Looking for a replacement for dead WRT54Gv1

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by Morac, Aug 16, 2006.

  1. Morac

    Morac Network Guru Member

    My old reliable WRT54Gv1 died today. I noticed the lights on it were out and I checked and the plug was still outputing power so I assume it just gave up the ghost.

    Bypassing the now dead router, I noticed my Internet download speeds jumped considerably. My ISP, Comcast, uses powerboost which kicks up the speed temporarily at the start of the download. With the WRT54g I maxed out at about 16 mbps. Without it I'm hitting 24 mbps.

    So now I'm looking to replace it with another router. I'm trying to decide what to get. Basically I only have a few criteria:

    1. It needs to support WPAv2 (I think all routers do this these days).
    2. It has to work with my Linksys WET54gv2 and my laptop (Intel PRO/Wireless 2200BG).
    3. I'd like it to support static ip addressing so my laptop always gets the same ip address.
    4. It has to work with World of Warcraft.
    5. It shouldn't have the speed issue I just noticed with the WRT54gv1.

    I don't need a lot of fancy features. Any suggestions?
  2. Toxic

    Toxic Administrator Staff Member

    WRT54GL would be my choice with Thibor15c firmware
  3. Esquire

    Esquire Mesquire Staff Member Member

    I didn't have any speed issue with my WRT54G v1, what did you experience?
  4. Morac

    Morac Network Guru Member

    I didn't notice any speed issues myself until I directly connected my laptop to my modem. Speed bursts went from around 16 mbps to 24 mbps. Not something people would probably notice.

    I could try the WRT54GL with the Thibor15c firmware but I'm worried about disconnects. I was running tofu 6.2 on my WRT54Gv1 (because later firmwares caused disconnection issues).

    Also Thibor15c is kind of bloated for what I want to do (just use static ip). Does it have any performance issues?

    Do any physical retail stores sell the WRT54GL? I'd like to pick something up tomorrow and have the ability to return and exchange quickly if things don't work.
  5. Esquire

    Esquire Mesquire Staff Member Member

    But speed bursts are not good indicators of transfer speeds... how about normal constant data transfer? How fast is your broadband connection?

    I just upgraded my office WRT54G v2 to Thibor15c recently and taking a test drive before installing it in the new office, and, apart from a specific issue that is no fault of Thibor15c, so far so good. Personally, I prefer how my Buffalo router implements Static IP.

    Initially, the WRT54GL is not available to US markets, dunno if that has been changed. I'm not in the US and a WRT54GL retails some US$10 over a WRT54G v5 unit in the shops.
  6. Morac

    Morac Network Guru Member

    Actually the term "speed burst" isn't technically correct. My ISP, Comcast, implemented a feature where the speed for the first 10 seconds of a download is basically unrestricted after that it drops back down to 6 mbps. During the first 10 seconds with the WRT54g hooked up I'd get about 16 mbps. Without the WRT54g I get about 24 mbps to the same site.
  7. Esquire

    Esquire Mesquire Staff Member Member

    Right, other than that your wireless network transfer speeds were within normal operational parameters? You should get somewhere around 20-25Mbps at close range in the same room.

    Anyway, the WRT54GL is a good replacement - it's a WRT54G v4 in disguise. And you can install Thibor15c without the hassles associated with WRT54G v5.
  8. Morac

    Morac Network Guru Member

    I haven't been keeping up on products, so I just found the WRTSL54GS. It sounds like this would work well since I have an external USB hard drive which I'd rather not keep tethered to my laptop.

    Is this any good (reviews on Amazon don't look so good)?
    I see you can also put Thibor15c on it. Anyone run with this set up and have any problems?
  9. Esquire

    Esquire Mesquire Staff Member Member

    Good ol' Toxic is running such a setup so I'll leave that question to him to reply (but I think he is in bed already :biggrin:)
  10. Morac

    Morac Network Guru Member

    Actually I just read that it only supports FAT32 formatted drives. Since my drive was formatted to NTFS that leaves me out (assuming what I read is correct).

    I just placed an order for the WRT54GL at Amazon. Should be here in 2 days according to the site so I'll see how it is then. I'm assuming it should be similar to my old WRT54Gv1.

    Thanks for the responses.
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