Strange Problems with new FreshTomato on new R8000

Discussion in 'Tomato Firmware' started by arthropodofdoom, Nov 30, 2018.

  1. arthropodofdoom

    arthropodofdoom New Member Member

    So I just got a secondhand R8000 router so set up to improve wireless coverage throughout the three-floor apartment I live in with three roommates, who have been complaining that the R6300v2 I brought with me isn't cutting it. At the same time, I have switched us from a standard coaxial cable internet service through Comcast to a FTTH solution, which I am aware requires VLAN tagging and PPPoE configuration. To this end, I have decided to use FreshTomato on the new router, and just leave the old setup behind with an ideally clean switchover once I have everything working.

    Unfortunately, in the process of flashing FreshTomato to the R8000, I can't seem to get anything to work. I did successfully flash FreshTomato once, and began configuring the WAN for a PPPoE connection with the WAN port using VLAN tag 201. In the process, I appear to have utterly broken my FreshTomato install, and while I can successfully reflash back to the stock Netgear firmware using instructions described in the following post that comes up when you search for "How to Set Up Serial Console for NETGEAR R8000", I appear to be completely unable to flash new firmware. The image attached is the interface that I get when I flash the .chk supplied at the download website for the FreshTomato firmware using the default Netgear interface. I suspect the problem lies either in how I configured the VLANs, which throws an error I have also included a picture of, or in the firmware I am beginning with on the router.

    Any help is appreciated.


    PS: Please excuse the reference to a search result above, it would not let me submit the post with the link since my account is brand new and has not made at least 2 posts.
  2. Sean B.

    Sean B. Network Guru Member

    I'm not familiar with the R8000, but there should be a way via hardware to clear the NVRAM and reset to defaults. For example, on Asus routers it would be holding the WPS button while turning the router on and continuing to hold it for roughly 30 seconds until the router reboots itself. This will wipe the NVRAM and load the defaults from the firmware. If you haven't done so, I'd start there.
  3. arthropodofdoom

    arthropodofdoom New Member Member

    I went ahead and tried that, but it doesn't appear to have changed NVRAM at all. I also just realized I forgot to attach a pastebin of my nvram show, for now this putty log will have to do.

    Attached Files:

  4. arthropodofdoom

    arthropodofdoom New Member Member

    Hmm, going over the nvram show results right now suggests that it's definitely not clearing NVRAM correctly. It still thinks I'm on 2018.4 after flashing back to 134-initial. Going to try factory resetting a lot.
  5. PetervdM

    PetervdM Network Guru Member

    as you seem to have console access the easiest and most reliable way to clear nvram is to issue:
    nvram erase;reboot
    after that, i suggest to leave the router alone for upto 30 minutes
  6. pomidor1

    pomidor1 Networkin' Nut Member


    mtd-erase2 nvram
  7. pedro311

    pedro311 Networkin' Nut Member

    ...And as I said it over 1000 times already, clear browser cache or/and use Ctrl+F5 to refresh page(s).
  8. arthropodofdoom

    arthropodofdoom New Member Member

    Well, I feel dumb now. I can't believe I didn't try that! Thank you all for the help, looking forward to using FreshTomato properly now.
  9. pedro311

    pedro311 Networkin' Nut Member

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