Linksys-Cisco WRT54GL Wireless-G Broadband Router (Compatible with Linux)
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Product Description

The Linksys WRT54GL Wireless-G Broadband Router combines the functionalities of three devices into a single device, a wireless access point, a four-port full-duplex 10/100 Mbps switch and a router. The wireless access point lets you connect Wireless-G or Wireless-B devices to the network while the switch connects your wired-Ethernet devices together. The router function ties it all together by letting your whole network share a high-speed cable or DSL Internet connection. The push button setup feature makes it easy to configure your wireless devices. The router serves as a DHCP server, includes an SPI firewall to protect against Internet intruders and also supports VPN pass-through. The WRT54GL even features TKIP and AES to protect your data and privacy with up to 128-bit encryption. 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. Status Indicators - Port status, link activity Compliant Standards - FCC IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3U, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g Data Link Protocol - Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g Interfaces - 1x network - Ethernet 10Base-T/100Base-TX - RJ-45 ( WAN / DMZ ), 4 x network - Ethernet 10Base-T/100Base-TX - RJ-45, 1 x network - Radio-Ethernet Dimensions - Height 4.8 cm x Depth 20 cm x Width 18.6 cm Weight - 0.5 kg

Features:
  • Firewall - SPI
  • VPN Support - Yes
  • VPN Passthrough - Yes

Customer Reviews:

  • The wireless version of this is crap...
    This router is merely "ok" if you need a wireless router in your home. I believe the reason people love this thing so much is the easy to use setup interface that comes with the router OS. Insert a CD and click your way through the wizard and you're done!

    However if you're a gamer or use a lot of internet bandwidth you might want to shell out some more money for a D-Link or a Buffalo technologies router. In fact, better yet, just grab one of the new industry standards of wireless "N" because that is eventually where you're going to want to be anyway.

    When I had this router it would constantly drop my signal or stop broadcasting the network. I would have to go upstairs, unplug it for 1 minute, and then let it reboot and broadcast again. As time went on, this kept happening more and more to where I just gave it to a family member and told them to use it as a hub instead of its real intended purpose.

    If you're not very good at configuring and understanding network configurations and such, then sure, buy this router. It's very user friendly and easy to set things up. Linksys knows that not everyone out there is good at wireless networking or networking in general. But if you want something truly reliable then go with a DLink or Buffalo. If you want something that's just as easy to use and setup but won't give you as many issues, go with Netgear.

    Hope this helps....more info
  • NICE ONE,,, THE BEST....
    I got this router because i needed to go online with my itouch and nintendo wii as well and i'm very happy with it, it was very easy to set up (5 min) comes with istallation cd, and it is working just like a charm, very strong signal, full bars all the times, my daughters do karaeoke on my nintendo wii, they get connected to youtube and videos never brake and signal is always exellent, yesterday i went to get my mail wich was 300 feet away and i was always surfing on my itoch with full bars, this is just amazing,,, well, if you wand stable signal even trough 3 or 4 walls, this is the one you need, hope this review was helpful to you and sorry about my english... thanks...more info
  • Using this router with Tomato Open Source Firmware
    This router is perfect. You do not have to stick with the Linksys limited functionality firmware. It is made so that you can upload your favorite Open-Source firmware and there is plenty to choose from. I chose Tomato and love it. Tomato (like WRT and many others) really makes this router useful. You can even vary the output power of the Router with Tomato, something that the stock firmware does not allow. Get this router and load Tomato or WRT....more info
  • Still the best I have found
    I bought one of these linksys WRT54GL about a year ago and was very impressed with it, Very easy to set up and if you cant set this up you should not have a computer. So I bought another one for my vacation home. Have not been disapointed this one also up and working fine.. I think that this is one of the better of linksys products.. they seem to have a lot of trouble with the new ones.. get it you will like it...........more info
  • Great Firewall For A Beginner
    This is a great firewall especially for the novice or non-technical person. I am quite experienced with setting these up and it can be a bit daunting for a beginner. The included CD does the setup automatically which I found annoying but is great for anyone who doesn't know what they're doing. The configuration was done on a Windows PC so I don't know how the automatic configuration works on a Mac. The modem was a Comcast telephone modem and the user was adding internet and the automatic configuration was not bothered by that. The only thing wrong is the wireless encryption is only 128-bit and not the more updated 256. The wireless works quite well with the router set up in the basement of the house you get an excellent signal on a Dell laptop running Vista. This was recommended to me as being a reliable router that would last a long time which is why I purchased it for the user. ...more info
  • Simple Installation
    Bought this router a couple of months ago and it installed in about 5 minutes using the Wizard. Haven't had a bit of trouble with it and I am very pleased with the purchase. Would certainly buy again and highly recommend the product....more info
  • Works as advertised!
    Let's start with the fact that I am no computer geek.
    I had used a D-link WBR1310 for the last couple of years in my home network. The D-link was very frustrating to set up and use. I think it took an hour or more the first time I set it up. This Cisco router took maybe 10 minutes and has been working perfectly since day one(I have used it nonstop for two months at this point). All the computers connect perfectly and stay connected (unlike the D-link). This router also has a slightly better signal.
    I have no plans to change the OS in the router so I can't comment on that ability.
    This is about as close to plug and play as it gets.
    Thanks to the other reviewers for suggesting the Linux version of this router. ...more info
  • Linksys WRT54GL vs D-Link DIR-625
    After four years of service my old Linksys WRT54G started to intermittently drop its client connections, requiring me to reboot to recover. Four years isn't a really long time but I decided to replace it with a new wireless router. After some research I purchased a D-Link DIR-625 looking forward as an alternative to the Linksys. I currently have a D-Link wireless print server (DPR-1260) downstairs that is working just perfectly from which I print wirelessly from anywhere in the house.

    The DIR-625 came with the standard router with 2 antennas, power adapter, and setup CD. Being in IT I was tempted to skip the setup CD but went ahead and fired it up. I followed the simple disconnect this, then this, now reconnect this instructions. The last step is for the DIR-625 to "configure itself" and then connect to the internet. Alas it was able to configure itself (I could connect to it) but it could never negotiate an internet connection with my DSL modem. My previous Linksys, or a PC plugged right into the modem, was fine so it wasn't the DSL modem. I spent a fair few hours troubleshooting, even logging directly into the DIR-625 (192.168.0.1) to check out settings. It just couldn't establish an internet connection.

    Frustrated, I repacked it, got an RMA number for return, and ordered a Linksys WRT54GL. I received it tonight. It came with the standard router with 2 antennas, power adapter, and setup CD (sound familiar). Again I resisted the temptation to skip right to manual setup and instead followed the setup CD. Within 5 minutes of unboxing I was online, indeed writing and transmitting this review via WRT54GL wireless connection. Incidentally both devices have similar signal strengths (I was expecting the "Rangebooster" D-Link to be stronger but now suspect there's more marketing than range boosting).

    My DSL-modem-wireless router setup is pretty basic. I may have received a defective DIR-625, and had I requested replacement it may have been fine. Regardless, I'm back to a Linksys wireless router (WRT54GL this time) and the D-Link wireless print server.
    ...more info
  • Good but not as good as I expected
    Product is pretty good, don't have any major complaints except those of you who want to use it for P2P programs you might have to update the firmware. It got like 13x times best router on newegg so I was expecting an incredible router but it pretty much just does its job or maybe my standards are too high.


    Have fun....more info
  • Simple, fast, cheap and works.
    This is the 2nd WRT54GL I bought... I loved my WRT54GL I got 2 years ago so much, I decided to buy another (for a family member).

    Pros: This thing is powerful and goes through 2 brick walls (with a fridge, china cabnit, TV stand and wooden closet) and 1 floor... 2 bars over 40 feet away.

    Easy to set up and get running right away.

    Loves other divices.

    Cons: Ummm... None I can even think of.

    Other: If your new to routers and want something that works... Get this. ...more info
  • WRT54GL
    I have been very pleased with the reliability, ease of set-up and wireless signal strength of this router. Haven't had a chance to upgrade to 3rd party firmware but I can't to see what else this thing will do. ...more info
  • Why can't everything in life be as easy as...
    Why can't everything in life be as easy as setting up a Linksys WRT54GL router??? I'm no genius when it comes to electronics/computers/etc. That's what my brothers are for. I only purchased this because of the great reviews on Amazon AS WELL AS on NewEgg and felt like if I ever did drastically improve my technological expertise, this might give me all the options I have no idea what to do with today. I went with super saver shipping and received my order in only maybe 3 days from my order date. Yay! I expected at least SOME confusion when setting this up but "O-M-G!" the instructional CD was so easy I thought there's no way I could be set up and secure already! On top of that, best signal I've ever had....more info
  • works great!
    Easy to install, I've had this since Dec 2008, no problems with it at all, works great...more info
  • Best router out there!
    Hands down this is the best and the most reliable router out there you could find. I have tried several routers in the past, and they all had some problems or difficulties in using them. But this is by far the best and has a stable wireless signal which has a very wide range....more info
  • Beyond expectations
    As a previous owner of a Linksys WRT54G V2.2 model, I expected similar results using this model WRT54GL. However, the unit itself has a greater advantage when I pair it with DD-WRT. That advantage is the ability to move away from using DD-WRT mini and using the full blown version. I have had phenomenal wireless signal and the ability to direct my network traffic manually has been a great feature that this unit handles very well. I was very tempted to move over to wireless N but with having multiple systems that only incorporate wireless G I choose to wait. For the price and upgrade ability to DD-WRT or Tomato this unit will satisfy anyone who intends to purchase it....more info
  • Tomato rules
    This is the best out there short of paying $1000 for a Cisco business router.

    The stock firmware is a joke.

    I tried Tomato and DD-WRT firmwares and the stock, and i can say that for a small network with VOIP, 4 routers with 3 in bridge mode, 5 PCs, Netflix players, a 4Mb/s Vudu box, and 2 Roku iTunes radios, you can't have better.

    G is plenty for me, and this machine with Tomato firmware is the mother of them all.

    ...more info
  • Good product
    Satisfactory product, however, I am using the software that was provided with this unit and it is slower than I expected after reading other reviews. I do not have the expertise to install other software that I understand will work better so I'll just have to make do with what I have....more info
  • Doesn't even work
    I bought the GL version so I could try the Tomato Firmware, but instead the disk freezes every time I try to install it and the router won't even work. I have tried everything. This is the second Linksys router that I have had a lot of problems with. ...more info
  • SO far, SO good and no complaints.
    So far the last six months I have had no problems with this product..I would like a farther range..but so far I have been able to go next door and still get signal....more info
  • Proud owner
    I bought this puppy because I knew I could upgrade the OS ... I haven't done it.

    The standard OS works great and I've only had to reset it twice in the 18 months I've been using it.

    Highly recommended....more info