I've always been a fan of Tomato firmware, having used it for years at home. Last month I got a chance to install it on routers at both office of my work. We were replacing some really old hardware that couldn't keep up with our cable modems, didn't have QOS, and wouldn't let me increase the UPS timeouts high enough for reliable VOIP.
I picked out two Broadcom based routers: the Asus RT-N16 and the Netgear WNR3500L. I didn't even try the stock firmware and immediately installed "Tomato v1.28.2453 MIPSR2-Toastman K26 USB VPN-BT" on both routers. We don't need any of the advanced functions, but I figured that they might come in handy someday.
So far I've had nothing but problems keeping the routers connected to the internet through our cable modem. At least once a day the internet speed drops to a crawl, and every few days it drops entirely and refuses to renew the DHCP lease from our ISP (Charter High Speed Internet). This is happening while the router's CPU is below 20%, the free ram is above 85%, and the number of connections is below 2500. All the computers are on a separate switch too. The same problems are happening on both routers so I don't think it's a manufacturing defect. It even happens on my home router which
Days of Googling hasn't turned up any concrete solutions that don't involve rebooting and/or unplugging everything…which isn't really acceptable in a business environment. In fact, the only thing that does work is switching back to our old non-Tomato router!!
I REALLY want to make this work! Can anyone help me troubleshoot?