WRT54GL v1.1 Question?

Discussion in 'Cisco/Linksys Wireless Routers' started by AmyGrrl, Sep 12, 2007.

  1. AmyGrrl

    AmyGrrl Network Guru Member

    I currently own a Linksys WRT54GL v1.1 and its running HyperWRT/Thibor15c. Last night my WRT54G v4 Wireless Adapter died on me, so today I went to the store and all they had was the SpeedBooster stuff. Everything is working fine as it is, but I read on wikipedia about the different Linksys Routes and it states the WRT54GL v1.0 supports SpeedBooster. So I was wondering if that was true and does the WRT54GL v1.1 also support SpeedBooster. I've tried setting 'Afterburner' to Auto and Enable, but I don't notice a difference. How would I know is the SpeedBooster function is working? Do I also need to enable a setting on the PC the the WUSB54GS v1 is connected too? I'm thinking the WRT54GL Routers don't really support SpeedBooster and Wikipedia is wrong like always.... anyways, thanks for any info given.
  2. danix71

    danix71 LI Guru Member

    Off-Topic: If you don't know things, or not sure of things...doesn't mean that other's wrong. Wikipedia is most of the time very very good. Anyway, you can get info from people but in a kind way, not saying what you said.

    On-Topic: WRT54GL (both versions) supports SpeedBooster. But you have to enable it on both end (router & adaptor).

    PS: And do you need to put two identical posts onsite ?
  3. HennieM

    HennieM Network Guru Member

    Speedbooster, aka Afterburner, is software functionality. It has very little to do with the hardware. The "Speedbooster stuff", i.e. WRTxxGS stuff you buy, usually have 16MB RAM, while their G counterparts have less RAM (like 8MB).

    For Afterburner to work, (i) both ends must support it, and (ii) your signal strength (on both ends) shoud be very good. I'm not sure axactly at what strength Afterburner would work, but I think you should at least have a 54Mbit/s good connection.

    Further, you mention the WUSB54GS. Your USB setup in your PC may be limiting your speed, so you won't see any Afterburner speed increase. Search this forum (I seem to recall that we had this USB 1, USB 1.1, etc. discussion a while ago).

    As a last thought: Afterburner/Speedbooster is overrated. The speed increase is only detectable under very specific circumstances. Frame burst provides overall speed increase, so make sure you have that turned on.
  4. AmyGrrl

    AmyGrrl Network Guru Member

    I was only curious about the SpeedBooster stuff I just wanted to see what it was like. The signal strength is about 91%. This PC has USB 2.0 Ports. Does the WUSB54GS support USB 2.0 or does it just run at USB 1.0/1.1 like you mentioned. Where on the PC Side do you need to enable SpeedBooster. I can't locate anything under the Wireless Network Monitor or the Device Manager/WUSB54GS Driver. In the end I doubt I will keep SpeedBooster on, I just wanted to check it out. Again, thanks for the help given.
  5. HennieM

    HennieM Network Guru Member

    Windoze I assume? See image.

    Attached Files:

  6. AmyGrrl

    AmyGrrl Network Guru Member

    I have non of those options listed.. only one appears... 'Network Address' ... I think something is wrong with the way the drivers are installed...
  7. HennieM

    HennieM Network Guru Member

    Have you got (one of) the latest GS (not G) drivers?

    I don't know what the story is with the USB adapters anyway. I just found an old post http://www.linksysinfo.org/forums/showthread.php?t=46509&highlight=WUSB54GS where I get over 3MB/sec xfer rate with a WPC54GS (PCMCIA Speedbooster), and significantly less than that with a non-Speedbooster WPC55 card. Tried the same just now with my WUSB54GS connected to a PC with USB 2.0 ports, and get around 500kB/sec only, with the occasional jump to about 1.5MB/sec!
  8. AmyGrrl

    AmyGrrl Network Guru Member

    I've tried the Drivers from the CD... and from the website...
    I assume I have a v1.0 as no version number is listed on the bottom of the device....
    This is all I see...

    I tried installing the device on a different computer and same thing. I guess I'm not able to adjust settings. Does SpeedBooster just turn on automaticly instead? I tried Linksys Online Chat, but that didn't help. How would I be able to tell if SpeedBooster is working?

    In the end I'm not worried if the SpeedBooster works or not. I only wanted to see what it was like. But, it does annoy me a little that I don't have those options to turn SpeedBooster On/Off.
  9. HennieM

    HennieM Network Guru Member

    This threat should probably go to "Adapters". Anyway, got my initial measurements screwed up. Done it again (properly), and ...

    Running Tomato 1.07 on my WRT54GL, with Afterburner on Auto or Disabled, and Speedbooster On or Off on the Windoze XPSP2 WUSB54GS v2 (Linksys v4.1.20.0) driver, I get around 3MB/sec (sometimes topping 3.6MB/s) xfer on a 106MB file copy, wireless PC to wired PC or the other way round. That's about 23-29Mbit/sec.

    When I set Afterburner to Enabled on Tomato, I get about 2.4MB/sec, no matter what the WUSB driver is set to. That's only about 19-21 Mbit/s

    Go figure...
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