Hello all at TomatoUSB!
Last night, I just picked up a Netgear 3500L router at Best Buy. My previous wireless router was the expensive and hella-cool D-Link DGL-4500. Unfortunately, it is also the most unreliable router I've ever owned. In fact, the year warranty is up on it in three days. I called D-Link support a few days ago, and got 3 different techs over 2 hours. The first one said it was the router and to call back for an RMA number. The next two said it was my computer not the router… But I digress.
I purchased this new router because it has open support. I purchased this router to put TomatoUSB on it.
I've done some reading, and this is what I think I know:
1) Download and install: dd-wrt.v24-15704_NEWD-2_K2.6_mini-WNR3500L.chk onto Netgear 3500L.
2) Do a 30-30-30 reboot.
3) Download and install: tomato-K26USB-1.28.9054MIPSR2-beta-Ext.trx
4) Do a 30-30-30 reboot.
It's been a few years since I've tried flashing a router with 3rd party firmware (e.g. dd-wrt). So, do I have the procedure down? Any suggestions? (I do have some questions…)
What exactly is a 30-30-30 reboot again?
What extension do I change the firmware to? .bin? .chk?
Is it really this easy?
I'd like to install TomatoUSB over dd-wrt because of it's reputation of having superior QoS. I'd really appreciate some advice… What are your experiences? Especially with 3500L? Should I even install TomatoUSB instead of something OpenWRT or dd-wrt?
I am a tinkerer, tweaker, builder, etc… So, even if someone says, "Stay with stock." I won't. :)
Thank you all.