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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 (10/100 WAN) with 4 Ethernet wired (10/100 switched LAN ;Compliant with the IEEE 802.11b/g protocol
- Max. Link Rate:54 Mbps; Has 2 External Antennas ; supports WPA2 standards for use of the available encryption regardless of client devices and features a built-in SPI firewall to prevent potential attacks from the Internet
- Interface: Ethernet Port
- Platform Compatibility: Windows XP , Windows Vista 32/64 ; package includes router and no modem
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- Brand Name: Linksys
- Model Number: WRT54GL
- Connectivity Technology: wireless
- Number of Ports: 4
- Network Transport Protocol: TCP/IP
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|Item Weight||1.65 lbs||1.39 lbs||1.6 lbs||1.21 lbs|
|Data Transfer Rate||54 Mb per second||1,200 Mb per second||300 Mb per second||150 Mb per second|
|Item Dimensions||10 x 9.75 x 2.8 in||7.2 x 4.9 x 1.3 in||7.87 x 5.51 x 1.1 in||4.7 x 6.9 x 1.1 in|
|Total LAN Ports||4||Information not provided||4||4|
|Wireless Compability||802.11 B/G||802.11 A/C, 5.8 GHz Radio Frequency, 802.11 a/b/g/n||802.11bgn||802.11 B/G|
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From the Manufacturer
Linksys WRT router is versatile and customizable.
WRT54GL Wi-Fi Wireless-G Router
At a Glance:
- Linux-based, open-source firmware allows you to customize your device
- Four Fast Ethernet ports to extend your wired network
- Wireless speeds up to 54 Mbps, supporting 802.11b and 802.11g
- WPA2 wireless encryption and SPI firewall for security
- Parental controls offer easy-to-configure restricted Internet access
Linksys WRT54GL Wi-Fi Wireless-G Router
Versatile Router Also Functions as Access Point and Switch
The Linksys WRT54GL Wireless-G Router delivers the functionality of three network devices in one. When used as a wireless access point, the WRT54GL delivers wireless data transfer rates up to 54 Mbps, supporting Wireless-G and Wireless-B devices.
Full-duplex Fast Ethernet ports enable you to connect up to four wired Ethernet devices to scale your network to best fit your needs, while the router functionality ties your network together to share a high-speed cable or DSL connection securely throughout your home or office.
Open Source Firmware for Custom Configurations
While the Linksys WRT54GL comes with ready-to-use firmware that allows you to control and extend your network, open source, Linux-based firmware can also be modified to provide additional customization. With easy-to-find tools readily available online, you can transform the WRT54GL into a commercial-grade wireless device featuring enterprise-level functionality with minimal effort and minimal cost.
Wired Connections Expand Your Network
Equipped with four full-duplex Fast Ethernet ports, the WRT54GL allows you to further extend your network to fit your needs. For small networks, simply connect four computers directly to the router, or expand your wired access by connecting additional network hardware. The WRT54GL is designed to be physically stackable, allowing you to mount additional WRT54GL routers to further expand your network.
Security Features Provide a Safe Connection
Featuring a full suite of advanced security features, the Linksys WRT54GL provides you with a safe way to stay connected. A combination of WPA2 encryption and SPI firewall offer enhanced wireless security for your Wi-Fi connected devices, while Internet Access Restrictions enable you to limit Web usage in your home. Thanks to a convenient browser-based interface, configuring secure access is a simple task, allowing the whole family to surf with peace of mind.
Easy 1-2-3 Setup
Getting the WRT54GL up and running is simple. Just plug the router into a power source, connect it to your Internet modem and your computer or laptop, then run the Setup Wizard on the included CD-ROM and follow the instructions.
Top Customer Reviews
First i would like to start by saying i absolutely love this router. Its WIFI range is great, its dual band so i have choices and i can set up a guest network with the click of my mouse. It has a friendly User interface that allows everyday users to make changes as they see fit. It also allows for media prioritization by simply dragging your computer, or any device to the top of the list or to a separate list. This will ensure that no matter how many devices are connected your chosen device will always get what bandwidth it needs.
Now The IMPORTANT part.
Some people including myself have found that the speed coming out of the router to the devices was not as advertised from my Cable company. Directly from the Modem i received 100 MB down but the moment i used the router i was getting only 30. I even used the Built in speed test app in the router. After hours of hunting for the problem i discovered the culprit. The router comes pre programmed to Cap the at 30 MB.
HAVE NO FEAR, the solution is simple.
1: Log in to you router at 192.168.1.1 (assuming you did not change it.)
2: Click the media prioritization tab on the left.
3: Click setting (see attached picture)
4: Change the number. to whatever your max limit is. 0 may be unlimited though i have not tried this i just raised mine from 30000 to 120000
Enjoy the router!
It has been more than 3 months since I set up this router and I haven't had any problem. - 8/16/06
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
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.
There are two things I'm interested in with a WiFi router. 1) How easy is it to setup. 2) How fast is it.
If you don't like reading long detailed reviews here is the synopsis: The setup was easy, the signal strength was good, and the data transfer rates were good. I recommend this router.
If you like more detail read on...
This is the easiest to setup router I've ever used, and I've had perhaps 10 WiFi routers over the years. I disconnected the previous router, connected all of the cables to this router, and powered it up. With a browser I went to address 192.168.1.1 and logged in (using the username and password from the documentation). I selected the automatic setup and went through a couple of steps, renaming the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz and setting my own choice of password. That was pretty much it. All of my WiFi devices just worked as did the 1TB hard drive I plugged into the USB port. I did have to map the 1TB drive to our computers which was an expected extra step.
This is a much more difficult thing to test. There are many variables and signal issues to consider. There are "channels", "bands", signal strength, and data transfer rates.
In the end, to give you the short version, I found this router to be better than the relatively new TP_Link AC router it will replace. But it isn't magic. It might take some experimentation to squeeze the best behavior out of this Linksys.
When using the 2.4GHz band other devices such as cordless phones and baby monitors can be on the same band and reduce the signal strength. When running WiFi tests on my smartphone one of the weakest channels is always the channel I'm on. That's because my phone is using a lot of the bandwidth on that channel and mode. That alone reduces the measured signal strength on that channel. Of course all of the neighbors have WiFi and several devices such as tablets, laptops, smartphones, ROKU, and other devices that can interfere with the available signal strength.
We are on a cable modem, not a DSL line. DSL offers slower data rates but the data rate is constant. With DSL you're not sharing the bandwidth with your neighbors. With cable we share the bandwidth with many other people so the bandwidth increases and decreases as other people in the neighborhood use the internet.
So trying to evaluate one WiFi router vs another isn't easy because so many things can cause signal strength and data rate variations during testing. But there isn't much I can do about that so I just went ahead and ran the two tests at my disposal. One is an app on my smartphone called WiFi Analyzer, and the other is the widely known SpeedTest.
My test method was this: I first ran tests using my old WiFi Router. I went to the four corners of our tract home lot. At each corner I ran both the WiFi Analyzer and SpeedTest, recording the results. I then replaced the old TP-Link AC1200 WiFi router with this Linksys WRT AC1900 Dual-Band Smart WiFi Router and ran the tests again. We live in a single story detached wood frame home. The WiFi router is mounted somewhat off center of the house on top of a 6' high wood cabinet.
I ran most of the tests on the 2.4GHz band because I have some devices that only run on that band. I did do one test on the 5GHz band and the results were good, but as the old TP-Link router didn't have a "B" mode 5GHz WiFi option I could not run comparison tests. I have zero devices with the new AC mode so could run no tests at all for that mode. I suspect most people have no or few AC mode devices. AC devices have been out for a while but I have not had a need to replace any of our devices and many new devices still don't come with the AC mode. We've installed two WiFi printers recently and both only have the 2.4GHz band.
The results were far less than positive for the Linksys in terms of signal strength at first. So I fiddled with two variables.
The first change I tried was to install High Gain antennas on the Linksys replacing the four small antennas included. I had previously installed the new High Gain antennas on the TP-Link, which at the time made very little difference while running the same tests. I took the High Gain, much larger, antennas off the TP-Link and installed them on the new Linksys. The results were worse than the stock antennas. Length of the antenna isn't an indicator of a better signal. I have a background in electronics and spent 4 years on military radar so I understand antennas are tuned. My advice to myself and others is don't waste your money on high gain antennas.
The second change I made was to the channel. The TP-Link router had automatically chosen channel 6, but the new Linksys had automatically chosen channel 1. So, after achieving poor results on channel 1, I modified the Linksys to also use channel 6, and then reran the tests. This was more like comparing apples to apples. In this case the Linksys was superior, but I have to wonder why it would have selected channel 1 which was weaker. I will post photos of the screenshots showing the signal strength comparisons.
The next test was SpeedTest. It's important to note that signal strength and data throughput are linked but somewhat independent. It is quite possible to have a weak signal but fast upload and download speed.
In almost all cases the new Linksys router provided faster download speeds than the TP-Link. So the new Linksys came through in my case.
Before going on to other features of the Linksys, what would I choose? At this point I favor the new Linksys for better signal strength and data speed. I will post a 'photo' of the small spreadsheet I put together from the data I collected. But here is a brief limited comparison. These results were with both routers on channel 6.
Location 1: TP_Link download 14.04 Mbps, signal strength 3/10.
Linksys download 17.76 Mbps, signal strength 3/10
Location 2: TP_Link download 12.24 Mbps, signal strength 1/10
Linksys download 22.56 Mbps, signal strength 3/10
Location 3: TP_Link download 8.38 Mbps, signal strength 2.0/10
Linksys download 5.06 Mbps, signal strength 2.5/10
Location 4: TP_Link download 17.51 Mbps, signal strength 0/10
Linksys download 21.04 Mbps, signal strength 3/10
Both my old router and the Linksys are gigabit routers. However in our house we keep a 1TB hard drive connected to the router so we can have central access from multiple computers. We've done that by plugging a small hard drive into the USB port of the router, creating a cheap NAS. The old TP_Link has only a USB 2.0 port while this Linksys has a USB 3.0 port which is a big improvement, being 10 times faster. This is huge for us. It will provide faster access for all files, and much faster backup to that drive.
So the bottom line for us is, in most cases around our house, we will have faster download speeds, and better signal strength, with the new Linksys. Also we will have much faster access to the data on the hard drive connected to the router.
I would guess if you have AC mode WiFi devices you'd be quite happy to have this router. Sorry I could not do any tests on that mode. For any devices we buy in the future I'll be looking for those with the AC WiFi feature.
I also like the Guest WiFi account which gives my guests access to the internet, but not to our home network. It is password protected so not just anyone can use it.