What should I get? WAG54G or WAG354G? What's the difference?

Discussion in 'Other Linksys Equipment' started by TB303, Aug 7, 2005.

  1. TB303

    TB303 Network Guru Member

    Hi People,
    I'm thinkiong of buying either one of those two models, but I can't figure out what's different between the two, other than looks.

    I've never had arouter before, nor did I configure a network properly, but I'm a fairly clued up user so I'm sure I'll manage.

    I'm primarily interested in online gaming and file sharing.

    I live in the uk and connected to BT ADSL (2Mb).

    One thing I couldn't figure out about the WAG354G was the avilability of third party firmware, I couldn't find ANY! or am I missing something?

    Many thanks,
  2. ChrisYelofin

    ChrisYelofin Network Guru Member


    With the WAG54 you can create up to 5 VPN tunnels but the WAG354 will only support VPN IPSEC pass through. Having sold and used both I've found the WAG354 seems to be quicker than the WAG54. The main reason for buying the WAG354 is that the WAG54 is going to be discontinued in a few weeks...! You don't need the VPN capability for what you want so stick with the 354.

  3. TB303

    TB303 Network Guru Member

    Thanks mate!

    What does the VPN bit mean? Can't the WAG354 do VPN? I was hoping to securly access my coputer at home, from work...
  4. ChrisYelofin

    ChrisYelofin Network Guru Member


    VPN = Virtual Private Network. With the WAG54 you can set up a VPN tunnel from work to home for example using the router. The WAG 354 only supports VPN, that is you need a bit of client software on the PC to create the VPN. It depends what you want to do with it ??

  5. TB303

    TB303 Network Guru Member

    Thanks mate,

    I want the VPN to monitor mny network (p2p downloads), and down the line be able to access digital cameras that we are going to in stall to monitor our baby when we are at work.

    I've yet to really look into it.

    (Shouldn't be a problem to install a client software, no?)
  6. ChrisYelofin

    ChrisYelofin Network Guru Member


    Now this is complicated network stuff....Have you got control over the router at work. If not, you won't be able to set up a VPN. The best camera to get is a Linksys WRV54G which has a built in web browser. Setting these up can get a bit messy. Depends how much money you want to spend....
  7. TB303

    TB303 Network Guru Member

    Thanks for the advice mate.

    Were stilll looking for cameras,
    Do I even need VPN to access the cameras, securely from work?

    (I'm interested in securing the camera - that no one else will be able to spy on my house ;-))
  8. TB303

    TB303 Network Guru Member

    A quick update:

    I got the little machine.
    It looks great, very elegant, my wife liked its look on our workspace.

    Set up was a breeze,
    I tried the set up wizard from the CD, which from some reason failed to connect or transfer the settings to the router.
    A quick call to their support and I fixed some network setting in my PC's adapter - setting IP and DNS to auto assign rather than fixed...

    Anyway, set up is a breeze,
    and I even managed to gt a web server I occasionally use to run perfectly through a simple port forward. BitTorrent ran without and need to configure anything!

    I have only 1.5 problems:

    1. I didn't manage to connect to the WiFi network from the laptop... I suspect that I didn't configure the security settinigs like I was supposed... I'll look into this.

    2. I Was wondering if I can get any graphical application that can show me the speed and load of the connection in real time, a bit like you can see when you connect the ADSL directly to your PC...

  9. Ofloo

    Ofloo Network Guru Member

    does this discontinued shit means that they won't support it, and won't make proper firmware either ?
  10. ChrisYelofin

    ChrisYelofin Network Guru Member


    You'll be pleased to hear that the supplier was out of stock of the WAG54 and not that it is being discontinued. So no need for concern.

  11. Dolfhin

    Dolfhin Network Guru Member

    How is the WAG354 firewall? Is it a clear enhancement over the WAG54G V2 or just the same?
  12. TB303

    TB303 Network Guru Member

    To be honest I never had a WAG54GV2 unit, so I can't copmare.
    So far the FW works great, torrents and everything else worked fine without any need to configure anything.

    I ran several port scanner - with superb results.

    I'm very happy, turned off my software FW.

    Hope this helps
  13. Dolfhin

    Dolfhin Network Guru Member

    Thanks, just one quick question, if you use Azureus for torrents does it show a green status (which should mean that it has an advance firewall) or does it show a yellow status (which would basicly mean that the firewall is the same as the Wag54G V2)?
  14. vslavik

    vslavik Guest

    HW and firmware differences between WAG54G and WAG354G

    Does anybody know what are the differences in hardware and software between WAG54G and WAG354G?

    I'm mostly interested in being able to modify the firmware and as this is a new unit, there's little information about it, unlike in the case of WAG54G.

    I wonder if the basics are same or if there are important differences... Is it also based on the AR7 platform and ADAM2 loader? Is the embedded Linux similar (I assume it is Linux-based because there's GPL sources download for 354) and do the informations on changing WAG54G firmare (and recovering from failures...) more or less apply to this unit as well?

    Can I log in as root using telnet and make changes to the running system?

    Thanks for any info!
  15. TB303

    TB303 Network Guru Member

    Azureus is perfect it automaticallly configured itself (UPnp - I think, not sure) - actually added an enter on the router port forwarding list - connects better than before!!
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