Originally Posted by s44
Did you remember to clear NVRAM or (equivalently) run a 30/30/30 reset on the router after flashing it? Otherwise you can have some weird stuff happening with settings left over from the past firmware.
Also, ALWAYS do setups over Ethernet.
Yup, I've done every bit of it I could from my ethernet connected desktop and I followed this plan:
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from Migrating (to Tomato) from DD-WRT Firmware via Windows
You can use the DD-WRT web interface to flash to the Tomato firmware.
First, obtain the password for the router: In the web interface, go to Administration -> Commands. Type "nvram get http_passwd" into the text box and click "Run Commands". When the page reloads, it will show the password below. Make note of this password for later use.
Alternatively, you can obtain the password via telnet. Assuming your router can be found at 192.168.1.1, you'd type "telnet 192.168.1.1" at a command prompt to login to the router. Once logged in, type "nvram get http_passwd" and write down the result.
Download the Tomato firmware and extract it. In the "trx" subfolder, rename the file code.trx to code.bin. (DD-WRT does not recognize the .trx file extension as firmware.)
Update the firmware via the DD-WRT web interface. The Tomato firmware is now installed.
Access the Tomato web interface. Use the username "root" and the complete password provided by the "nvram get http_passwd" response above.
Browse to Administration > Configuration > Restore Default Configuration. Then select "Erase all data in NVRAM memory (thorough)"
and click OK.
Please note that the instructions for flashing the firmware via the web interface will only work once you've installed DD-WRT (or perhaps another 3rd party firmware).
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From my perspective the tough part of all this was figuring out (stumbling quite a bit) what configurations to make in Tomato once I'd flashed and cleaned out the nvram, in order to get my wireless laptops up on the LAN. I didn't come up with it searching, just had to drill down into the menus/screens, poke and try some stuff. I really don't know that I have it set up right, and I have almost no idea how to "get the most" out of Tomato. I watched an 18 minute video a few days ago that showed it off by an obviously really smart guy who had just gotten into it on I guess a fancy Asus N router: TomatoUSB (shibby) firmware on Asus RT-N66U
. Guess I should watch it again now that I've installed it. I don't have Shibby version installed, though. I have a Toastman version: tomato-ND-1.28.7633.3-Toastman-IPT-ND-Std.bin, it was recommended to me by Toastman himself at the Tomato forums a few days ago.