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VoIP Integration with MIMO Router

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by covogolf, May 19, 2005.

  1. covogolf

    covogolf Network Guru Member

    Does anyone know if there is any plans in the works in the near future to add the VoIP piece into the new MIMO routers to provide for greater coverage area? And does anyone anticipate there will be a WRT54GSP2 router line to take advantage of the speedbooster technology, if so, what is your best guess as to a time frame when that may be released?

    Also, has anyone heard of when will we hear something on the release of a desktop version of the MIMO card? Currently there is only a laptop version card.

    Thanks, :?:
  2. jagboy

    jagboy Network Guru Member

    i think that they might but it is a lot to crame all that into one small box. but right now i they did somthing like it, it would take upto a year or 3.....
    or you could buy a WRT54GSP2 then connect a wrt54gS to the WRT54GSP2
  3. covogolf

    covogolf Network Guru Member

    Thanks, further FYI


    I looked at one at the store today, and they were showing off the back of the box that the WRT54GS would come off the cable/dsl modem, then the WRT54GP2 would connect off the router, what would the effect be or what changes would you have to make if you did it like you are saying?

    Thanks in advance!
  4. jagboy

    jagboy Network Guru Member

    there would not be any real changes in the speed of the intrnet connection.

    the onyl changes that you will have to do is turn the dhcp serve in one router and connect the rotuer with the dhcp off to the router that has the main connection like so:

    internet---wired---wrt54gp2--wired(through a lan port)---wrt54gS(dhcp off)
  5. covogolf

    covogolf Network Guru Member

    ok, so if I turn off DHCP on the wireless router, will a wireless client still be able to get an IP address, and if so, would that come from the WRT54GP2 thru the wrt54GS?

  6. covogolf

    covogolf Network Guru Member

    Reply from Linksys

    I received this reply from Linksys today, with my comments in bold.

    Thank you for contacting Linksys Customer Support.

    These WRT54GP2 routers are working with the same standards as with the regular Wireless-G routers. The antennas don't have anything to do with the VoIP feature of the router itself. These antennas are for the internal network's use only. Even if the router is using a single or double antenna, it will still work on the same performance and will have the same specifications as of the other Wireless-G routers. This does not make sence, why go to the cost of two antennas if one antenna will do the job, for looks? I don't think so, I don't think this sales support person knew very well what they were talking about, it just does not make sense. The antennas are for one to transmit and one to receive, if you have one antenna doing both, performance and coverage area will be effected.

    The only difference between the two devices (WRT54GP2 / WRT54GP2A-AT) is the VoIP service. The other one is for the Vonage provider and the second is for AT&T provider. Not true, one has one antenna, one has two antennas

    The Web Utility is of the same interface and same applications and features. The IP address of the VoIP router is, and they are using the default Username: admin and Password: admin.

    As of this point the company haven't released any plans of adding up other features to the VoIP routers so far. But we will keep you posted regarding our new updates or check that on our website www.linksys.com

    Do you have an idea of what the performance and/or coverage numbers would be of one antenna vs two?

  7. gotamd

    gotamd Network Guru Member

    As for there only being a PCMCIA version of the card you want, they do make PCI adapters for PCMCIA slots so you can use PC Cards on desktops.
  8. covogolf

    covogolf Network Guru Member

    yea but the only problem with that is, is that there is no external antenna, and when you put a pcmcia card in a pci slot, you typically will see interference due to the metal and other electrical components being right near the antenna...That would work better if Linksys made a pcmcia card with a way to connect an external antenna to it, sorta like the Lucent Orinoco cards, or the older type Cisco Aironet Cards.

    Good thought though!
  9. mandelm

    mandelm Network Guru Member

    I've got a WRT54GP2A-AT which I've stopped using because of the lockup problem. AT&T sent me a DVG-5102S which I use with a WRT54G V4. Is there any firmware you can load to these WRT54GP2A-AT routers to make them a good router and forget the VoIP function?
  10. stangri

    stangri LI Guru Member

    Why won't you buy the WRTP54G and put a second antenna onto it? Also, the unit I've opened had the mini-pci wifi card inside, so theoretically you might be able to cram in a better wifi card in there, pending support by the firmware.

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