Price range: $64.00 - $99.99 from 53 Seller with a available.
Average user reviews:
Description:The Wireless-G Broadband Router with SpeedBooster incorporates the next generation of Wireless-G. SpeedBooster technology is a compatible add-on to standard Wireless-G, which increases "real-world" wireless network performance by up to 30%..Reviewed by: bibelot from CA on Dec 16, 2004
Experience: 3 Weeks
Strengths: Works - Works well!
Weaknesses: None I've come across
Summary: What can I say, this router was easy to set up and works like a champ. I've always had good experiences with Linksys and will continue to purchase their goods.
Reviewed by: corthell from OR on Dec 8, 2004
Experience: 8 Months
Strengths: Great signal strength, have 80% signal 4 rooms and 1 story away.
Weaknesses: 802.11B doesn't support many "high security" levels, so devices (PDA's especially) which don't yet use 802.11G will require you to bust security down to 128 bit WEP.
Summary: I really like this router, I bought it the day it became available at BestBuy (April 2004); in fact I bought this about 2 weeks before I bought my wireless card for it ;)...
The built in router is definitely nice, I myself reserve the ports on the router for daisy chaining to other devices (switches and my Vonage router).
I would recommend this to anyone who wants a high security wireless system, and even those running Personal Telco. It's powerful where it needs to be, and easy to use where it's needed.
My only beef is that you only get to forward 10 different port ranges.
Reviewed by: wdrobby from FL on Apr 15, 2005
Experience: 3 Weeks
Strengths: Easy to use, Good security features.
Weaknesses: Range could be better
Summary: This router is very easy to use, The range could be better. With a "speedbooster" card for your notebook ($80 at bestbuy) you can get better range and use the speedboosting. I highly remend this router for the price. This is my third Linksys product, I am very satisfied with the line.
Reviewed by: Diamond_Dave_ from MD on Apr 4, 2005
Experience: 3 Weeks
Strengths: Good performance when running.
Weaknesses: 1st unit died within 14 hours of initial installation. RMA process is terrible since it requires the customer to pay for shipping, when the faulty equipmet is the manufacturer's fault.
Summary: PLEASE do yourself a favor and only buy a product like this from a local store or a site that will guarantee shipping for RMA swap. These units are great when they are working, but they can easily fry; whether it be because of a power surge or even a heavy electrical storm. Do yourself a favor and do not skimp on surge protection on power AND rj45 ports.
Reviewed by: philster from CO on May 7, 2005
Experience: 2 Months
Strengths: Good Distance ability and speed, WPA-PSK Encryption and others, Great Tutorial info
Weaknesses: No wall mounting bracket.
Summary: (Edited May 07th by philster) I recently purchased the Linksys WRT54GS router and 2 WMP54GS PCI adapters cards for my 2 desktop pcs. In short, they work great. I get connection speeds from 54 - 125 MHz on both computers, one on the same floor, one upstairs. I use the router to connect to my DSL modem which came with my Earthlink DSL subscription. I knew almost nothing about the wireless security so I was a little hesitant to go wireless - not a problem at all. Linksys has a great tutorial on their website which explains the different types of encryption. Instead of the old WEP, I switched to WPA-PSK which is much more secure (my old wireless card, SMC 54Mhz would not support the new WPA standard). When you logon to your router (much like a website) it even has its own tutorial info if you need it. I got the system up and running right away. It did take me a couple hours of reading up on the encryption stuff to get up to speed on that though. Summary: It works great. I highly recommend.
Reviewed by: joshjohnson72 from CA on Jun 27, 2004
Experience: 5 Days
Strengths: Very fast speeds, and strong signal throughout my 2000 sq/ft house. Works great with my Netgear b/g pc card. Nothing beats working from your backyard. =)
Weaknesses: Strong security not enabled by default. No complete list of updates for their firmware, only incremental.
Summary: This wireless router is great. I was able to install it and have it connected to my laptop wirelessly in about 30 minutes. It would've been 2 minutes, but I'm security conscious and made sure to immediately 1) change the default password 2) enable 128bit WEP encryption 3) update to the latest firmware 4) set port forwarding for ports 80 and 443 to redirect to a non-existant ip address. The last step was to guard against a weakness in the admin security with remote administration. It may have been fixed in a firmware update, but I found no mention of it, and better safe than sorry. Wireless is great, but know what you're doing!
Reviewed by: cakier from CT on Jul 16, 2004
Experience: 30 Days
Strengths: Runs Linux, easy to upgrade, strong signal coverage, fast
Weaknesses: The default web UI could use a little more work, but custom firmware solves this for the most part
Summary: This wireless router is a dream. The main reason I bought it is because it runs linux and is highly configurable, especially if one installs one of the custom firmwares available on various websites. Just like the WRT54G, this router has a huge community and following, which I value a lot. Despite not having a "speedboost" wireless card, wireless connections are still very fast. I'm also pleased with the security settings available on this router, which is very important on a wireless router.
Reviewed by: dkilper from MO on Jun 14, 2004
Experience: 5 Days
Strengths: Great speed- I can't even tell I'm not hard-wired into my wall outlet!
Weaknesses: Setup instructions leave a lot to be desired.
Summary: This product works like a charm! The speed is incredible and there is no interference with other devices in my apartment (i.e., cordless phones). Very impressed with performance.
Setup disks did not work at all- they could not detect my active internet detection. Manual, step by step installation from the instruction card was necessary. Also, be advised- the router has to be installed before the card, or else your computer will not pick up the signal!
Reviewed by: jdepew from VA on May 16, 2004
Experience: 8 Days
Strengths: Builds on the strenghts of the WRT54Gv2 by adding SpeedBooster (Broadcom's Afterburner technology for 35% father throughput on 802.11g) and twice the Flash and System RAM.
Weaknesses: 12V power supply makes it incompatible with Linksys WAPPOE Power over Ethernet kit.
Summary: This highly flexible router is great for both networking novices and home networking gurus. For the power user there are TONS of features that can be added through 3rd party firmware (www.linksysinfo.org for Linksys Users Group & firmware info). For the novice, the router is plug and play. I purchased the WRT54GS to complement my current WRT54G v1.0 in a WDS network. So far, the GS only seems faster and more stable - a great evolution of an already great product!
Reviewed by: mercyboy from NY on Jun 8, 2004
Experience: 2 Days
Strengths: signal, ease of use, style
Summary: I'm a huge fan of Linksys products, and the takeover by Cisco doesn't seem to have damaged them in any way. This product is pretty much 100% advertised for Windows users, but I also use it for my Apple computers (Airport/AirportExtreme enabled) and have no problem whatsoever. It's very easy to install, and the web-based administrative interface is full of features that you can grow into or just ignore. I already had a Linksys router for years with the sambe stackable design, but added this one to it so I could start my wireless network. The connection speed is very fast, and for simple things like email or web surfing, there is no noticable difference between this and my wired computers. Even with downloads, it's very fast.
Reviewed by: packylyden on Jul 19, 2004
Experience: 14 Days
Strengths: - Strong clear signal - No interference with 2.4GHz phone - No problems with connectivity - Connected VoIP phone without a hitch
Weaknesses: - Would not play with Asante wireless card - Had to use Linksys brand card
Summary: I have had no problems with the router and the connectivity thus far. Only time will tell if things will get ugly. I am not sure if the Speedbooster is actually boosting anything.
Reviewed by: jarrattbell from TN on Jun 12, 2004
Experience: 4 Months
Strengths: Reliability and great price
Summary: This linksys router is very reliable. I just ordered an additional one for my home after using it successfully at the office for several months. For the price, this item really can't be beaten.
Reviewed by: aluri from VA on Mar 6, 2005
Experience: 3 Months
Strengths: Good Signal Strength.
Weaknesses: Little bit expensive.
Summary: (Edited March 17th by aluri) Installing was very easy. Wireless range is excellent. Network speed is high. I use different cards including Cisco Aironet, Linksys and Netgear PC cards with this router. All cards works great with this router. I can get 95% of cable modem bandwidth on the note book computers even if I use 128 bit encryption on my router. I would recommend this to anyone.
Reviewed by: wecotu from MO on Jul 5, 2004
Experience: 1 Weeks
Strengths: Easy to setup, strong signal.
Summary: I had a d-link DI-614+ wireless router before this one. The DI-614+ sometimes stop working when I use eDonkey for a long time. Had no problem with this linksys router at all. Signal is strong and I can go online with my laptop in my backyard. Setup up is very easy if you did that before. Highly recommended.
Reviewed by: hj5wib from FL on Jun 11, 2004
Experience: 14 Days
Strengths: Works great, fast and works in every area of my apt.
Weaknesses: none yet.
Summary: I recently purchased a dell laptop and i really dont know about routers, so i asked around and everybody gave me good comments about the Linksys WIRELESS G BROADBAND ROUTER WITH SPEEDBOOSTER, therefor i searched around for prices and pricegarbber defenetly had the best price, but not only the price was great, the service was very helpful; i got the best price and i recieved it promtly.
Reviewed by: phil41102 from KY on May 3, 2004
Experience: 2 Months
Strengths: Inexpensive, parental controls, easy setup
Weaknesses: Poor technical support, parental controls didn't work at first.
Summary: (Edited August 15th by phil41102) I was using a Netgear 802.11b router and wanted to move up to a 802.11g router. I was going to buy another Netgear router until I read about the parental control feature of the WRT54GS router. This feature requires you to pay a subscription but I thought it would be well worth it. My son has his own computer which I had parental control software installed on. This software worked great but when he used the computer in the familyroom there was no protection. With this Linksys router whenever he opens a browser he has to sign on to the account I set up for him; he's protected no mater what computer on the network he uses. This worked for about a week then it quit working. It works by somehow using Netopia's server which evidentially goes down a lot. The router is very easy to set up and the parental controls is very customizable; I just wish it would work all the time. Tech support is no help. --- They must have worked out their problem with the Parental Controls because it works great now.
Reviewed by: rempizo from CA on Jun 1, 2004
Experience: 4 Days
Strengths: Easy setup. Simple installation.
Weaknesses: Web base configuration was a little confusing.
Summary: Great product. Range was perfect for my applications. Easy setup/installation. The replacement of the old router with this one was trasparent. Web base configuration was a little tricky to follow/understand.
Reviewed by: shimman0 on Apr 29, 2004
Experience: 20 Days
Strengths: easy settings good processing power speedboost works but only under win2k/xp with speedboost enabled equipments fair supports (800 24/7) can be hacked w/ linux source code from linksys reliable
Weaknesses: not certified wifi equipments signal weakens quicker than others as getting far away from it ugly & big no speed boost for non xp/2k os
Summary: this is inexpensive 802.11g with speed boost which only works with other speed boost enabled equipments & quite expensive. fairly fast & reliable no crash for 20 days so far. 802.11b router from linksys crashed about once every 2 weeks not bad compare to microsoft routers
very ugly looking especially when it was setup vertically. not good coverage distance. no performance hit with encryption no printer server or usb ports for external hard disk drives @ same price you can also get printer server from smc or io gear without speed boost
Reviewed by: mrmoonlyt from DE on Jun 7, 2004
Experience: 4 Months
Strengths: easy setup - excellent tech support
Summary: I have had the DLink superG for about 4 or 5 months now. It was working flawlessly with my old dell laptop. However, when I got my new laptop with XP Pro, it gave me some problems. I tried to suffer with it for a while before actually calling tech support. When I did call, the were extremely friendly and helpful. I actually talked to someone in California and not India or the Philippines. Nice to know they don't offshore tech support! The service tech walked me through the configurations needed to make the router work properly and gave me a case id number if I have problems in the future. Great support staff. I'd reccomend DLink to anyone.
Reviewed by: SPJ from MN on Aug 16, 2004
Experience: 1 Days
Strengths: The product works
Weaknesses: The customer service is completely incompetent
Summary: I can not believe the incompetence of Linksys's customer service. After setting up a wired/wireless network I called for help making it secure. 4 hours and 4 phone calls later my internet service didn't work, my network didn't work, my internet service didn't work, my router didn't work, and Linksys said it was a faulty system (it had worked before I called for help). I had to call Earthlink to fix the internet connection and then bought a Motorola. They had it fixed and secure in 15 minutes. I told a friend this story and she said she had a friend with a similar Linksys customer service nightmare. Beware!
Reviewed by: dharvey24 from SC on May 9, 2004
Experience: 3 Days
Strengths: Takes up little space, easy install, straight forward instructions, great customer support, easy to read indicator lights
Weaknesses: none that I've found
Summary: I researched several wireless routers and found the Linksys WIRELESS G BROADBAND ROUTER WITH SPEEDBOOSTER the best one to fit my needs. Also, I found the test results at rated the Linksys WIRELESS G BROADBAND ROUTER WITH SPEEDBOOSTER as having the best performance. This is the first router I've owned, and I was very pleased with how quickly I was able to set it up. Calling the customer support number, I was able to speak to a representative in a short amount of time and all of my questions were answered quickly and efficiently. I highly recommend this router to anyone in the market for a wireless router.
Reviewed by: ramono from TX on Feb 3, 2005
Experience: 99 Months
Strengths: EASY TO INSTALL, FAST
Weaknesses: DISCONNECTS FRECUENTLY
Summary: (Edited February 03rd by ramono) I USED TO HAVE A WIRED LINKSYS ROUTER AND WAS VERY HAPPY UNTIL I DECIDED TO GO WIRELESS!!...SURPRISE! IT STILL FAST, EASY TO INSTALL AND BLUE, BUT THATS IT...IT IS REALLY REALLY UNCOMFORTABLE TO HAVE GET DISCONNECTED CONTINUOSLY...ALSO IT IS TRUE THAT THE LINKSYS SUPPORT ALWAYS ANSWER AND EMAIL BACK, BUT THE SAME ANSWER DOESNT HELP...UPGRADE FIRMWARE, CHECK SOME SEVERAL SETTINGS OVER AND OVER THE SAME ANSWER.
TRIED THE MICROVAWE, CORDLESS PHONE, TV, EXCHENGE IT,EVEN THE GAS STOVE, YOU NAME IT, CANT FIND WHAT IS CAUSING INTERFERENCE.
I AM GOING TO TRASH IT VERY SOON.....WONT BUY WIRELESS LINKSYS NEVER AGAING IN MY LIFE.
Reviewed by: oof_ow from CA on May 15, 2005
Experience: 1 Weeks
Summary: Point of comparison is a Linksys BEFSR41 v2 (The most popular wired Linksys router out there)
Here's something interesting that other reviews may not have covered:
The WRG54GS router's built-in software (when you type in 192.168.1.1 in your browser) has better visual appeal than older routers, has a better user interface, and loads faster too when you click a button.