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Is it worth it to flash tomato firmware onto my N66U for QoS?

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Aug 23, 2013
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Is it worth it to flash tomato firmware onto my N66U for QoS?

I would like to setup QoS on my Asus N66U. I want to set high priorities for gaming and skype on my main computer. I have heard good things about the tomato firmware but I am not too sure what the benefits of this would be. We are with Bell 25/5 ADSL2 and I usually don't have any problems as I'm usually the only one on the network however, we often have people coming over and they start hogging the bandwidth by watching videos, surfing the net, and updating apps and such. Would I be able to somehow set a high priority with my MAC address for my main computer?

I just began my Cisco CCNA1 course for network fundamentals and would like to learn as much as possible so the tomato firmware may be a better option than the Asus firmware?
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Dec 5, 2014
43 posts
Toronto, ON
Personally, I have used many firmwares but Asus firmware and merlin are the best in residential routers. Just use Asus firmware or merlin :) I used to tweak routers in offices and rent houses but nothing bits stock firmwares in Asus. not worth investing in time and effort unless you need a fancy color report.
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Aug 23, 2013
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Thanks for the replies!
I'm going to try the Merlin firmware this evening.
As far as the QoS goes, what should I be doing to get full priority on my main computer once I have the Merlin firmware installed?
Deal Guru
Feb 9, 2006
13245 posts
Use Merlin-WRT instead.

The QoS engine in Merlin is a lot better. To get max priority on your machine either set static IP and set it as highest priority or my favourite would be to use MAC address. Assign your MAC as the highest priority.

Tomato and studying for your CCNA will have almost nothing in common except for the fact that it's networking related. CCNA is more teaching you about the world of Cisco and how to administer it. If you're playing with Tomato and have interest in CCNA I assume you already have a grasp of basic networking.
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May 22, 2005
21118 posts
I use Merlin for my n66u too, but I really don't use any of the extra features. It's pretty stable though, sometimes I get a DNS error from time to time which just requires a quick Windows troubleshooting.