I upgraded my cable Internet from 18Mbps to 45Mbps. For some reason, my router was still giving me the 18Mbps DL.
It was suggested that I restore factory setting for the router. Being on Toastman Tomato, I decided to update my RT-N16's Toastman Tomato FW from 2011 to Shibby's latest FW tomato-K26USB-1.28.RT-MIPSR1-109-VPN.
I went through Tomato's administration screen for the upgrade, and well - bricked my router.
I then followed the instructions at shcherbyna's blog (can't insert link) using Asus' FW Restoration with Asus' latest FW.
I got excited - the FW uploaded, and progress bar well, progressed, albeit slowly.
But after 99%, it claims to have failed the connection to the router.
I tried the author's suggestion with 192.168.0.1, but it didn't even upload the FW.
Next, I tried the instructions at dd-wrt forum (can't insert link) (still with Asus' FW).
I retraced some of your steps and flashed this firmware to my Asus RT-N16 router and it surely bricked it. Follow the un-bricking procedure below: Restoring the Asus RT-N16 from a bad flash using the built-in CFE to load DD-WRT firmware. 1.) Download and install the tftp2.exe program to your desktop. 2.) Download dd-wrt.v24-19342_NEWD-2_K2.6_mini_RT-N16.trx firmware to your desktop. 3.) Configure the PC's ethernet adapter to IP addr = 192.168.1.2 and Net Mask = 255.255.255.0 and leave the other fields blank. 4.) Disconnect power from the router. Wait 5 seconds. Press and hold the WPS button and restore power. After 5 seconds release the button. 5.) Execute the tftp2.exe program. Type 192.168.1.1 in the Server field. Leave the Password field blank. Put the location of the DD-WRT firmware in the File field. Set the Retry counter to 20. 6.) Click on Upgrade. 7.) Disconnect power from the router. Wait 5 seconds. Press and hold the Reset button and restore power. After 5 seconds release the button. 8.) After the tftp2 program indicates a successful upload, WAIT 4 MINUTES for the router to write the firmware to flash memory. 9.) Disconnect power from the router and after 5 seconds reconnect. 10.) If everything went well, the router should be operative with default settings. - Magnetron1.1
Similar results - I get the upgrading flash bar but it just disappears and goes on to the next attempt. And all subsequent retries just fails.
For both cases, when I power up the router with the RESTORE button pressed, the power LED will flash slowly. But midway through updating - it either lits still or unlit.
Any assistance is greatly appreciated. I really need this router up and running. I have an ADSL modem/router, but unfortunately I can only get that working as an AP with another router.