Some Questions About WRTSL54GS

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by mazilo, Mar 26, 2006.

  1. mazilo

    mazilo Network Guru Member

    I believe I can get a Linksys WRTSL54GS WiFi router for about $30 (after an even trade-in from some local stores). However, before I go ahead, I really want to know the following two answers:
    1. I want to be able to telnet into this router using a Linksys stock firmware. However, when I took a peek at its firmware source code, I did not see the telnetd and login modules under busybox were enabled by default. Does this mean I can just recompile the firmware source with these telnetd and login modules enabled and flashed to a WRTSL54GS to have a telnet login session supported? Can anyone please confirm this?
    2. A Netgear WGT634UNAR (refurbished) @CompUSA can be had for less then $40 and it comes with a more advanced Broadcom 5363 CPU (even runs @200MHz) + an Atheros (mini-PCI) to support for 108Mbps, can anyone please tell me why should I want to waste more of my $$ to get a Linksys WRTSL54GS instead of getting this inexpesive 108Mbps Netgear WGT634UNAR WiFi refurbished router?
  2. Toxic

    Toxic Administrator Staff Member

    1. thats just about it however Thibors firmware has Telnet already added, this would save you compiling your own firmware.

    2. go for a refurbished one if you like. i take it it has telnet and source codes are available for the netgear? do all your wireless clients support 108Mbps?

    Thibor's own firmware has this in addition (afaik) to the linksys original firmware:

    * Adjustment of transmit power of wireless LAN
    * Antenna selection
    * 14 wireless channels
    * 'Boot wait' protection (increase the time slot for uploading firmware via the boot loader)
    * Increased Port Forwarding & Triggering fields
    * Increased QoS Device & Application fields
    * Increased Access Restrictions Policies & Blocked Services fields
    * Command Shell
    * TELNET Daemon (access to shell)
    * Startup & Firewall scripts
    * Uptime and load average
    * Reboot button at 'Management' page
    * Additional filters to proxy, Java applet, ActiveX, cookies, port scans and P2P (blocks BitTorrent, Kazaa, WinMX, eDonkey, DC and Gnucleus)
    * WDS and Wireless Bridge (WET) capabilities
    * Static DHCP leases
    * Local domain names
    * Programmable SES button (wireless on/off button or run a custom script)
    * UPnP page to view and delete UPnP mappings
    * Site survey page to view other networks in your neighborhood
    * Secure Shell server (SSHD)
    * Wake-on-LAN from GUI (from qwerty)
    * Port redirection
    * P2P-specific QoS
    * Additional DDNS services
    * Raw print server for USB printers (HyperWRT Thibor SL only)
    * Bugs from the stock firmware fixed
    * Plus other improvements

    as you say if you dont want to waste money go for the netgear, how ever you only get what you pay for, and linksys comes with a 3 year warranty, does your refurbished router have that?
  3. mazilo

    mazilo Network Guru Member


    Thank you for your quick response. I heard this WGT634UN has a problem with its A/C adapter. I believe the refurbished units are mostly due to this A/C adapter issue. IIRC, I don't think Netgear has released its firmware source code, yet. However, there seems to be a working OpenWRT firmware that can be flashed and run on this WGT634UNR router. I must say that the firmware installation is a bit elaborate and tricky for this router.
  4. bbarrett

    bbarrett Network Guru Member

    The CPU in the WRTSL54GS runs at 266MHz.
  5. noelabc

    noelabc Network Guru Member

    Does anyone noticed that using firmware 2.00.5 for the WRTSL54GS, the current time under status is "Not available"? My internet is working but it doesn't seem to pick up a time from the NTP server. If I replace this WRTSL54GS with my WRT54Gv3, the current time shows up and I'm able to use the access restriction policy. Is this a firmware problem? Thanks in advance. :)

    I'm sorry if I posted on the wrong topic. :shock:
  6. Thibor

    Thibor Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    yes, it's a firmware problem that exists on both 2.00.1 and 2.00.5
    it has been fixed in both mine and tofu's versions
  7. vincentfox

    vincentfox Network Guru Member

    I don't know about the NetGear.

    SL has 266 MHz CPU, and some headroom with 8 megs flash, 32 megs RAM. Raw WiFi speed not so important to me, all WiFi speeds are LIES in any case. Do you get 108? Not even close. You want real speed use wired ethernet 100-FD beats it any day.

    But one thing I like about the SL is it has 3 "real" ethernet interfaces, eth0=LAN, eth1=WAN, eth2=WiFi. Most cheaper products use a single interface for LAN and WAN and some trickery with the VLAN tagging to make it look otherwise. This means that performance tops out on LAN/WAN packet switching at around 20-30 megs/sec.

    With the SL style design it can move packets closer to 60 megs/sec.
  8. noelabc

    noelabc Network Guru Member

    Thanks! Loading a third Party Firmware will void the warranty, right? Are there any other known issues that Linksys is not aware of regarding this WRTSL54GS? :)
  9. Thibor

    Thibor Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    there are many many issues Linksys will be aware of, but precious few that they will acknowledge as being true
  10. u3gyxap

    u3gyxap Network Guru Member

    Now, this got me excited. I did check on Broadcom's website, and yes, the BCM4704 does have 2 10/100 interfaces. Which is great!

    The switch used is BCM5325, which is manageable 5+1 port, and normaly provides 4 LAN and 1 WAN ports in such routers, by doing tricks with the VLANs.
    If the 2 interfaces of the BCM4704 are in fact used, we could have 1 WAN and 5 LAN ports.
    Either some switch port is not connected, or some ethernet interface of CPU is not connected.
    Or the second ethernet interface is used, but hardwired to one of the 5 ports of the switch (like the old routers with non-manageable switches).

    What do you thing we are dealing with?
  11. slamcat

    slamcat Network Guru Member

    The SL is quite simply, with Thibor's firmware, awesome. I've had this thing now for about a month and have thrown everything at it except for the kitchen sink and it's performed like a champ. Better transmit then my old WRT54G v2.2 AND the USB port, even though it's not doing much for me right now (wait til I get a USB HD enclosure).

    The only thing I'm not thrilled with is the cheesy way they set this thing up to stand vertically. Almost like an afterthought.
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