I have been using the Asus RT-N12 Router with Tomato USB for a while now. I've probably flashed a dozen or so and been very happy with them. Then newegg started selling one with a 5dbi antenna. Still called a RT-N12 but when it came in I noticed there was a vB1 on it. I attempted to install Tomato USB on two of these and both of them failed horribly. I was able to get one back to the factory defaults by downloading the original firmware from Asus. Something interesting I noticed was on the download page for the router it had a special notice that the firmware for the RT-N12 vB1 was NOT the same as the RT-N12! So, has anyone had any luck getting Tomato on a Asus RT-N12 vB1?
Date: 19 Sep 2011 23:10
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I noticed this new router the other day too. I've had my eye on the RT-N12 but had just been waiting for a good sale and all the sudden the B version popped up. According to the DD-WRT site the router runs on a Broadcom BCM5357 chip: http://www.dd-wrt.com/wiki/index.php/Supported_Devices#Asus. It appears to be the same chip used in several Linksys routers like the e1000v2 and e2500. From this thread http://tomatousb.org/forum/t-348827/ the chip doesn't appear to be supported by Tomato yet, but the good news is that as more routers come out based on that chip it becomes more likely that someone will make a version of Tomato that supports it.
Thanks, that's good to know. I guess for now I can just put DD-WRT on it and when or if a Tomato version that supports it comes out I'll look at installing that. I wonder if this is the "new" model and Asus plans to replace the original RT-N12. I can't understand why router manufacturers will make a great product and then for reasons unknown just stop selling it (like Buffalo) or change it just enough to not be compatible.