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Linksys WRT54GL Wi-Fi Wireless-G Broadband Router

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  • Linux-based Internet-sharing Router with built-in 4-port Switch and Wireless-G Access Point
  • Shares a single Internet connection and other resources with Ethernet wired and Wireless-G and -B devices
  • Includes four Fast Ethernet ports for your wired computers and devices
  • Wireless signals are protected by industrial-strength WPA2 encryption, and your network is protected from most known Internet attacks by a powerful SPI firewall
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Linksys
  • Model: WRT54GL
  • Hardware Platform: Pc
  • Connectivity Technology: Wireless
  • Number of Ports: 4
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 10 x 2.8 inches ; 7.2 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 2.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000BTL0OA
  • Item model number: WRT54GL
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2,069 customer reviews)
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  • Date first available at Amazon.com: April 11, 2006

Product Description

From the Manufacturer

The Linksys Wireless-G Broadband Router is really three devices in one box. First, there's the Wireless Access Point, which lets you connect both screaming fast Wireless-G (802.11g at 54Mbps) and Wireless-B (802.11b at 11Mbps) devices to the network.


The Linksys-Cisco WRT54GL offers great performance and ease of use -- plus Linux compatibility. See it in detail: front and rear.
There's also a built-in 4-port full-duplex 10/100 Switch to connect your wired-Ethernet devices together. Connect four PCs directly, or attach 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.

Once your computers are connected to the Router and the Internet, they can communicate with each other too, sharing resources and files. All your computers can print on a shared printer connected anywhere in the house. And your computers can share all kinds of files -- music, digital pictures, and documents. Keep all your digital music on one computer, and listen to it anywhere in the house. Organize all of your family's digital pictures in one place, to simplify finding the ones you want, and easing backup to CD-R. Utilize extra free space on one computer when another's hard drive starts to fill up.

The new push button setup feature makes it easy to configure your wireless devices. Just push the button on the router and on your other SecureEasySetup-enabled wireless device to automatically create an encryption-secured wireless connection. TKIP and AES protects your data and privacy with up to 128-bit industrial-strength encryption. The Router can serve as a DHCP Server, has a powerful SPI firewall to protect your PCs against intruders and most known Internet attacks, supports VPN pass-through, and can be configured to filter internal users' access to the Internet. Advanced configuration is a snap with the web browser-based interface.

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 multi-player games with flexibility, speed, security and simplicity!

Product Description

The Linksys Wireless-G Broadband Router is really three devices in one box. First, theres the Wireless Access Point, which lets you connect both screaming fast Wireless-G (802.11g at 54Mbps) and Wireless-B (802.11b at 11Mbps) devices to the network. Theres also a built-in 4-port full-duplex 10/100 Switch to connect your wired-Ethernet devices together. Connect four PCs directly, or attach 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. Once your computers are connected to the Router and the Internet, they can communicate with each other too, sharing resources and files. All your computers can print on a shared printer connected anywhere in the house.Power Requirements: DC: 12VDC, Consumption: 0.5A.1 year hardware limited warranty, Lifetime award-winning online support tools.

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Customer Reviews

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Works great and set up is easy. Read more ›
It was firly esy to install and works well Read more ›
These classic Linksys routers work and great and have really good wireless range. Setup is pretty easy. I'm glad to see these are still around. Read more ›
Linksys is the best router anyone could buy. Set up is easy and fast and I now save so much money on my monthly mobile bill. I really needed this router. Read more ›
Had to call customer support to help set up a secure network. Outside of the trouble with setup it has been a great router. Read more ›
But this little beauty did the trick. Finding the cisco linksys admin code was a bit hard though and installing it was difficult for me... but i learned a lot. (Hopefully,… Read more ›
On stability & features - My old D-Link mysteriously dropped the Wireless connection while this…The stability is outstanding and so far, I did not have to reboot it at all. Read more ›
Unfortunately the second was not true for me -- simply following the instructions on the provided CD…That said, now that it's set up, the signal is indeed fantastic. I… Read more ›
The signal is strong, and we have no problem using our devices all over the house, we have upwards of 7+ devices connected (via wifi) pretty much all the time and we have… Read more ›
The 54MBps wireless connection speed is not spectacular by today's standards but the other side of the pipe is only 20MBps so there was no point in paying for something… Read more ›
I got this one for my mom, mainly because I have owned one for a few…Setup is easy, the range of signal is strong, and plenty of speed to handle multiple devices well. Read more ›
This router atleast from the day I installed didnot require 1 single restart. So that make me happy and the connection is good. Read more ›
At least the case disassembles easily, which allows for modding for hardware…No matter, the performance was great back in the day when 12mbit broadband was the norm. Th… Read more ›
The product performance is very good. The wireless internet was as fast as the internet connection from my provider. Read more ›
We have about 6-8 wireless devices connected but generally only 2 or 3 devices are used at a…Even then the performance is extremely poor, even if I sit right next to it. Read more ›
I was up and running in less than 15 minutes with the new router. Thus far, performance has been rock solid. Read more ›
I use it daily to connect a desktop & laptop. Its performance has been flawless for the four years we've used it. Easy instructions & installation. Read more ›
With a little troubleshooting, it worked perfectly. The speed isn't as good as a newer router, but it's perfectly good enough to watching streaming video and download files. S… Read more ›
Clearly a single router with better range is simpler. Hopefully, the two router setup does not require much maintenance. Read more ›
Works great. Range is very good. Is definitely reasonable in price. Read more ›
Range is good; I use it with a range extender though because I have it in the basement and we have an addition on a concrete slap at the far otherside of the house. Read more ›
- Weak signal in a 2-story home at approximately 3,200…The coverage is weaker at certain parts of the house not likely due to interference but solely on the router itself. Read more ›
I haven't experienced many dropped connections or bad performance. Because it is a 'g' router, the area coverage isn't as great as an 'n'. Also, it's an older model so it… Read more ›
It's very durable, has lasted during the hot summers (sometimes over 100 outside, but it was by a window for a couple years and still did well…It's range is really good. Read more ›
Even after following the directions on this…Trying to put in the original password to get it set up was a nightmare and then trying to change the password was even worse. Read more ›
Not the fastest router for sure but for the price u can't go wrong. No problems to report & security is easy to setup. Service from seller was excellent. Read more ›
Luckily we still have an PC in the basement, so I hooked it up…All the instructions, including naming the new network, setting the password, etc., were very easy to follow. Read more ›
These things are…I have set up probably 10 of these over the years and they run great without any trouble, If you want more advanced features, they work great with DDWRT. Read more ›
Strong signal, no drops, no interruptions. And the security and options are easy to set up and configure. Read more ›
I'm not going to write a lengthy review. Just want to say the router has worked flawlessly and the security is excellent. I've got it clamped down on a non-broadcasting,… Read more ›
On sale at 1/2 price it was cheaper than the Dynex I bought 5 years ago, plus it has wireless abilities. A name brand too. Read more ›
Otherwise I would recomend to anyone buying from this company. There prices are excellent. I suppose I acan find these 2 antenna if I furter persued this. Read more ›
I highly recommend it. It is very easy to install and the price is reasonable. Read more ›
I needed this router for my laptop network connection. The price was reasonable and the performance is terrific. Although the setup time was definitely more than what was… Read more ›
Full warranty received. Also the price is reasonable. Read more ›
Performance is as expected for the purpose it is being used for. The set up process did require some new software that was easy to locate and install. Read more ›
They were flashed with Tomato firmware…Seems that Linksys firmware is much improved these days but I'll go with what has been working well for me these past several years. Read more ›
This is a solid piece of equipment and sets up easily enough. The browser based interface is nice to work with. I changed our facility over to them and have four running on… Read more ›
The default firmware does work well enough for most applications, but is somewhat ho-hum for the specifics of the project I am using it in. Since dd-wrt is free, the stock… Read more ›
The stock firmware is lacking a couple of networking features that were on previous models - better logging, NTP options, etc. But really, for most people the stock… Read more ›
The user interface is perfect for small home networks. It is very user-friendly and easy to make any changes or tweaks. Read more ›
This wireless router makes it very convenient to use my mobile devices. Read more ›
Its data transmission speed is up to 54Mbps at a transmitting signal power…Its user interface software is easy to use but could be intimidating to a novice to WIFI systems. Read more ›
Perfect router to use when loading open source firmware. I have had many of these running DD-WRT as wireless access points at my, family and friends houses for over 8 years… Read more ›
A classic router that Is easy to use and setup. My first one went kaput after a year, but I replaced it with same model and it's been going strong for several years now. Read more ›
No trouble with the device, overclocking the signal to 80+. Device is quiet, easy to setup and easy to use for beginners as well as experts willing to flash it's firmware. Read more ›
Easy to set up and easy to use. It does what it is supposed to do. Read more ›
I chose Linksys since it's the wireless router my family had been using and it is still working after at least…Securing your network is very easy with this router as well. Read more ›
Put DD-WRT on it to…By doing so, we were able to share a 16meg connection with 14 people, and by using QOS settings, the network is fast 99% of the time for every user! Read more ›
The Netgear side of the network was still good, when this side of the connection went down. Read more ›
I went online to the Linksys website and they have really good info on how to avoid this and other issues so I fixed it and now my network is well protected. (so much for… Read more ›
The router comes with a Windows CD and seems to have very…My home network is fully Linux though and as it turned out, I didn't need the Windows CD at all for anything :-) Read more ›
All in all, my first experience with wireless networking was awesome, and the WRT54GL is worth every penny, even if the sorry people at linksys are pawning an old version… Read more ›
This replaced an older Linksys router. I needed a bit of help with the installation, tech support was good. This router does not drop connections, so I'm very happy with it. Read more ›
The device works fine. However, Linksys CUSTOMER SERVICE IS TERRIBLE. After spending more than 45 minutes on the phone, answering a lot of unrelated questions /and you have… Read more ›
Linksys is easy to install and setup. Telephone support is excellent. Read more ›
Had to spend over an hour on the phone with my…Have to say the Linksys customer service was good and stayed on the phone with me until everything was working perfectly. Read more ›
default IP address wouldn't work. tech support was great and after about a half hour had everything working properly. Read more ›
I'll recommend it. Customer support is great and it comes from Cisco. What else can I ask for. Read more ›
What the cluck does that mean? Shame on Cisco for such a poor design and shame on Amazon for selling outdated mechandise Read more ›
It could be that I am a dim-witted moron (many would confirm that admission) but there is a school of thought that says a well designed product needs no instruction manual… Read more ›
It could be that I am a dim-witted moron (many would confirm that admission) but there is…It could be inferred that the larger the instruction manual, the worse the design. Read more ›
My WRT54GL stopped working after 3 years and I just had a linksys wireless-G range expander stop working…It looks like they design these things with a limited lifetime. Read more ›
This thing (flashed with the linux based DD-WRT firmware) is, so-far, the best little router I've ever had. I love the status screens and features of DD-WRT. Highly… Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

209 of 212 people found the following review helpful By phoenix on June 23, 2006
Verified Purchase
I bought this router about 3 weeks ago to upgrade my Linksys BEFW11S4 802.11b router. The main thing I was looking for is the stability. So far, this router has been perfect, it hasn't dropped the connection yet. It also appears this router has much better range than my previous router. The product comes with a CD which has the installation guide on it. As usual, it's not well written.

Update:
It has been more than 3 months since I set up this router and I haven't had any problem. - 8/16/06

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This router has been in operation for 7 months and hasn't had any problem at all. Not even a single reboot. - 1/16/07
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622 of 648 people found the following review helpful By C. Petit on May 12, 2007
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This wireless router, besides supporting Linux firmware, is a tested and true wireless router with 802.11 b and g support. It supports WPA, WPA2 and the older WEP encryption schemes. In addition, it has a built-in firewall, MAC address filtering, and supports access policies (such as "don't allow FTP connections to this computer on Sundays").

When I installed this wireless router, setup was very straightforward (I did not use the Setup Wizard because it didn't work for me). I changed the IP address range (because the DSL modem uses the 192.168.1 address space), set the administrator password, chose a name for the Wireless network, enabled WPA2 encryption and picked a passphrase.

After that, I connected my laptop to the router right away, and received an excellent signal and throughput of 100 KB/sec (for comparison, my DSL connection maintains a throughput of 300 KB/sec when I connect straight to the DSL modem).

I've been using the router for several months now, and have not had any dropped connections (my older Netgear router dropped connections fairly frequently and did not support the newer WPA encryption scheme) and have consistent throughput. The router has been running constantly for these past few months.

For the real tech-heads, this router has customized Linux firmware available from third parties. I haven't tried this firmware, since the base Linksys firmware more than meets my needs.

Finally, good security practices are to: Change the administrator password, disable Universal Plug and Play, disable Remote administrative access, use a unique name for the access point, and if the network is only for a small number of personal devices (i.e. a laptop you own), enable MAC address filtering. A MAC address uniquely identifies a network card, so this only allows certain computers to access the network.
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101 of 104 people found the following review helpful By Tech Dude on January 17, 2010
The WRT54GL is essentially a reissue of the original and classic WRT54G router that LinkSys started selling in 2003. It is bullet-proof reliable and simply the most upgradeable router you can buy. You can not only purchase high gain antennas to increase its range, but it has the widest number of open source firmware options of any wireless router. I purchased mine and then replaced the factory LinkSys firmware with open source DD-WRT, which allowed me to increase the power output on the antenna and offered other advanced features. My wireless router is now used by my iPhone, a wireless printer and wireless laptop, and is wire-connected to a PC and a Sony PS3. It works perfectly and its throughput is excellent. I never have to reboot this router, as I have had to do with newer LinkSys 802.11n models. And I personally like the classic and timeless industrial design of this router over the newer "Darth Vader" designs that LinkSys has put out.

Obviously the big downside of this router is that it predates the newer 802.11n or "N-wireless" protocol. I'm a fairly tech-savvy user who always likes to get the latest and greatest in terms of equipment, but I've owned 802.11n routers and I always come back to this router because of its rock-solid reliability. What most people don't understand is that for most users, the true "bottleneck" of their wireless network is their connection to the Internet and not the speed of their wireless router. I use Comcast cable for my Internet connection, which is pretty fast (averaging about 8.5 mbps), but the LinkSys WRT54GL router can send and receive data at several times the speed of my Internet connection. That means that even if I had a newer 802.
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361 of 394 people found the following review helpful By C. Hansen on December 2, 2005
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I've bought close to a dozen of the earlier versions of these routers (WRT54G v2-v4) over the past few years as well as recommended them to my friends, and the ability to update and upgrade the flash memory with modified open source software is the reason why these routers deserve a wonderful reputation.

The modified software versions, such as HyperWRT and OpenWRT, Sveasoft, etc. have over the years provided capabilities that Linksys themselves didn't put in the box on their own, such as having routers that link up over the wireless connection, or routers that can work well in P2P applications with hundreds of active connections. Some of these features made it back into Linksys's official codebase over the years, helping to make this a Truly Great Product.

Linksys has chosen to eviscerate the memory of the latest version (v5) of the WRT54G to make it cheaper. This latest version doesn't have Linux inside and as others have reported isn't nearly as stable as earlier versions, nor is it in any condition to have the open source community help Linksys fix the problems. If you want The Little Blue Box That Could, you now have to buy the WRT54GL.
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