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Difference between WRT54GX and WRT54GX2?

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by broyboy, Sep 27, 2005.

  1. broyboy

    broyboy Network Guru Member

    I want to replace my existing WRT54G router with one of these with one of these. I went to Best Buy to get the GX since it was on sale for $129ish + $20 mail in rebates, but they were out of them and said that it had been discontinued. I had them do a store to store transfer without pre-paying and it should arrive this week.

    After looking on Linksys's website, I found the GX2. According to the two product pages, the GX offers 8 times the speed and 3 times the range, while the GX2 only offers 6 times the speed and 2 times the range versus regular G. Of course that is assuming you have all SRX adapters as well, but I have read that with regular G adapters you basically see 2 times the range with the GX.

    How does the GX2 compare? I see that it is basically the same price online as the GX as well, so what's the advantage of the GX2? Does anyone have experience with this new model and what are the main differences? Could I go wrong by just getting the GX when the transfer comes in?
  2. b4ne

    b4ne Network Guru Member

    The WRT54GX v2 is pretty much identical to the GX v1 in terms of hardware, speed and range. As far as I know the chipsets etc. are the same.

    I prefere the GX v2 for the simple reason that the antenna design is much improved. The GX v1 had flimsy skinny cheesy antennas that would be really easy to break, the GX v2 uses the sturdy SMA style antenni.

    I find the range and throughput with pretty much all SRX devices to be a dramatic improvement - even if you're just using a standard 802.11 G client. The signal stength will remain pretty consistent and slowly degrade to maybe 50% at around 100-150' and then drop to zero within another 10-20'. Very good coverage within a certain range, but it can be vertically challanged if you have more than one floor to cover.

  3. howardp6

    howardp6 Network Guru Member

    The WRTGX2 not the WRT54GXV2 has non-removable antennas like the WRT54GV1, except it only uses two antennas instead of three for the other two products.
  4. broyboy

    broyboy Network Guru Member

    So is there any performance/range penalty with the GX2 because of it only having two antennas? Is it just so new that no one has any real-world experience?
  5. howardp6

    howardp6 Network Guru Member

    Wait a few weeks and a review may come out on the new WRT54GX2 with tests results. Try TomsNetworking website: http://www.tomsnetworking.com/ or this website later.
  6. 4Access

    4Access Network Guru Member

    Maybe it's just worded funny but it sounds like you're claiming the WRT54G v1.0 had non-removable antennas... All versions of the WRT54G have had the same removable antennas. (I own a v1.0 & have worked with v1.1's)
  7. howardp6

    howardp6 Network Guru Member

    I mean the WRT54GX2 does not have removable antennas like the WRT54GXV1. Sorry for the typos.

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