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This review is from: Linksys WRT54GL Wi-Fi Wireless-G Broadband Router (Personal Computers)
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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Initial post: Jul 13, 2007 8:47:06 AM PDT
Lloyd Christmas says:
Thank you very much for a very informative and thorough review.
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 1, 2010 11:01:20 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 1, 2010 11:11:59 PM PDT
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 14, 2010 6:08:26 PM PDT
Heather McFarland says:
Wow. Someone sounds anal.
Posted on Oct 21, 2010 9:16:41 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Oct 21, 2010 9:21:14 PM PDT
MAC filtering is of little value given how wireless devices function.
Such a setting puts needless strain on an already limited appliance.
> received an excellent signal and throughput of 100 KB/sec
> ([vs] 300 KB/sec when I connect straight to the DSL modem)
my you are tolerant receiving merely one third of contracted bandwidth! Encryption does reduce maximum potential bandwidth but that is not likely the limiting factor here.
"your" potential bandwidth is impinged by neighbor's wireless Access Points and their respective clients.
> unique name for the access point
the more complex your SSID name the better your WPA2 salt will be ;)
no amount of hackery will overcome switch bandwidth bottlenecks of this device
this router is 'best' with LOW bandwidth requirements and FEW configuration customizations above (third party) defaults.
compare hardware differences (especially chipset, ram vs flash)
if link removed interweb search: dd-wrt router comparison
Posted on Dec 26, 2010 2:03:59 PM PST
Amazon Customer says:
Your review was really helpful and you obviously know your stuff! I feel a bit clueless when it comes to home wireless and was wondering if you could help me. I get a wireless signal from a coffeehouse across the street, but it doesn't reach throughout my apartment...I must be on the outer edge of the signal. Anyway, if I were to buy this router, would I then be able to have wireless everywhere? Do I have to get some monthly-fee wireless deal in addition to this router?
Thanks in advance for any help you can offer!
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 4, 2011 3:20:26 PM PST
David S. says:
@ Professional Electrician - The review never implied you are completely safe connecting to the internet using this router.
You're coming off as a typical coffee sipping pseudo-intellectual yourself.
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 10, 2011 7:57:17 PM PST
Larry M. York says:
Wireless routers are used for when you buy an internet service such as cable or DSL. They do not expand the range of an existing wireless network. As far as I know you can't do anything to extend the coffeehouse's range in your apartment. But you could pay for internet.
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 11, 2011 5:58:28 AM PST
Amazon Customer says:
Okay, thanks Larry!
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 22, 2011 6:42:53 PM PST
Actually many wireless routers can help you to extend the range of the coffeehouse signal. The technology is called Wireless Distribution System (WDS). I'm not sure if standard firmware for WRT54GL supports it, but many popular third-party firmwares (dd-wrt, tomato) can do it.
However please note that most free internet APs don't enable any wireless security, so your traffic will be visible for anybody in the range.
In reply to an earlier post on Mar 22, 2011 10:21:38 PM PDT
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