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Is the WRT54GL a good wireless router?

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January 22, 2007 8:13:18 PM

I want to get a wireless router to replace my verizon supplied one. I only need to use it for wireless connection nothing fancy. Im focusing on the WRT54GLLinksys WRT54GL

I use the Linksys WMP54G 802.11bg PCI card in my desktop up one flight, an intel wireless card in my laptop upstairs, and a wired connection to a desktop downstairs where the router is. All the PCs are from Dell.

Im also looking at the D-Link DGL 4300which has better reviews but is twice the price. Also the ZyXEL X-550 Xtreme MIMO, Linksys WRT54GS, Netgear WGT624, Buffalo WHR-HP-G54, Linksys WRT54G, Netgear WGR614, D-Link DI-624, D-Link DI-524, Buffalo WHR-G54S,

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January 22, 2007 10:31:41 PM

I personally don't like Linksys, I had two WRT54Gs that didn't last long before dying. I bought the Netgear WGR614v6 for $40 and it works great with my ethernet, two Dell wireless adapters, a Wii, and one Linksys wireless adapter.

D-Link is a brand I like as well, I've never heard of ZyXEL or Buffalo.
January 23, 2007 8:34:19 PM

Linksys has been having all kinds of problems lately, since they cut the flash ram in 1/2.

Even though it is a Linux their is no room for error, which they have. I would spend the extra money for the Dlink 4300. And make it your main router. If you want just a AP, Linksys to my knowledge has not messed them up yet. But they cost as much as a wireless router, but are better units. I like seperate AP's. Gives your more flexability and less problems.
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January 24, 2007 7:25:35 AM

If your main use is for wireless connection, I would recommend the Buffalo WHR-HP-G54 which has better range and power and costs less than the Linksys WRT54GL. It comes with a 4dBi antenna which is already pretty powerful, and it has a receive amplifier for improved reception as well. The antenna is removable, so if necessary, you can also get a 7dBi antenna kit. You can get the router for $50 at buy.com with the $10 Google Checkout discount, which I think is a great buy. The other parts of the router are similar to the WRT54GL and you can run third party firmwares like Tomato, dd-wrt, Hyperwrt etc.
January 28, 2007 3:49:01 AM

The DD-WRT wiki says:

"Best range using built-in antenna: Buffalo WHR-HP-G54"

http://www.dd-wrt.com/wiki/index.php/Supported_Devices

Yes, the WRT54GL is a good though somewhat dated router, and a valid alternative to that Buffalo, and didn't suffer the hardware cuts the other WRT54G's have had. Its DD-WRT installation might be simpler as well.
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