WAG54G: worth the change?

Discussion in 'Other Linksys Equipment' started by icest0rm, Jan 25, 2005.

  1. icest0rm

    icest0rm Network Guru Member

    Hi all...
    I come here because of info on WAG54G...
    Now I have a 3Com 3CWRE554G72 but I'm not totally satisfied of it (no DSL modem built-in, no Dyndns service update built-in, no so flexible configuration, not so strong wireless signal just one floor upon)..
    I always liked this Linksys both for features and for the brand name there's behind (Cisco)...but I'm reading here that there are not so much positive experiences with it...
    anyway, I have the possibility to sell my 3Com and buy a used (but brand new, only 6 days of life) Linksys WAG54G...
    should I go for it?
    Do you think that a new firmware could solve current issues?
    If i experience problems do you think that Linksys will swap my unit with the new WAG54G v2 (supposing it corrects the problems of the precedent if they are HW related)? and if so, how does Linksys swapping works? Will they ship fiorst the new unit and then I ship back the bad one or vice-versa so I have to stay for a lot without router?

    Is there any lack of configuratibility in this router?
    In my 3Com for example in PAT you can't set if you want UDP or TCP protocol, you can't disable built-in firewall etc...

    Thanks in advance
  2. icest0rm

    icest0rm Network Guru Member

    well...i've just asked about the new version to Linksys Italy and they answered that also here it is availble...
    anyway i'm asking the guy I should be buying it, to verify if it's a version 2 or not...
    they told me it improves considerably the wireless section and the DSL management...
  3. baillie

    baillie Network Guru Member

    I wouldn't touch it even if it is a bargain, there are just too mnay problems with it, no amount of firmware updates seem to improve it, and the new V2 doesn't appear to be any better.

    But as with most things for every person with a negative view of the WAG there is another with positive views!

    Take the risk if you want, but I wouldn't.
  4. icest0rm

    icest0rm Network Guru Member

    thanks for your position :)
    anyway I think it's a bit too early to judge the V2 without even a fw on the road...there's only the stock fw and they are always full of bugs...it needs always 2-3 releases before the product become what he was meant to...
    that's what i think :wink:
  5. Uso

    Uso Network Guru Member

    The WAG54G is a piece of crap. Very unreliable. Stay away from it.
  6. icest0rm

    icest0rm Network Guru Member

    would be nice to know if new version V2 is also so bad...
  7. baillie

    baillie Network Guru Member

  8. When a product has more than 450 messages in a thread discussing its problems that you might imagine that something is seriously wrong.

    I can understand that you can buy the WAG54G cheap; everybody who has one and uses it for more than the most straight forward work wants to get rid of it.

    So, when you like frustration and wasting time and money: buy it. When you are sensible: look for something else.
    Cisco is just cashing in on the Linksys brandname with a cheap Chinese product that doesn't even come close to what is promised on the box.

    The talk about v2 is probably just a trick cash in a longer. It might be the wireless hardware is somewhat better, but the firmware is just as crappy as in v1.2

  9. icest0rm

    icest0rm Network Guru Member

    Dunno m8...
    v1.2 has surely some problems, but i think (and hope) it's too early to judge on the v2 whenever there are even no firmware for it but only the factory's one...we all know that factory's fw sucks...so maybe a new fw could adjust the problems and show how the old problems of v1.2 were fixed..
  10. hijglander

    hijglander Network Guru Member

    I've got the v2, and when I get myself the new firmware I'll let you know if it's any better then before.

    Anyway the wireless portion of the router is, although a bit slow, verry stable.
  11. icest0rm

    icest0rm Network Guru Member

    that's good, thank you
  12. icum

    icum Network Guru Member

    i am running 1.02.7 and all is well at the moment, but had a bumpy start had to drill out all the air holes must be at least 200, increased the size of each hole 4 times and after loading 1.02.7 things are not so bad....

    still a few problems, but its a lot better now and it was sh|t at the start......

    just found a new firmware 1.02.9 on this site loaded it , its working thats a good start will let you know how it working......

    this site is a top place for any body with linksys gear, thanks to all...
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