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Linksys WRT54G Version 3, Version 4, Version 2

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by Aq_lynch, Nov 7, 2005.

  1. Aq_lynch

    Aq_lynch Network Guru Member

    Can you tell me which version has a better signal range? Which is better to use to upgrade to a 3rd party firmwares based on linux? I have a version 2, a version 3, a version 5 and a version 5. The version 5 I am giving to a friend, I will be keeping 2 of the others I just need to know which one provides me with the best performance?
     
  2. Toxic

    Toxic Administrator Staff Member

    They all use the same radio chip, so the signal strength would be the same.

    WRT54G v1-v4 can use 3rd party firmwares, but dont forget the v5.0 routers wont be able to use 3rd party firmwares as they run on VxWorks and not Linux.
     
  3. virgil

    virgil Network Guru Member

  4. Ajaminawer

    Ajaminawer Network Guru Member

    you mean v2 is the best version? or the worst?
     
  5. danielhaden

    danielhaden Network Guru Member

    The version 2 is very nice.

    The version 5's are utter garbage and should be taken to the store and exchanged for something that does not say CDFB as the first four digits of the serial number as printed on the back of the box. You could also "play it safe" and exchange for a GL or a GS.

    You can put hyperwrt on them for a bit more range (not the 5) and then see the directions and posts in the forums at hyperwrt.org to see how they all can work together.

    That V3 may prefer its TX antenna set to the left or right before its range will increase (change does not happen until a router reboot, and mine had a preference for the left side). Test with the signal meter on a distant client to see what setting is right for you.
     

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