Should I recommend WRT54GL over version 5?

Discussion in 'DD-WRT Firmware' started by techmanblues, Jan 17, 2006.

  1. techmanblues

    techmanblues Network Guru Member

    I work at a computer store that carries both the Linux version of the router and the VXWorks (aka version 5) version. Let's say a customer comes to me and ask to buy a Linksys wireless router that does not have to be "fancy". Obviously this means not the GS version or the "MIMO" SRX version. So I am left with 2 choices: the GL or v5. Which should I recommend? I know that if I recommend the GL version, it's a self-serving choice because that would encourage Linksys to make more Linux-based routers so that we moddlers can have hardware to play with, but is it a better choice over the v5 version in terms of performance and reliability if the customers does not care about third party FWs like DD-WRT?
  2. NateHoy

    NateHoy Network Guru Member

    Given the number of problems with the early firmware releases of the V5, and the fact that your "casual" customer will have to learn a fast lesson in firmware upgrades just to get some web pages to load, etc, you're better off selling the "GL" if you can. IMHO you're not doing them a favor by saving them $20, though of course to some customers it's going to look like a thinly veiled upcharge attempt.

    Or, lay it out to them.

    The V5 is newer hardware built to with less memory to save money, and though most of the initial bugs are fixed, they are going to have to go through some extra steps to upgrade the firmware as soon as they get it home to get rid of those bugs.

    The GL should work slightly better out of the box, since it is based on the older, higher specification hardware (and chances are already comes with a fully functional firmware release, if not the latest and greatest), and has the capacity to do much greater things in the future should they ever need it.

    Let them decide if it's worth the (I assume) $20 difference.

    The irony is that the "GL" is better for the casual customer because they don't have to load better firmware to make it work for them, and it's better for the geek because they CAN load better firmware. ;)
  3. techmanblues

    techmanblues Network Guru Member

    Unfortunately, for a non-computer savvy customer, price is the deciding factor.
  4. vincentfox

    vincentfox Network Guru Member

    Store I talked to, was PO'd because they were having to deal with so many RETURNS on the v5 units.

    One time I was shopping around and I heard this agitated lady giving a salesman the 3rd-degree about what had they sold her, and why had she spent even more money to get some Rent-A-Nerd out to the house to fix it, only to find out that it couldn't be completely fixed without replacing it.

    The Gv5 unit is junk, be prepared for some amount of returns or more man-hours of hand-holding customers than you may have budgeted for.
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