WRT54G vs. WRT54GS

Discussion in 'DD-WRT Firmware' started by PGalati, May 14, 2006.

  1. PGalati

    PGalati Network Guru Member

    I have access to multiple Linksys Routers, many versions. I am currently using DD-WRT v23 RC1 and have a question. For the every day Joe that just wants a secure reliable internet feed, does the G or GS really make a difference. I guess I am specifically talking about speed, since the security is pretty much the same on either unit. I am currently using a WRT54G v2 4/16. Here is a sample speakeasy.net speed test:

    Last Result:
    Download Speed: 4767 kbps (595.9 KB/sec transfer rate)
    Upload Speed: 175 kbps (21.9 KB/sec transfer rate)

    Two primary laptops, and iBook with a b card and a MacBookPro with a g card. Would replacing the WRT54G with a WRT54G have a justifiable impact?

    BTW, the RC1 firmware from Brainslayer is very cool. Keep up the great work.

  2. CoBrA2168

    CoBrA2168 Network Guru Member

    In that last sentence, if you mean to replace your WRT54G with a WRT54GS, then no, it wont give you a huge difference.

    The GS vs. the G really only depends on transfer rates between two computers, like if you wanted to transfer a file from one computer to another via internet, it would be slighly faster.

    But physical download/upload speeds would not be different at all (as far as i know)
  3. BigDog_UMG

    BigDog_UMG Network Guru Member

  4. ka9yhd

    ka9yhd LI Guru Member

    Providing that you also have the speed booster cards from Linksys that work with the GS router. Also those notebook speed booster wifi cards will only give you the additional speed in transfer rates with the Windows drivers, not Linux or Apple.
  5. CoBrA2168

    CoBrA2168 Network Guru Member

    Yeah, your Down/Up speed wont change at all with a GS over a G

    The only that will change is transfer rates between two pc's and thats only if both cards are GS
  6. Toxic

    Toxic Administrator Staff Member

    What version of GS are you aiming for? the later models have a faster switch.
  7. PGalati

    PGalati Network Guru Member

    I am not really aiming to replace what already works very well. Our local Sam's club has many WRT54GS units, many of them non v5. I purchased a v5 not knowing that Linksys conveniently located the router's serial number outside the plastic mold from hell. I now have a printed list of serials in my wallet to cross reference what to avoid. I plan to return the v5 in favor of what appears to be v2's and v3's.

    Should I scour the inventory to find a v4 serial number. Is it worth that much effort to get a v4GS over a G3VS?

    no computer to computer traffic, printing seems quick enough and internet is plenty.
  8. Trademark

    Trademark Network Guru Member

    Actually, the GSv3 is probably the best one to get. It has the System-On-A-Chip 5352 like the v4, but comes with 8MB Rom and 32MB Ram vs 4MB/16MB on the v4.
  9. PGalati

    PGalati Network Guru Member

    So what does the 32MB and ram provide that 16MB does not? I know everyone like bigger better faster more but does the additional memory truly provide a significant or noticable improvement?

    I do have a WRT54GS v2 with 32MB of ram running v23 RC6 and have roughly 19.7MB free of 29.6MB Total. The other is a WRT54G v2 with 16MB of ram and roughly 3.9MB of 13.9MB total. Should there be a noticable difference in performance using the GS over the G?

    I hope I am not being a pain asking these questions, curiosity is getting to me. I assume under heavier loads, the 32MB would be more efficient, am I wrong?

    What are some good examples of using that available ram? Web server is one possibility, and others?

  10. 22bsti

    22bsti LI Guru Member

    i guess you could buy it test it and return it good ol return policy :grin:
  11. Lazybones

    Lazybones Network Guru Member

    More ram = more connections

    Having more ram on the unit lets you set a larger max connections setting.. p2p apps or having many PCs in a network will use up connections.

    The WRT units tend to crash when they run out of memory.
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