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
- Hardware Platform: Pc
- Connectivity Technology: wireless
- Number of Ports: 4
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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
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.
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I was having Wifi coverage issues with the Frontier provided router/modem located in back bedroom. Moved network closet to center of house and installed this new router. Read morePublished 23 hours ago by Amazon Customer
No better than linksys ea3500 in terms of speed or coverage. Replaced EA3500 with this, not worth the price.Published 1 day ago by B. Patel
The technology is a bit dated, but it works as it was designed to do. It's range could be a little better and the user interface is a little confusing at first. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Quad Flyer
Works great. Huge improvement from my old linksys, which was 12 years old.Published 3 days ago by dan dougherty
I've been a staunch user of Linksys products for many years. After using this for a week, I experienced dropped WiFi connections. Read morePublished 3 days ago by Hey Rob....
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