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Linksys WAP54G Wireless-G Access Point
Publisher: Linksys
Studio: Linksys
Label: Linksys
Platform: Windows 98, Windows NT, Windows, Windows 2000 Server, Windows XP, Windows Me, Windows NT 5, Windows NT 4, Windows NT 3.5, Windows 2000
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  • Supports data rates up to 54 Mbps--up to 5 times faster than 802.11b
  • Backwards compatible with existing IEEE 802.11b devices at 11 Mbps
  • Supports 64- and 128-bit WEP encryption
  • Wireless MAC address filtering
  • Router not included, so you cannot connect multiple users to the Internet
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Editorial Reviews: Product Description
The Linksys Wireless-G access point lets you connect Wireless-G (802.11g ) or Wireless-B (802.11b) devices to your network. Because both standards are built-in, you can protect your investment in existing 802.11b infrastructure, and migrate your network clients to the new screaming-fast Wireless-G standard as your needs grow.

For more information on the differences between an access point and a router with access point, see the following table:

access point vs. router To protect your data and privacy, the Wireless-G access point can encrypt all wireless transmissions. The MAC address filter lets you decide exactly who has access to your wireless network. Configuration is a snap with the Web browser-based configuration utility.

Wireless-G is the upcoming 54 Mbps wireless networking standard that's almost five times faster than the widely deployed Wireless-B (802.11b) products found in homes, businesses, and public wireless hotspots around the country--but since they share the same 2.4 GHz radio band, Wireless-G devices can also work with existing 11 Mbps Wireless-B equipment.

Future-proof your wireless network with the Linksys Wireless-G access point. You'll enjoy Wireless-B connectivity today, and be prepared for a high-speed Wireless-G tomorrow.

The Linksys Wireless-G access point is compatible with Windows 95, 98, Me, NT 4.0, 2000, and XP.

See a comparison diagram of the different wireless technologies.

Wireless networks are rapidly becoming more popular and coming down in price. Since they don't require cables, you can use the devices anywhere in an office or home, even out on the patio. There's no need to roll out an Ethernet network cable to each room of a house; you can network anywhere--without wires. Outside the home, wireless networking is available in hotspots at coffee shops, businesses, and airports--great when you're on the road and need to get some work done. For convenience, wireless networking is the answer.

Which Wireless Standard Is Right for Me?
Now that you've decided to create a wireless network, the next step is to figure out which wireless standard to use.

Basically, a standard is a set of specifications for a device. All devices that follow a specific standard share operating characteristics, such as the radio frequency used and maximum data transfer speed.

For wireless networking, there are three standards to choose from at this time:

  • 802.11b
  • 802.11a
  • 802.11g

To learn about the differences between the standards and select the right one for your network, click here for an easy-to-understand chart.

Product Description
LINKSYS WAP54G - Wireless-G is the emerging 54 Mbps wireless networking standard that's almost five times faster than the widely deployed Wireless-B ( 802.11b ) products found in homes, businesses and public wireless hotspots around the country. The best part is, since they share the same 2.4GHz radio band, Wireless-G devices talk to existing 11 Mbps Wireless-B equipment.

Product Details
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 Based on 100 reviews.
  • Sales Rank: 607

Customer Reviews

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:

1Yet Another Wireless Piece of JUNK!!!, May 23, 2023
This thing is JUNK!!! Don't waste your money. I am a computer professional and I had it working for about 5 minutes, then after powering it down and back up it never did work again! If you buy one, go through the setup and if it doesn't work immediately SEND IT RIGHT BACK TO AMAZON! Don't waste your precious time trying to get a $70 brick to do wireless because the odds are that you will just be wasting your time.

Finally, Amazon likes to keep the good reviews toward the top of the list to keep the potential customer from being discouraged. However, YOU SHOULD PAY MORE ATTENTION TO THE BAD REVIEWS THAN THE GOOD ONES. If the product is in fact good it won't have many bad reviews, or even possibly none at all if it is exceptional. However, look up all the bad reviews for this product. They should tell you that something is seriously wrong with this product.

0 of 2 people found the following review helpful:

5Works like a charm, May 1, 2023
This WAP is fast and easy to set up. Works like a charm with my router. No problems. Perfect for those who already have a Linksys router.

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful:

5Acceptable performance for home use and small business use..., Apr 13, 2023
I tested this device, among many others, while writing the Wireless# Certification Official Study Guide and have to say that I was surprised. It performed equally well with Netgear and Intel access points when an 802.11b client connected and when an 802.11g client connected it actually outperformed the others. The reason for my surprise was that the WRT54G wireless router from Linksys is horrible compared to Netgear's hardware. In the end, I can definitely recommend this device for small office and home use.

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful:

5Easy and Reliable!, Mar 16, 2023
Very easy to setup and thus far has been extremely reliable. The intitial setup is quite simple. Also very easy to maintain, edit, make changes through the web interface. Nice product.

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful:

4Good replacement for Aironet Access Point, Mar 12, 2023
I bought this to replace an aging (technology-wise) Cisco Aironet AP. I have a mixed wired and wireless system at home, and a new laptop had the 802.11g wireless client (my older one has .11b).
Relatively easy to install.
Linksys (now Cisco) brand name implies good quality
Good WEP encyption capability.
Allows seamless VPN pass through to my heavily firewalled business/work infrastructure
Stable once config issues resolved
Too expensive compared to similar Wireless Router, which I didn't need.
Took several attempts to resolve IP address conflicts, but then I run 3 wired desktops, two home and one business laptops, a print server and a networked laser printer off a 4-port cable router + 8-port switch + wireless access point.

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