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Choosing a WPA2 capable router

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by Zeno, Feb 20, 2005.

  1. Zeno

    Zeno Guest

    I work as a test and service engineer on a small computer company (in Sweden) which sells and maintains

    computers and networks to different companies in our town.
    Most of our customers use D-Link products in their wireless demands. Almost 90% of our network products

    is D-Link. Second, with less than 5% is Linksys.

    As a service engineer, we had enough cases with RMAs of D-Link products. Linksys very few cases.

    We received more demands of our customers, both companies as well as private people working in those

    companies, to higher security. Naturally we see the upcoming WPA2.

    But checking on http://www.wi-fi.org/OpenSection/Certified_Products.asp? the available products and

    brands , here in Europe (Sweden), we have ONLY one choice when it comes to routers: Linksys WRT54G and


    After exhaustive reading of all posts on http://www.linksysinfo.org/modules.php?name=Forums, I really get

    anxious seeing how many people have serious troubles related to unstable and droppping speeds &


    Despite the Admins and Mods recommendations and all kind of solutions tried, still the WRT54G and WRT54GS

    are very unreliable, according to MANY unsatisfied customers.
    Problems seems being originated from Broadcom chipsets used, Linksys refuses to acknowledge these

    problems and blackouts any complains or hidden bugs.

    Of course, it would be very easy to choose another manufacturer, BUT THERE IS NO ONE ELSE with CERTIFIED

    ROUTERS for WPA2!

    Also Asus WL500G and WL500GX seem to suffer from same bad symptoms (related to Broadcom chipsets) and

    that explains why the upcoming 500GX is still available only on niche markets in Eastern Europe

    (Czechia), not in Germany, UK or Scandinavia.
    On Chupa's Forum of Asus W/500G,we see the same complains of instability as on Linksys WRT54G/GS.

    Also, well reported already, Linksys WRT54G/GS have serious degraded performance when using WPA.
    I tested also D-Link DI-824VUP, and encountered same troubles reported on Linksys.
    However, I never etested yet a Linksys.

    I wonder, how such a serious organization, WIFI Alliance, could give the certification WPA2 Home , WPA2

    Enterprise, as well as WPA both flavours, to Linksys WRT54G/GS, when these routers manifest serious


    I wonder WHICH product to choose here in Europe, with REAL CONDITIONS WORKING WPA2?

    I intended to recommend the Linksys WRT54G/GS and the Sveasoft firmware upcoming Talisman, which seems to

    transform the existent Linksys router in a very advanced machine, but... how can I longer recommend

    Linksys WRT54G/GS after reading all these complaints on instability and possible design error from


    It seems that routers based on Atheros chipset are infinitely better, but...we have no Atheros based

    products here in Scandinavia.

    Thank you very much for your comments and help.

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