9 reviews

Tomato Firmware

Released December, 2006

Product Shot 1 The Pros:Excellent bandwidth monitoring (real-time, daily, monthly, etc.). Access to antenna power settings. AJAX-based GUI.

The Cons:Limited help and support. Possiblity of bricking your router without refund or warranty.

Tomato Firmware is a replacement firmware for the Linksys WRT54G and Buffalo WHR-G54 series of wireless routers based on a Linux core. The firmware is developed by Jonathan Zarate and is based off othe GPL sourcecode released by Linksys and includes proprietary modules developed by Broadcom.

Product Shot 2 It features a rich graphical user interface that relies heavily on AJAX and a realtime SVG-based graphical bandwidth monitor. The firmware exposes access to many hardware features and tweaks including the ability to increase the transmit power of the wireless antenna.


  • Linux-based replacement firmware for Linksys WRT54G and Buffalo WHR-G54 series of wireless router
  • AJAX-based GUI
  • real-time bandwidth monitoring of all types ports (WAN, LAN, wireless-LAN, bridge)
  • Extensive QoS rules
  • Can be run in several wireless modes:
    • Access point (AP)
    • Wireless client station (STA)
    • Wireless ethernet (WET) bridge
    • Wireless distribution system (WDS aka wireless bridging)
    • Simultaneous AP and WDS (aka wireless repeating)
  • Minimal reboots - Very few configuration changes require a reboot.
  • Wireless LAN Radio power of adjustement , antenna selection, and 14 wireless channels.

User Reviews (10)

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  • 6

    Excellent bandwidth monitoring (real-time, daily, monthly, etc.)

  • 6

    Access to antenna power settings

  • 5

    AJAX-based GUI

  • 5

    Extensive QoS functionality

  • 5

    Time-of-day access rules

  • 5

    Rock-solid operation with minimal reboots

  • 4

    Can run router in multiple wireless modes: access point (AP), wireless client station (STA), wireless ethernet bridge (WET), wireless distribution system (WDS), simultaneous AP + WDS

  • 3

    Supports event-based scripting, including overwriting SES button action

  • 3

    Turns on the SpeedBoost (aka Afterburner) functionality disabled by Linksys in later models

  • 3

    Can schedule reboots and scripts to run periodically

  • 2

    WDS setup is straight forward and it works flawlessly.

  • 5

    Limited help and support

  • 5

    Possiblity of bricking your router without refund or warranty

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