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WRT54GX4 - SRX400 Worth The Buy?

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by chugger, Mar 23, 2006.

  1. chugger

    chugger Network Guru Member

    Im looking to get a linksys router/access point. Mostly to use as an access point since I already have a router. I want some good range throughout my 1500 sq home. I was considering the SRX400. Can anyone recommend it or not for myself? I wont be doing anything crazy with it like QOS or VPN. VPN is already setup on my 2003 box anyways. Just want something for internet really at this point. Maybe in the future I'll hook up a wireless video cam to it, but thats about it.

    Good buy for 129 bucks? Or SRX200 better? Thanks :thumb:
  2. howardp6

    howardp6 Network Guru Member

    At 129.99 it is a good buy, there are some issues with it with VOIP and the Xbox360 adapter. It has better range and throughput with the WPC54GX4. No PCI adapter available now, but it should be out shortly. If you are using standard 802.11G devices you will get a little better range and thoroughput. The antennas are not removable. Only the WRT54GX v 2.0 has removable antennas. There is no support of bridging and repeating and no third party firmware. None of the SRX series may be upgradable to 802.11N. So if you have time wait.
  3. jgutz20

    jgutz20 Network Guru Member

    i'd say its definately worth the cost, even with non srx adapters they have been a lot better in my experience
  4. chugger

    chugger Network Guru Member

    So come to find out, I might be getting VOIP with comcast, for our new phones in our house. Any comments on how this would perform with VOIP? Or do they give you another box for the phone?

    Does this VOIP, take away from my bandwith?
  5. Chuck_IV

    Chuck_IV Network Guru Member

    If you get this, make sure you get your hands on firmware 1.00.13 or above, as 1.00.13 and above fix most issues with VOIP.

    Normally the way it would work is they give a voip box and you attach it as a client to your router.

    As for using up bandwidth, yes it will, but within the WRT54GX4, you can set the priority of what device gets bandwidth over another, thus keeping your call quality up.
  6. chugger

    chugger Network Guru Member

    Well, what I'm gonna attempt at having them do is, setting up two boxes. My cable modem that I just bought (Motorola) and the VOIP box. I dont want my phones and internet on the same modem, because if I have to power down the internet for any reason, I dont want my phones to drop to.

    Hopefully this VOIP box they give isnt a router integrated.

    Also, hopefully I can set this SRX400 as an access point. I already have a router, so I need to be able to disable the routing fucntions
  7. howardp6

    howardp6 Network Guru Member

    You can setup the SRX as an access point only using the standard instructions. Ther only difference is you have to disable NAT on the advanced routing page.

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