How to Install Toastman’s Tomato Build on the Asus RT-N16 Router
For those who need a low-cost router with the power and stability to run mid to large Wi-Fi installations, the Linux based Tomato router firmware paired with the Asus RT-N16 router is an excellent choice. This combination has been deployed successfully by the build author Toastman and has monitoring and QoS capabilities built in.
Unfortunately, an easy layout of instructions to install this build is not readily available so I’ve decided to put one up myself. Please leave feedback if anything further needs to be clarified.
1. Unpack your RT-N16 Router.
2. Boot into Windows and download the Toastman Tomato build you wish to install:
a. Click http://www.4shared.com/dir/v1BuINP3/Toastman_Builds.html#dir=118755049
b. Go into the most recent version folder ending with STD (e.g. 1.28.7501 STD)
c. Choose the Tomato-K26 version you need. (NVRAM60K builds do not work, I recommend the full USB/VPN build: tomato-K26USB-1.28.7501MIPSR2Toastman-RT-VPN.trx)
STD – Normal build
USB – USB Support (printers, external drives)
Ext – STD + Extra Utilities + NTFS
VPN – STD + Extra Utilities + NTFS
3. Download the Asus Firmware Restoration Utility on your PC. (Updating firmware directly from the Asus router menu doesn’t work) You can download it from this link: (free registration required): http://www.4shared.com/file/GL0aSSZ8/ASUS-RT-N16-RECOVERY.html
4. Set a manual IP address (192.168.1.2) on your ethernet/LAN port on the install computer and connect your computer to one of the router LAN ports with an ethernet cable.
5. Press the black reset (restore) button on the back of the router and plug in the power. Keep the reset button pressed until the power LED blinks slowly. (this puts the router into recovery mode)
Now you’re ready to flash.
6. Run the Firmware Restoration Utility on your PC or laptop and select the downloaded .trx firmware and upload.
7. Firmware should load completely. Connect to 192.168.1.1 to confirm the flash update. Change your computer’s manual IP address back to DHCP and enjoy! [Note: If router’s DHCP setting is set to “off” this needs to be changed to “on” in the router menu as commented below. (login as admin/admin)]
Note: If unable to get into the admin menu, try a hardware reset to bring back default settings.
a. Press black reset button for 5-10 seconds.
b. After settings have been reset, power off the router for 5 seconds and turn back on.
c. Connect to 192.168.1.1 and confirm restore.