Linksys ???

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by cliffhanger45, Nov 11, 2005.

  1. cliffhanger45

    cliffhanger45 Network Guru Member

    Hi every one ok i am kind of new to this so here goes, i have an old DSL router that is slowly going out and i have been advised to get a new one by my DSL provider. i have been told by many to get a BEFSR41 or a BEFSX41 CABLE / DSL FIREWALL ROUTER for wired, which i have been told is still the best way to go as wireless is not very safe as all people have to do is drive up in front of your house with a laptop and can get on line as you are sending out a signal. besides my house is all wired and it is 2 stories so is kind of hard to send a good signal to all the computers we have all around the house. So people educate me what are good ones and what are not so good, also which versions. Help i have to get one before this old one catches on fire. smells hot and feels to hot to pick up.
    Please advise and explain your reasons for what you think. Thanks cliffhanger45 :eek: at
  2. gaster

    gaster Network Guru Member

    I would still get a WRT54G or WRT54GS. It does wired and also wireless and you can shut off the wireless if not needed. The advantage of these routers is the 3rd party firmwares which give you extra options. Some of the extra options revolve around QOS and port forwarding which might be nice for you wireless or not.
    Wireless can be very secure, you just need to set up encryption and these routers suppport every encryption option around right now.
  3. cliffhanger45

    cliffhanger45 Network Guru Member

    OK that makes a lot of since, and if down the road i want to change to wireless it will work for that. But what version, i am told or have read that the V5 and maybe the V4 are bad because it is running VXWorks now and something about half the RAM it did have. Please advise, also what is the difference between the WRT54G and the WRT54GS. thanks cliffhanger45 :eek:
  4. gaster

    gaster Network Guru Member

    The old GS has speedbooster and 8 MB of flash RAM and 32 MB of ROM. The old G only had 4 and 16. Now some of the v4 GS units have only 4 and 16 just like the old G and the new v5 G has 2 and 8.

    I was going to post a link to a spot on this page that had all the serial numbers listed so you could know what to search for when shopping at a store, but the page is gone now.
    Basically, the serial number tells what version it is. The first 4 characters are the ones that matter.

    for the G, look for CDF then a number like CDF8 or CDF9. They started with CDF1 and went to CDF9, followed by CDFA and now CDFB. CDFA is the v4 and they will work with other firmware, but they are very hard to get loaded with something other than the linksys firmwares. I would look for one from CDF1 to CDF9.

    CDFB is the v5 that has only 2 and 8 for memory and it doesn't run Linux so no alternate firmware will work on it.

    If you want a GS, the serial number will start with CGN1 to CGN6. CGN6 is the v4 unit that probably will have 4 and 16 for memory, just like the G, so you are getting ripped off if you get that one.

    Don't buy online, you will get the latest hardware versions and won't be happy with them. Try stores that don't move many of these like a Walmart or Sam's club for example.

    Here is a page that shows the guts of them:
  5. gaster

    gaster Network Guru Member

    One more thing, don't get the very old G units like the v1 or v1.1. These would be CDF1 or CDF3. I don't think there are any real problems with them, but they had 125 Mhz processors vs. the newer ones that have 200. I think the newer ones would just be better possibly, but I could be wrong.
    All of the GS units had the 200 Mhz processor so it'a hard to go wrong with those.
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