WRT54G vs. WRT54G2

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by Parry, Sep 26, 2009.

  1. Parry

    Parry Addicted to LI Member


    Have been using WRT54G for about 15months with no major issues apart from resetting twice or thrice.

    The power adaptor just failed on me yesterday. On calling up the cutomer care, got to know that instead of the adaptor the whole unit would be replaced by the new WRT54G2.

    Now, satisfied with WRT54G coverage range/ other aspects & reading reviews for WRT54G2 (frequent disconnections issues), have become apprehensive of getting the router replaced.

    Hence, pls assist me with; :help:

    Whether I should look for a new Power Adaptor for WRT54G?


    Go in for the replacement with WRT54G2?
    (as going around the board have seen some frequent disconnections issues with it)
  2. ymm123

    ymm123 Addicted to LI Member

    well, it depends... if you are sure that it is the power adapter that causes the problem and you are happy with your WRT54Gv?, just try to get a new adapter with equal amps. but if Linksys is offering you an "upgrade" to the WRT54G2... you should consider updating your router. BTW, the WRT54G2 can be updated to a 3rd party firmware like DD-WRT. that will change the router to a really good router.. it all depends on you and how much you want to risk..
    dont forget that Linksys might send you a refurbished router..
    like i said, its up to you to make the choice.
  3. Parry

    Parry Addicted to LI Member

    Thanks ymm123 for your reply. Yeah, the issue is with the adapter. Got a new adapter & WRT54G is working fine.
    Though I still have the Replacement Certificate from Linksys valid for 90 days.

    I got apprehensive of swapping my G with G2 after reading the reviews of frequent disconnections/ dropping of WiFi & at the same time being satisfied with 54G.
    The wireless range of WRT54G works well with my needs.

    Now, is the wireless range of WRT54G2 also similar to its predecessor?
    Also, does G2 have any advantages over G?
  4. TVTV

    TVTV LI Guru Member

    If you own an older revision of the 54G (1.0, 1.1), the G2 should be better in terms of CPU speed. If you own a 200/216 MHz - 16 RAM - 4 ROM version of the 54G (2.0 to 4.0), i'd recommend you keep it (bigger ROM, Linux - no VxWorks). If you own any other revision over 4.0 (5.0 -> 8.2), the decision if completely yours, as both the 54G > 4.0 and the 54G2 are almost the same in terms of CPU speed, RAM and ROM, except the fact that the 54G2 1.0 comes with 16 MB of RAM, not 8 (but it's unlikely that Linksys is gonna replace your 54G with a 1.0 54G2).
    Details on how to identify different HW revisions can be found here (S/N Prefix).
  5. Parry

    Parry Addicted to LI Member

    Thanks TVTV, I have a WRT54G version 7; with 240 MHz, 8 MB RAM, 2 MB ROM, Atheros AR2317 Chipset.

    Of what I spoke to them over the phone, they will be replacing me with a brand new G2 router; version not confirmed.
  6. DaveMcLain

    DaveMcLain Network Guru Member

    I believe that the hardware inside of the G2 was identical to the WRT54G v8. This was true at least until version 1.5 of the G2 which now uses a different chipset. The earlier version of the G2 had the ability to run DD-WRT micro versions but the 1.5 version cannot. I'd say that if you're going to use the box with the stock Linksys firmware that any G2 will work just fine.
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