Which Version of WRT54GS to Buy

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by stevendm, May 18, 2005.

  1. stevendm

    stevendm Network Guru Member

    I'm a newbie here and I am confused.

    What's the bottom line? Do I buy a WRT54GS version 1.0, 1.1, or 2.0?

    I have heard of problems with the 1.1 and 2.0 versions. Is this an isolated problem or does it affect everybody? Is it a real show stopper or just an annoyance.


  2. littlewhoo

    littlewhoo Network Guru Member

    Yes, some WRT54GS 1.1 and 2.0 have problems with freezing when transferring certain file patterns. Here you can read more about this http://www.linksysinfo.org/modules.php?name=Forums&file=viewtopic&t=2601

    In this thread you'll also find some files containing these patterns, which you can use for testing. Not all WRT54GS 1.1/2.0 are affected by this. Out of 8 WRT54GS 1.1 I have bought, 1 had this problem.

    WRT54GS 1.0 devices are not affected by this problem. But there is another reason, why I would prefer buying a WRT54GS 1.0 (if you can still get one): the ethernetcontroller in v1.0 does support VLAN tagging, while it's still unclear, if the new controller in 1.1/2.0 is also capable of this.
  3. stevendm

    stevendm Network Guru Member

    Thanks for the quick reply. I just picked up a WRT54GS v1.0 from Fry's and I was wondering if I had made a mistake. I normally like to get the very latest stuff, but in this case it may not be the best thing.
  4. littlewhoo

    littlewhoo Network Guru Member

    Fry's? This is a store in the US, isn't it? I'm quite surprised, that they are still selling WRT54GS v1.0 devices.
    On the US market v1.0 was replaced by v1.1 long before v1.1 was available in Europe. But even here in Germany it's almost impossible to get a v1.0 device anymore (except form eBay). v1.0 are out of stock and all stores are selling only v1.1.
  5. stevendm

    stevendm Network Guru Member

    Yes, Fry's is in the US. I looked and the serial number starts with CGN1, which indicates a v1.0 model (I think). Very strange. It had better not be a refurbished item, because I paid full price for it. I think I will stick with it.

  6. jagboy

    jagboy Network Guru Member

    right now i have the wrt54gS v2 and it runs ok. love the extra memeory that is were i host my web site
  7. stevendm

    stevendm Network Guru Member

    APparently you cannot trust the serial number to indicate the version. My serial starts with CGN1 but it is indeed a v2. I will still keep it. Thanks for the help.
  8. malfeasance

    malfeasance Network Guru Member

    Another reason maybe to buy a v1.1 or v2 is that, according to scuttle-but on this site, that the Broadcom switch chips in the later versions are true 100Mbps switch chips as opposed to the ADMtek chips which have been said to be really 34Mbps. Here is a post from their website about the ADMtek chip: " ... a high performance, low cost, highly integration (Controller, PHY and Memory) five-port 10/100 Mbps TX/FX plus one 10/100 MAC port Ethernet switch controller." Here's the site: http://www.infineon.com/cgi/ecrm.dll/ecrm/scripts/prod_ov.jsp?oid=52869

    Couldn't find the Broadcom chip's info on their site yet.

    I guess it depends on what functions you really need. The speed thing: how did someone figure out the ADMtek chip was really 34Mbps? Wouldn't that negate the whole "Speedbooster" hype? Anyway, I've never seen my GS's or G's transfer more than 4.5Mbps anyway.

    Of all four WRT's I have recently purchased, two G's and two GS's, the serial number decoding given to us on this site has been perfectly accurate. You can verify it by seeing if it has the ADMtek chip or the Broadcom chip. If you don't want to "pop the hood" and lose your warranty, you might try looking through the holes with a flashlight. Go to this page to see where to look: http://www.linksysinfo.org/modules.php?name=Content&pa=showpage&pid=6. However, using http://...../SysInfo.htm, my GS 1.0 reported v2.0. If that is how you found it, it's probably wrong.

    Down here in New Mexico, finding later versions of the WRT's has been a challenge. Radio Shack has great prices on Linksys products through 5/25, $49.99 for a G and $69.99 for a GS, plus a $10 rebate opportunity from Linksys. But I wanted to buy the later models, though in the case of the GS, I'm not sure if it's worth it. The G's do have a difference in there CPU speed, according to the info here.
  9. zgamer

    zgamer Network Guru Member

    Check out Sams Club, I've been to three different Sams Club in the last month and they all still had a decent supply of v1.0's on the shelf for $69
  10. jagboy

    jagboy Network Guru Member

    that does not sound bad
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