I have a WRT54GL that I've been using with Tomato for several years. I'm very happy with it, but recently I've been beginning to wonder if it's time for an upgrade. That said, I'm not sure that the benefits I'd see are worth the effort.
My primary reason for originally installing Tomato was for its stability. I don't want to lose any of this - the WRT54GL never needs an unexpected re-boot - and I've seen it go over a year of uptime. Are the new USB builds on routers like the N16 or WNR3500L this stable? I also have VOIP for my home phone service, and it works 100% - it took some time and effort to get it to this point, and I don't want that to suffer either.
I have a 30/5 cable Internet connection, with the possibility of upgrading to 50/5. This was what got me checking into upgrades in the first place - I understand my current router can't really handle much above to 50-60 Mb of routing. Even at the current speeds, I'm wondering if a faster router will provide a more stable speed?
I wouldn't mind, but don't really need the gigabit switch ports of the newer router, as I have enough wired devices that I'd still need my separate switch.
I have several N devices, but also a bunch of G devices, so the wireless speed would be a crapshoot. Anything that I regularly stream HD content to is wired in. The occasional file transfer would benefit from the faster speeds, but that's pretty rare.
I was drawn to the WNR3500L in part because of its ability to add a guest network. I understand that I lose that capability by installing Tomato?
Part of my plan of purchasing a newer router would be that I could convert the 54GL to a wireless bridge to give internet access to my neighbor that is on hard times - but I'd prefer to do so through a guest network - both to isolate my own network, and because I understand I can't use WPA security in bridge mode, correct? (Any suggestions on this side-project also appreciated - especially if there is a way to give her access, isolate my own network, and ideally, limit her speed to say 5/1).
The WNR3500L when tested with DD-WRT at Small Net Builder lost nearly 70% of its routing throughput, and gained a huge amount of jitter (speed variability) as compared to the stock firmware. Has anyone tested Tomato installed on a modern router to determine how it performs?
Anyhow, thanks for any suggestions or input anyone can provide - I sure appreciate it!