I am not a networking expert, but I am not a computer novice, either. I followed all instructions to make TomatoUSB work, but it is hard to troubleshoot when you're not a Linux-using networking expert, and TomatoUSB does not offer as an option a user-friendly, isolated "Beginner's Interface" as a baseline for testing.
Since it's not the user (again, I followed all instructions), is the flakiness the router or the firmware? I guess I'll never know. I've spent well over a week on this, and life's too short.
I came to TomatoUSB because the ASUS RT-N16 router's oddball, kludge firmware weirdly limits static IPs to only 8. I need a few more than that.
Here is what I noticed:
|1||Unlike the firmware of every other router I've ever owned, TomatoUSB does not offer an easy-to-use static-IP declaration page, where the static IPs are distinctly separate from those doled out by the DHCP server. Static IPs should be typed in once — set in stone — and free of lease timings. Instead, I saw "DHCP-leased static IPs" with timeouts that would come and go (and remain blanked out when the device was still connected). This behavior is unacceptable.|
|2||There is NO on-line help WITHIN THE FIRMWARE. For example, want to try to improve the wireless-N crummy speed of 54Mbps you're getting? Go to the Wireless Settings page and look at that long list of settings. There's no within-firmware help for any of them. The same goes for TCP Timeout, UDP Timeout, etc. subcategories, under the odd menu title "Conntrack/Netfilter" (why not "Timeouts"?).|
|3||Clear documentation that parrots the best how-to of what consumer routers offer is absent.|
I wish that I were an expert who could create the aforementioned "Beginner's Interface" and write the documentation therefor. Alas, I am not.
I realize that TomatoUSB is free; lovingly provided by volunteers (praise to them all!); and geared to the technical user (but, still, guys, it doesn't have to be so cryptic to the beginner!).
Anyway, if you are able to make it work, god bless ya!
As for me, facing crummy N-wireless speed and, more importantly, repeated drops by the RT-N16/TomatoUSB of wired IPs declared as STATIC, I am reverting to my old D-Link DI-624 running its original firmware.
The ASUS RT-N16 is going back, today, for a full refund.
ASUS support is polite but incompetent. The 48-hour turnaround time for an engineer to respond to the "only 8 static IPs" issue is a joke: I never got a response from them. An ASUS manager says that THEY CANNOT SEARCH PREVIOUS CASES FOR THE ISSUE OR ITS RESOLUTION, BECAUSE THEY MAY ONLY SEARCH BY NAME, PHONE NUMBER, OR CASE NUMBER.
How's that for support? Never again, ASUS!
So, thanks for listening. I hope that this post will be helpful to newbies and those who just bought an ASUS router. Good luck to you all!