Netgear R6250 Advanced Tomato to Stock

After running into 2.4Ghz with Advanced Tomato decided to go back to the stock. Found the following links on the web.

Video of “Back to Netgear Genie” – http://tomato.groov.pl/?p=616

These are the steps I followed.

  1. Went to Tomato by Shibby page http://tomato.groov.pl/?page_id=164; here selected K26ARM;
  2. On the K26ARM page used the files under “Netgear R-Series back to OFW”
  3. Logged into my tomato, reset to default configuration with erasing NVRAM
  4. After that connected to one of the default tomato wifi networks, logged in again and upgraded the firmware using the downloaded file file R6250-back-to-ofw.trx
  5. After the upgrade completes, connected to one of the default netgear wifi networks (NETGEAR99 or NETGEAR99-5G), the wifi password is the one written on your router, sent from the factory. All set now back to configuring the network or should i switch to ddwrt again?

(I prefer doing all this over a wired connection instead of upgrading via wifi but too tired to care now.)

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Netgear R6250 Advanced Tomato and 2.4Ghz issue

As of 2017-Jan there is an issue with 2.4Ghz band on the R6250 with the Advanced Tomato firmware. I also found this post https://www.myopenrouter.com/forum/what-hell-happened

I lost some static ip entries while using dd-wrt due to the known issue of how the page UI is very old and not really user friendly (great firmware though) – this drove me nuts so decided to try the Advanced Tomato on the R6250 – great UI. The Advanced Tomato UI worked great, firmware was great except for the 2.4Ghz band; the router page will show that the Wifi is good but none of the devices will be able to connect, tried various settings power etc, will show up then disappear and devices will not be able to connect. Searching the web brought up the page on myopenrouter listed above discussing the same issue. Switching back to stock/genie and maybe ddwrt.

Netgear R6250 reset after Advanced Tomato

Decided to try tomato on the Netgear R6250 since it has a nice UI. Upgraded from kong-dd-wrt to the latest stable download for Advanced Tomato.

There is an instruction on the tomato page that says, BEFORE UPGRADE you need to telnet to the router and issue a command to get the http password, I decided not to do that since I was going to reset after upgrade.  (http://www.polarcloud.com/tomatofaq#why_doesnt_my_password_work)

The factory/hard reset for Netgear R6250 as per the user manual is a simple 7 second press of the reset button on the back, of course i didnt remember this and did not bother to look up. I just pressed the reset button for more than 20seconds but the router did not reset, then I tried the 30-30-30 reset which did NOT work either. Instead a simple press of the reset button for about 7-10 seconds is all it needs!

(A little knowledge is a dangerous thing or in my case was a lot of wasted time 🙂   )

(Btw, the tomato firmware has 2.4Ghz issues)