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Linksys WRT54G Wireless-G Router
Publisher: Linksys
Studio: Linksys
Label: Linksys
Platform: Windows, Windows 2000 Server, Windows XP, Windows Me, Windows NT 5, Windows NT 4, Windows NT 3.5, Windows NT, Windows 2000, Windows 98
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  • All-in-one Internet-sharing router, 4-port switch, and Wireless-G (802.11g) access point
  • Wireless data rates up to 54 Mbps--5 times faster than 802.11b
  • Shares a single Internet connection and other resources with Ethernet wired and Wireless-G clients
  • Interoperates with 802.11b clients at 11 Mbps
  • Advanced wireless security with 128-bit WEP encryption, MAC, or IP address filtering
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Product Description
LINKSYS WRT54G - 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. Operates as a DHCP Server NAT technology to protect against Internet intruders Supports VPN pass-through Easy configuration with web browser based configuration utility Product Description
Early Adopters Pick: January 2003. The first high-speed wireless networking router to use the 802.11g standard, which is four times faster than the current standard (802.11b) and backwards compatible.

The Linksys Wireless-G broadband router is really three devices in one box. First, it's a wireless access point, which lets you connect Wireless-G or Wireless-B devices to the network. There's also a built-in four-port full-duplex 10/100 switch to connect your wired-Ethernet devices. Connect four PCs directly, or daisy-chain out to more hubs and switches to create as big a network as you need. Finally, the router function ties it all together and lets your whole network share a high-speed cable or DSL Internet connection.

To protect your data and privacy, the Wireless-G broadband router can encrypt all wireless transmissions, and it supports the industrial-strength wireless security of 802.1x authentication and authorization. The router can serve as a DHCP server, has NAT technology to protect against Internet intruders, supports VPN pass-through, and can be configured to filter internal users' access to the Internet. Configuration is a snap with the Web browser-based configuration utility.

With the Linksys Wireless-G broadband router at the center of your home or office network, you can share a high-speed Internet connection, files, printers, and multiplayer games with the flexibility, speed, and security you need!

Wireless-G is the 54 Mbps wireless networking standard that's more than four 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 interoperate with existing 11 Mbps Wireless-B equipment.

Because both standards are built-in, you can protect your investment in existing 802.11b infrastructure, and migrate 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

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 Details
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 Based on 871 reviews.
  • Sales Rank: 20

Customer Reviews

0 of 0 people found the following review helpful:

5Impressions of a non-expert..., Apr 25, 2023
I am writing this review for those of you who know little or nothing about all the technical aspects of setting up a home wireless network. I do not know all the pros and cons of the various alternatives; I just know what works for me. So this is simply about my experience with this product.

A friend of mine (a professional tech geek) offered to set it up for me during a weekend visit, but the router did not arrive in time for him to help me with it. When I had originally looked at routers at a local electronics store, they had offered to set up the router and the network for me for about $100-120. My friend kept telling me that I should just try it myself because it was so "easy" to do (for him, maybe).

Well, I did it! I followed the instructions (carefully) that came with the router, and I was able to set up the network and to make it secure. And best of all: it works! It has been up and running for several months now, and we have had no trouble with it. It works throughout the house, as well as on the back patio.

So for those of you tech-dummies out there, like me, there is hope! This product works.

0 of 3 people found the following review helpful:

5Excellent product, and I got it free!, Apr 25, 2023
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful:

5Few years now and still going, and going, and going......., Apr 18, 2023
This Router has been on the market for 3 years, and it?s unbeleivable the amount of linksys products are out there.

I have 2 of these at home, they are WRT54Gv3.0 so i updated it with a linux firmware available online freely. It?s incredible what you can do with this router together with the new firmware.

Out-of-the-box it?s quite capable too, but i just wanted to know what all the hive of the linux firmware was.

The most outstanding quality of this router is the posibility to increas the power of the antenna, it?s shipped with it?s power set at 28mw, but i setted it at 150mw (out of 250mw possible) and have an amazing range, all of this with included antenas.

If you want a device thats capable of doing good & hard work get this Router.

BTW: the web interface is quite easy to use, it even has an online help included.

7 of 9 people found the following review helpful:

5You have to wonder..., Apr 18, 2023
You have to wonder why so many reviewers have such different experiences recently than over 800 others over the course of the past 3 years. I recently purchased this router since I thought it was unlikely I would need the range or speed of the speedbooster model.

The router set up perfectly on Windows XP and installed immediately from the included CD. Security, via several different options, was a snap. I followed the directions by not plugging anything in until told to do so. The USB wireless antenna on the remote computer installed just as easily and found several different networks within my neighborhood, a typical suburban cul-de-sac. Impressive!

The instructions that came with my unit were in proper English, without any spelling errors or anything else that would lead me to believe this was a less than perfect representation of LinkSys product quality. Overall, very nice!

3 of 11 people found the following review helpful:

1horrible, Apr 16, 2023
I have so many problems with this router. Set-up is a nightmare and I have to reset it almost daily for no reason. The connection is slow. All in all, I am very unhappy that I got this router and will be purchasing a new one.

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