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There's nothing that bugs us more than seeing a perfectly good router weighed down by insufficient firmware. This pet peeve is, for all intents and purposes, the basis of FlashRouters. That's why all of the routers we offer are flashed with upgraded and feature-heavy firmware.
Tomato firmware is designed as an open-source option to replace the stock firmware on select wireless router hardware. It is meant to boost the functionality of your router in ways that your average router's stock firmware simply cannot achieve. It may seem like a lot of fuss over nothing, but upgrading to Tomato Firmware unlocks router capabilities that you may not have dreamed possible.
Tomato Shibby, or TomatoUSB open source firmware, allows users to increase your wireless coverage, monitor your bandwidth allocation, and keep your network as secure as humanly possible. Using Tomato's Advanced QoS (Quality of Service), you can even determine which of your online activities is given the most bandwidth (gaming and movie streaming can take top priority in order to avoid annoying freezes, stalls, etc).
Find all of your pertinent network stats and info right here.
TomatoUSB specializes in OpenVPN connectivity, allowing you to choose between dual VPN clients.
Setup segmented wireless networks within the same router.
Limit Internet connectivity by time and location for children or renters in one clean interface.
Our focus at FlashRouters is utilizing a build that will cater to the needs of most of our customers with working OpenVPN & PPTP server/client options, as well as those with the highest functioning setups, so that we may be optimally useful to the largest cross-section of users. Some of the included Tomato advanced features are tremendously technical, but believe us, they can all contribute to the overall health and well-being of your network. And as soon as you receive your FlashRouter, our specialists are available whenever you may need them, readily offering any assistance you might need in getting your router up and running.
Tomato and DD-WRT are the two most popular and sought-after alternative firmwares. As for many networking devices, usage and results may vary based on conditions and users. Here is where we see the most difference between DD-WRT & Tomato:
We recommend that if you need a specific feature outside the ones mentioned that you try to confirm which firmware integrates that feature or lacks that feature prior to purchasing. However, if your goal is OpenVPN connectivity, Tomato is the way to go. Check out our Supported VPN Services List for which providers work with which VPN protocols and firmwares.