Hi. I'm, having trouble (re)flashing my Asus RT-N16 with Tomato. What happened:
Flashed it out of the box without trouble. Didn't even go into the Asus interface once, just unpacked and immediately put the device in recovery mode and flashed it with the latest Shibby mod. EVerything worked just fine. This was last week.
This week I had troubles with something (not relevant in this case) and I blamed it on the router, so I reverted back to an older Shibby release first (just by using the GUI) and after that to the latest RAF and Toastman. All through the Gui. After that I reverted back to the Asus firmware (latest, also through GUI) to find out my router wasn't to blame. Found the solution to the other problem by now, so I wanted to go back to the latest Shibby.
I just can't for the life of me get Tomato back on the router. At first, I didn't even factory reset the router, I just put it in recovery mode (hold reset and put power on) and tried to flash it with the Asus Recovery software. I did that on the same laptop as a few days earliers (and with the same software). Heck, even the .trx file is the same… I was tired already, and forgot to take out the WAN cable. Don't know if that caused the troubles, but the router became completely unresponsive. I had to do hold the WPS button and plug in the power for it to enter recovery mode again. After this, I can't flash anything but the original firmware.
I tried the Asus Recovery software, but also tftp. The Asus software always say "Failed to connect to wireless router" in the end. If I flashed the original firmware, the router reboots and I can enter 192.168.1.1 etc. If I flashed it with Tomato it reboots and enters recovery mode again (slowly blinking power led).. Switching the power on and off doesnt help, it's stuck in a recovery loop. Only thing I can do then is try another Tomato flash, which results in another recovery loop, or flash the stock firmware, after which I can access the router again.
So, flashing any other then the stock firmware results in a recovery mode loop.
Any ideas? I'm thinking of loading it up with EasyTomato, cause that actually can be done from withing the Asus Web administration. (did that once before, a year ago, other router, not mine). But I don't want to stick to that.. Is it possible to use EasyTomato as a startup, and upgrading to Shibby from within EasyTomato?
Or any other ideas? Thanks!