WRT54GC so bad?

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Anonymous, Dec 9, 2005.

  1. Anonymous

    Anonymous Guest

    I was in several forum and read about the WRT54GC is it as bad as i read or not. The WRT54G last version doesn't run with Linux as the WRT54GC so I would like to know if it's still such a bad idea to buy a WRT54GC which also works without linux. Chance that they will be a 3rd firmware should be greater, bicuse the WRT54G will not be built anymore.

    Can anybody help me with my little problem. :cry:

    2. Question is the linksys router also compatible with D-link PCMCIA cards?
  2. NateHoy

    NateHoy Network Guru Member

    The WRT54G, if you buy a pre-V5 version, is still your better choice as it runs Linux. If you can't find a pre-V5, a WRT54GS or WRT54GL will also be a Linux router.

    As far as "better", well, that's your choice. To anyone like me who depends on aftermarket firmware due to the really poor defaults in the Linksys hardware, a Linksys router without the capability for aftermarket hardware is slightly better than a brick, in that when I throw it I get greater distance. ;)

    But, if your demands are light enough that having just a basic plain ol' router works for you, then, well, why not? There's nothing INHERENTLY bad about the WRT54G V5 and/or the WRT54GC, as compared to most of the other routers out there. It's just that they are not very good compared to the Linux versions of the Linksys series, not that they are bad routers per se.

    With third party firmware in my Linux based Linksys, I have something that rivals $400 equipment, for $50. I have working, stable, flexible QoS. I have the capability to support heavy BitTorrent use while at the same time talking on my Vonage VoIP line and surfing the web, without any noticeable difficulties between the three (BitTorrent traffic drops off severely when the VoIP line is in use, but that's the way I have it set). I have static DHCP. I can reconfigure the router as a powerful access point, or a bridge, or darned near anything else I want except maybe a toilet paper holder (though if you aimed the antennas just right, I bet it'd be good for two rolls).

    The WRT54GS and WRT54G V5 are consumer-grade routers, and that's just fine. There's nothing wrong with that. But for $20 more, and an investment of an hour or two, you can get a WRT54GS or WRT54GL, upgrade the firmware, and get sooooo much more than just a consumer grade router...

    Your call.
  3. NateHoy

    NateHoy Network Guru Member

    In theory, any 802.11b/g router should be compatible with any 802.11b or 802.11g card, be it PCMCIA, PCI, USB, or built in. I've never had a bad experience between any 802.11 access point and any 802.11 card. Some connections are better than others, but they've all connected.

    D-Link, well, I've never had a lot of luck with them. I generally use Linksys or NetGear stuff. But I'm fairly certain it'll work, and if it doesn't, I'm pretty confident it won't be a flaw in the WRT54G ;)
  4. RichieB

    RichieB Network Guru Member

    WRT54GC uPnP is broken

    I give you a good reason why the wrt54gc is bad: the uPnP support is broken.

    I was trying to figure out why MSN messenger says I have a non-uPnP router. I did some extensive testing with this UPnP Tester and Ethereal. It seems that the wrt54gc returns a nice 500 Internal Server Error.

    Without 3rd party firmware, I'll have to wait for Linksys to fix this problem.
  5. RichieB

    RichieB Network Guru Member

    That figures, a new firmware is released (v1.04.5) that fixed this issue.
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