So, is there any benefit to getting a GS model vs. non-GS?

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by raysmd, Dec 15, 2005.

  1. raysmd

    raysmd Network Guru Member

    I mean besides the additional memory. Is there any benefit to spending more money for the Speedbooster version? Is the wireless performance better? Too bad no one has done a scientific study on this.

    I happen to find a WRT54G v4 (CDFA serial). I'm contemplating returning my GS v3 and stocking up on the WRT54G instead.
  2. howardp6

    howardp6 Network Guru Member

  3. NateHoy

    NateHoy Network Guru Member

    Re: So, is there any benefit to getting a GS model vs. non-G

    Actually, if you get a V4, there IS no extra memory.

    WRT54G V4, WRT54GS V4, WRT54GL. These three are the SAME hardware. You are paying the WRT54GS premium for Linksys-provided firmware that enables SpeedBooster.

    Well, that and the guarantee of a Linux unit, since the WRT54G V4 (the $50 unit) is not being distributed any more, so your only options for a guaranteed Linux unit are the WRT54GL and the WRT54GS, which both carry the same (approx) price tag.

    If you want more memory, go digging for a WRT54GS V3 or prior. I had absolutely no luck finding one, but I did luck into a WRT54G V4 for $50, so I'm not crying too hard, and it's got enough memory to run Tofu 10.
  4. raysmd

    raysmd Network Guru Member

    I'm sure most third party firmware is written to work on the WRT54G, so has anyone really taken advantage of the added memory?
  5. NateHoy

    NateHoy Network Guru Member

    Well, it makes loading the GS HyperWRT builds a LOT easier, since there's lots of room for two firmware revisions at the same time. Some of the DD-WRT versions have gobs of features that you can only use all of them simultaneously with the extra memory. Same with OpenWRT, probably. Some people even load a small web server in the extra Linux space.

    But, as a router? No, not really, or not often. The loss of the memory is probably more of an inconvenience than a real problem.

    However, if I bought a WRT54GS V4, I'd probably be somewhat peeved, since I PAID for a 32MB unit and got a 16MB. In my case, since I bought a WRT54G V4, I got MORE than what I paid for, since I got the 16MB I expected AND I can have SpeedBooster if I want to upgrade to Thibor or one of the others that gives me SpeedBooster.
  6. virgil

    virgil Network Guru Member

    There's also the benefit of being able to load full-featured 3rd party ROMs like DD-WRT which has VPN and VoIP special options.

    These cannot be enabled on WRT54GS v4, WRT54G and WRT54GL because of the limited ROM and Flash RAM.
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