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Which Linksys router to buy?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Anonymous, Dec 7, 2005.

  1. Anonymous

    Anonymous Guest

    I am in the market for a new wireless router. Should I be looking for a WRT54G v4 or is there a new router that is better? I am looking to use the modded firmware. I appreciate any feedback.
  2. Toxic

    Toxic Administrator Staff Member

    The newest is the WRT54GL this however is really the same as a v4 WRT54G just relabeled due to the v5 unit. do not buy the v5 unit. this runs on VxWorks and has no 3rd Party firmware development.
  3. NateHoy

    NateHoy Network Guru Member

    Best units overall: WRT54GS BEFORE V4 (CGN5 serial # and lower).
    Why: 32MB memory.

    Second best: WRT54G V4 (if you can find one), WRT54GS V4, WRT54GL
    Why: These are actually the same model with different Linksys firmware, and are all SpeedBooster capable units with powerful Wireless.
    Bad: Reports of difficulty taking firmware (generally due to trying to load a "GS" aftermarket firmware onto a 16MB unit, probably - the "GS" developers have had 32MB until the V4 units got castrated).

    My recommendation: Go to the local store and dig through the WRT54GS units. If you can find one with a serial number NOT starting with CGN6, buy it and consider yourself lucky. If not, dig through the pile of WRT54G's and look for serial number before CDFB. If you have a choice, look for CDFA if you want a "free" SpeedBooster upgrade with third party (Thibor or DD-WRT) firmware, or earlier if you want to play with lots of firmware revisions. If you come up empty with both searches, buy a WRT54GL or WRT54GS, whichever is cheapest, because both are WRT54G V4 Linux units now.

    I lucked out, in a way. I found a WRT54G V4 at my local store (Walmart) that had already been priced to the lower-priced units, so I snagged it for $50 (no rebates, though). What I REALLY wanted was a WRT54GS before V4, but I never managed to find one, but at least I got a Linux unit, that I can eventually upgrade to SpeedBooster if I ever care, without paying the premium.

    EDIT: As mentioned above, the WRT54G V5 is not a Linux box. You can identify those as having serial numbers starting in CDFB. The "B" in CDFB stands for "Bad", if you need a little memory trick to remember. ANYTHING but "B" in the 4th position of the serial number = a WRT54G that you want. 6MB, Linux. "B" = 8MB, VXWorks, no third party stuff (yet, and possibly not ever).
  4. Anonymous

    Anonymous Guest

    I thought that the WRT54G V4 was not as good as V3.1 due to the wireless not being as strong.

    I really dont care about having the faster wireless. 54g is fine for me. I have read that the 16mb does not make that big of difference since almost all the firmware is 8mb. So is there any other reason to get a WRT54GS over a WRT54G?

    Thank you for the awesome feedback, btw.
  5. compuworm

    compuworm Network Guru Member

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