Happy New Year From ET

Happy New Year to all! We’ve been a bit quiet here at EasyTomato, but fear not, things are rolling.

Growing User Base

We’re growing in the Tomato community and while this is great, we’re thrilled that we’re starting to get some larger nonprofits using EasyTomato (since that was the whole point of this project).  We’ve had a few ET routers running some hospitals in Haiti for a couple months now and they’ve done well enough that two of us are going to be going to Rwanda next month to install some ET routers in the same nonprofits African hospitals.

We will talk more about who is using it and where in the coming weeks.  We’re setting up another website to show users and try to highlight why this is such an important subject for healthcare and education in the developing world.

Blocking HTTPS Websites

The way Tomato and therefore EasyTomato blocks webpages is a little cranky and won’t block HTTPS (encrypted) websites.  In the past, it didn’t matter much as few websites other than financial sites were using HTTPS.  As schools and hospitals aren’t too worried about people gobbling up their bandwidth transferring lots of money from bank account to bank account this wasn’t an issue.

A year and a half or so ago Gmail and Twitter went to HTTPS only (at least by default), which meant Tomato couldn’t block them.  Ok still not a huge deal, but as of end of November…. Facebook went HTTPS only.  This is a very big deal…

Long story short is EasyTomato needs to learn how to block HTTPS sites or its access control wont be worth squat as everyone is moving to HTTPS sites.  There are a few different ways of blocking them and we’re still sorting it out.  More to come.


Graphing is working in our nightly builds (feel free build a test image off github), but still needs so work to make the css around the graph and the bandwidth table below pretty.


7 Responses to “Happy New Year From ET”

  1. Walter January 8, 2013 at 3:40 pm #

    It’s good to hear you’re working on HTTPS blocking. Like you say, it won’t be long before access control isn’t worth squat without it. Your groups and scheduled rules are very slick. Keep up the good work!

  2. Bjarte Rolland January 14, 2013 at 5:22 pm #

    So nice to hear from you and what great news!

    Keep up the good work! 🙂

    • wrd January 25, 2013 at 2:27 pm #

      Thanks Bjarte!

  3. Richard Esplin January 25, 2013 at 1:37 pm #

    Thank you for this great project!

    It has worked so well for me that I blogged about my experience and I hope that others adopt this solution and also contribute:


    • wrd January 25, 2013 at 2:28 pm #

      Glad you like it. March is going to be a busy month of coding and a trip to Rwanda for some of the EasyTomato team! Thanks for the review!

  4. Patrick February 14, 2013 at 7:47 pm #

    6 month happy user of EasyTomato and I have been successful using the USB print server feature to wireless enable my inkjet and laser printers. One note for future versions – with all the recent talk of UPnP router vulnerability, you should by default disable UPnP in EasyTomato since it’s turned on: Advanced Tomato menu – Port Forwarding…UPnP/NAT-PMP and toggle the Settings option to view and uncheck “Enable UPnP”.

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