WRT vs OpenWRT vs Tomato
« Reply #5 on: March 27, 2011, 11:55:06 pm »
I have DD-WRT for my Linksys WRT54G.
Was easy enough to flash, seems to work fine, never have tried it in bridge mode or anything like that.

Why did I choose DD-WRT ?  :dunno
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Re: DD-WRT vs OpenWRT vs Tomato
« Reply #6 on: March 28, 2011, 12:15:26 am »
I'm running tomato currently.  I used to run DD-WRT and switched for some reason a few years ago, but I don't remember why.  I'm tempted by DD-WRT because it lets you setup 2 wifi hotspots with different access levels at the same time.

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Re: DD-WRT vs OpenWRT vs Tomato
« Reply #7 on: March 28, 2011, 09:42:02 am »

I've run both Tomato and DD-WRT.  Both do their job fine and not all that differently.  Unless you have some advanced requirement there won't be much difference between them.  If you do have something specific you need look up which one has a better feature supporing it.  Other than that I did not see any noticeable amount of performance difference on my 5-6 client LAN.

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Re: DD-WRT vs OpenWRT vs Tomato
« Reply #8 on: March 29, 2011, 03:47:34 am »
I used Tomato for quite a while.  It had a great interface.  Really intuitive and easy to use, especially for something offering so many advanced features.  At the time I think DD-WRT was a bit more powerful, but it didn't offer a single additional feature that I had any use for.  That was all two or three years ago, though.  I'd never heard of OpenWRT until this moment.
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Re: DD-WRT vs OpenWRT vs Tomato
« Reply #9 on: March 29, 2011, 01:21:59 pm »
I used dd-wrt for a couple years on my wrtsl54gs.It was running a bit choppy.
I'd reboot my router about once a week because it would have crashed. Figured
it must have been some harware issue.

Replaced it with a more basic wrt54gl running stock firmware, it worked okay,
but the speeds seemed a bit slow, the dhcp server chugged along, but wasn't
overly happy with it. Ran it on stock for a couple months, but then decided to
try tomato.

About a year ago I dug out my wrtsl54gs and decided to try tomato on it. Mostly
out of curiosity. Since then I've only rebooted my router maybe twice, while I
was moving equipment around due to swapping ISPs (re: Canadian [Shaw] UBB).

I was disillusioned by the fact I was running homebrew software, thinking it had to
be a hardware issue. Tomato just runs so much more stable on my router.

TL;DR - DD-WRT ran like crap on my router, Tomato has been solid.

  
 

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