Frequently Asked Questions
Firmware and Compatibility Questions
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.
- 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.