This is my first post on this forum but I've been a Tomato firmware user since v1.22. I progressed through the vanilla Tomato and am currently running version 088V of the Shibby build, complete with a working VPN, so am no greenhorn. A couple of weeks ago a port failed on my WRT54GL, so I decided to upgrade to an Asus RT-N16. I ran it with its native firmware for a week or so to see if it had any hardware issues but all worked well. So, time to upgrade to Tomato... I followed the instructions at the TomatoUSB site to the letter but it just will not take the new firmware. First I tried Shibby 088V (for K26) and then, when that didn't work, Victek 9006 (tomato-K26USB-1.28.9006MIPSR2_RAF-VPN-NOCAT.trx). For the record, the PC is an XP/SP3 laptop and the Asus recovery tool is version 18.104.22.168 that was provided on the CD with the router. Here's what I see: 1. The router goes into recovery mode ok and the power light flashes. At this point, the router is still pingable. 2. I select the firmware (either Shibby or Victek: the result is the same) and choose to upload. 3. There is some activity on the port LED for about 10 seconds and then the power light stops blinking and either goes off or stays on permanently (it seems to be random whether the light ends up on or off). After 31-32 seconds, I get an error message telling me that the router is not in recovery mode. At this point, the router is no longer pingable. 4. I've waited patiently for something to happen but the router is completely unresponsive to pings or http. 5. Power off/on and I'm back to the stock Asus firmware. I've tried as many permutations as I can think of but it always ends up the same. Anyone have any ideas?