WRT54G v5: Tom's Networking Review (6/8/2006)

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by Esquire, Jun 10, 2006.

  1. Esquire

    Esquire Mesquire Staff Member Member

  2. Toxic

    Toxic Administrator Staff Member

    Thanks, i am going to make sure Linksys look at Tim Higgins' findings on this and make them see what they have done.
  3. ka9yhd

    ka9yhd LI Guru Member

    Nice find.

    Simon...... They probably will not admit there is anything wrong with the version 5.

    I know that the WRT54G version 5 does not work with VoIP. Mine had firmware 1.00.1 on it and I was able to make calls but not receive them, as the phone would never ring. After updating the firmware to 1.00.6 I was not able to make or receive calls.

    I ended up doing an RMA return to Linksys and they sent me a WRT54GL version 1.1 I have not had a chance to try VoIP with the GL. But if it does the same as the version 5, at least now I can try 3rd party firmware on the GL.

    However I was able to take my laptop with the Xten-Lite soft phone and Windows XP Pro to my friend's house and had no problems with making and receiving calls with his WRT54G version 2 router with firmware 2.40.4
  4. Toxic

    Toxic Administrator Staff Member

    really, thats why linksys has a v6 and a v7 of the WRT54G now :grin:

    if the V5 was a car, it would have been recalled by now or maybe never made it to the outside world.
  5. ka9yhd

    ka9yhd LI Guru Member

    Ok so there was something wrong with versions 1 through 4 as well since they were replaced with the version 5 ? :eek: :grin: :grin:

    They may not come right out and say it, but they have admitted it by releasing newer versions. :thumb:
  6. Toxic

    Toxic Administrator Staff Member

    Not quite the correct answer. Linksys bring out new versions because of hardware differences. Chip and Component makers often make alterations in productions especially due to cost. if the board changes, the FCC has to test it again, linksys then call it a different version. The main reason I guess is cost. Since the v5 the hardware like ram has got smaller, so production costs are less.

    Since the WRT54G/GS v1-v4 has 3rd party firmwares, I am sure cisco was concerned with the ability to make a budget router into a feature packet router than is equivalent to some of their products which are 10 times the price. thus the v5 and vxworks was produced. the v4 is still in production renamed to the GL but it is not forced into the retail outlets like the v5 is/was.

    However since more and more users are complaining about the v5 and sending them back, linksys needs to look at the cost of customer support and changing the router to a newer model or GL. their profits must be comming down due to all of this.

    With tomsnetworking showing the v5 is crap, linksys will need to rethink its policy of the v5/v6/v7 and maybe scrap it and use the GL instead.
  7. ka9yhd

    ka9yhd LI Guru Member

    Yup. Most companies are only concerned with their bottom line. If they can find parts for a lower price then they will use the lower cost parts.

    You think it is bad here, try looking at wireless cards or main boards. How often do they change parts?
  8. adisor19

    adisor19 Network Guru Member

    So has anyone managed to get some pics of the v.6 and v.7 ? would be nice to fill the missing gaps on the autopsy page :D

  9. ka9yhd

    ka9yhd LI Guru Member

    I have already submitted naked pictures of my WRT54GL version 1.1 :eek: :thumb:
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