From Linksys WRT320N stock firmware to Toastman: full guide

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by CDuv, Apr 1, 2013.

  1. CDuv

    CDuv LI Guru Member


    I couldn't find any clear documentation on how to flash my Linksys WRT320N (currently running the stock firmware) to Tomato.

    I've read some feedback telling it is possible (eg. awer1967 with a "tomato-K26-1.28.RT-MIPSR2-097-Max" but seemed to have notice some wireless speed issues) but nothing full detailed from A to Z so I thought I could share this here just 1/ to be sure it's correct 2/ to help any other lost soul willing to do the same.

    1. Download the Toastman's firmware you want to install: I'll go with tomato-K26-1.28.7501.3MIPSR2Toastman-RT-Std.trx (I'm guessing it's safer to flash stock to STD for a start, once on Tomato, we can flash to other versions/variants).
    2. Appends ".bin" at the name of that file (because stock firmware don't like firmware files ending with anything other than .bin)
    3. Perform an Hard Reset (a.k.a. 30/30/30 reset): see for instructions.
    4. Connect the computer to the router via any Ethernet port and set up your connection to use DHCP to obtain an IP from the router (easier) as IP address.
    5. Login to web GUI (using default password "admin" since you reset the router in step 3.).
    6. Go to Administration > Firmware Upgrade (
    7. Click the "Choose file" button (label depends on browser) and select the file renamed in step 2., then click the "Start to Upgrade" button.
    8. Wait
    9. Wait (about 2 minutes, while the router is being flashed)
    10. Login to web GUI using login "root" and password "admin".
    11. Go to Administration > Configuration > Restore Default Configuration.
    12. Select "Erase all data in NVRAM Memory" and click the "OK" button.
    13. Wait for router to restart once again.
    14. Enjoy (id. take 45 minutes to configure it right now, even if it's 3 AM).
    Any correction would be greatly appreciated.
  2. FattysGoneWild

    FattysGoneWild LI Guru Member

    11. not so sure on that. Since old values remain and new ones are added. Best to go straight to 12. This is how I use to flash and just asked recently if it is still fine coming from stock Linksys firmware.

    1. Restore defaults
    2. Upgrade to Tomato firmware
    3. After upgrade. Wait a minute or 2 even after it is fully booted.
    4. Go into Tomato and clear NVRAM (thorough)
    5. Configure.
  3. Malitiacurt

    Malitiacurt Networkin' Nut Member

    Could have sworn Toastman turns off DHCP server by default so you need static IP to connect after upgrade+reset.
  4. CDuv

    CDuv LI Guru Member

    I think you're right: I've read it too.
    So step 4. now become "Connect the computer to the router via any Ethernet port and set up your connection to use as IP address." (yes, prior to the flash, then it's done once and for all)
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