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Lower power alternative to WRT54G?

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by snogsnog, Feb 17, 2008.

  1. snogsnog

    snogsnog LI Guru Member

    I saw a report showing that the WRT54G consumes about 0.45 amps with the radio on. I plan on using it as a bridge at a solar-powered site, so power consumption is very important. The WRT54G would have a webcam and a network attached storage plugged into it (the webcam would write images onto the NAS). Do you know of any lower-power alternative to the WRT54G that would work as a bridge?

  2. HennieM

    HennieM Network Guru Member

    I doubt that you would find consumer grade equipment that consumes much less than 5W. All other routers (SMCs, Belkins, D-Links) that I have seen consume more than that.

    I have measured a WRT54Gv5.1 and WRT54GL at 220 - 250mA at 12.7V (~3W) http://www.linksysinfo.org/forums/showpost.php?p=278523&postcount=12 but you should probably work on 6W if you have wired connections to it.

    I think you'll find that the HDD used for NAS consumes more than the WRT.

    If you could charge a 12V 7Ah lead battery full during the day, and power only the router, you should manage. Make that perhaps 2 or 3 batteries to also power the NAS and cam if you have sunshine 250 days a year like in sunny South Africa...

    The WRT54GC might consume less (being a "travel router" and all), but I doubt that it would be significantly less.

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