I’m up way later than I should be, but who cares… this is just too cool…

I found a new firmware for my WRT54GL router. It’s created by the same guy who worked on the Tofu firmware, but then stopped because he simply didn’t have the time. I’ve been running Thibor 15c on my router for quite a while now, but I figured I’d give this a try.

First impressions – wow. This is a very, very slick firmware. Just to give you a quick idea of one of the great features, have a look at this screenshot. Yes… that’s right. Real-time bandwidth monitoring! It’ll also break down those reports into daily, weekly and monthly amounts. Very handy if you’ve got a bandwidth limit on your internet service.

It’s also got QoS that actually works. If you don’t really know what this is, it gives each type of connection a priority. For example, all my webbrowsing takes priority over any bit-torrent downloading that I might do. Even if I’m downloading at a good 500KB/s (the limit of my connection), I’ll still be able to surf the web as though nothing else is going on. 🙂

Long story short, if you’ve got a WRT54G/GS/GL, you should definitely check this out. Although, if you’ve got a v5 or higher G/GS, you’re SOL on this one.

www.polarcloud.com/tomato