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Linksys WRT54G Wireless-G Router
List Price: $59.99

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Product Description

LINKSYS WRT54G - Wireless-G is the emerging 54 Mbps wireless networking standard that's almost five times faster than the widely deployed Wireless-B ( 802.11b ) products found in homes, businesses and public wireless hotspots around the country. The best part is, since they share the same 2.4GHz radio band, Wireless-G devices talk to existing 11 Mbps Wireless-B equipment. Operates as a DHCP Server NAT technology to protect against Internet intruders Supports VPN pass-through Easy configuration with web browser based configuration utility

The Linksys Wireless-G broadband router is really three devices in one box. First, it's a wireless access point, which lets you connect Wireless-G or Wireless-B devices to the network. There's also a built-in four-port full-duplex 10/100 switch to connect your wired-Ethernet devices. Connect four PCs directly, or daisy-chain out to more hubs and switches to create as big a network as you need. Finally, the router function ties it all together and lets your whole network share a high-speed cable or DSL Internet connection.

To protect your data and privacy, the Wireless-G broadband router can encrypt all wireless transmissions, and it supports the industrial-strength wireless security of 802.1x authentication and authorization. The router can serve as a DHCP server, has NAT technology to protect against Internet intruders, supports VPN pass-through, and can be configured to filter internal users' access to the Internet. Configuration is a snap with the Web browser-based configuration utility.

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 multiplayer games with the flexibility, speed, and security you need!

Wireless-G is the 54 Mbps wireless networking standard that's more than four times faster than the widely deployed Wireless-B (802.11b) products found in homes, businesses, and public wireless hotspots around the country. But since they share the same 2.4 GHz radio band, Wireless-G devices can also interoperate with existing 11 Mbps Wireless-B equipment.

Because both standards are built-in, you can protect your investment in existing 802.11b infrastructure, and migrate to the new screaming-fast Wireless-G standard as your needs grow.

For more information on the differences between an access point and a router with access point, see the following table:

access point vs. router

See a comparison diagram of the different wireless technologies.

Wireless networks are rapidly becoming more popular and coming down in price. Since they don't require cables, you can use the devices anywhere in an office or home, even out on the patio. There's no need to roll out an Ethernet network cable to each room of a house; you can network anywhere--without wires. Outside the home, wireless networking is available in hotspots at coffee shops, businesses, and airports--great when you're on the road and need to get some work done. For convenience, wireless networking is the answer.

Which Wireless Standard Is Right for Me?
Now that you've decided to create a wireless network, the next step is to figure out which wireless standard to use.

Basically, a standard is a set of specifications for a device. All devices that follow a specific standard share operating characteristics, such as the radio frequency used and maximum data transfer speed.

For wireless networking, there are three standards to choose from at this time:

  • 802.11b
  • 802.11a
  • 802.11g

To learn about the differences between the standards and select the right one for your network, click here for an easy-to-understand chart.

  • All-in-one Internet-sharing router, 4-port switch, and Wireless-G (802.11g) access point
  • Wireless data rates up to 54 Mbps--5 times faster than 802.11b
  • Shares a single Internet connection and other resources with Ethernet wired and Wireless-G clients
  • Interoperates with 802.11b clients at 11 Mbps
  • Advanced wireless security with 128-bit WEP encryption, MAC, or IP address filtering

Customer Reviews:

  • Linksys WRT54G
    No problems with set up or accessing the internet through the router. I replaced a USRobotics with this router because my son-in-law had an XBOX 360 and it was not compatible. So far we have not encountered any problems. ...more info
  • Linksys router -- old technology but reliable
    Linksys WRT54G replaced older Linksys B router. Slight improvement in wireless speed; no change in signal strength. I did not get an N router because of mixed reviews and felt I couldn't benefit from it with DSL signal of 3.3 MB. Even though I only run two wireless computers with it, the set up was not trivial. Involved three-way call to two ladies in India, one of whom worked for Verizon, the other for Linksys. Verizon patched the Linksys lady into the call when she couldn't get things to work. Linksys help was flawless. Part of the problem was that my DSL modem from Verizon had never been set up properly to begin with although it worked. Took a 90-minute conference call. Once done, however, the Linksys G has been extremely reliable. Only one reboot in three weeks -- probably a computer issue, not the router. I am very happy at the moment with my set up....more info
  • good product but slightly outdated
    very good router but i had to pay linksys 30 bucks to upgrade my firmware... needless to say i wasn't too happy finding out i had to pay 30 on top of the 40 i just paid for it but now it works fine... you should warn people in the future....more info
  • NOT the old 54G
    I replaced my old 54G with this one. My old unit had removable external antennas and plenty of RAM to support lots of traffic and advanced firmware like DD-WRT. This router is junk. The antennas can't be removed and the overall feel is cheap and flimsy. It is underpowered and can only support the WW-DRT micro firmware.

    I thought this unit would be identical to my old 54G. It isn't. My mistake I guess...

    Get something else....more info
  • Quit after 18 months
    Worked well for 18 months, then quit. Tech support was somewhat helpful even though it was 6 months out of warranty, but wanted $29.99 for full diagnosis. After he told me there was only a 50-50 chance he'd be able to get it running again, and I'd be out the 30 bucks either way, I figured trashing it would be a better option....more info
  • Easy to install, even with problems
    I bought the WRT54GS and a WUSB54GC. The initial set up was very easy and went fairly quick. I only ran into one problem which once I got on to the Linksys website I was able to follow the trouble shooting help easily and even though I am absolutely not a computer person I was able to follow pretty technical instructions with ease. I would highly recommend this product to anybody with even the most minimal computer knowledge....more info
  • Enjoying the wireless
    I received the product in a timely manner and the product came as described. I had a slight problem with the sign on password but the seller quickly answered my email and I was able to continue. It works fine and I love the idea I can use my laptop anywhere in the house. ...more info
  • Not easy with Windows Vista!
    Make that ONE star. I bought this unit to replace a wireless DSL gateway in my home. I switched over to cable internet access, deciding that I would get the modem from the cable co. and add the wireless and home network myself(cable co.,unlike the phone co., wanted mucho dinero to add those two things to the service). I expected that it might be less than straight-forward to get it going, since I am not network savvy. The CD accompanying the unit was out-dated, not completely compatible with Windows Vista. Windows finally wrangled things to a point where all appeared to be working. Have to reset it daily to keep it from bogging down the network speed..(probably a setup issue--still workin on it!)and there is (according to what I read on the web) a Vista issue that causes many Vista laptops to be able to connect to the network but not the web...well, that is the case here (it wasn't with the old DSL). Bottom line, it works...not plug-and-play...problematic! Make sure you have plenty of time to spend with this! ...more info
  • Save yourself the headache, get a 2WIRE product
    It was to be an exciting moment for me, after adding a second computer at home I needed to set up a network. I had heard great reviews about the Linksys WRT54G and made my purchase. Well my excitement dwindled to discouragement trying to use their software disc which would not allow the router to sync with my computer, so I called customer service. If you enjoy talking to a person with close to zero personality in a foreign country on the other sid eof the planet, than Linksys customer service is a match for you... but not me. After 3.5 hours on the phone, talking with three different technicians, they got my connection in sync and off I went. Unfortunately over the past 11 months I had to repeat this 3-4 hour tech support call for other, out of the blue sync issues with the wwireless router. In addition to the sync problems and lifeless customer service technicians, the two antennae wireless router has some of the weakest signal strength I have seen. I had to purchase an additional reception antennae for the computer 45 ft away from the router in order to get "good" signal strength.

    Fortunatley for me I got a new 2WIRE 2701HG-B wireless modem/router with no external antennaes at all. I took it out of the box, plugged it in, turned on the computer, and then 5 minutes later after inputting my AT&T info I was connected. Then it took 5 minutes more to set up my 2nd computer to the wireless signal.

    Linksys will no longer be welcome in my home... It's going on e-Bay this week.

    Dennis Vosper
    Pre-Paid Legal Associate
    Oceanside, CA 92056
    760-917-4009...more info
  • software to improve
    Cannot find a real problem, it just works.
    I installed it in one corner of the house and covers the full 1000 sqft house + backyard with no problem.
    Initial installation took a bit, I did not need any help.
    The Easy Link Advisor is slow but I never actually needed it....more info
  • Good, but needs to be flashed
    The WRT54G is a good router for basic use, but the firmware it comes with is pretty shoddy. I found that it couldn't split the bandwidth between my PC (wired) and my laptop (wireless) very well, giving one the majority of bandwidth for a while before switching to the other, and pretty much just going back and forth between the two every couple of minutes. Flashing it with dd-wrt v24 fixed that up, but it would have been nice if it had worked this well out of the box....more info
  • shipfor lees
    I purchase this wr-G router and 2 monhts later the antenas came out and broke easily. and I try to upgrade it from v2,2 to v 4.1.1 and the device stop working wireless.let only wire conection available .I contact linksys and told me that the divece garranty is expire. and they can't help me to fix it. when I told them that I just purchase it from circuit city and they told me that I need to purchase a extended garranty wich is not fair (a rip off)I need to to purchase a extended garranty for nothing since friend of mine told later that the way to fix it from others version problems is to reset the (WRG router) for 30 secongs and it did work it came back to factory settings. now I done but the service at linksys is a frustration . now wireless for me is available.linksys service suck....more info
  • Works with Mac... relatively easy setup if you know what you are doing
    I'm a Mac user, and at home I use the Apple Airport and Airport Express wireless routers. However, I needed a 2nd system to set up at work, so I bought a used version of the Version 5 WRT54G router to save some money. The install/setup CD had PC-only software, so I took some initiative to figure out how do set it up on my own. I just looked on Wikipedia to get the IP of the router, pointed my browser there, and set up the router and security in a few minutes. I was also able to download the latest firmware from Cisco and install it in a few minutes without any problems. I wouldn't consider myself too tech-savvy, but I know enough how to get started and find help online. If you're the same you won't have any problems setting this up without the setup software available.

    I suppose the Version 5 and later of the WRT54G is inferior if you are interested in uploading 3rd party firmware. However, for my purposes the Cisco firmware is fine and runs a simple network smoothly. For the $30 I paid for a used unit, it is a good deal. ...more info
  • lousy tech support for mac users
    I am taking this router back to the store after struggling for what are probably simple solutions to hooking this thing up. The installation cd doesn't work on a Mac so I had to call tech support and after spending 20minutes on the phone with the guy, he couldn't help me, was difficult to understand and told me that the cd doesn't work for mac, DUH! I told him that this is exactly why I was calling him. He then couldn't wait to get me off the phone and told me to just go to the website. The website has screenshot instructions of an outdated operating system and then another link says to set up the cables per the manual instructions. THERE IS NO MANUAL CAUSE IT IS ON THE CD AND THE CD DOESN'T READ MAC. fugggetabout it! Its going back to the store. I mean really, aren't there enough Mac people out there now for these pc people to quit this Mac software discrimination? The box says they have aware winning tech support. whatever....Your loss Linksys!...more info
  • Best home router on the market
    I used to do field service computer and network setup/repair and I will tell you most routers I have setup have given me headaches. I purchased the WRT54G because it was the most reliable router I had setup. I am still using it and have NEVER had to reset it once since I bought it over a year ago. The signal strength is great and there is a lot of 3rd party firmware upgrades for people looking to get a little more out of it....more info
  • Still going strong have had ours for a few years now
    We have had our router now for a few years it lives up and does a good job. It has a emac hooked up to it, Dell 4600, Have Recording box. As well as runs good with wi-fi things such as the xbox 360 wireless networking adapter,nintendo wii, hp media center pc in another room, and a playstation 3. The only issue i ran into it was certain things that happened with ps3 but found a solution as to how to fix that on a website online. Other then that it does a good job at running a few devices hooked directly into it as well as the wi-fi thing in our household. Makes computing,internet, and Gaming a breeze.If this goes up I wouldn't hesitate to buy the same model again as Its done well by my family and myself. ...more info
  • don't buy it
    It constantly loses the connection and it requires reboots. I updated to the latest firmware and it's even worse. ...more info
  • Linksys WRT54G V8 = Total junk
    The only reason i have purchased this router is because at the time of looking for router my local electronic store had them on sale (> $30.00). For the first couple of weeks it has been working just as it should, after that i had nothing but trouble when using it. It has been dropping connection like every 10-15 minutes making my wife going ballistic (she uses internet for work) I couldn't figure out where the problem is; called local cable company to see if there is problem on their end, have them send technician, then replaced cable modem itself and still the same. It's not a cable provider, it's not a's this damn router. Many times in the morning i wasn't able to go online using my Desktop (night before it has been working)until i have manually by pulling cables out disconnecting this thing and using modem only....guess what, no problems whatsoever. I'm not sure what I'm going to buy now but i know it won't be another Linksys. It was "only" 30 bucks i consider myself lucky wasting only this much while some others have paid $50 just to find out they have purchased nothing but worthless piece of junk. I would never ever recommend this product unless u want something that will work ( if You're lucky)for some time and then it will simply stop and You won't even be able to return it per 30 days returning policy....more info
  • WRT54G
    I have recommended and installed several of these unit in various home networks. They are a fairly reliable unit and I have been reasonably satisfied with there performance. ...more info
  • Listening to good advice
    This item was returned even before I opened the box, owing to the preponderence of bad reviews on the Amazon site. Believe manufacturer should have pulled this and preempted all the bad publicity....more info
  • ray
    When connected it is fine. For some reason My connection drops , this happens while my laptop is in sleep mode. I just power down and it reconnects. I called Linksys support, they are not much help, hard to talk to.When I first installed it I could not get it to see my Internet , when I called Lynks they told me there was a glitch in some software versions, not much help, I finally resolved it myself.Otherwise it works ok, I am using for this opinion....more info
  • Good
    Works well, sometimes there are some issues with the signal probably because there are a lot of wireless router on the same building. you can solve the problem changing the frequency....more info