Is it safe to use mtd-write2 to flash firmware?

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by Bird333, Jun 2, 2018.

  1. Bird333

    Bird333 Network Guru Member

    Router AC68U running FreshTomato 2018.3. I am trying to install either Merlin or Asus OEM to this router and I can't get the Asus recovery tool or the web mini server to work. IF I copy the firmware file to the router and run this command "mtd-write2 {trxfilename] linux" will it be safe?
     
  2. Bird333

    Bird333 Network Guru Member

    Even though it would be nice to know the answer to this question, I was able to flash. I had to go back to Asus 376.3626 firmware before Tomato would accept it. There is something in the newer Asus firmwares that Tomoto rejects.
     
  3. pomidor1

    pomidor1 Networkin' Nut Member

  4. Bird333

    Bird333 Network Guru Member

  5. pomidor1

    pomidor1 Networkin' Nut Member

    "A couple of people noted that they couldn’t access the CFE via the http://192.168.1.1 URL. I have verified that if you changed your router’s IP from the default you will need to go the new address to access the CFE. e.g. if you changed the router’s IP to 10.1.1.1 then go to http://10.1.1.1 to access the CFE."

    and vice versa now you will have a problem with loading Tomato, it's not a tomato that Asus does
     
  6. Bird333

    Bird333 Network Guru Member

    I could access the mini cfe. It seemed like the firmware was updated but when I rebooted I had the same Tomato firmware as before. What I ended up doing was installing Toastman. I still couldn't change the firmware to Asus until I flashed the version I mentioned above.
     
  7. Monk E. Boy

    Monk E. Boy Network Guru Member

    If this was an AC1900 that you converted to an AC68, you need to flash a specific ASUS firmware to it first so it can repartition the flash.

    That said, I used mtdwrite to convert my AC1900 to an AC68 so I don't know why it wouldn't be safe. If you're having issues with recovery mode, I had some luck holding down reset and wps, releasing wps while continuing to hold down reset, and a few seconds later it was in recovery mode. I've done two so far and one AC1900 flashed the power LED like a normal ASUS while the other didn't flash at all, just stayed on but the MiniCFE was responding. There's also some discrepancy between which IP it'll show up on, some show up on the AC1900's default 192.168.29.1 while others show up at 192.168.1.1.
     
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