WRT54GL to WRT610N?

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by IsLNdbOi, Jan 19, 2010.

  1. IsLNdbOi

    IsLNdbOi Network Guru Member

    I'm currently using a Linksys WRT54GL w/ two of these antennas:

    in place of its stock antennas. I'm also running it w/ the latest tomato firmware.

    We recently got a new laptop that has an 802.11n card. Also, all of our desktops have gigabit ethernet and we do tend to transfer large amounts of files b/w our computers.

    I can get a Linksys WRT610N for $89. Should I jump on this deal? How does the WRT610N compare to my current router in performance and range?
  2. howardp6

    howardp6 Network Guru Member

    The WRT610N will give you better range with a 802.11N wireless NIC, but not all wireless N equipment is compatible. What wireless N NIC does your laptop have. I could not get my son's Intel 802.11N to even detect my router, much less connect to it. The WRT610N can broadcast over both the 802.11A and 802.11G bands at the same time and supports a different SSID on each band. It does have Gigabit ports, so if your wiring is at least cat5e your wired connection will have increased bandwidth. All of your connection will have to be a least cat5e, including jacks and plugs. or they will only connect at 100 Mbs. The WRT610N also lets you connect a USB drive to share on your network. In short, the WRT610N will only give you better performance if your wireless NICs can connect and for your wired connection if your wired network supports at least cat5e.
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