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Tomato Firmware Turns Your Cheap Wireless Router Into a Powerhouse

Oct 06, 2008, 22:03 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Aaron Weiss)

"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 gear."

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