Hey guys I have an older router, Linksys WRT54G. How crappy is this? How much better speed/connection can I get from a new router? If you have any suggestions for routers under $100 that would be a big upgrade from this please post them Thank you!
That would depend on how you are using it and what speeds you are talking about. There are three different speeds that I can think of which you may be talking about. Your Internet/Broadband connection, wired LAN or wireless LAN.
This router exceeds the speed of any residential broadband connection that I am aware of. Upgrading would provide little if any difference in this area.
This router has a 4-port full-duplex 10/100 Switch built in. If your computers are wired and have 10/100/1000 NICs you could benefit by upgrading to a router that has 10/100/1000.
This router supports 802.11b and g devices for up to 11 Mbps and 54 Mbps respectively. You could upgrade to 802.11n which most routers state up to 300 Mbps speeds. If you have a 802.11n NIC in your computer(s) then this would greatly increase your speeds for LAN traffic and if you happen to have a very fast residential internet, it could help there as well.
I haven't used any of them but there are plenty of routers out there now that provide both 10/100/1000 and 802.11n under your $100 budget. If you search your preferred online retailer you should see them there. Someone else here may be able to make a recommendation based on personal experience with a particular router.