Thus you turn to other 3rd party firmware that provides you with a solution to your problems. Now, for those of you who want something more advanced and are willing to take the risk, Asus merlin and tomato are two of the best 3rd party firmware you will find on the internet. Some of them are detailed below. Although the firmware has several good features, it still has its weaknesses. Some of them are as follows:.
Wireless Bluetooth Wi-Fi So the question is, why are you here? ASUS Merlin vs Tomato Strengths and weaknesses, Asus merlin Strengths Asus merlin a 3rd party firmware does a lot of things perfectly, some of them are as follows: It has the same interface.
The user-friendly interface allows you to interact with the software without getting lost in a sea of complicated options. This firmware has the least amount of bugs. If you want a more stable alternative to your previous Asuswrt firmware than installing this firmware will be the best choice to make. Weakness Although the firmware has several good features, it still has its weaknesses. Some of them are as follows: Only a certain few Asus models support this firmware.
All non-Asus routers are barred from using this firmware as well. Thus the merlin firmware is the least versatile firmware ever. Everything about this firmware is simple and efficient, meaning there is no room for creativity. All you get from having this firmware installed are some extra tweaks and bug fixes. Strengths and weaknesses, Tomato firmware Strengths Multiple uses and strengths of the tomato firmware are as follows Different from a merlin firmware, the tomato firmware only supports routers with Broadcom processors.
Broadcom is an American company which that makes semiconductor chips. It comes with a user-friendly interface that makes interacting and tweaking certain values and options much easier. Even the current Asuswrt firmware has been derived from a previous version of tomato firmware. Due to its early conception, it has gone through a little more than sixteen modifications. Compared to a merlin firmware, an individual can exercise more freedom when working with tomato firmware.
Each firmware supports things like advanced repeater options that let you use a router as an access point to create stronger networks over larger areas. Both also improve upon quality of service — or QoS — options. This means that you can more closely control how your router and network resources are being allocated. If a certain device requires more bandwidth than another, you can assign those kinds of limits in either firmware. There are also routers, such as flash routers or Vilfo check out our Vilfo review here that either come preloaded with third-party firmware or, in the case of Vilfo, are designed to far exceed normal stock routers in one way or another.
The version of Tomato you use will partially depend on which model of router you have. For example, the only working version we could find for our Asus router was FreshTomato, but plenty of alternative versions — like AdvancedTomato, EasyTomato, Shibby Tomato and Toastman — exist for other routers. One of the main things that all versions of the Tomato firmware excel at over other firmwares is user-friendliness. The graphical user interface is slightly more thoughtfully laid out than most stock firmware, or even custom firmware.
Plus the OpenVPN integration is easier to use and works more reliably than almost any other firmware. Additionally, Tomato firmwares have an emphasis on monitoring, offering better real-time bandwidth monitoring and long-term monitoring than other third-party firmware. Many versions of Tomato can save your bandwidth data for days, weeks or even months if your router has the storage to support it. There, you can analyze the surrounding area to see if noisy frequencies might be affecting your WiFi performance and whether you should switch to another band.
Where Tomato falls short is mainly in the number of routers supported. Tomato firmwares cover most of the popular router models including Asus models, as well as Linksys and Netgear models such as the R However, these three manufacturers are the only ones that are reliably supported by Tomato. Tomato expands your control over your network and makes using a VPN on your router easy.
It also gives you additional tools to analyze and optimize your home network while still improving upon the poorly designed interfaces that many routers use. It covers well-known models, such as the Nightgear Nethawk and all the Asus and Linksys routers that Tomato covers. However, it also offers firmware versions for tons of more obscure routers and the generic routers that are provided by some ISPs like Verizon.
In addition to the broad compatibility, DD-WRT also offers better control over your wireless network settings, specifically when it comes to using your router as an access point or repeater for things like a Wireless Distribution System WDS. A WDS allows you to cover a much larger area than a single router could cover by repeating the signal with additional routers. The structure of a WDS network allows devices to seamlessly move from one router to another as you move around the coverage area, making it an optimal solution for large homes or offices.
DD-WRT offers a huge amount of control over your router and puts you truly in charge of your home network, with ample options for setting up routers as repeaters or access points as well. Tomato is much easier for most people to use and makes setting up a VPN on your router a breeze. Which one will be best depends heavily on your use case and level of expertise. Have you used custom firmware before? Let us know in the comments below and be sure to check out our guides on how to install Tomato firmware and how to install DD-WRT on your router.
As always, thanks for reading. Hi, I enjoyed your article — thanks. I setup surveillance cameras and wanted to run the cameras on a VLAN.
Press and hold on to the reset button. Allow the utility to upload the TomatoUSB firmware. Allow the firmware flashing to complete. You should see the TomatoUSB web administration page. Click on the Ok button. Share this: Twitter Facebook. Like this: Like Loading Leave a comment. Cancel reply Enter your comment here Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:. Email required Address never made public. Name required. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use.
I access Asus menu by Can it be a conflict somewhere when installing Tomato? Tomato also defaults to November 21, at am. I just bought the rt-ac56u. I flashed the last firmware from ASUS. Everything was working. I flash the V VPN version for my router. Apparently the operation was correct, type My computer, modem, phone see my router but I have no internet connection.
If I use the wifi from my modem it is working, same thing if I plug my modem directly in my PC. But through my router nothing. Is there an option to activate in my router or something? I try using the AIO v but same problem. I guess your problems are caused by your modem behaving as a router, so the AC56U becomes a second router — which is bad.
I think there are two ways to solve this: 1. This way you only have one router on the network. This way you still have two routers, and does double NAT. November 21, at pm. I as almost all of them in fact in France decided to remove that option from their modem. It is possible I used it wrong. I was able to restore ASUS firmware using an old firmware and after that updating it. But something is weird because when I put my router between my modem and my PC and with the router under ASUS stock firmware it is working fine, I have an internet connection, so why not with the tomato version?
November 22, at am. I believe but cannot confirm that Asus stock firmware does some smart detection of the presence of another router, and thereby automatically configure something necessary for your setup. December 27, at am. Hello my friend. I of course would want updated firmware from this year.
If your stock firmware does not support the type of VPN you want, you can try Tomato. January 10, at am. DD-WRT only works with outdated builds not sustainable. January 11, at am. At least that is what I believe. RDB said:. January 1, at am. Though it works fine, the LED lights other than power do not light up at all. Is this a known bug or any other ideas? January 1, at pm. Ksec said:. February 16, at am. Be prepared to use the Asus Firmware Restoration utility to recover from a failure.
Matt Wilkie said:. I have an RT-N12 D1. Like others I had to re-flash many times before getting it to finally succeed. The Asus recovery tool seems to often lose connection to the router part way through the process. April 4, at pm. Fermulator said:. April 2, at pm. What did you end up with?
Parker said:. May 29, at am. It seems to just be in a boot loop — resetting itself every seconds. It blinks rapidly like mentioned then reboots.. I tried newer and older versions of both AdvancedTomato, as well as Tomato by Shibby — same results every time. Flashing back to Asus Stock or Merlin works fine — it boots up after flashing in about 1 or 2 mins and I can access the GUI with no issues.
May 29, at pm. AC68U C1 has different hardware and very few users have got it. It is quite likely Tomato does not support it yet. May 30, at am. Ah, that makes sense. I ended up going back to Merlin though just for preference.
C1 anywhere. Nathan Ellsworth said:. July 14, at am. Make sure you choose a build that includes the features you want. I think Asuswrt Merlin firmware has AiProtection, that has some sort of parental control as well. September 23, at pm. Flashed the Tomato advanced firmware. After which I went to USB support attached device section and tried to mount the device. The device is shown on the list. When I click on the mount device. It will not mount. The basic settings section states status connecting.
I have tried to reboot the device and also I have re-flashed the firmware but nothing seems to work. Why is this? What am I doing wrong? Saul said:. November 8, at am. And I installed the Tomato v3. And everything went fine. I did all the resets after the installation.
And everything works fine. The problem I have is that everyday in the morning the internet connection is not working. Everything just starts working again. Until next day. About the two routers being in different networks, I am ok about it, as I can decide if I want to connect direct or through the VPN depending on the router.
I would appreciate any good ideas. Thanks in advance. If possible, try not to have two DHCP services. Vince said:. Hi there, great guide you have right here. I have it in the 2nd floor while my router is on the first floor.
I followed the procedures said by ASUS on their tutorials, sadly, it could only connect through the router BUT without an internet access. Do you have any suggestions? December 16, at am. Thanks for the reply. But I have 2 different routers. The primary router is the defsult router we got from our internet service provider. Something called baudtec or something. Is it still possible to follow this guide?
You are commenting using your WordPress. You are commenting using your Twitter account. You are commenting using your Facebook account. Notify me of new comments via email. Notify me of new posts via email. Last update: Why install Tomato firmware? In some cases, the WiFi behavior of the Asus firmware may be different from the Tomato firmware, because they usually use different versions of the Broadcom drivers.
In general, Asus stock firmware may offer slightly higher WiFi performance than Tomato, because Asus usually uses newer Broadcom drivers, while Tomato usually sticks with an older but proven release that is more compatible with other client devices. As of June , there are test builds of Tomato with newer and faster WiFi driver. Recent Tomato by Shibby firmwares show an option for enabling CTF, but there are reports that enabling it may not actually yield a difference for some models or firmwares.
Why Asus router? Differentiating among various models of Asus RT-N router series: It is critical to find out the correct model of your router, its hardware revision, and the flash size before you proceed to install any third-party firmware such as Tomato to your router. Not supported by Tomato. Not supported by Tomato this requires integration of a newer major version of Broadcom SDK than Tomato uses, so this is a large effort that is unlikely to take place soon. Can use Merlin firmware. Since this not a complete Broadcom solution it will not run Tomato.
Use Shibby V or later. Can also use Merlin firmware. It has a USB 3. This is discontinued and replaced by AC56S. Note that many people have 2. Tomato support is to be confirmed. Can use Padavan firmware. Supported by Shibby build starting from with 5GHz support. Supported by Shibby build starting from V includes a bug fix for V I use one too. Supported by Shibby build starting from It does not use Broadcom chipset and therefore cannot run Tomato firmware. It is far too expensive for a router without Mbps Gigaibit Ethernet.
There is a forum report indicating success of flashing Tomato as if it is a N53 router, i. Beware there are reports of instability with this router. Use RT-N. Note: There are many web pages listing this model having 4MB flash only, but the unit I tried really has 8MB flash, and many experts in relevant forums agree this model has 8MB flash too.
Newer shipments may have changed the chipset to BCM This is functionally the same as C1 but equipped with a built-in signal amplifier. A review reported that its WiFi signal is good enough even after passing through two concrete walls. There are multiple reports that Tomato works. There is a report of success using Tomato RT-N5x firmware.
Supported by Shibby build starting from V There is a forum reporting stating success with flashing tomato, but with the following limitations: 1. Power LED does not behave correctly; 2. I have NOT found any report of success of running Tomato on this. Some versions of tomato support this model Build 52 or earlier.
Exercise extreme caution. Find the latest release by version number with the appropriate language suffix -EN or none for English. See the builds. However, recent releases may not have any variant that will fit into 4MB.
There may special test builds with a newer and faster WiFi driver. Read the changelog and see which version you want to try out, or just go to the latest version. To avoid the OpenSSL heartbleed bug, use firmware or newer. Get a firmware with VPN in the filename, and verify that its file size is less than the flash size of your router.
Download a suitable tomato firmware as described above Install the Asus router utility from the CD that came with the router. If you no longer have the CD you can also download it from the Asus website. Disable Firewall on your computer. Disable anti-virus on your computer. Connect your computer to one of the LAN ports of the router with an ethernet cable. Assign a static IP of Disconnect the router WAN port if you already have a cable plugged into that port.
If you experience problems uploading, try running it as Administrator. Click the Browse button and select the file that you downloaded in step 1. Put the router in recovery mode: Unplug the power cord of the router. Hold down the black Restore button using a pen not the red button. Plug the power cord back in. Once the power light starts flashing slowing, release the Restore button. The power light should continue to flash. The flashing light means the router is ready to accept the new firmware in recovery mode.
Click the upload button in the Restoration utility. If it warns about incorrect Asus firmware, ignore it. The firmware should now start uploading into the router. Note: these steps worked when I flashed my RT-N However, the utility could not find my RT-N12 B1 when I tried to flash the router, although it did work for other people.
After failing for more than a dozen times, I tried to perform the upload first before putting the router in recovery mode, then it finally worked. Later I tried a different unit of RT-N12 B1 strangely it could be flashed the first time using the normal procedure. If neither of these procedures work, please see the Addendum in The Wiert Corner, and the tftp method described by Simeon W in the comments section.
You should be logged into Tomato. Also take a look at the CPU frequency, you may need to manually change it if it is not correct. Note: overclocking your router is usually not a good idea from my experience. If there is anything abnormal, some models require an additional reset by WPS button: Unplug the power of the router. You will need to reconfigure everything again — you must not backup the settings and restore settings — this defeats the purpose of the reset.
Troubleshooting If you happen to make the router unbootable, retry the Asus recovery procedure with Asus stock firmware. After some struggle with the timing precision required by the Asus Firmware Restoration utility, I recovered it successfully using Shibby V tomato-K You may also try the WPS button in addition to the reset button. Auto channel in some configurations may yield channel 12 or channel 13, and many client devices do not support these channels without changes to an advanced setting could be a driver property in case of Windows client.
If 5GHz does not work, check that you are using the correct build especially for RT-N53 firmware, which may be different from others. Set Country to EU. With very new router models that are not completely supported, sometimes the Ethernet port order may be reversed. If your router reboots while doing BitTorrent, etc. This should be more stable.
Google for it. Royee see the comments section found that the Windows driver for the network adapter needs to be updated in order to connect to the Tomato router. Share this: Twitter Facebook. Like this: Like Loading Tom said: August 1, at am. Mazx said: May 20, at am. Can I download a toastmaster build without paying?
Yes, you just need to be registered. Early this year no registration was necessary. It seems that its policy is changed now. Alex said: August 26, at pm. Hello, This looks like a very good guide to follow when I have a new router. SeymourB said: October 24, at am. There are free Android apps for this purpose as well.
Thom said: November 16, at pm. Koplyn said: November 29, at am. JQ said: December 15, at pm. Any ideas? Simeon W said: January 18, at am. HerpDerp said: February 13, at am. Thom said: March 4, at pm. How is this set up correctly? Thanks Reply. Thom said: March 5, at am.
Robbo said: April 21, at am. Thanks for the confirmation. Robbo said: April 8, at pm. Robbo said: April 9, at pm. Robbo said: April 12, at pm. Hengjie said: June 13, at am. Han Lin said: June 29, at am. Royee said: July 16, at pm. Which is the cheapest and most basic Asus router you would recommend one that supports VPN? Flavio Moraes said: July 18, at am. Please try using the button on the router to erase its configuration. Royee said: August 7, at pm. RT-N66User said: August 16, at pm. Victor said: September 7, at am.
RT-N66User said: January 20, at pm. David said: January 24, at pm. The web interface tries and hangs for half an hour. Nothing happens. At the end of the day, the firmware is still stock. David said: January 25, at am. David said: January 26, at pm. Andy said: February 28, at pm. I have RT N15U and 2 questions: 1. Ryan said: June 3, at am. Mike said: June 5, at am. Ronnie said: June 8, at pm. Ronnie said: June 9, at pm.
Did you hold the Reset button for more than 5 seconds? Ronnie said: June 10, at am. Woody said: July 8, at am. Thanks, added. Abu Taufan said: October 22, at pm. Silla Oficina said: February 12, at am. Hi, are the any method to back to stock asus fimware? Silla Oficina said: February 27, at am.
Running AC56u and easy to install Reply. Ole Juul said: March 18, at am. Max Reply. Andrea Lockheart said: April 22, at am. Demian said: October 5, at am. Marko said: February 19, at pm. Hello, I just bought the rt-ac56u. Ok I will try some things hopefully it will work.
Thank you. RDB said: January 1, at am. It is a known issue. RDB said: January 1, at pm. Ksec said: February 16, at am. Do you know if there is any news on AC56S? Matt Wilkie said: February 19, at pm. Thank you for this excellent guide, and your maintenance of it over several years.
Fermulator said: April 2, at pm. Also curious what features are unsupported if you know of them? Parker said: May 29, at am. I tried using the CFE method as well as the restoration utility with the same issue both times. They both finish transferring and say completed. When I ping Using the CFE method gives the exact same results as with the Restoration utility Flashing back to Asus Stock or Merlin works fine — it boots up after flashing in about 1 or 2 mins and I can access the GUI with no issues.
Latest AdvancedTomato firmware releases and downloads for Asus RT-AC68U. See pewees.online?page_id=69 for detailed table of routers and. so what is the best way to flash tomato? One method I have looked at is. Installing FreshTomato on a new RT-AC68U - "regulatory amendments". Hello! I've just picked up a new RT-AC68U which I was hoping to install FreshTomato on, but I seem to be getting blocked by an apparently.