Hi, we moved over a year ago and the house is a large double story, don't need anything particularly fancy, but as the family (6 person) grows, we have more and more N devices so have to have good signal performance, so, I just purchased an Asus RT-N12HP via Ebay (not locally available in Aus) and hoping it can accept Tomato firmware. Has anybody tried it yet? It seems you should be able to get it on a regular RT-N12-C1, but the HP version has a different board, built in transmitter amp etc. I believe the Broadcom chip is the same though.
Standard firmware appears to be different to regular N12 as the HP has adjustable power output to 200mW.
I haven't got my router yet, just eagerly looking ahead :)
For some background, we run an iiNet BoB2 for the modem/netphone/answering/router/wifi and most of our network runs from the wifi, but it seems a fragile device that really struggles to do so much. I think they are not up to the job and we are on our 3rd one in less than a year and a half, so now I run it only on N300 and have a Linksys WRT54GL (tomato) doing the 54G (does a great job). I want to turn off wifi on the BoB2 completely to stop burning them out. We rent the BoB2 so it doesn't cost us to get a new one every 6 months, but the inconvenience and performance issues are very frustrating.
I know everyone will say, get an RT-N66U, or AC66U but really, we don't hit the torrent sites or download movies etc, only have up to N300 adapters and I don't need all that functionality and raw processing performance, just a good and reliable signal throughout the property, so the N12HP hopefully will give that at much less than half the cost and I don't need a swag of new (expensive) client adapters to run it.