miniPCI WMP54GS inside the WRT54Gv1.0

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by dankim831, Nov 5, 2004.

  1. dankim831

    dankim831 Network Guru Member

    hey everyone!

    if you have a laptop and you want to upgrade you minPCI 802.11b card to a miniPCI G speedbooster card then heres a solution.
    personally i didn't want a pcmcia card or a usb attachment cause its too bulky.

    so here is what i discovered thanks to some info on this site.

    if you have a wrt54g VERSION 1 router there happens to be a WM54G miniPCI card installed inside it and all you have to do is take it out. there is a guide showing this as a sticky in this forum.

    i installed this in my toshiba laptop and replaced an atheros 5001x 802.11b miniPCI card and installed the WMP54GS (speed booster version) drivers.

    tada! YES! the card works, turn afterburner on and then you have a speedboster miniPCI card in your laptop!

    obviously the wrt54g that i took appart no longer works as wireless hub/ (does work as a 4 port hub with WAN port if you'd like)

    so i went out and bought a wrt54gs router and now i'm enjoying speedbooster speeds!

    so for any of you out there that need an upgrade to your lap top wireless i hpoe you can take advantage of this!!

    NOTE: i've discovered that a lot of belkin routers have a miniPCI broadcom 802.11g card in them. check out
    if anyone cares to try then let everyone know what happens!

    since speedbooster is a broadcom technology i'm sure that the broadcom minipci should work with the speedbooster router.

    good luck!
  2. Dowunda

    Dowunda Network Guru Member


    Have you tried to install the Atheros 5001x 802.11b miniPCI card where the WM54G miniPCI card was?? Does this rebirth the WRT54G??

  3. Toxic

    Toxic Administrator Staff Member

    how did you get speedbooster with the card from a WRT54G
  4. Esquire

    Esquire Mesquire Staff Member Member

    The miniPCI card is the same as that on WMP54G v.1.

    The SpeedBooster driver should install (same goes with WPC54G) but the card isn't SpeedBooster capable (as is WPC54G). The card may be identified as a SpeedBooster, but that's just the driver INF file talking. In any case, using the SpeedBooster driver instead of the normal driver has been done before: see for details.
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