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Upgrade ASUS WL-520GU from DDWRT to Tomato

miller351 428 62 August 3, 2013 at 10:33 AM
I followed most of the following steps for upgrade here:
http://www.society9.com/an-easy-g...sus-520gu/


I downloaded the tomato file (I chose the “VPN” version under the heading “Kernel 2.6 (experimental))from here:
http://tomatousb.org/download

After logging into my router and clicked "upgrade" in the firmware tab, I received an "upgrade failed" message only after about 3 seconds.

What am I doing wrong?

Thank you in advance.

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Quote from miller351 View Post :
I followed most of the following steps for upgrade here:
http://www.society9.com/an-easy-g...sus-520gu/


I downloaded the tomato file (I chose the "VPN" version under the heading "Kernel 2.6 (experimental))from here:
http://tomatousb.org/download

After logging into my router and clicked "upgrade" in the firmware tab, I received an "upgrade failed" message only after about 3 seconds.

What am I doing wrong?

Thank you in advance.
Your router doesn't support that build. According to this chart [tomatousb.org] you can use only the "lite" or "NoUSB Std" builds. Make sure to grab the one for MIPSR1 routers.
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Quote from hbarnwheeler View Post :
Your router doesn't support that build. According to this chart [tomatousb.org] you can use only the "lite" or "NoUSB Std" builds. Make sure to grab the one for MIPSR1 routers.
Thanks for your reply. I was able to get further with my tomato upgrade this time. But it got stuck at the screen where the router was supposed to reboot and be in tomato mode after the reboot. I waited about 20 min and still nothing, not even the "progress bar" moved.

Ever since then I have been unable to get to the router's firmware using 192.168.1.1, it just says the page cannot be displayed.

I then tried to do a factory reset on the router by doing the 30-30-30 method. After the 30-30-30, the power light has been slowly blinking on the router but I am still unable to access the firmware. Power light continues to slowly blink on it even 45 min later.

I also tried to install the current Asus 520GU utility but I got an error in the wizard process "unable to detect the wired connection."
Dumb question, the ethernet cable is supposed to be in one of the LAN ports on the router when doing this, correct?

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when you use the restoration utility, did you follow the exact steps described in
http://www.dd-wrt.com/wiki/index....on_Utility
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Thanks for your reply. I was able to get further with my tomato upgrade this time. But it got stuck at the screen where the router was supposed to reboot and be in tomato mode after the reboot. I waited about 20 min and still nothing, not even the "progress bar" moved.

Ever since then I have been unable to get to the router's firmware using 192.168.1.1, it just says the page cannot be displayed.

I then tried to do a factory reset on the router by doing the 30-30-30 method. After the 30-30-30, the power light has been slowly blinking on the router but I am still unable to access the firmware. Power light continues to slowly blink on it even 45 min later.

I also tried to install the current Asus 520GU utility but I got an error in the wizard process "unable to detect the wired connection."
Dumb question, the ethernet cable is supposed to be in one of the LAN ports on the router when doing this, correct?

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Did you manually assign your computer an IP address? If your router isn't working, it won't assign one dynamically. Start there.

From there, take a look at this thread [dd-wrt.com].
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some router if flash from dd-wrt to other firmware, will damage the restore/recovery function.
saw this warning when i flash a dlink DIR-601 from dd-wrt to openwrt, so i went back to factory first(use recovery mode), not much hassle, at least safer
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Did you manually assign your computer an IP address? If your router isn't working, it won't assign one dynamically. Start there.

From there, take a look at this thread [dd-wrt.com].
Yes, I did follow those steps. Once again, when trying to install the asus restoration utility, I get an error in the wizard process "unable to detect the wired connection."

What are the physical connections supposed to look like? I have LAN1 connected directly to my LAN port on my computer and the ethernet cable from the cable modem connected to the WAN on the router?
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Yes, I did follow those steps. Once again, when trying to install the asus restoration utility, I get an error in the wizard process "unable to detect the wired connection."

What are the physical connections supposed to look like? I have LAN1 connected directly to my LAN port on my computer and the ethernet cable from the cable modem connected to the WAN on the router?
What is the subnet and ip address of your ethernet on your computer? YOu don't need the internet plugged into WAN, though that shouldn't make a difference.
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What is the subnet and ip address of your ethernet on your computer? YOu don't need the internet plugged into WAN, though that shouldn't make a difference.
IP 192.168.1.10
subnet 255.255.255.0

btw, if it matters, the utility I am using is ASUS WL-520GU Utility Version 4.0.8.0 update 2012.02.15 from the asus website.
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IP 192.168.1.10
subnet 255.255.255.0

btw, if it matters, the utility I am using is ASUS WL-520GU Utility Version 4.0.8.0 update 2012.02.15 from the asus website.
From the ASUS site for that version of the utility:

Notice: only for firmware version 3.0.1.4
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From the ASUS site for that version of the utility:

Notice: only for firmware version 3.0.1.4
Why are you telling me "Notice: only for firmware version 3.0.1.4?"
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Why are you telling me "Notice: only for firmware version 3.0.1.4?"
That's what the ASUS site says on the download page for that version of the utility you are using.
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That's what the ASUS site says on the download page for that version of the utility you are using.
Yes, I noticed that. Again, why are you telling me? Are you saying I should have downloaded something else?
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Yes, I noticed that. Again, why are you telling me? Are you saying I should have downloaded something else?
Whether you should be trying something else depends. Are you trying to use the utility to flash firmware version 3.0.1.4? If not,you should. From there, you should be able to go to tomato.
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Do know that the version of Tomato your using is really very old and has not been touched in over 3 years.

There are the Shibby and Toastman builds that are frequently updated for new devices and security fixes. I would highly recommend one of them instead. http://tomato.groov.pl/ and http://tomatousb.org/forum/t-379538 I believe
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