WRT54GX range in standard 802.11g environment

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by alins, Jul 9, 2005.

  1. alins

    alins Network Guru Member

    I am looking to purchase either the latest version WRT54GS or WRT54GX.

    My clients (two laptops) have standard 802.11g mini PCI cards built-in (i.e., no Speedbooster, no SRX). The operating environment will be a 3,000 square feet house, 2 floors, small front and back yards.

    In such an environment, which router will perform best in terms of range and throughput? Will SRX or Speedbooster actually improve performance for pure "g" clients, as compared to using a pure "g" router (such as the WRT54G)? Should I save money and buy two WRT54G routers and put them in a WDS configuration for extended range?

    I assume that as far as router placement, is it best to have the routers centrally located upstairs - correct?

    Any comments will be much appreciated. I think a lot of people are in my shoes since many recent laptops come with 802.11g built-in ...

    Thanks very much to everyone.
  2. alins

    alins Network Guru Member

    Reply from Linksys

    Reply from Linksys Tech Support:

    Since you are using a built in regular wireless-g adapter, you cannot maximize the feature of each wireless routers. They will perform just as a regular router. Your Speedbooster router can only maximize the speed if you are using a speedbooster adapter and your SRX router can only maximize distance if you have the counterpart SRX adapter. This will be your adapter’s limitation.

    You cannot have either WRT54G or any router connect to each other wirelessly. WDS technology is just for you to be able to repeat the signal from a repeater device and not from another router.

    I would recommend you to have a wireless router that is WDS compliant (WRT54G, WRT54GS) or even not WDS compliant and have a WRE54G Version 2 to expand the signal. Please take note of the version since version 1 requires WDS Technology to work with the router. The higher the router, the better. This is to avoid obstacles and interferences that might contribute to interference that attenuates the signal.
  3. alins

    alins Network Guru Member

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