Linksys WRT54GS, WMP54GS, WUSB54G & WGA54G Questions

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by bellybuster, Aug 12, 2004.

  1. bellybuster

    bellybuster Network Guru Member

    Hi all

    I am new to all this and I want to connect two pc's and a PS2 to my Telewest modem.
    I have decided to go for the Linksys wireless WRT54GS with speedboost and I understand that all other adapters must be speedboost compatible to get the best out of the system.

    Q.1 What would happen to speedboost on the pc that is using a WMP54GS PCI card if my other pc is using a none speedboost WMP54G?
    (Does it disable the speedboost on the other pc)

    Q.2 What are the pros and cons between using a WUSB54G and the WMP54G with the WRT54GS? (Is there a bottle neck on the WUSB54G compared to the PCI card)

    Q.3 Will linksys be bringing out a speedboost version of the WUSB54G and the WGA54G as they don't make these with the speedboost?

    Q.4 Would I just be better off getting the WRT54G standard and adapters to match?


  2. jdepew

    jdepew Administrator Staff Member Member

    Speedbooster's claimed 35% boost are when all clients are using Speedbooster technology, in the case where some clients exist in plain 54G and others in Speedbooster, there wil be a slight slow down for the Speedbooster clients, though they are claimed to still be faster than vanilla 54G. This is very similar to the case with mixing 802.11b and 802.11g clients in the same environment.

    In theory there shouldn't be any bottle neck by using the WUSB54G as long as you're using USB 2.0, but that '480Mbps' of USB 2.0 is shared amongst all the connected devices and eventually funnels back into the PCI bus anyway, again another shared bus (this time 133MBps = ~1000Mbps). I think out of convenience, I would prefer the PCI as its then in the computer, out of the way, and don't have to worry about an extra icon sitting in your system tray telling you that a USB device is installed.

    An actually test between the two would be interesting to compare.

    I haven't seen anything on it yet, but you can be sure when there is news of them, you'll hear it here first.

    For several reasons, see the 'WRT54G Autopsy', the GS is probably the best bet to go with as you can find it now for only $10-20USD more than the G version. With the option of speedbooster and the extra enabled 16MB of memory, you're probably a little more future proof.

    Hope this helped,

  3. bellybuster

    bellybuster Network Guru Member

    Hi jdepew

    Thank you for answering all my questions. I will purchase the WRT54GS and two WMP54GS, I will leave the WGA54G for now and see if they bring out a WGA54GS

    Many thanks again

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