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Linksys WRT54G Wireless-G Router

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  • All-in-one Internet-sharing router, 4-port switch, and Wireless-G (802.11g) access point
  • Wireless data rates up to 54 Mbps--5 times faster than 802.11b
  • Shares a single Internet connection and other resources with Ethernet wired and Wireless-G clients
  • Interoperates with 802.11b clients at 11 Mbps
  • Advanced wireless security with 128-bit WEP encryption, MAC, or IP address filtering
  • Wireless data rates up to 54 Mbps - 5 times faster than 802.11b
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Product Details

Product Manual [1.20mb PDF]
  • Product Dimensions: 3.8 x 1.1 x 4.4 inches ; 1.8 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B00007KDVI
  • Item model number: WRT54G
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,962 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,364 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: November 15, 2001

Product Description


Amazon.com Product Description The Linksys Wireless-G broadband router is really three devices in one box. First, it's a wireless access point, which lets you connect Wireless-G or Wireless-B devices to the network. There's also a built-in four-port full-duplex 10/100 switch to connect your wired-Ethernet devices. Connect four PCs directly, or daisy-chain out to more hubs and switches to create as big a network as you need. Finally, the router function ties it all together and lets your whole network share a high-speed cable or DSL Internet connection.

To protect your data and privacy, the Wireless-G broadband router can encrypt all wireless transmissions, and it supports the industrial-strength wireless security of 802.1x authentication and authorization. The router can serve as a DHCP server, has NAT technology to protect against Internet intruders, supports VPN pass-through, and can be configured to filter internal users' access to the Internet. Configuration is a snap with the Web browser-based configuration utility.

With the Linksys Wireless-G broadband router at the center of your home or office network, you can share a high-speed Internet connection, files, printers, and multiplayer games with the flexibility, speed, and security you need!

Wireless-G is the 54 Mbps wireless networking standard that's more than four times faster than the widely deployed Wireless-B (802.11b) products found in homes, businesses, and public wireless hotspots around the country. But since they share the same 2.4 GHz radio band, Wireless-G devices can also interoperate with existing 11 Mbps Wireless-B equipment.

Because both standards are built-in, you can protect your investment in existing 802.11b infrastructure, and migrate to the new screaming-fast Wireless-G standard as your needs grow.

For more information on the differences between an access point and a router with access point, see the following table:

access point vs. router

See a comparison diagram of the different wireless technologies.

Wireless networks are rapidly becoming more popular and coming down in price. Since they don't require cables, you can use the devices anywhere in an office or home, even out on the patio. There's no need to roll out an Ethernet network cable to each room of a house; you can network anywhere--without wires. Outside the home, wireless networking is available in hotspots at coffee shops, businesses, and airports--great when you're on the road and need to get some work done. For convenience, wireless networking is the answer.

Which Wireless Standard Is Right for Me?
Now that you've decided to create a wireless network, the next step is to figure out which wireless standard to use.

Basically, a standard is a set of specifications for a device. All devices that follow a specific standard share operating characteristics, such as the radio frequency used and maximum data transfer speed.

For wireless networking, there are three standards to choose from at this time:

  • 802.11b
  • 802.11a
  • 802.11g

To learn about the differences between the standards and select the right one for your network, click here for an easy-to-understand chart.

Product Description

Wireless-G is the emerging 54 Mbps wireless networking standard that's almost five times faster than the widely deployed Wireless-B ( 802.11b ) products found in homes, businesses and public wireless hotspots around the country. The best part is, since they share the same 2.4GHz radio band, Wireless-G devices talk to existing 11 Mbps Wireless-B equipment. Operates as a DHCP Server NAT technology to protect against Internet intruders Supports VPN pass-through Easy configuration with web browser based configuration utility

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

I've had this installed for three…Installations, including setup, was pretty easy and I haven't had any issues at all since, so I'd say I have to recommend based on that. Read more ›
This router is easy to install and works perfectly. Total set up took less than 10 minutes. Read more ›
The on line setup was ,so slow that I could not get to the security pages. I sent it back for a refund. Read more ›
Product worked great. Set up was easy. Had my WPA secured wireless network setup within 20 minutes. Read more ›
I bought the WRT54GS and a WUSB54GC. The initial set up was very easy and went fairly quick. I only ran into one problem which once I got on to the Linksys website I was… Read more ›
I also use it with a cable modem and it is pretty quick. The installation was simple and straightforward. Read more ›
Since installation, we have not been kicked off one time. Our signal is very strong. Had thought I would have to change our wireless phone plan, but see no need now! Read more ›
It connects my Tivo to my PC and they are over seventy feet apart. The connections are fast and reliable. Read more ›
I used this for my father in law to extend his range at his house. It was too hard to run cables to his basement and his signal was awful down there. I did an online search… Read more ›
All I can say…First of all, it keeps saying Internet connection is not working even though my computer is browsing Internet websites through the router without any problem. Read more ›
Reliability is good, does sometimes lock up and require you to cycle power to "reboot" and while it does offer ability to spoof a MAC address and can be made to work in… Read more ›
I am still using it and have NEVER had to…The signal strength is great and there is a lot of 3rd party firmware upgrades for people looking to get a little more out of it. Read more ›
** Wireless G range is pretty poor by today's standards. ** Only 10/100 connections and very laggy. Read more ›
I have had as many as…The Wireless range is a huge improvement over the Netgear, I can walk almost to the end of the block, and still keep my connection, on my cell phone. Read more ›
The easy connection set-up…The range is pretty good, we are able to easily connect to the internet upstairs when the router is downstairs and it maintains a strong signal. Read more ›
The included nework management software is not required and a bit tiresome if you already understand…Wireless range is perfectly acceptable within an average scale home. Read more ›
I've had success adding other computers and my…The range is good enough (at least in my 900 sq ft home) that I can walk around with my laptop and still have a connection. Read more ›
Very stable both on LAN and WLAN. Its wireless coverage is very good throughout my house and decent even at the back yard. It replaced my old D-link 802.11b wireless router… Read more ›
I have a long ethernet cord connected from the router to my computer. The performance is excellent! I highly recommend this product. Read more ›
I'm only a few months into the…Range is good and speed is good too but this constant need to reboot is annoying, especially since I didn't have to reset my previous router. Read more ›
It has never crashed or anything. Wi-fi speed is amazing. I would recommand this product to first time router buyers. Read more ›
It is now broken. While it was working the performance was terrible. I had to reset it all the time. Read more ›
I bought this one because my uncle bought one a couple years ago and everything worked…The in ternet speed was amazing and I did the installation in just a few minutes. T… Read more ›
I have only had to reset the router once, which is lot better than my old Comcast router. It has great coverage and the speeds are fast. The installation was really easy… Read more ›
The wireless is a little spotty - my connection speed bounces around quite a bit while…Logging into the router to make changes is simple, and the options are easy to use. Read more ›
This router is just awesome, I've installed it in no time and it was up and running. Changing security settings was really easy on the web based interface. Linksys website… Read more ›
The Linksys router was an inexpensive purchase, has security and works well with our two Macs and Tivo. great buy. Read more ›
I get good reception all over the house as well as outside. Setup and security is easy. Almost never drops connections. Read more ›
Well it was easy to get up…The security settings were easy to apply and with the Broadcast signal turned off, there is no reason to worry about anyone hacking our system. Read more ›
Range was fantastic and all was well. The security was easy to set up if you knew what you were doing. (Several internet sites will describe this process step by step, and… Read more ›
Product is fine but their customer service is the worst! Transferred to India from person to person and you cannot communicate with their reps. Read more ›
The router works fine and the linksys customer service is fantastic. But the two antennas really get in the way of everything and compared to the newer models, this one is… Read more ›
Though there have been many versions of this router, this is a classic and is always solid. Also for those worried about setting this up, the phone support is fantastic. Ver… Read more ›
The wireless connectivity was very poor, very slow speed, and unreliable. Also, Linksys tech support is horrible. I recently purchased a Belkin Wireless G Plus router and… Read more ›
EDIT: Since purchasing this product I…If given the opportunity again, I would not repurchase this item from Linksys because their customer support services are horrible. Read more ›
I lost track of how many times I had to call customer support. The customer support is very good if you can deal with people with accents. Read more ›
Bought this in 2004 and it was one of the most reliable, bullet-proof routers I've ever owned. Especially with hacked firmware, this is a great router. Read more ›
If you're just looking for a simple 802.11bg router to use then…The Linksys software is fairly painless to setup and the router worked reliably once that was taken care of. Read more ›
It works. The set-up software was easy to follow and the process went smoothly. I have no complaints about that. Read more ›
Not only is the product everything advertised, the software is the best I've ever seen and makes the installation and set up very easy. You can check/change setup anytime… Read more ›
First of all, setting it up takes a bit of time. It's software is very slow. But most importantly, you lose connection after every 30 minutes or so. Read more ›
In the process, I used it to set up my Linksys router. The included software was quick, easy, and nearly idiot-proof. I say this as an avowed idiot when it comes to… Read more ›
I bought this to make my internet connection wireless and it was easy to use! It did the job and I would highly recommend it. Read more ›
Works well, Good price. Easy to use. Works great as a range extender as well. Read more ›
Since I prefer not to open up a bunch of ports on my router, I've since configured SSH tunneling for the connection, but the point is that with these 2 other routers, they… Read more ›
This product was easy to set up with the Installation CD and is easy to use once set up. It occasionally breaks Internet connection, but can be easily re-connected by going… Read more ›
These features allow games to work properly. However, these features are difficult to use on the Linksys! Read more ›
The WRT54G is a good router for basic use, but the firmware it comes with is pretty shoddy. I found that it couldn't split the bandwidth between my PC (wired) and my laptop… Read more ›
My old Buffalo wireless router died and I bought this as a replacement. Setting the unit and network was very easy. Read more ›
For people who don't have or need to have much esperience with home networking this is PERFECT. This was SO EASY to install. Read more ›
No problems whatsoever. Be sure to change your router settings and set up Network Security so your wireless network is somewhat secure. Read more ›
Everything looked really straight forward until an error message…There was no way to proceed that didn't generate the same error and my network was not working at all. S… Read more ›
The distance of the card and the router is long but the signal remains stable. With the Linksys card the installation of the network is easy and fast. With another kind of… Read more ›
Pair this router with a Linksys extender (read the reviews for the Linksys extender for setup help as the included documentation is horrible) and your home network is good… Read more ›
It very easy to setup and has excellent reliability. The price is very good as well. Read more ›
I bought this wireless router 6 months ago. The price is quite pleasant. The installation is very easy since Linksys provide a hassle-free guidance CD. Read more ›
They are hard wired into it; it was a very easy thing to do if you're not a…The price was good and much better than renting one from my cable company for $70-90 a mo. T… Read more ›
It was easy to configure and I have no complaints at all. The price is exceptional considering what it does. Read more ›
So it's easy to hook up and install and it works great and it's price is good, BUT Read more ›
The range is terrific, I am using this for my home and I was transferring at 50+mbs from my backyard. Easy to configure, and the price is right, great technical support. I… Read more ›
I understand this router used to use a more open and flexible Linux…But Linksys really should specify that this product simply wasn't designed to work well with the Mac. Read more ›
Look: 8/10: The blue and black design looks good, but clashes a bit with my silver and black computer, but that's hardly a big complaint. Read more ›
Pure trash. Even the design is poor. My Net Gear router is less than half the size. Read more ›
By doing this, they took a product that was tested and debugged for a couple of years, which made it very stable, and changed it to one that was rushed out the door and is… Read more ›
Just follow the instructions carefully, it's all based on a CD that has everything you need to get you up and running…The dual anteanna is a plus and the design is slick. Read more ›
And other times, you have to waste 1-2 hours talking with technical support. The online setup/admin screen is also difficult to use because the passwords keep resetting. Whe… Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

345 of 362 people found the following review helpful By SoCalReviews on November 20, 2005
The Linksys WRT54G and WRT54GS routers have been the number one most popular wireless router devices available for the past few years. So this begs the question why Cisco would snatch defeat from the jaws of victory by needlessly changing an almost perfect product. The fact is that versions 1 -4 of the G and the GS (with Speedboost) versions of this router were fantastic. Those earlier routers run a flexible and powerful Linux based firmware that has been perfected for the past few years a numerous updates and tweaks. However, the earlier WRT54G product has now been replaced with a less powerful wireless product (version 5) that has had its onboard flash RAM chopped in half from 4MB to 2MB and its system RAM cut from 16MB to 8MB. Instead of the flexible, reliable and powerful Linux firmware the new WRT54G version 5 routers run the licensed VxWorks firmware instead. There is nothing wrong with using VxWorks and over time Cisco will probably work out the bugs but for now the newest wireless routers are not reliable.

Why would Cisco do this to its most popular Linksys brand of wireless routers ? Apparently it might be a case where the first four versions were too flexible for their own good. The open source Linux firmware with the large amount of flash and system memory was attractive to many third party independent software developers that were turning the WRT54G and GS routers into powerhouse micro Linux wireless computers with a functionality approaching and often surpassing the $600+ wireless routers that Cisco sells. There might also have been an excess number of product warranty returns for the WRT54G routers due to so many people flashing them with non-Linksys third party firmware that sometimes can "brick" a router or make it unusable.
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207 of 221 people found the following review helpful By Yvo van Doorn on October 23, 2003
Note: I don't know if any of these "reviewers" have even checked for the updated firmware on Linksys' website. The new firmware version (currently 1.41) fixes a lot of the reported issues mentioned on this website. Linksys does not ship its routers with the updated firmware as it costs too much to recall every single router in all the stores just to flash to the newest version.
Anyways this product has a great range. I currently have two 802.11b adapters and a 802.11g adapter and they perform excellent in my environment. Quite amazing because my house is literred with 2.4ghz phones. Also I have 3 computers using the "wired" ports. All devices seemlessy interact with each other. Of course transfers are a little slower to any of the wireless devices (excluding the 802.11g device). I have had no connection drops and the unit is a lot colder than my previous router (the BEFSR41W). My old router used to warm up a lot but this one doesn't suffer from that issue.
I definitely recommend this product to anyone looking to buy an excellent router backed with excellent support. Unlike many other companies Linksys updates their firmware quite often with new features.
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120 of 127 people found the following review helpful By Jack on January 25, 2003
After being a happy owner of linksys router for several years, I order this router and one g card the day it's available.
I got it to work within 10 minutes using all the defaults and the quick installation guides on my VAIO running XP. Well prior experience sure helps here in getting the router configured via the web interface.
It takes another couple hours to get my self familar with the technology, i.e., RTFM. Here are a couple things you definitely need to do to lock it down unless you want to be an ISP for your neighbors :)
(1) First it is wide open using the default. Change the SSID to something else other than linksys and turn off the broadcasting of SSID.
(2) Enable 128 bit WEP fast.
(3) Lock down the mac address so only your g (or b...) cards can talk to the router.
(4) While at it, you may as well change the channel.
Other than these, I am very happy with it.
Have fun surfing....
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655 of 722 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 10, 2003
I bought my WRT54G and WPC54G back in Jan/Feb. I had a wired Linksys 4-port router for YEARS and it was a SOLID performer.
Setup for the WRT54G required some aches and pains. Granted they tell you right on the box that it is based on draft protocols, but I would have straightened a few problems myself with clearer communication or documentation from Linksys. Registration for this product should include subscription to a technical e-mail list notifying users of firmware and driver updates as well as the lates technical articles and an 802.11g ratification update. I don't mind that the product is based on "draft" protocols, but proactively notify me about updates! You can even use the .NET Alerts to IM me about new firmware!
It was after I performed a firmware upgrade that I started to encounter problems maintaining a connection with the router. I upgraded to enable the SocketCom 802.11b CF NIC for my iPAQ to use the WRT54G. The upgrade is mandatory for many 802.11b devices to hear the WRT54G and I believe it's the standard shipping firmware now.
Anyways, after I upgraded, my WPC54G started dropping connection every 4-5 minutes. I could manually force XP to reconnect only to find myself disconnected 4-5 minutes later. It was HIGHLY annoying and made the wireless useless.
I just got off the phone with LinkSys support (yes, at 2am EST Wednesday and a 1-800 number!) and they recommended unchecking the "Enable IEEE 802.1x authentication for this network". Voila! I've been connected continuously ever since.
A previous technician told me via LinkSys online support chat, that I should try changing channels. But he could not tell me why this would fix the problem. Of course, it did not work.
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