EasyTomato will only run on the Asus RT-N16. The Asus RT-N16 router can be purchased from Newegg or Amazon for around $80. The power adapter for this router accepts both 110V and 220V, so it can be used anywhere in the world.
We chose a single router to simplify and streamline the documentation and to ensure that we are spending our time making the firmware as effective as possible for our users rather than fixing minor bugs that pop up because of little router differences.
The Asus RT-N16 router has a very good price/performance ratio and will work on power outlets anywhere in the world (important for a project targeting the developing world). In addition, it’s almost impossible to brick (ruin due to a bad firmware install). This is especially important given that the goal of the project is to have non-technical users running EasyTomato.
If you have hardware requirements that EasyTomato doesn’t meet or just need more features, here are some other excellent free firmware options:
TomatoUSB mods: There are various models of the Tomato firmware currently available. EasyTomato is a Toastman build of the TomatoUSB firmware. It looks almost identical to Advanced EasyTomato mode and runs on many routers.
DDWRT: Firmware that is similar to the Tomato firmware family. It also has extensive documentation.
Smoothwall Express: An easy-to-install firewall/router that runs on a computer, not a router. Its hardware requirements are extremely low (Pentium II processor with 128 megs of ram). It offers caching to speed up connections as well as more detailed overviews of the system.
Pfsense: An advanced firewall/router that runs on a computer and that offers features only found in corporation-grade hardware firewalls (in fact, many large companies use it). You need a high level of technical knowledge to use it. It has advanced features such as load-balancing multiple LAN connections, Snort intrusion detection, and captive portals. Many community-driven plugins offering even more advanced functionality are also available.
To log into EasyTomato simply connect to the router via wireless or Ethernet cable. Then type the default IP address: 192.168.1.1 into the address bar at the top of your browser. You will then be prompted to give a username and password.
Thank you so much for taking the time to take a look at EasyTomato. We understand that there are still some bugs to work out and we greatly appreciate your feedback. Please fill out our bug submission form and we’ll take a look at it.
Yes! EasyTomato is an open source project so everyone is more than welcome to check out the source code. In fact, if you have programming experience and would like to work on fixing bugs you find – we’d love that too. You can find the code on Github. Please see above for the bug submission form.