"In the annals of computer software with bizarre and seemingly
random names, "Tomato" is probably one of the less weird examples
as these things go. But whether you say tomay-toe or tomah-toe,
this one is neither a fruit nor a vegetable—it is a firmware
for wireless routers, including the popular WRT54G family.
"Tomato is meant to be flashed onto your compatible wireless
router to replace the stock firmware loaded by the vendor. Why do
this? Stock firmware usually provides only basic configuration,
administration, and management features, and is not always updated
often. Alternative firmware like Tomato can effectively "unlock"
advanced functionality from your router, giving it the network
management capabilities of much more expensive enterprise
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