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Which to get? V3.0 or V4.0?

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by StOrmCatz, Feb 12, 2006.

  1. StOrmCatz

    StOrmCatz Network Guru Member

    I currently have a choice between getting a WRT54G V3.0 or a WRT54G V4.0. If you had a choice, which one would you get and why?

    Some stuff that I have read:
    From what I have read so far, the version 3.0 is easier to flash, but it has some hardware problem?

    Version 4.0 on the other hand is harder to flash, but can be modded to also have the SpeedBooster function. Is it worth it to get the extra speedbooster function if my adapter does not support it? I read that for someone, it improved the signal even though his/her adapter is not speedbooster ready. In regards to bios flashing on the version 4, is it really a lot more trouble?

    Any input would be very much appreciated. Thanks!
  2. RonWessels

    RonWessels Network Guru Member

    According to reports, the version 3.0 can also be flashed with GS firmware. Other reports say that the version 4.0 has a particularly strong radio.

    Personally, I have a stash of 4 V4's that I have successfully flashed with GS firmware (Thibor HyperWRT). And the only problem I had was when I told DD-WRT (the intermediate step) to reset to factory defaults on the firmware flash page, when flashing the GS firmware. However, 10 seconds on the reset button cured that.

    To be specific, the flash screen on DD-WRT has selections for resetting defaults after flashing. I have always been successful with having DD-WRT do nothing but flash, and resetting defaults under the new firmware. And I have 1 data point otherwise.

    Oh, and once the units were on the GS stream, I have updated their firmware at least 3 times each, all with no problems.
  3. gotamd

    gotamd Network Guru Member

    Unless your wireless adapters support Speedbooster it won't matter whether you enable it on your router or not. It doesn't help in standard (and most if not all non-Linksys versions of Speedboost) 802.11G networks.
  4. RonWessels

    RonWessels Network Guru Member

    Linksys "speedbooster" is simply the Broadcom (chip set) "Afterburner". There are many non-Linksys adapters that use Broadcom chipsets that have a different name for the afterburner feature.

    Furthermore, there are reports that G adapters with Broadcom chipsets can be converted into GS units by simply switching the drivers.
  5. StOrmCatz

    StOrmCatz Network Guru Member

    Thanks everyone for your input. I think I'll be going with a version 4 since I would like a stronger radio and plus I don't plan on playing with many different firmwares. I'm curious though, once on the GS stream, is the version 4 just as easy to upgrade the firmware (eg. Thibor's v11 to Thibor's v13) as a verion 3?

    Wondering, but would you know if the D-Link DWL-G630 can be converted into a GS adapter?

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