Asus RT-N53 bricked. Firmware Version:188.8.131.52.374_311 Here's a YouTube video which has the step-by-step listed below it. Included here for convenience. Detailed procedure to install Tomato USB on ASUS RT-N53 ***1.- Download most recent Tomato USB Firmware from: advancedtomato 2.- Configure static IP on LAN connection, it can be any IP, just on 192.168.1.x range, i.e. 192.168.1.1 and netmask 255.255.255.0 3.- Power off or disconnect router 4.- Press and keep pressed the reset button located at the back of the router. 5.- Turn on or connect the router with the reset button still pressed. Wait about 30 seconds until power led blinks slowly as shown on video, this means the router is on recovery mode. 6.- Connect LAN cable on computer, you may test connectivity by pinging on 192.168.1.1 ip address. 7.- Enter the router IP address 192.168.1.1 on web browser to enter and see mini CFE web server. 8.- Delete Router NVRAM (Not needed, but recommended) 9.- Select Firmware file downloads on step 1. 10.- Click the "Upload" button and wait for confirmation. 11.- Wait a few minutes until the WiFi and network LED's turn on, just to make sure it finished installing the firmware. 12.- Enter to the router configuration page, 192.168.1.1, user:admin and password:admin. 13.- Enjoy!! I was able to access the router interface but only after it self refreshed. It initially gave an message saying something didn't happen. Unfortunately I did not make note of what that was. At this point my SO woke and was complaining she couldn't check her emails. Did a quick scan. All computers and phones show up. I pinged Google from my computer and got no reply. I restarted router and I'm using my E2500 for this post. *** I used tomato-K26-1.28.RT-N5x-MIPSR2-140-Max.zip located at tomato.groov.pl Here's the skinny... Followed #6 in the Peacock Thread FAQ at DD-WRT. Windows 7 x64 all up to date. Wired NIC driver up to date. Set static IP of 192.168.1.8 SUB: 255.255.255.0 GW: 192.168.1.1 Wireless NIC is disabled. Flashed to Asus RT-N53\tomato-K26-1.28.RT-N5x-MIPSR2-140-Max.trx I'm showing 'network cable unplugged. Pinging 192.168.1.1 with 32 bytes of data: PING: transmit failed. General failure. PING: transmit failed. General failure. PING: transmit failed. General failure. PING: transmit failed. General failure. I have attempted the following with the NIC's configured as above. Power off computer and router. Waited a few minutes then powered on router. Only light on is power. Started computer. I'm still showing 'network cable unplugged'. Pinging 192.168.1.1 with 32 bytes of data: PING: transmit failed. General failure. PING: transmit failed. General failure. PING: transmit failed. General failure. PING: transmit failed. General failure. Swapped out Asus with the E2500 it was going to replace. E2500 is running DD-WRT. I am unable to log into it as I do no remember the password and I cannot get it to reset so I can create a new password. I did not swap out the cable as I can successfully connect to the Internet. I can also connect wirelessly. All hardware is working. Issue HAS to be the Asus. I tried a 30/30/30 on the Asus. No luck. I tried to flash the Asus again. No luck. The only thing I can think is I did not wait long enough after the flash utility indicated it was done. I waited about 3-4 minutes. I also made sure to use the power supply that came with the Asus.