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Copy config possible?

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by jan.n, Jun 4, 2013.

  1. jan.n

    jan.n Addicted to LI Member

    Got myself a shiny new RT-N66U and installed Shibby. Can I copy my Tomato 1.25 config over to this new device, or do I need to reconfigure it to my liking?
     
  2. hawkmat

    hawkmat Networkin' Nut Member

    Hi jan.n! I highly recommend that you restore default settings and then configure your new RT-N66U by hand. Tomato 1.25 is a very old version and it should not be possible to carry over the old configuration file. I again recommend not even attempting this. Just start fresh and new!
     
  3. Monk E. Boy

    Monk E. Boy Network Guru Member

    Tomato configuration files are not transportable between routers. They're only useful for restoring the configuration to your exact make & model & serial number router.

    The MAC addresses for all interfaces are contained in the configuration file, so while you could restore that configuration file to the same make & model router as the original router, it would inherit the original router's MAC addresses. If you wanted to put the two routers within wireless range of each other this would, to put it mildly, be bad. Again this caveat only applies to if your old and new routers are the same make & model.

    So unless your old router was an RT-N66U, you can't restore the config to the new router (and even if they were/are RT-N66Us it's not a particularly great idea).

    There are ways to move QoS, etc. rules between versions using SSH and exporting the configuration (NVRAM commands) to a configuration file, but even that's a little fraught with peril because you're moving from 1.25 to 1.28, and cutting edge 1.28 at that.

    The safest option is to just walk through your old router, page by page, and write all the settings down to a text file, then walk, page by page, through the new router and configure it the same. Be sure to hit the "Default" button on the MAC address page for each interface, I've noticed that on RT-N66Us the MAC addresses sometimes don't get picked up and you end up with two interfaces trying to use the same MAC address (that's bad).
     

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