I went to this page: Installing Tomato on Asus RT-N16
I am trying to install Tomato on a brand new Asus RT-N16 out of the box. I can do that, correct?
The instructions from the link above say:
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.
In Step 1, I can't find the Restoration Utility in the link provided. Is it the latest Utility among the Download selections?
In Step 2, the K26-MIPSR2 file is a RAR file. What should I use to extract it? Any free apps anyone would suggest?
In Step 3, I see TCP/IPv6 and v4, should I change both? So I should not select "Obtain an IP address automatically" and instead "Use the following address"?
All the posts seem to say it is easy to install Tomato, but I am having such a hard time following these instructions as they do not seem as easy! Please help?