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Brendan P.

Brendan P.

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Do not buy this router, get the WRT54GL

Linksys WRT54G Wireless-G Broadband Router IEEE 802.3/3u, IEEE 802.11b/g
Linksys WRT54G Wireless-G Broadband Router IEEE 802.3/3u, IEEE 802.11b/g

Pros: Good web-based config utility

Cons: VERY poor wireless performance. Frequently dropped connections, vanishing SSID, inability to connect or associate to the router frequently. When this happens, you need to power cycle the router to get the wireless to start working again, and then it craps out ten minutes later. Often will not allow clients to associate or connect for more then a couple minutes before randomly dropping them. This is a known problem with these routers, see the other reviews, and the Wikipedia entry for these routers for more information. Also, versions 5 and up (which this is) do not use Linux firmware anymore, and have much less memory then versions 1-4, meaning that most aftermarket firmware and hacks will not work on these routers. Versions 1-4 were much better.

Overall Review: Beginning with revision 5 of these routers, Linksys took a cost cutting approach, and switched from using Linux, to using VxWorks for this router's firmware. This has caused HUGE problems with the router's wireless components and abilities. Versions 1-4 of this router all run Linux, and as such are much more stable and reliable. You can still buy the Linux version of this router, is has now been labeled the WRT54GL. While it now costs $20 more, it actually works, unlike this one. WRT54G v1-v4 = good WRT54G v5+ = bad WRT54GL = Good – Identical to WRT54G v1-v4