This article continues an overview of the functionality provided by the Tomato Open Source router firmware. The previous article can be found at: Tomato Firmware on the Asus RT-N16 Router – Part 6, Access Restriction and USB-NAS Configuration Options.
The previous article dealt with the different Access Restrictions & USB-NAS Configuration options available, whereas this article will detail the different Administration configuration options available.
The goal is to understand the different options provided by the Tomato Open Source router firmware and compare it with the firmware provided by Asus when you purchase the RT-N16 device. Also, another popular Open Source router firmware distribution from the DD-WRT group has been reviewed.
Administration – Admin Access
Remote access to your home router is disabled for a good reason; it can be a big security hole. Most home users do not pick terribly difficult passwords so cracking this would not be difficult. Once a remote hacker gains access to your router, they can do pretty much anything they want with your home network – this is not something you want to happen!
Along with administrator access you can control which menus are open by default along with the color scheme used by all the different configuration screens. The SSH and Telnet Daemon’s can also be enabled at startup.
Administration – Bandwidth Monitoring
Administration – Buttons / LED
Administration – CIFS Client
This screen has more options to provide access to files and directories on another computer.
For more information see the tutorial: Connect your router to Freenas Samba server w/ router’s CIFS client.
Also, see the following link on general information on the LinuxCIFS utils.
Administration – Configuration
Administration – Debugging
Administration – JFFS
JFFS allows you to configure a part of the internal flash memory to be used for storage. This is the same internal flash where the Tomato firmware is installed.
See more information on JFFS at TomatoUSB’s JFSS documentation page.
Administration – Syslog
Administration – Scheduler
Administration – Scripts
Administration – Upgrade
Return to the Firmware Overview: Asus RT-N16 Router Firmware Overview