WAP54G Why waste money? buy a WRT54G and disbale routing, dhcp, etcy

Discussion in 'Other Linksys Equipment' started by Chris2002330, May 26, 2008.

  1. Chris2002330

    Chris2002330 LI Guru Member

    I recently had a need to pick up a few wireless access points to help relatives increase wireless reach in their larger houses and extending outdoors.

    Looking at the WAP54G that's retailing at $64 at some of the big name internet retailers... I was dumbfounded to see a WRT54G router at $29 at the same stores.

    Heck the WRT54G has many more features than a WAP... Yet is half the price?

    It was a no-brainer to buy the cheap WRT54G routers, disable DHCP and setup a static ip address xx.xx.xx.2

    ...and Viola, cheap WAP for $29
  2. DaveMcLain

    DaveMcLain Network Guru Member

    There are some things that the WAP can do that the WRT can't but that's only if you're using the stock Linksys firmware. For instance the WAP can be a wireless client and I don't think that the WRT can do that when stock. With firmware like DD-WRT they are quite similar boxes and I see no reason not to just use the WRT54G. I have a few WAP's around and they work just fine. I'm using one with Linksys firmware as an AP and another one with DD-WRT as a client.
  3. HennieM

    HennieM Network Guru Member

    In my book (as I'm sure in the books of the majority of the users on this site), the WAP is just a WRT with only one ethernet port.
    Said differently, the WRT is a WAP with routing and 4/5 ethernet ports.

    @Chris: Be careful though of just buying any WRT you come across - the newest WRTs, from version 5 upward, all have some deficiency relative to older WRTs. If you want a WRT54, get the WRT54GL.

    @Dave: Yes, the stock WRT firmware is extremely limited, and has not got 1/2 the wireless functions of the WAP (in order to entice you to buy a WRT for routing AND a WAP as an AP... ;). But who buys a WRT and keep stock firmware on it....
  4. DaveMcLain

    DaveMcLain Network Guru Member

    I'm not sure why Linksys did that(more or less functionality on a given device) exactly but I guess it's like you're saying to make you have to buy a different device if you want to set up a bridge or do repeating. Maybe it allows them to keep the firmware simple so that setup wizard programs can work more easily and so that people with no networking experience can get their stuff working without trouble.

    At our workshop I have a WRT54GS V5 that I ran for a couple of years with an updated but still stock Linksys firmware. It was always reliable and didn't require any reboots or anything. But I have to say it's a much better device with DD-WRT micro. Setting up the wireless link between two buildings was a ton easier with the better signal strength indication of DD-WRT.
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