Tomato on Buffalo WHR-HP-54

Just got my Buffalo WHR-HP-54 from Newegg yesterday, and today… I flashed it with Tomato firmware. I also found it to be much better and more intuitively designed than OpenWRT.

Here are the steps:

  1. Open a terminal keep this command ready (DO NOT PRESS ENTER). Note that 192.168.11.1 is the default IP of the Buffalo router:

    tftp -v -m binary 192.168.11.1 -c put tomato-firmware.trx

  2. In another terminal ping the router:

    ping 192.168.11.1

  3. Then unplug the router.
  4. Wait 5 secs and plugin the router again and wait for ping to resume.
  5. Then immediately (within say 3 pings) pressed enter on the above tftp command.
  6. The pinging will stop and the tftp command will finish in less than 1 second. The router will reset itself, and it will reboot. This will take about 1-2 minutes. So do not disturb the router for at least 2 minutes.
  7. Then in browser goto 192.168.1.1.

That’s it! you should be able to see the Tomato screen.