Build Types

Editions

This page refers to the last formal release of TomatoUSB Build 54 - dated 11/30/2010

TomatoUSB is currently developed only through community contributions in the form of several "mods". Please see the mods page for more information.

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The Tomato USB comes in several different editions:

  • Standard: most basic features; ~300KB JFFS space (5 blocks) available on 4MB flash routers;
  • Extras: all features of Standard plus built-in NTFS support (starting from build 36), included Linux Ext2/Ext3 and FAT32 filesystem utilities (fdisk, e2fsck, mke2fs, mkswap, mkdosfs), built-in loop device support, some extra Linux commands not included in other builds, and additional color schemes. ~120KB JFFS space (2 blocks) available on 4MB flash. This version is for people who don't really need JFFS space, or have 8+ MB flash routers, and would like to be able to partition/format drives in Linux native Ext2/Ext3 format or in FAT32 format directly on the router without installing any additional tools.
  • Lite: all features of Standard but no Samba; some very minor features are stripped out of Busybox, about 600KB JFFS space (10 blocks) available on 4MB flash routers;
  • No CIFS: all features of Standard but no CIFS Network filesystem support, about 420KB JFFS space (7 blocks) available on 4MB flash routers;
  • VPN: Extras edition merged with SgtPepperKSU' VPN build with Web GUI (no JFFS space left on 4MB flash).
  • No USB: Initially this was the USB mod… However, it grew up to be an "extended" version of Tomato even without USB support, so starting from build 36 Tomato USB includes non-USB edition (ND only) for routers with no USB ports. This build has about 900KB of JFFS space (15 blocks) available on 4MB flash routers.

Detailed matrix of features present in different editions.

Kernels

Since January 2010, Tomato USB also supports Kernel 2.6, in addition to the stable Kernel 2.4 builds. The K26 support is required for newer routers where Broadcom never released a 2.4 wifi driver. For older routers, you can choose between the K24 builds or the K26 builds.

K26 builds are of two different types: MIPSR2 builds (for newer CPUs) and MIPSR1 (for older CPUs). You must download the correct version given your router.

Naming convention

Tomato USB firmware builds are named according to the following specification:
tomato-<VER>-<ND|K26>[USB]-<NNNN>[MIPSR2|MIPSR1][-subver]-[EDITION].trx

  • <VER> - Tomato base version (i.e. 1.27)
  • <ND|K26|[Model]> - indicates the platform:
    • ND - Tomato ND ("new driver") builds based on kernel 2.4
    • K26 - Tomato builds based on kernel 2.6 (assumes ND)
    • [Model] - Special Tomato builds for certain router models
  • [USB] - optional indicator of built-in USB support
  • <NNNN> - build number, i.e. 9043
  • <MIPSR2|MIPSR1> - architecture:
    • MIPSR2 is for MIPS32 Release 2 CPUs
    • MIPSR1 is for all other MIPS CPUs (MIPS32 Release 1)
    • Kernel 2.4-based builds are always MIPSR1, and currently are not compatible with MIPSR2 routers
  • [-subver] - optional subversion number, e.g. -beta
  • [EDITION] - the build edition, e.g. Ext (Extras), VPN (OpenVPN) etc.

Compatibility table

Tomato builds based on kernel 2.4 are known to work on the following Broadcom-based routers (from the official Tomato web site, with an addition of a few models supported by Tomato USB):

  • Linksys WRT54G v1-v4, WRT54GS v1-v4, WRT54GL v1.x, WRTSL54GS, WRT160N v1, WRT300N v1, WRT310N v1
  • Buffalo WHR-G54S, WHR-HP-G54, WZR-G54, WBR2-G54, WBR-G54, WZR-HP-G54, WZR-RS-G54, WZR-RS-G54HP, WVR-G54-NF, WHR2-A54-G54, WHR3-AG54
  • Asus WL500GP v1/v2, WL500G Deluxe, WL520GU, WL-500W
  • Sparklan WX6615GT, Fuji RT390W, Microsoft MN-700
  • D-Link DIR-320, ZTE ZXV10 H618B, Ovislink WL1600GL

The table below shows the availability for each router compatible with kernel 2.6 builds:

Router CPU K26 K24 K26 Editions/Notes
Asus RT-N10 R2 Yes No NoUSB (only build 52 and earlier!)
Asus RT-N12 R2 Yes No NoUSB
Asus RT-N16 R2 Yes No All
Asus WL500GP v1/v2 R1 Yes Yes All
Asus WL500W R1 Yes Yes All
Asus WL500G Deluxe R1 Yes Yes All
Asus WL520GU R1 Yes Yes Lite or NoUSB-Std (4MB flash) only
Buffalo WHR-G54S R1 Yes Yes NoUSB-Std (4MB flash) only
Buffalo WHR-HP-G54 R1 Yes Yes NoUSB-Std (4MB flash) only
D-Link DIR-320 R1 Yes Yes NoUSB-Std (4MB flash) only
Linksys E1000 v1 R2 Yes No NoUSB-Std (4MB flash) only
Linksys E2000 R2 Yes No E2000 (special E2000 Std build required)
Linksys E3000 R2 Yes No E3000 (special E3000 Ext or VPN build required)
Linksys E4200 R2 Yes No E4200 (special E4200 Ext or VPN build required). No 5GHz support
Linksys WRT160N v1 R1 Yes Yes NoUSB-Std (4MB flash) only
Linksys WRT160N v3 R2 Yes No NoUSB-Std (4MB flash) only
Linksys WRT300N v1 R1 Yes Yes NoUSB-Std (4MB flash) only
Linksys WRT310N v1 R1 No Yes NoUSB-Std (4MB flash) only
Linksys WRT310N v2 R2 Yes No NoUSB-Std (4MB flash) only (same as WRT160N v3)
Linksys WRT320N R2 Yes No NoUSB
Linksys WRT54G-TM R1 Yes Yes All
Linksys WRT54-GL,-GS v1-v4 R1 Yes Yes NoUSB-Std (4MB flash) or All (8MB flash)
Linksys WRT610Nv2 R2 Yes No All
Linksys WRTSL54GS R1 Yes Yes All
Netgear WNR2000 v2 R2 Yes No NoUSB-Mini
Netgear WNR3500 L R2 Yes No All
Netgear WNR3500 v2 / U R2 Yes No NoUSB-Mini
Ovislink WL1600GL R1 Yes Yes All
ZTE ZXV10 H618B R1 Yes Yes All

The table above only includes models that have been reported to work properly with Tomato USB. Most of the other models supported by Tomato kernel 2.4 builds should be compatible with kernel 2.6 builds as well but have not been tested yet. The E4200 5GHz wireless is as yet unsupported (Sept 2011).

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