How to convert a $60 router in $600 router?


In this world of the internet, who doesn’t want to have a strong Wi-Fi signal. From a school project to web development, we need a reliable internet connection. We always think of spending dollars on increasing the signal and quality of bandwidth allocation, but we can do that on our own by just using just a Tomato firmware. 

Tomato does everything that we will need from signal boosting to improving the quality of bandwidth service allocation, connecting and networking with people in a better and secure way and you can do the same if you open your router panel with the help of this article. Let’s start.

Before we start with the upgrading of our firmware, we should be sure to check a series of devices that are supported by crucial element Tomato. The router we would use is the Linksys WRT54GL router. There are various series of WRT54G routers that can be supported. But the working of these routers is not the same, so we should check the model number.

Upgrading router to Tomato firmware.

If we have a connection or have installed a cheap one now, in both the condition we have to upgrade the router to Tomato, the initial step is to install the latest version of Tomato firmware. And to extract the contents in a folder that can be found much more comfortable. We have to download an unarchive like 7zip archive.

Now that we have to log in to our current router for upgradation. Depending on our router, this procedure may differ on the type of router and the type of the firmware it is working on.

Step 1- Go to command prompt and type ipconfig/all. Save the subnet mask, two of the DNS addresses, and default gateway. After manually setting the ip address on our desktop to and we will need a set of 4 numbers. If we have established a username/password, we have to enter it.

Step 2 – We should not forget that we have to be in a folder that consists of a downloaded version of Tomato firmware while doing the title.

Now we have to go to the firmware’s upgraded section of our router’s admin panel. Now we have to click on the administration tab after the firmware upgrade tab. After these steps, we have to go to the browse option and direct our router to the correct firmware file for our router in the unzipped folder.

Now we have to search a README file in the Tomato_1_13 folder to know which version we need to go to at this point. If we are using the router as mentioned earlier, we have to choose WRT54G_WRT54GL.bin. After this, we need to click on the upgrade button and wait.

When we are finished doing this, we are ready to use Tomato. After getting done with all of it, by using admin, we need to log in as username and password both. This will not work if we are upgraded from DD-WRT. If the working is not taking effect, we have to do one more thing by performing a reset on our router. This reset can take place by clicking on a reset button at the back of the router for a few seconds.

Now that we are using Tomato on our router, we can do a lot of things. Let’s find out the most awaited things that are Wi-Fi signal boosting. We can do so by using advanced on wireless, which is present in the Tomato sidebar.

Tomato is a bit on a lower side on documentation, but on the other hand, documentation of DD-WRT has an increase of up to 70mW, which will be more acceptable for many users. Heat problems and a decrease in the life expectancy of our router can occur after a boost over this.

We can certify to the conviction of destruction beyond the documentation of DD-WRT says.

Tracking our usage of bandwidth, service rule’s quality, etc

Now onwards, if we want to do anything with our router, there is a chance that these things could be done using the Tomato router. If we go on by a selected topic like bandwidth logging, which is both well designed and engaging, we can do so by permitting us to trace the usage of bandwidth.

Comparison between Tomato and DD-WRT

So, after all these efforts, we concluded and gathered information that there is a lot of similarity between them. And it’s a natural behavior to think which one is better. And if we don’t go wrong with running with any one of these, both would work correctly.

DD-WRT has a feature of being more robust, and a little bit more finishing is the admin’s layout design. But there are many features that a DD-WRT would have, and Tomato won’t have, but these features will never be used by anyone. 
The service quality provided by the Tomato is a bit better than DD-WRT. Both can boost your Wi-Fi signal and transform our router into a much-improved condition as it was before we began to improve it. At this position, we would choose Tomato because of its simplicity in layout design, monitoring tools of bandwidth, and nevertheless, the charts.

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