ASUS RT-AC56 Router Tomato RAF Driver
The following article is a detailed how-to on flashing an Asus RT-AC68U router with the AdvancedTomato web interface using the Tomato by. No information is available for this page. 2 Flashing DD-WRT Firmware; 3 Reset; 4 Recovery Mode Flashing The ASUS recovery software should detect the router and start to upload.
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ASUS RT-AC56 Router Tomato RAF Driver
Being a hacker I downloaded the source code and began perusing it.
Trying to report the bug to the Asus developers took a lot longer. Asus frontline support was reasonable, but trying to communicate with anyone above the tier one level proved virtually impossible. Being a software engineer, I can appreciate protecting your backline developers from the onslaught of silly questions that support gets everyday.
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However, when it is a legitimate issue that needs to be escalated, then the engineers should hear about it. This compounded with various versions of the Asus firmware crashing at least once a month, gave me the motivation to find another firmware for my router.
But when discussing this with a security consultant colleague, he suggested that I give the AdvancedTomato firmware a shot. And now six months later I am really glad that he did. So, what is AdvancedTomato?
Tomato comes with a dated web interface with the option to change ASUS RT-AC56 Router Tomato RAF color scheme but for some of us that is not enough. The interface simply feels out of date, out of style and in need of an update.
Users who demand a modern ASUS RT-AC56 Router Tomato RAF firmware like Tomato deserve to explore those features using modern intuitive GUI like AdvancedTomato. But what is Tomato by Shibby? With AdvancedTomato I can have a modern web interface, with all the great features and more of Tomato and it is all free and open source. And I can have it all on a modern dual core ARMv7 processor!
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This is a great example of how open source projects evolve and fork! Flashing third party firmware on your router will void your warranty.
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- DD-WRT Forum :: View topic - For all ASUS RT-AC56U owners!
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It is possible to brick your router. You have been warned.
All of the how-tos that I have read instruct you to download the Asus Firmware Restoration Utility and install the AdvancedTomato firmware using it. As a Linux user this perturbs me as there is no Asus utility for Linux.
So, I decided since all the how-tos used the Asus utility, I would try it as well, to lessen the odds of bricking my router. I was using a Windows 7 laptop with what was the latest Asus Firmware Restoration Utility at the time.
Which was a clue to what went wrong in the first place. A week later I made another attempt to flash the router with AdvancedTomato. Following the suggestion of a ASUS RT-AC56 Router Tomato RAF on the how-to, after flashing the router with the Asus utility, I then telneted into the router and performed an NVRAM reset using the command; mtd-erase2 nvram Then I rebooted power cycled the router and everything worked as expected.
Since then I have upgrade the AdvancedTomato firmware a few times via the AdvancedTomato web interface and I have been thrilled with the performance and stability of my router. It has never crashed once! A client of mine has been having a lot of network and wireless issues. I got the same issues I had before.
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I decided that was enough of that. The following is what I did instead, step by step, with explanations.
Hm, that's a good idea using scripts.