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Firmware Upgrade E3200

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by neil154, Apr 27, 2014.

  1. neil154

    neil154 Serious Server Member

    I am not happy with the latest firmware on my E3200 (verion and would like to change to third party. I would like your recommendation on a upgrade firmware. I want to be able to use both 25 GHZ & 5.0 GHZ and obviously not want anything that has problem with heartbleed issue

  2. Marcel Tunks

    Marcel Tunks Networkin' Nut Member

    Tomato by Shibby, version 117.
    Unplug the WAN and all LAN ports except the one that you will use to upgrade the firmware. Reset your router to factory defaults in the Web GUI. Set your PC to a static ip address in the 192.168.1.x subnet outside Tomato or Linksys usual DHCP range, eg.
    Go to the firmware upgrade page in the Web GUI. Upload Tomato. Wait 5 minutes. Go back to the Web GUI (default, admin/admin) Go to administration page > backup > erase NVRAM (thorough). Wait 5 minutes. Log back into Web GUI. Enjoy Tomato!
  3. neil154

    neil154 Serious Server Member

    Thanks for the detailed response.

    Can I unplug all ports on E3200 and then run Tomato from PC using wifi? You say goto the firmware Upgrade page in Web GUI and upload Tomato. What is the URL to use to get the firmware and aren't I downloading not unloading?

    Also, just in case I have some problems with the firmware change what is the procedure to get back to the current Linksys firmware version (already have it downloaded to my PC).
  4. Marcel Tunks

    Marcel Tunks Networkin' Nut Member

    Firmware upgrades should be done with a wired connection.

    Sorry, I thought this part was implied:
    Google Tomato Shibby download, go to the RT-N page, scroll down to one with E3200 in the name, download it. Then follow the instructions that I provided.

    If you want to switch back to Linksys stock firmware, go to the administration tab in the Tomato Web GUI and do a firmware update to the Linksys file that you downloaded.
  5. neil154

    neil154 Serious Server Member

    Thanks again, I downloaded what appears to be the latest firmware for the e3200 and follow your instruction in the next couple of days.

    Sorry to ask such a stupid question about using wifi for firmware upgrade but I did use wifi when I upgraded from the original Linksys firmware to the present version and it seemed to work fine.

    If you are familiar with the Tomato firmware, what are the benefits to using it over Linksys?

    Thanks for all your help.
  6. Marcel Tunks

    Marcel Tunks Networkin' Nut Member

    Stability and features are far superior. I would use stock firmware only if I had a very high speed connection. If your connection is over 150mbit/sec then you may need to enable fastnat. If it's a lot faster than that, then you should stick to stock Linksys firmware.
  7. neil154

    neil154 Serious Server Member

    My speed is 20 down and 5 up (wish I had a speed that kept me at Linksys firmware. My current problem with the Linksys firmware is that the 5 GHZ network sometimes disappears so I home the Tomato firmware will give me a strong and consistent 5 GHZ network

    Again, I appreciate you sharing your knowledge with me.
  8. neil154

    neil154 Serious Server Member

    I followed instructions and I am now running with the Tomato upgrade so thanks for your help but I do have some questions for you.

    1) First of all in the instructions I was advised to go to Admin>backup>Erase NVRAM (Thorough) but there was no "backup" in the admin page that I could find so I did the upgrade from the Tomato firmware a second time because I saw an option there to erase NVRAM after upgrade and it seems like I have it working fine.
    2) I would like to change the SSID of my networks but do not see how do it and would appreciate your help.
    3) I have setup my WPA2 wifi networks and would like to know what other settings would you suggest that I configure?
    4) I first set Tomatoanon to enable but I would prefer to have it disabled but when I click on the enable I do not get any popup (nothing happens) can you tell me how to disable?

    Thanks for all the help
  9. neil154

    neil154 Serious Server Member

    Okay, I figured out the answers for 2 & 4, so if you help me with number 3 I would appreciate it.
  10. Marcel Tunks

    Marcel Tunks Networkin' Nut Member

    If you are happy with how it's running, then you don't need to set up anything else, though I do have some suggestions:

    2.4GHz radio channel width 20MHz unless you live in a rural area. Choosing. Channel 1, 6, or 11, whichever is furthest from the strongest channels currently occupied.
    5GHz consider the lower band (channel 36-64) to avoid interference from non-WLAN devices like microwaves and cordless phones.
    Advanced > Wireless
    Consider Singapore for region and setting Transmit Power to 0 (hardware default, may give higher signal strength than other region and power settings)
    Port Forwarding > UPnP
    Consider enabling UPnP and NAT-PMP if desired, or do manual port forwarding in the Basic page if you know what needs to be done there.
    Consider QoS or bandwidth limiter (not both) only if there is a problem you are trying to solve (someone or some program hogging bandwidth, affecting latency or throughput of your more important activities).

    Consider reading the Tomato FAQ and follow forum threads that interest you.

    Next don't be surprised if you find yourself becoming interested in running Linux on your PCs after learning how much you can do on such modest hardware. ;-)

    Most importantly, have fun!
  11. Marcel Tunks

    Marcel Tunks Networkin' Nut Member

    Forgot about Time settings in the Basic tab...
    Basically just poke around, see what options are available, and read thoroughly before changing anything not on the list above. :)
  12. neil154

    neil154 Serious Server Member

    Thanks for all the help.

    I have used Linux on a trial basis but I have too many Windows applications to use Linux. I am actually quite technically competent but obviously not when it comes to router!
  13. neil154

    neil154 Serious Server Member

    Well I have been using the firmware upgrade for several weeks now and I have no new issues BUT I have the same issue that I had with the original firmware and am hoping that you can help me with a resolution.

    If I reboot my E3200 everything is fine and I can connect to ether my 2.4 or 5.0 networks but at sometime later the 5.0 network disappears. It is not shown as a possible network on my PC and on my Android phone it shows that it is out of range (which is really saying it does not see it).

    I would appreciate help.
  14. neil154

    neil154 Serious Server Member

    I have the Tomato firmare installed and I ran the "Scan" for 2.4 and it told me the strongest signal was channel 11 and I also hve an access point and it looks like it is strongest on Channel 1. The "scan" for 5.0 ghz did not tell me what channel should be used. Did I do something wrong or how do I know the right setting for the 5.0 wifi?

    Thanks for your help
  15. Toxic

    Toxic Administrator Staff Member

    there are plenty of Wifi Analyser phone apps these days. if you have a decent phone then use one of these to see which channel/band is best for your home/building you are located in.
  16. neil154

    neil154 Serious Server Member

    I have a Verizon S3 and also a new PC so I can use an app on either devic. I would appreciate your suggestion on app to analyze. I have tried Xirrus wifi analyzer but it is not telling me what the best channel would be so would like more help
  17. Toxic

    Toxic Administrator Staff Member

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