I got the linksys wrt54G to replace my BEFW11S4 B just plainly because I could upgrade to the hyperwrt firmware, which allows to increase the power of the transmitter. That way if I knew I would need more range, I could adjust it easily. So I got my wrt54g and immediately I noticed a weaker signal, at a test range of just 5ft away. I go by what XP tells me, have no idea what to make of netstumpler as there is no description of what the values mean. So anyway I get a "very good" signal at 5ft. My B router resulted in an "excellent" signal. So I didn't care much since I knew the hyperwrt firmware allows to increase the power. I flashed my router, setup and checked it, still "very good" at the default 42mW. Kinda odd since I read the default for the official firmware is just 19mW. Just for the heck of it, I set it to 21mW and the result was "low". Hmm, interesting. Set it to 53mW which is suppose to be the highest strengh without increasing noise, but still "very good". Set it to 84mW and finally the signal was "excellent". At only 5ft distance, I'm suprised at the poor signal strength =(. I'm using the same usb wi-fi B adapter for these tests as I had with my B router. Antennas were setup exactly in the same way. Is this normal for the G router?