I just bought an ASUS RT-N16 router and wanted to load Tomato USB firmware into it.
I followed all the instruction here below :
1.Download and install Asus Firmware Restoration Utility. (Can be downloaded Here)
2.Download and extract the K26-MIPSR2 Tomato USB Firmware. Extras or VPN version is up to you. With this router you might as well just go with the VPN version. (Get them Here)
3.Connect your computer's using network cable to one of the LAN ports of the Asus router. Manually set your computer IP address (in the TCP/IP properties of the LAN connection) to 192.168.1.2, network mask 255.255.255.0.
4.Plug in the router while holding the reset button on the back of the router. Keep the reset button pressed until Power LED starts blinking slowly. This puts the router in recovery mode, which is necessary to flash using the Asus Firmware Restoration utility. If you try using the restoration utility and the router is not in recovery mode or is not connected it will say, "No wireless device in recovery mode is found".
5.Run Firmware Restoration Utility which you installed in step 1. In Firmware Restoration browse for the firmware image you extracted in step 2 and click Upload. (Note: It's likely that the Asus Utility will hang due to the fact that it attempts to verify the successful flash but it won't be able to because the firmware is not Asus firmware. Mine hung at 33% and timed out. Everything still worked out fine though.)
6.After the upload is complete open your browser, go to the router by typing 192.168.1.1, when prompted for a username and password enter "admin" for both. Go to Administration > Configuration > Restore Default Configuration, select "Erase all data in NVRAM memory (thorough)" and click OK. To insure that the processor has time to complete addressing all NVRAM variables it's best to wait about 5 minutes before making any changes.
I got stuck at step 4 where the Firmware Restoration Utility kept saying "No wireless device in recovery mode is found", i have disabled my Windows Firewall, disabled my virus guard, assign my PC with a static ip of 192.168.1.2, i press and hold the Restore button at the back while powering on the router at the same time and the power LED is blinking slowly but i just can't seems to load in the tomato usb firmware.
I am already at my wits end, any ideas or help will be appreciated, do i need to RMA my Asus RT-N16 router ?