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verion 2.6 mod on WRT160N v1 ?

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by jesse888, Jul 8, 2010.

  1. jesse888

    jesse888 Networkin' Nut Member

    Extensive searching did not reveal an answer, so I am asking:

    I have the WRT160N v1. This thread here indicates that "Tomato ND USB Mod with kernel 2.6" would work on only WRT160N v3: http://www.linksysinfo.org/forums/showthread.php?t=63587

    I was just wondering if anyone knows that it definitely does NOT work for v1? I know that v2 is weird, for example DD-WRT does not even work on v2, yet it does work on v1 and v3 according to wikipedia. So I am asking in the off chance that v2's weirdness resulted in v1 being omitted incorrectly.

    If v1 does in fact not work with the 2.6 mod, can someone explain why? Is it the difference in CPU?

    Also, if it turns out that no one knows the answer, is it dangerous for me to just try installing the 2.6 mod version on my v1? The sticky thread says that this could "brick" incompatible devices, but would this not be fixed by clearing it and reinstalling a compatible firmware?

    Thank you....!!
  2. lsiguy10

    lsiguy10 Addicted to LI Member

    Some info:

    v1 Broadcom 4704
    v2 Ralink RT2880F
    v3 Broadcom 4716

    v1 Broadcom 4704

    WRT160N v2 will never be supported by Tomato since it uses the Ralink chipset.

    Someone reported that Tomato (kernel 2.6 MIPSR1, not MIPSR2) works on the WRT300N v1 which uses the same chipset as the WRT160N v1.

    So you can try using Tomato (kernel 2.6 MIPSR1) on the WRT160N v1 and see what happens, but at your own risk. There are no reports of anyone trying it yet.

    I used to have a WRT160N v1, but I bricked it using DD-WRT (kernel 2.6) and could not recover it, so I trashed it. I should have used DD-WRT (kernel 2.4).
  3. jesse888

    jesse888 Networkin' Nut Member

    Thanks, that makes sense. I will try your suggestion (and hopefully not brick my router).

    So, I have to install DD-WRT and then upgrade to tomato? And you're recommending DD-WRT Kernal 2.4, as 2.6 might brick it? Do you know if this will then be compatible with the next step (upgrading to Tomato kernel 2.6 MIPSR1)?

    And if so, where can I find good versions of these 2 firmwares? Sorry for the noob questions.. thanks!

  4. lsiguy10

    lsiguy10 Addicted to LI Member

    Yes, install DD-WRT (kernel 2.4, Mini-Build) first.

    This can be found here:

    Then install either:

    Tomato USB (kernel 2.6 MIPSR1, NoUSB Std version) - This is what was reported to work with the WRT300N v1.
    - or -
    Tomato USB (kernel 2.4, NoUSB Std version) - This might be safer since it is kernel 2.4.

    Both can be found here: http://tomatousb.org/download

    Yes, you can go from DD-WRT (kernel 2.4) to Tomato (kernel 2.6).

    Just don't use DD-WRT (kernel 2.6) like I did and brick your WRT160N v1 for good.

    Keep in mind that there is always a possibility of bricking your WRT160N v1 no matter which way you go.
  5. jesse888

    jesse888 Networkin' Nut Member

    Yep, DD-WRT 2.4 worked fine, then I tried upgrading to tomato-K26-1.27.9047MIPSR1-beta16-Std and bricked it :) Doesn't respond to pings even after hard reset, etc.

    You'll be hearing from my lawyer... but no j/k, thanks for your help, it was worth a try. If I get adventurous one day I will try to bring it back to life with jtag. Meanwhile I'm buying a used WRT54G v2 tomorrow.

    So for the record, WRT160N v1 + kernal 2.6 mod = brick, at least for me! Unless I simply tried to wrong version...
  6. mstombs

    mstombs Network Guru Member

    Bad luck, but you are in good company - I see Victek has same router and working JTAG (reading at least).


    if you need JTAG it should only be necessary to clear the nvram.

    A better first step is to connect a serial console, it is possible the router gets into a reboot loop just due to incompatible firmware the flash chip needs specific support, if you CTRL-C the boot process to keep the router at the bootloader prompt you can then tftp working firmware.
  7. lsiguy10

    lsiguy10 Addicted to LI Member


    At least now we know the WRT160N v1 doesn't work for sure with Tomato (kernel 2.6).

    This will be good info for others.

    The only thing left is we don't know if it would have worked with Tomato (kernel 2.4).

    If your WRT160N v1 has a flashing power light then you could probably TFTP the Linksys firmware back onto it.

    My bricked WRT160N v1 only had a solid power light and solid LAN 1 light and I couldn't ping it.

    One thing I did to try (to unbrick my WRT160N v1) was to open it up and short specific pins like mentioned in this thread:
    That didn't work for me so I trashed the router. I don't recommend that shorting trick.

    Then I found this thread:
    Read the 3rd post. Even though it's for v3, it might work for v1.

    I couldn't test it since I trashed my router already.

    Or you could try the JTAG method when you have time, like you said.

    vILLMUTE Networkin' Nut Member

    Tried with Tomato (kernel 2.4). And It works! Great! :)
    Good luck for everyone :)
    p.s. My router is Linksys WRT160N v1.

  9. teddy_bear

    teddy_bear Network Guru Member

    What version have you tried? What does it show as the Router Model on the Status->Overview page?
  10. vILLMUTE

    vILLMUTE Networkin' Nut Member

    I've tried Kernel 2.4 (stable) NoUSB Std (file is: "tomato-ND-1.28.8750-Std")
    From here:

    Overview page displays Model: Linksys WRT300N v1 , but I don't think, that this is bad, because it seems, that everything is working fine :) Yes?

  11. tutorialbs

    tutorialbs Serious Server Member

    Hi. I've a WRT160N v2 with stock firmware that I don't really care at all about, since I have 2 new routers. I would like to help confirm what does or doesn't work for it, if anyone still cares... I'll make a thread about it and then wait a few days before choosing what to try.

    Oh FYI, I thought the OP had a WRT160N v2, because I got to this thread via Google and just read through the posts, and I was about to flash with DD-WRT mini because he said that worked. But now I see the title is WRT160N v1 >.<.

    DD-WRTv24 Mini Generic would for sure brick a WRT160N v2?
  12. Dark_Shadow

    Dark_Shadow Addicted to LI Member

    Yea, you dug up an old thread. Last replay was 2 years ago.
  13. tutorialbs

    tutorialbs Serious Server Member

    It's an old router :p. Thx for the response tho, was starting to think none of comments would get a reply.

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