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Is Upgrade from wrt54g to s or x worthwhile without PC card

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by brsscreen, Jan 9, 2005.

  1. brsscreen

    brsscreen Guest

    i have a WRT54G that links to toshiba laptops with built in g wifi--it works ok, tho a bit low in some ends of the office.

    is it worthwhile to upgrade to an s or x router without adding the s or x pc cards to the laptops? i don't want to add a card to the slot on the laptops--past experiences with pc wifi cards have been disappointing and its more junk to deal with.

    would it be better to just wait for the new N router (what's time estimate for new standard) and gets a new laptop then w/ N built in.

    the linksys webiste offers the following vague comments: "Even your standard Wireless-G and -B equipment will work better when communicating with SRX-enabled devices."

    what do some of you knowledgable persons think? thanks.
  2. Esquire

    Esquire Mesquire Staff Member Member

    I do know Linksys is insisting that this is not a Pre-N router. In fact, Broadcom isn't making similar claim on the BroadRange technology/chip either.

    From the claims Broadcom and Linksys are making you would get more benefits with the WRT54GX than the GS. You wouldn't get much out of mixing WRT54GS with its normal 802.11g siblings.

    PS. I'm moving this to the WRT54G/GS forum (hopefully it should also become the WRT54GX forum) because it has nothing to do with HyperWRT firmware.
  3. Maeka

    Maeka Network Guru Member

    I don't know what Toshiba laptop you have, but most likely it doesn't have WiFi "built in" in the manner you are thinking.

    Most likely it has an internal Mini-PCI card plugged into internal antennas.

    When 802.11n is finally approved you should be able to find a replacement card. I do not believe there is a mini-PCI card with "speedbooster" which is what the WRT54GS uses, nor do I believe there is a mini-PCI card that is a mate for the WRT54GX.

    And as far as PC cards for your laptop...
    PCMCIA and Cardbus are the two standards commonly refered to as PC cards for laptops. Both are pure supersets of the PCI standard, and normally contain the same chipsets as desktop (and even mini-PCI) cards. They should not have any unique driver issues...
  4. Esquire

    Esquire Mesquire Staff Member Member

    For those interested, PCWorld.com in their news report on MIMO technology over the weekend says the Linksys WRT54GX uses the same chip as the Belkin Pre-N from Airgo, and not the Broadcom BroadRange announced a couple of months earlier.

    Please note 802.11n is not only MIMO, but normal 802.11g devices should also reap the benefit that the MIMO technology is bringing without a hardware upgrade. I presume your notebook is a Centrino variety? Intel adapter has been slow in the past in bringing out Centrino packages with the latest technologies and no doubt it will be a costly exercise for you to replace the built-in Wi-Fi card when an Intel version is released compared to buying a 3rd party external replacement, but the MIMO is not all about speed, there is the promise of improved range and coverage as well, from which I believe you should be able to benefit right away.

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