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Linksys & OS X?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Anonymous, Oct 12, 2005.

  1. Anonymous

    Anonymous Guest


    I want a wifi router for cable broadband and I like the Linksys name and good reputation. I run Mac OS X on both a desktop and a laptop and according to the Linksys site, their products _require_ windows.

    Can anyone say with any certainty that this is the case, or is Windows just the easier option and Mac OSX just a little more difficult to configure?

    I could certainly borrow a windows laptop just for the initial setup if that makes life easier.

    The product I'm considering is the WRT54G or GS.

    All advice appreciated.
  2. ChrisFix

    ChrisFix Network Guru Member

    I'm using a new WRT54G v4 with 2 wired Mac OSX machines and a wireless Mac OSX laptop, as well as 2 wireless Win2K laptops and 2 wired WinXP desktops. I've no problems at all and can use the web interface on any of the machines. The wireless OSX laptop works perfectly with it's built in airport extreme card and WPA, and I use it with no problems on another iMac with OSX and a wireless B airport card. I don't know if you would have problems flashing firmware from OSX, as my Windows machine is connected directly to the router and I use it for flashing, but I don't see any reason you couldn't do that with OSX just as easily. As I said, the web interface works perfectly from OSX.
  3. Anonymous

    Anonymous Guest

    Many thanks for taking the time to reply. It was exactly what I wanted to hear so I'm off to the shops.

    Thanks once again.
  4. ChrisFix

    ChrisFix Network Guru Member

    No problem, glad to help. The WRT54G current firmware from linksys is 4.20.7 which works very well. I'm using a firmware from here (Tarifa b005) that is a mildly modified version of 4.20.7 that adds Static DHCP assignments and transmit power setting control. I've had good luck with that and use the Static DHCP for most of my clients.

    Good luck with your new router!
  5. opensrcfan

    opensrcfan Network Guru Member

    They really go out of their way to make you think you need windows, but you don't. Ignore all the stickers that say you need to run their disk. Just plug it in and point your browser to You can configure it and upgrade firmware there from any machine you like.

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