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Upgrading Toastman's Firmware on Belkin N300 Help

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by phgghy, Apr 7, 2013.

  1. phgghy

    phgghy Reformed Router Member

    Hello. I have a Belkin N300 (F7D7301/F7D3301) with tomato-K26USB-1.28.7497.1MIPSR2-Toastman-RT-Ext.trxc currently installed. I have a few questions before updating, as this is my only router I don't want to brick it.

    1. Can I use this firmware tomato-K26USB-1.28.7501MIPSR2Toastman-RT-VPN.trx to upgrade my router?

    I chose the "K26USB" version because it has closest name to the firmware currently on my Belkin. I'm not sure if I can use any other version because it seems toastman's firmware supports mostly linkys and asus routers.

    2. Can I update my current toastman firmware using the "Upgrade" function on the admin page as described in this thread http://www.linksysinfo.org/index.php?threads/upgrade-from-tomatousb-to-toastmans-newest-build.36686/ ?

    Or do I have to revert back to the factory belkin firmware and upgrade to dd-wrt and then upgrade to toastman's firmware 1.28.7501 ? This is how I installed the firmware initially using a guide on slickdeals.

    Thanks for your help.
  2. jerrm

    jerrm Network Guru Member

    I have multiple Belkin N300 and N600 units. You should be able to use any K26 RT or RT-N build less than 8MB. I have settled on the RT-N builds.

    If already using Tomato/Toastman, you can upgrade directly from the tomato GUI using Toastman's standard .trx files. You do not have to revert back to stock, or dd-wrt or use the model specific ".bin" Toastman builds.
  3. gutsman7

    gutsman7 Networkin' Nut Member

    Yes you can update your firmware just make sure you erase nvram. Look at this vid done with wifi on belkin n300.
  4. phgghy

    phgghy Reformed Router Member

    Thank you both for your responses. I will go ahead and upgrade using the upgrade function.

    The versions.txt file states that RT-N supports 5 GHz radio. Do you notice any difference or benefits using the RT-N build with a Belkin N300? I wasn't aware the N300 could use a 5 GHz frequency, at least it doesn't list it on newegg or belkin sites.
  5. jerrm

    jerrm Network Guru Member

    N300 is 2.4ghz only. On most routers you can use either the RT or RT-N drivers. My personal experience is RT-N seems more stable in general with these units. I was getting a very occasional "freeze" for 10-20 seconds with the RT driver. It was definitely on the 2.4ghz channel, can't say now if it was N300 or N600 units. Started using RT-N and never looked back, issues gone. Never bothered with extensive comparison testing.

    "Which is better?" is a common question. It really depends on a variety of factors. Different results with different clients, interference and congestion scenarios. Try both and see.
  6. phgghy

    phgghy Reformed Router Member

    Thanks gotcha. I've loved my experience with toastman's firmware so far. I've had no issues with my current RT version, I just wanted to upgrade to use VPN functions. I'll stick with with the RT version for now.

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