I'm not sure how this works

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by gharden, Dec 31, 2007.

  1. gharden

    gharden LI Guru Member

    I'll be honest I'm not a big message board guy so I'm not sure what exactly to ask but I really need some help with this.

    I went out and bought a WRT54G router. The guy at Best Buy mentioned something about the firmware being a little "iffy" but I didn't think anything of it, mostly because I had no idea what he was talking about. Now that I've got the thing up and running I'm having some concerns.

    First, my connection speed is horrible (11 - 12 Mbps right now). There's only one other roommate I'm sharing bandwith with, so I don't think we're taxing the connection too much. I've also got it under WEP protection so I don't think any of my neighbors are leeching it. This lack of performance sparked my initial concern. Additionally, I've already completely reset the router twice...

    Second, the Firmware on this thing is version 8.00.2, and most of the firmware upgrades I've looked at aren't compatible with this version yet.

    I guess I'm not sure what to do. I use the Internet literally about 90% of the time I have free time, so the speed issue is really poignant.

    Is there a firmware fix anyone can recommend me? I don't know much about this stuff. I can provide more information if necessary, but I don't really know what to provide in the first place so please, if there's something I can do let me know.

    Thank you!
  2. u3gyxap

    u3gyxap Network Guru Member

    Return it to Best Buy and get a WRT54GL or Buffalo WHR-G54s or Asus WL-500g premium.
  3. gharden

    gharden LI Guru Member

    I'll do that today after work. I hope there isn't any strange version of the GL model to avoid because, chances are, that's the one I'd end up buying out of ignorance.

    Thanks for the information!
  4. frenchy2k1

    frenchy2k1 LI Guru Member

    No, the GL is safe, as it is designed to accept 3rd party firmwares (running Linux. This is what the L stands for).

    Although I wanted to say that depending on your expectations, you may still be disappointed. Wireless is not a perfect medium. Most people only have a few Mbps of internet connection, so they will be happy with wireless and any 802.11G network will give you 10-25Mbps of actual bandwidth. If you are expecting gigabit network capabilities, not even a stable and nice G router can reach it.
  5. justavidjunkie

    justavidjunkie LI Guru Member

    amen to that.
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