Bricked DIR-868L H/W V: B1 trying to install Tomato

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by xiaokai, Jun 28, 2017.

  1. xiaokai

    xiaokai New Member Member


    So I have/had a DIR-868L.
    I was trying to following the guide D-Link DIR-868L-A1 Flash to Tomato by Shibby on klseet website. (I can not paste links yet)
    It says you can only flash DD-WRT build 05-28-2015-r27096 or below.
    When I tried this, it came back with an error like unsupported F/W or something.
    There is no version for H/W Ver: B1 for the earlier builds.

    So I thought I would try the later builds of DD-WRT, where there are images for H/W Ver, A, B and C.
    This worked fine, I was able to use DD-WRT.
    So I thought I would take it a step further and try to update it with a Tomato FW (Knowing that the guide above said it will brick)

    And So I did an update to Tomato from the Latest DD-WRT. It worked, it asked me for username and password to enter the router login, i tried entering the normal admin, admin; root, admin and so on.
    Nothing work.

    I restarted the router by turning it off and on.
    Next time it turned on, Only the Power LED flashes Orange.
    I have tried to put it in Recovery Mode (put static IP with subnet etc, hold down the reset and then plug in wait etc) following the recovery guide.
    But it does not enter recovery, as I try to enter the login page at but its not found.

    Any suggestions?

  2. Sean B.

    Sean B. LI Guru Member

    Most builds of Tomato use a default router IP of , not . I'd suggest trying to connect to it at that IP. If however it was responding already on the 0.1 address.. then I'd say it's likely the NVRAM was not fully or properly cleared before flashing from dd-wrt to tomato. Most routers have a way of specifically clearing the NVRAM, aside from "reset". For instance, my RT-AC68P will clear the NVRAM by holding the WPS button for 30 seconds. A reset via "reset" button doesn't perform this function on many models. Consult your routers user/owners manual and see if there's any reference to it. Also, in case you're not aware, some builds of Tomato do not have DHCP enabled by default. This requires setting a static IP on a client computer of 192.168.1.X ( where X can be a number between 2 - 254 ), subnet , and gateway before a connection to the routers interface is possible.
  3. tascheman

    tascheman Network Newbie Member

    I've done the same thing :(

    Tried and - neither works.
  4. topstarnec

    topstarnec New Member Member

    Happened to me as well. Just tried to install the Tomato 140 in DIR-868L B1.
    After installation it asked me login user name and password.
    I don't know the details since this is my first time with Tomato. Then I tried push the reset button hoping i can create mine.
    Then got Bricked. Kept holding reset button and inserted power plug can not go into recovery mode.
  5. txnative

    txnative Networkin' Nut Member

    Did you already have it powered up then press and hold the reset for 10 secs?
  6. topstarnec

    topstarnec New Member Member

    Yes, I did.

    According to a post from a Chinese guy he bricked a dir868l since forgot to clear nvram after installed Tomato . He finally fixed it by ttl method. So I just ordered a usb2ttl cable from eBay. Hopefully I can fix mine as well. The router is not brickproof.

    Sorry. I am not allowed to post the link here.
  7. tascheman

    tascheman Network Newbie Member

    Returning mine as faulty
  8. topstarnec

    topstarnec New Member Member

    returned and got a replacement as well.

    Installed Tomato.
    Last edited: Aug 8, 2017
  9. zeitisen

    zeitisen New Member Member

    I had my 868L B1 fully working with flashing first DD-WRT, then Tomato. First I had no 5GHz Wireless, when switching to Tomato. With

    nvram unset devpath1
    nvram commit

    I managed to run 5GHz wireless. Everything worked fine. After some hours I found Wireless 5GHz wasn't there again. So I wanted to restart the router. Then I had the same problem as txnative. Can you tell me what is "fixed by ttl method"?
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