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ASUS RT-N12: DD WRT or Tomato?

o2_intake 393 69 May 13, 2013 at 05:46 PM
I just bought an ASUS RT-N!2 to use as a wireless "repeater".

Which one would be better? DD-WRT or tomato? It will be my first time trying to install either one.

Apparently there is more than 1 tomato?!!!! Regular? USB? Help...

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For wireless bridging purposes, take your pick, it probably doesn't matter too much. As a typical router, a no-brainer, tomato (Shibby would be my choice).
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For wireless bridging purposes, take your pick, it probably doesn't matter too much. As a typical router, a no-brainer, tomato (Shibby would be my choice).
Thanks!

So after i install it, is there an option of repeater mode in the firmware?

Because in the back of the RT N12 router there is 3 choices: router, repeater, ap. Do I just keep it on router and change an option in tomato to repeater? Because I can't seem to find a repeater option in the tomato firmware.

Or do I put it to repeater mode in the back of the router?
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It might be easiest to start with DD-WRT and just follow this guide to configure it as a Repeater Bridge [dd-wrt.com].

Tomato's interface is a bit different from DD-WRT and even different among the different versions of Tomato. I prefer Tomato and am using Tomato by Shibby on my Linksys E2000.
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Thanks!

So after i install it, is there an option of repeater mode in the firmware?

Because in the back of the RT N12 router there is 3 choices: router, repeater, ap. Do I just keep it on router and change an option in tomato to repeater? Because I can't seem to find a repeater option in the tomato firmware.

Or do I put it to repeater mode in the back of the router?
As far as any physical switches on the router, they're only meaningful wrt the stock firmware. Once you install dd-wrt/tomato, forget about them, they're irrelevant.

When using dd-wrt, you configure for "repeater bridge" (NOT "repeater"). Since "repeater bridge" is actually a "client bridge" to which a VAP (virtual AP) is added (that's actually how it's implemented), it can often be easier to configure the "client bridge" first (which will only give you wired clients at the bridge), THEN change it to "repeater bridge", add the VAP, and configure it for wireless security, thus adding wireless clients at the bridge as well.

In the case of tomato, the original tomato/tomatousb firmware never supported repeating (and or guest networks) because they didn't support VAPs. The original tomato/tomatousb support ended a few years ago, and since then, the mantle has been picked up by others, like Shibby and Toastman. I believe these do support VAPs, and therefore should support repeating in much the same way as dd-wrt.
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I tried the RT N12 before, from what I recall the RAM was pretty small, so you could only install DD-WRT Lite or something like that.

The stock firmware is pretty limiting, so you would want DD-WRT / Tomato if you want advanced features.
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