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Need help - newbie

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by mabari99, Aug 17, 2010.

  1. mabari99

    mabari99 Networkin' Nut Member

    I have a Linksys WRT54G v2 router. I successfully flashed the Tomato 1.28 on to it and was able to access the server and the menus. However, the status said it was renewing. I left it for at least an hour, but it stayed like that. I tried accessing the internet, I have Windows XP SP3 and comcast cable modem, but no luck, I couldn't get on the internet. I trolled the forums and one guy said try cloning the MAC address from the computer same as my other router (WRT54GS with Linksys OS which works fine). I did this and now I can't even access the 192.168.11 server any more. What can I do? Without getting to the menus, I can't do anything. Need help badly.
  2. dkirk

    dkirk Network Guru Member

    After the flashing of Tomato did you go to /administration/configuration in the menus and choose the "Restore Default Configuration" and "Restore default router settings"? Taking the router back to default Tomato settings will frequently clear up all sorts of issues after coming off a different firmware version. If you did not Tomato may be confused by seeing default values from the old firmware instead of what it should be seeing.
  3. mabari99

    mabari99 Networkin' Nut Member

    No. I just followed the instructions I had from Tomato. But my main problem now is accessing the menu again. How do I do that when it won't take me to
  4. dkirk

    dkirk Network Guru Member

    Reboot your computer and check to make sure that your IP address is something 192.168.1.x with the X being a number greater than 1. If your computer's IP is not in that range then you will need to manually set your IP address since the DHCP must be screwed up in the router. If you have a good 192.168.1.x IP then you should be able to see the router.

    If you don't know how to find your local IP address go [start][run] and type in "cmd" or "command" ... once at the command prompt type "ipconfig /all" and it will tell you everything there is to know about your connection. Find the "Default Gateway", that should be your router's IP address.
  5. WRobertE

    WRobertE Addicted to LI Member

    Unplug the power to both the router and the cable modem. Wait a few seconds, then plug in the power to the router and wait until the power light stops blinking which will indicate it has completed startup.

    Next, plug in the power to the cable modem and wait for the lights to return to whatever is the normal state for your modem.

    If that doesn't work you may have to do a 30-30-30 reset procedure and reflash following the guidance in a prior reply to reset to defaults after the flash.

    Go here for info on how to do the 30-30-30 procedure:
  6. mabari99

    mabari99 Networkin' Nut Member


    I did the reset you suggested and it worked!! I was able to get back to the Tomato menus at Still I couldn't access the internet. So I got the IP address that my ISP has for my other router (which works) and I put it onto the WAN port IP address. And that worked too!! I can now access the internet and I have got all the computers on my LAN working with Tomato also.

    I bumped transmit up to 70 as I have seen, but I'm not noticing any particular difference from my WRT54GS with power booster.

    Are there any other tricks I can do with Tomato which would increase the power of my LAN?

    By the way, thanks everybody who replied, I really appreciate it.
  7. WRobertE

    WRobertE Addicted to LI Member

    Increasing the transmit power may, or may not, improve your wireless performance. As you increase the power, the signal gets "dirty" with more "noise". Some folks have reported better overall performance with lower power. You just have to experiment to see what's best in your situation. But, experimentation is the fun of it, after all.

    There's a lot of good info on this forum if you're willing to do a few searches. Tomato is an excellent alternative firmware, and some of the additional mods, like Victek's or Teddy Bear's or SgtPepper's, are first class pieces of work ... better than anything in a stock firmware, that's for sure. It just depends on your particular situation as to which one is most appropriate.

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