Flashing over DD-WRT v23 SP2 - How to ??

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by teclis22, Jun 19, 2007.

  1. teclis22

    teclis22 LI Guru Member

    Aloah peeps !

    I want to give tomato a shot this sunday on my 3 unit WDS chain with WHR-HP-G54 routers.

    Currently they are all running DD-WRT. Now comes the big money question :

    Is there anything i have to take into account when flashing tomato ?

    Can I simply upload the file through the web interface or do i have to take any steps for preperations or afterwards ?

    Looking for info on this, as i am a big noob in the area of alternate firmwares and really can not afford to brick one of the units.

    Thanks in advance.

    Best regards

  2. roadkill

    roadkill Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    use tftp to flash the routers be sure to fully reset the router BEFORE and AFTER flashing the new firmware and you'll be fine.
    Good Luck
  3. teclis22

    teclis22 LI Guru Member

    Hi !
    thanks for the info.

    as "full reset" does a -reset to firmware defaults- via the gui of DD-wrt qualify for that ?

    for the tftping do i have to use it right when the unit starts just the same linke installing dd-wrt ?


  4. ifican

    ifican Network Guru Member

    The only goofy thing i ran into is i had to reset tomota to factory defaults once it was flash (would not let me into the admin page otherwise), and yes i did use the web gui.
  5. GeeTek

    GeeTek Guest

    From DD-WRT you can load the .bin file directly for the wrt54g version. There is a place in the Tomato config menu to do a complete nvram clear (sets all to defaults). The reset button is a bit barbaric unless the router is acting up.

    Edit - If coming from v24 DD wrt, use the reset button after the flash has taken root. That is the only way to fix the password problem.

    Edit 2 - You can always use the buffalo flash utility that is available with the Tomato downloads. It works like a charm every time.
  6. Slimey

    Slimey Network Guru Member

    If you want to try and be really slick telnet or ssh into the DD-WRT router, send command "mtd erase /dev/mtd/3" then upload the Tomato firmware and when the router reboots you will have a clean Tomato hopefully =)
  7. GeeTek

    GeeTek Guest

    I just chained 3 hp radios w/ wds and with wds+ap modes on all 3. From the server wired to radio #1 to the laptop wired to radio #3 I get 14.7 - 15.2 mB loops both ways every time. With the laptop as a wireless client to radio #3 I get 7.5 mBits. The internet browsing speed is still full at 5 mBits. Adding AP mode to WDS was the same bandwidth and speed as with WDS alone. You can use the same SSID for easy seamless roaming or 3 different SSIDs to allow connection to a specific AP. Radio #1 and radio #3 are WDS bridged only with radio #2.
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