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looking for router rec

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by strike, Dec 11, 2009.

  1. strike

    strike Addicted to LI Member

    I posted this in the Tomato forums, but this might be a better place...


    I am looking to build a new router with a Tomoto VPN mod [thinking SgtPepper currently]for a colleague, and looking at the following routers [in no particular order]:

    1. Buffalo WHR-HP-G54
    2. Asus WL-500G V2
    3. Linksys WRT54GL

    Yes, I know this is a Linksys forum...but was hoping to get some good advice regarding how competitive the WRT54GL and WRT54G-TM is compared to the Asus and Buffalo router.

    Any recommendations/insight appreciated.
  2. Trademark

    Trademark Network Guru Member

    If you can get your hands on a WRT54G-TM, that is probably the best choice. With 8MB flash, 32MB ram, the BCM5352 processor, and upgradeable antennas, you get the best of all worlds. Overclock friendly and super stable, I really can't say anything negative about them.

    The ASUS has the same amount of flash and ram as the TM, as well as USB support, but the BCM5354 processor is a bit sluggish compared to the 5352, even though it runs @ 240MHz. Some have said the build quality can also be questionable. (problem/blown capacitors IIRC)

    The Buffalo is a well built router and nearly identical to the WRT54GL from a hardware standpoint. 4MB flash, 16MB ram and the 5352 processor. The Buffalo has one advantage over all of these in the form of an upgraded radio which could improve your wireless signal, although I have never personally compared them.

    Hope these observations help. Good luck.
  3. strike

    strike Addicted to LI Member

    Trademark - thanks for the information...that is the detail I was hoping for.

    I thought that was the case with the TM...

    It looks like there are a number of new TMs available still out there...


    btw - I have the Buffalo with Tomato Victek mod and can't say anything negative about it...the wireless is the best I have used...but for the larger mods with VPN etc, I was thinking one with the larger RAM and faster processor would be a better choice.

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