Help! Can Tomato be installed on my Buffalo WHR-G54S using Vista?

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by Kevin Alexander, Apr 26, 2008.

  1. Kevin Alexander

    Kevin Alexander Addicted to LI Member

    The instructions in wikibooks details installation by making changes under Windows XP, but those same changes don't seem to be able to be accessed under Vista. I already have my Linksys GL flashed to Tomato, but I want to use the Buffalo to connect my XBOX 360 and Slingbox downstairs. I think I remember reading that I want to use WET mode, and this will not reduce my bandwidth, right? Thanks.
  2. nvtweak

    nvtweak LI Guru Member

    You can do it the same way as XP. But Vista does not have tftp utility installed by default.

    So just use the GUI one from linksys. It's easier than the command line one anyway.
  3. Kevin Alexander

    Kevin Alexander Addicted to LI Member

    When using the directions found in the wiki tutorial, this is what throws me:
    • Set your computer's ethernet card settings to: IP=, mask=, gateway= (Gateway and DNS settings are optional and not needed to flash Tomato). In Windows, you can set this by going to Control Panel, Network Connections, right-click your ethernet card, click properties, then TCP/IP.

    In Vista, I have the option of making these changes in the IPv6 or IPv4 sections. Do I make the changes in IPv6, IPv4, or both?
  4. bigclaw

    bigclaw Network Guru Member

  5. Kevin Alexander

    Kevin Alexander Addicted to LI Member

  6. Kevin Alexander

    Kevin Alexander Addicted to LI Member

    OK, I tried flashing the Buffalo WHR-G54S but it didn't work. I am still at the stock Buffalo firmware. I tried the updated wikibook directions when it said to:

    • If you're using Windows, double-click on the whr_install.bat file and be sure to follow exactly the directions that the batch file gives as it runs (it will use ping and automatically use tftp at the right time). NOTE: As-of 15 March 2008, the whr_install.bat file will not work with a simple double-click. You must first edit the file (right-click and choose Edit), and then find and replace the "%1" text with the text "". Alternatively, launch the file from a command prompt using the command "whr_install.bat".

    When I edited the .bat file and replaced "%1" w/ "", I tried to save the edit, but it wouldn't let me save it so I double-clicked the .bat file anyway and followed the directions, but no dice. Was the fact that the edit wasn't saved the problem, or did I do something else wrong?
  7. LLigetfa

    LLigetfa LI Guru Member

    Jon fixed the %1 thingy in the latest version. You must be trying to install an older version.
  8. nvtweak

    nvtweak LI Guru Member

    or you could just use the simple tftp utility I pointed you to earlier..

    Just plug in the router wait 5 seconds and hit Upgrade. Easy as pie.
  9. Kevin Alexander

    Kevin Alexander Addicted to LI Member

    Thanks for the link to the tftp utility. I wasn't ignoring it, actually, I downloaded it but I have no idea what it does. When I run the utility, there are 3 boxes titled...


    I guess I need to know what goes in each of those boxes. Do they need to be filled so that after the 5 seconds you mentioned (5 secs after powered ON I assume) I hit the UPGRADE button?

    Thanks anyone for the help.
  10. Kevin Alexander

    Kevin Alexander Addicted to LI Member

    I could really use a quick reply...........

    OK, I've set the NIC settings on my computer to (IP) (subnet) and (gateway).

    In the TFTP utility, I have the server and password BLANK. And I have the file pointing to the whr_install.bat on my computer.

    I will wait 5 seconds after plugging in the router and hit the UPGRADE button.

    Is all this correct? Mainly I want to confirm that SERVER and PASSWORD are left blank.
  11. LLigetfa

    LLigetfa LI Guru Member

    You are pointing it at the wrong file. You need the Tomato.trx file.
  12. LLigetfa

    LLigetfa LI Guru Member

    The way to do a manual TFTP is as follows.

    Open up a DOS box on the PC and start a ping -t

    The moment you get your first reply, start the TFTP transfer.
  13. nvtweak

    nvtweak LI Guru Member

    Sorry, I guess I made a mistake of assuming you had some prior knowledge about networking..

    Server is the router's IP
    Password leave blank
    browse to the tomato firmware file

    The bat file is useless for my example.
  14. jestermiami

    jestermiami Addicted to LI Member

    I actually sent jon a update to the Buffalo instructions that he will hopefully add in the next version of Tomato---
    These are only for windows xp.. This weekend i can make some for vista users..

  15. Kevin Alexander

    Kevin Alexander Addicted to LI Member

    No problem, I've learned alot from you guys already.:)
  16. Kevin Alexander

    Kevin Alexander Addicted to LI Member

    Ok, I finally got it flashed w/ the help of you fine people. Thank you. It took so long because of me rushing things and not paying attention to what I was doing. Instead of changing the settings for the network card, I was changing the settings in wireless networking section. I'm surprised I didn't brick the router w/ all the erroneous attempts I was initiating. Anyway, thanks everyone.

    However, I have one more request. What I am trying to do is use the Buffalo downstairs as a wireless ethernet bridge to connect my XBOX 360 and my Slingbox. How do I configure the buffalo?

    I assume I should set it to "Wireless Ethernet Bridge"...
    Copy the SSID and Security settings...
    Do I leave the Linksys GL settings intact, or change something in there?
    Copy MAC Address of Linksys to Buffalo?

  17. Kevin Alexander

    Kevin Alexander Addicted to LI Member

    OK, I need the quick and dirty on setting up my wireless ethernet bridge. I have the tomato-flashed Linksys GL setup as the primary router, and a Buffalo WHR-G54S flashed w/ Tomato that I intend to use as the bridge. Here is what I've done so far:

    -setup the Buffalo w/ the same SSID as main router
    -setup the Buffalo w/ the same security and key as main router
    -setup the Buffalo w/ the same wireless channel as main router
    -"access point" on the Linksys, "wireless ethernet bridge" on the Buffalo
    -disabled DHCP on the Buffalo
    - on the Linksys, and changed to on the Buffalo

    Am I missing anything? Do I need to do something w/ the MAC address? I've searched through the forum for the answers, but I'm just going in circles. Thanks in advance, and assume that I know nothing.
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