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Installation guide for Tomato firmware on a Buffalo router
Authored by: maggard on Apr 06, '07 08:31:41PM

What can Tomato do the DDWRT doesn’t?

Really really well designed interface. Seriously. I regularly discover how thoughtfully it is put together to make common tasks frictionless.

The live SVG-based graphs are more useful then I thought they’d be. They give immediate useful feedback about changes I’ve made to the router and how it is affecting traffic. (Note you need to be using Firefox or a beta of Safari to see all of ‘em)

Beyond that, it’s lean so it’s fast. The QOS is almost intuitive to configure and comes with 5 of the most universal and useful settings.

But bullet-item features? Nope. Tomato isn’t a kitchen sink of firmwares. For most folks needs that puts it, and it’s emphasis on usability and manageability, light-years ahead of the more feature laden (ridden?) alternatives.

(Am I over-the-top about Tomato? Sorta. After daily dealing with router firmwares & the like for 3 years this is the first in the iPod/TiVo/it-works-the-way-it-should class.)

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