Probably a stupid upgrade question . . but (Tomato 1.25 to Tomato 1.25VPN)

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by williewilliams, Sep 24, 2009.

  1. So I've got Tomato 1.25 on my linksys WRT54G router. It works great, but I'm wanting VPN features.

    So I found this:

    Which in turn referred me to these forums with any questions. I've done a great deal of search and still have some confusion.

    What's the proper way to upgrade from Tomato 1.25 to Tomato 1.25VPN?

    I see a patch file on the site listed above, but I'm not clear on what that is for. Do I use that in the upgrade process? Or do I just download the full flash update from here: ?

    Will upgrading wipe out my current settings on the router? If it does, will restoring a backup of my configuration after the upgrade break anything?

    Thanks for your help with what is probably an obvious question(s).
  2. aeonone

    aeonone Network Guru Member

    May want to look at this implementation which has a bunch of tweaks and includes the VPN feature you want. I've flashed my router for the same reason you want to.

    As always, it couldn't hurt to back up your settings and start from scratch. Even though they are the "same" firmware name wise, a lot of modders have tweaked or rewritten certain parts. It would definitely help troubleshoot in the future should you come across any problems.

    I am not sure if restoring a backup will break, and for that reason I made PrintScreens of all my settings in addition to a config backup. I inputted all of my settings manually.

    I would probably back everything up, clear out the NVRAM/settings, flash to the new firmware, clear out the NVRAM/settings again, then put the settings in manually. On subsequent upgrades to the SAME modded firmware, I would probably just "upgrade" it.

    I'm no expert, I know my way seems long winded. If anyone knows a better way, I'd like to know too so I don't have to waste so much time.
  3. SgtPepperKSU

    SgtPepperKSU Network Guru Member

    You don't need to do anything with the patch files. That's just for modifying source code to compile it yourself. You can just use the binary file to upgrade.

    Your settings will be preserved across the upgrade. However, the nvram system used in Tomato seems to be very sensitive to upgrades, and you may experience some "weirdness". If you start seeing things behaving strangely or in a manner explicitly different that what you have configured, then you go ahead and clear out your settings by doing an nvram erase (thorough) and reconfiguring manually (not a backup/restore). If things seem to work fine, then there's no need.
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