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WRT54GX vs WRT54GX2

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by covogolf, Nov 21, 2005.

  1. covogolf

    covogolf Network Guru Member

    What is the real differences in the WRT54GX and the WRT54GX2? I can see that there is one less antenna, but I can't believe that is what makes up the rest of the difference in price? I have a WRT54GX that I just bought and it works great and signal is very good vs the old WRT54GS router. I have read here where the firmware versions may be not as good in the GX2, and may be a little more buggy. I need to buy another unit for a friend and install it for him, and I am wondering, from just the standpoint of availability and cost if I should buy the GX2 or the GX model. On the linksys spec page for both, I can't see a difference in specs anywhere.

    Any thoughts?

    Thanks in advance
     
  2. howardp6

    howardp6 Network Guru Member

    The WRT54GX is more expensive then the WRT54GX2 and most sellers have switched to the WRT54GX2 due to its lower price point. The WRT54GX is supposed to have greater range and speed than the WRT54GX2 according to the advertisements. MIMO works better with more antennas and radios. Linksys has a filing on the WRT54G v 4.0 which uses SRX400 on the FCC OET website. It is based on the newer Airgo chipset that is supposed to give more speed and range than the other two products. Until 802.11N is adopted, we may be destined to see more SRX products and versions. None of the products may be upward compatible to the 802.11N.
     
  3. covogolf

    covogolf Network Guru Member

    Thanks,

    In further review, I found this morning where it stated the 6x to 8x faster and 2X to 3X farther. I am surprised it was not on the data sheet, but only in a press release. What realistically could make the firmware more buggy from one to the other? Could it not be more realisitic to assume that some of the units may have had poorer QA checks going out the door, and that is why people may perceived a firmware conflict? I have been lucky on most all my units I have gotten so far, so I don't want to hex myself. I saw the filing on the SRX400 this morning. I am torn between the decision, try a newer cheaper version that may have a greater chance of a problem, or stick with what I have again, and just hope that something is not wrong with that unit.

    Anybody else have an opinion?

    Thanks again,
     
  4. Randy

    Randy Network Guru Member

    My gx2 is working great so far, 3 days now and no problems. System performance screen is nice (I've given up trying to upload pictures)
     

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