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WRT54GS is rubbish...or a dodgy unit

Discussion in 'Networking Issues' started by Soto, Nov 25, 2004.

  1. Soto

    Soto Network Guru Member

    I bought a WRT54GS to replace my BEFW11S4 so I could use my DLink DSM 320 properly (it's designed for G) - but so far I'm less than impressed to put it politely. Obviously I want to make sure that I'm not being a flid about this before I get back in touch with the vendor so I'd appreciate some feedback or advice from you guys.

    First off - when I initially set it up the network was running at 1mbps (came as surprise to me), so I upgraded the firware from the US site (here in the third world country of Britain we're not technologically advanced enough to have our own firmware, or even any decent support sites) which solved the issue of network speed with it now reporting 54mbps as it should do.

    Now here's the the really doozy - my 11mbps BEFW11S4 had a connection strength of 90% with my Dlink Media Centre, but the WRT54GS gives a strength of less than 60% if I'm lucky. Nothing has changed - only the router - same position, in the same room as the Dlink with line of site yet I'm getting rubbish connectivity (even knocked up some parabolic antennas to see if that would make a difference).

    So chaps, any suggestions or go for an RMA?

    Thanks for your input.
  2. Lazybones

    Lazybones Network Guru Member

    First think to try is a different channel, the DLINK unit might have a different default than the Linksys..

    There might be external interference like a 2.4 Ghz cordless phone in a very close channel.
  3. 4Access

    4Access Network Guru Member

    I'd also suggest you consider trying a custom firmware that allows you to play with the Tx power of the radio.
  4. Soto

    Soto Network Guru Member

    Thanks for the replies guys.

    I tried going through the channels - no change.

    I'll give a custom firmware a go and let you know how it goes - but should it be giving me less signal strength than a 802.11b router? I tried it on b only just in case and that made no difference either.

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