Just signed up today to the forums here. I have known about Tomato firmware for quite some years, but lately noticed the TomatoUSB firmware. After doing some research, I decided to use Shibby's firmware of TomatoUSB.
My issue before was, I had DD-WRT installed on an Asus RT-AC56R router. It seemed as if it ran ok for awhile, but when trying to go on xbox live, it would spontaneously lag. Double checking that nobody was streaming and that thing's were set right on QoS (which it did do a great job of), it still lagged. Intermittently it would drop me out of games or if it kept in the game it would freeze everyone around me and jag their characters across the map. I tried to log in to the router to see what was happening, but no response. After a reboot, dd-wrt did finally answer back. Was the router getting too hot? Unsure as I was reading that 80c was around the normal operating temp (this was fixed recently with a USB fan hooked on the back, now it sits at 60c). But whatever caused it, the internet on it kept up, but the GUI stopped responding of the router.
I decided to install TomatoUSB, and I must say…. No more lag! No more dropping out of games. No more GUI stopping on me. Everything seems very smooth!
Unsure if it is just a coincidence that the router was upset on the 5GHz band, but also was reading that the 5GHz radio on that specific router was troublesome to others.
Is it possible that recent DD-WRT changes cause something to break on the radio side? Maybe certain changes caused issues in other places. I had two of the RT-AC56R routers since one was given to me by my older brother before he moved, but that one is nicely zapped and fried to death. (Unsure how it happened. The poorly designed power switched may of sealed its fate and zapped it to death, now it literally shorts out and has a high pitched sound coming from inside the router with 0 response from even the serial port inside)
I will stop rambling. Thanks again for all and everyone who helps TomatoUSB. I am greatly considering swapping my main router which is a RT-AC68U running DD-WRT to TomatoUSB.
Have a great day, and thanks for reading this novel. :P