Netgear WGT-624 more than double the range of Linksys WRT54G

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by MrBiglund, Jun 1, 2005.

  1. MrBiglund

    MrBiglund Network Guru Member

    Just bought a WRT54G V3.0 router after having some lock up problems with Netgear WGT-624 locking up after couple of days of use and needed hard reset. I was impressed by the documentation that I had read about the WRT54G on the net and also liked the idea of having multiple flavours of hacked firmwares to choose from. However, I'm really dissapointed with the wireless range of WRT54g compared to the netgear router. My neighbour (one house over) could catch a full signal of the Netgear router also I was getting full signal from the Netgear router throughout my house and backyard and plus throughoutput speeds of constant 23Mbits/sec. However, the WRT54G which was supposed to be "disruptive technology" not only underperforms in wireless transfer speeds to the Netgear but also has very poor range. I get around to 9Mbits/sec with Alchemy based firmwares to 13.5 Mbits/sec with Hyperwert inside my house maximum compared to Negear getting 23Mbits/sec. I can understand the difference with speed (Netgear uses different technology, dual channel bonding) that's why it's rated at 108Mbit/sec. But, I don't understand the poor range of the WRT54G compared to the Netgear. The Netgear had ony a single small antenna compared to two antennas of the Linksys. Also, I can fluctuate the transmit power of the linksys upto 251, however I've only gone upto 120Mw and momentarily to 200Mw to see if my next door neighbour could catch the signal, but it didn't succeed. I get good signal around inside my house but that's about it. I tried locating the router at different locations but still no luck. Also, I've noticed that although the Linksys doesn't lock up like the Netgear after a couple of days of use but it reboots spontaneously every now and then. This issue is there with all of the firmwares I've tested.
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