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Could the best VoIP router run Tomato?

VoIP tech suggesting router.Most SOHO (small office home office) routers in use today are small 4 port routers, some wireless, that have limitations to prioritize different types of applications.  When VoIP is added to the network what happens is typically one or two large downloads initiated by someone will take over the available bandwidth and everyone else suffers which causes the quality of voice to deteriorate significantly.  However, there are some routers, which happen to run Linux as a core operating system that can use Tomato, a free firmware (software) which will make a $50.00 to $300.00 good router into a professional router that would cost more than $1200.00.  Some of these older model routers even have higher computing power than models made years later.  In all, a great choice a SOHO can make would be to get a router loaded with Tomato or load it yourself, it's free.  Or you can get routers already loaded with the latest version of Tomato at very reasonable prices.

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Tomato routers have lots of distinct advantages, one of which they come with great QoS  capabilities, the ability to prioritize VoIP (voice), which will make for better quality calls.  Additionally, Tomato firmware has features that only come with very expensive routers, many of which will make your small business better.  Tomato firmware has the most effective and configurable QOS (Quality of Service) of any small business router available and has a web faced interface that can be understood.  They also have settings which can boost the wireless signal, making connectivity better, ways to limit access by date and times, and graphical statistical information about bandwidth use and QoS settings.

Features of a Tomato router including QoS for VoIP.

Cisco Linksys N600 Router           

Cisco Linksys N600 Router with Tomato firmware.Small businesses and home businesses can benefit from a low cost router loaded with Tomato firmware.  The feature set included with Tomato software is robust and easy to configure and comes with lots of graphs and charts so you can see what might be using up most of your bandwidth.  The QoS (Quality of Service) settings are better than many routers that would cost $500.00 or $600.00, but you can get a Linksys Tomato router for less than $150.00, making these some of the best low cost routers around for small business VoIP installations.  Listed below are some Linux Tomato Router Firmwareof the advantages of Tomato Firmware:

  1. Stable and robust.
  2. QoS (Quality of Service) settings that will manage your bandwidth for better VoIP quality calls.
  3. Ability to increase your wireless output signal.
  4. Bandwidth consumption charts and graphs.
  5. Limit access times, configure by date and times.
  6. QoS charts showing classifications and application types.

 

Tomato router can be great for VoIP installations.

Using a Tomato router will give you the ability to make your VoIP calls maintain a better quality when network conditions are less than ideal.  Users tend to experience choppy voice, or bad quality calls when congestion occurs on the local network.  With Tomato the voice traffic can be configured to have a higher priority over the other data and to move through the network without delays.  This results in better quality conversations and also allows the SIP signaling to travel unhindered back to the VoIP provider, bypassing congestion.  Typically, Internet service providers today have plans with larger bandwidth for lower costs than even two years ago and many people who are considering VoIP believe that is all that is needed.  Having a large stable bandwidth pipe will certainly help prevent ongoing quality issues, but with todays applications like video streaming, online music feeds, etc. often a small business network will experience conditions that can affect the flow of voice traffic which will lower quality, including actually breaking up voice.  Tomato can sort all the traffic out and make each call keep its quality regardless of local network congestion, something typically only a $600.00 or more router would be able to do.

Routers Good for VoIP

Installing small business correctly should start with a decent good router.  Planning ahead  will help for stable and successful voice quality.  Choosing the right router is as important as any other aspect of the installation, including the hosted business VoIP provider, which IP phones, and the rest of the network infrastructure in your office.  We recommend routers that accept flash installation of  Linux based firmware's Tomato or DD-WRT.  Not all routers accept these powerful upgrades, so make sure you choose a router that can accept either Tomato or DD-WRT before you purchase one.

Tomato vs. DD-WRT

Tomato-

  • Excellent Open VPN Setup
  • Easy Setup and Configuration
  • Excellent QoS Features (Intuitive setup)
  • Real-time Bandwidth and Connection Monitoring with Excellent Tool Set
  • Can Make Configuration Changes without Needing to Reboot

DD-WRT-

  • Compatible with VPN Service Providers
  • Open VPN Server Creation
  • Excellent Blocking Features
  • Wake on LAN
  • QoS Features
  • Very Robust

 

Best Router for VoIP installations- Tomato and DD-WRT.

Tomato is recognized as perhaps the best for it's ease of use, installation and Quality of Service configurations, however supports a limited number of routers.  DD-WRT, although not as easy to navigate, offers a robust system with many extra features and supports many more routers.  Both will make for good quality VoIP installations. 

When is a router more than just a router?  When it has Tomato firmware installed.

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DD-WRT & Tomato Firmware

Both are open source and both are excellent choices to run on your router.  Stable, robust and loads of features, it puts you in control.