Found a WRT54GS at Walmart

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by CptDom, Dec 31, 2005.

  1. CptDom

    CptDom Guest

    Hello all,
    New guy here..

    Well after owning a Netgear MR814 broadband router for a few years now I figured I should get a new device for better security. I asked a co-worker who is heavily into all sorts of things and he said to get any WRTxxx Linksy because of the 3rd party firmware's. I said great, and went to my local Officemax and picked up a WRT54G. It was even on sale. Unfortunatly, I didn't do my homework prior to the purchase, turns out it was a v5. I will positivly comfirm that the WRT54G-v5 is a total piece of crap. It totally killed my connection speed and as you all know (and now I know) can't take any 3rd party firmware. I returned for a refund.

    After reading a boat load of post, I was now on search for a 54G-v4 or lower, a 54GL, or a 54GS-v3 or lower. Ofiicemax, sold out of everything, Staples only had 54G-v5. Then there was Walmart, had a bunch of 54G-v5, no 54GL's, and a bunch of 54GS all with s/n starting CGN6, then WAAAYYYYYY in the back of the pile was this dusty 54GS box with s/n CGN3. Looking at my list, I knew this was the one to get, I purchesed it and out in the car, opened the box and it is infact on the sticker underneeth, WRT54GS v2. I have not power it up yet, but it should have the 8/32 memory setup from what the chart here shows. Ah, alas, my persistence paid off.

    At the moment I am installing Cygwin on my windows box in preperation for a Cacti install. I have been in IT for 10 years and have worked with MRTG a bunch but see that Cacti is very nice, so I will give it a try. I am still a very big novice on Linux but will probably try getting Cacti installed on a RedHat build in my VMWare Workstation one of these days also. I figured I'd get this working before flashing my new 54GS-v2 with probably dd-wrt. I just love having graphs.

    Anyway, Keep looking for those older versions, they are out there. I'll be sure to post any findings or problems or whatever to add to the community. What good timing, the Cygwin install is 97% complete........
  2. danielhaden

    danielhaden Network Guru Member

    Actually, the new GS isn't bad, it is just not a good bargain because the lower-priced GL is exactly the same hardware. Neither should be avoided. They work well (except for added risk when loading firmware--so this model is not the one to "play" with), and the radio is a bit stronger (seen when running Thibor's HyperWRT for the GS).
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