Posted tagged ‘tomato’

Question : What is Tomato?

February 10, 2013


a partially free (GPL license) linux core
firmware distribution for use on a range of
Broadcom chipset wireless routers.

such as Linksys wrt54G, Buffalo Station, Asus
Routers and Netgears wnr3500L.

The UI is based on AJAX as well as a an XML
based graphical bandwidth monitor.

It was a firmware project for the Linksys
WRT54G and WRT54GS wireless routers based on
the stock linksys firmware.

Tomato is based on the GPL source code
released by Linksys, but includes proprietary
binary modules from the chipset manufacturer
Broadcom. Portions of the code are licensed
under the GNU General Public License, but the
source code for the user interface is under a
more restrictive license, which forbids use
without the author’s permission.

The original purpose of the HyperWRT project
was to add some features (like power boosting)
to the latest linux based linksys firmware,
thereby extending it’s possbilities but at the
same time staying close to the official

Over time though, it continued to be updated
with newer Linksys firmware and added many
more features that are usually found in
enterprise routing equipment.

Now, like most other third-party firmware,
HyperWRT is not compatible with the later
(2006) WRT54G v5.0 (“CDFB” serial number
prefix) and WRT54GS v5.0 (“CGN7” serial number

These model versions do not run Linux by
default, although you may use vxworks-killer
firmware images to run stripped down linux
versions like “dd-wrt.v24_micro_generic” or
replace the flash memory 2MB chip with 4MB.

Linksys currently produces WRT54GL for running
3rd party firmwares.

The original HyperWRT project was started in
2004 by Timothy Jans (aka Avenger 2.0), with
continued development into early 2005. Another
programmer called Rupan then continued

HyperWRT development by integrating newer
Linksys code as it was released.

Tomato is the direct upgrade path from

What is it?
Simply put a network monitoring software that is more extensive than most consumer gateways.
It has more features than your standard firmware has in the way of options. It’s for people who wish to have more enterprise functionality on their routers.

It’s partially free and an update of the original HyperWRT project as mentioned above. The link below has articles that describe rules on installation if your interested in downloading it and taking it for a spin.

Please note though: it seems that these are one of those tricky installation processes. Please be sure to approach with caution. They say do not install (upgrade) on a wireless connection to your router because any information that is lost or corrupted may brick your router. Proceed at your own risk, preferably with an old router.