WRTG54GS speedbooster question

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by cloudspear, May 14, 2005.

  1. cloudspear

    cloudspear Guest

    hi i would like to get the WRT54GS with the 108mbit speed but i don't have a linksys adapter card. i just have a dlink dwl-g520 108mbps pci adapter card so i was wondering if i get the wrt54gs will my dlink pci adapter work with it? will it run the dlink adapter card at 108mbps or will it run at just 54mbps. do u need a linksys adapter card to take advantage of the 108 mbps speed or any other brand 108mbps card will also run at 108mbps? thank you for your response
  2. RSL_Fan

    RSL_Fan Network Guru Member

    You have to have a Linksys Speedbooster enabled wireless NIC card to take advantage of the SpeedBooster technology and connect at UP TO 108 Mbps. I am using a D-Link DWL-G520 PCI wireless card with the Linksys WRT54GS, connecting at up to 54 Mbps, and it works great. I was tranferring at about 20 Mbps with the router in the same room. Just moved the router downstairs two levels and was able to stream a stored DVD movie from my other computer. Haven't tested the transfer rate yet. I would almost have to say the wireless NIC has worked almost better with the Linksys than it did when I had the D-Link DI-624 wireless router. I was getting about the same transfer speeds as i am now and that was with the SuperG with Turbo enabled on the card and router. It is more stable with the connection to the Linksys as well. I will probably switch out the wireless card one of these days, but at this rate, i really don't see the point. Good luck.
  3. mstombs

    mstombs Network Guru Member

    The Linksys/ Broadcom Speedbooster uses a single 54Mbps channel with a claimed benefit of up to +35%. Some adverts quote 125Mbps but this is fantasy - and you won't find it actually written in the Linksys documentation.

    Other makes that claim 108 Mbps use 2 wireless channels simultaneously, but other makes claim this breaks the standard and if the airwaves are busy they drop to single channel 54Mbps.

    Have a look at the reviews on Toms Hardware guide for more info - you will also see that th maximumt hroughput on 54Mbps is less than 30Mbps!.

    If you get a WRT54GS it will not connect at above 54Mbps (but they still claim some speedbooster benefit) - but you get the great option of being able to use 3rd part firmware to add more features/ boost signal strength etc.
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