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Linksys Compact Wireless-G Broadband Router WRT54GC-UK £26.78 including free delivery from Amazon

* Product Description: Linksys Compact Wireless-G Broadband Router WRT54GC - wireless router
* Device Type: Wireless router + 4-port switch (integrated)
* Form Factor: External
* Dimensions (WxDxH): 9.8 cm x 2.5 cm x 9.8 cm
* Weight: 0.1 kg
* Localisation: United Kingdom
* Data Transfer Rate: 54 Mbps
* Frequency Band: 2.4 GHz
* Data Link Protocol: Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g
* Features: Firewall protection, DHCP support, Stateful Packet Inspection (SPI), MAC address filtering
* Compliant Standards: IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3u, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, Wi-Fi CERTIFIED
* System Requirements: Microsoft Windows 98SE/2000/ME/XP
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#1
http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/3188XMRWBHL._SS500_.jpg

[COLOR=DarkRed]Manufacturer's Description[/COLOR]
The Linksys Compact Wireless-G Broadband Router is really three devices in one small box. First, there's the Wireless Access Point, which lets you connect both screaming fast Wireless-G (802.11g at 54Mbps) and Wireless-B (802.11b at 11Mbps) devices to the network. There's also a built-in 4-port full-duplex 10/100 Switch to connect your wired-Ethernet devices together. Connect four PCs directly, or attach 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. Once your computers are connected to the Router and the Internet, they can communicate with each other too, sharing a printer, digital music, picture and document files, and multi-player or on-line games. To protect your data and privacy, the Wireless-G Broadband Router can encode all wireless transmissions with WEP or industrial-strength WPA Personal encryption. The Router can serve as a DHCP Server, has a powerful SPI firewall to protect your PCs against intruders and most known Internet attacks, and supports VPN pass-through. Configuration is a snap with the web browser-based configuration utility. And the tiny form factor fits any home or desktop. With the Linksys Compact Wireless-G Broadband Router at the center of your home or office network, you can share a high-speed Internet connection, files, printers, and multi-player games with the flexibility, speed, and security you need!
#2
Does anyone know if this supports WPA2 security?
1 Like #3
Good find ray :)

foolsgold99;1498806
Does anyone know if this supports WPA2 security?


Yes :)

Features


Complies with 802.11g and 802.11b (2.4GHz) Standards
Unsurpassed Wireless Security with Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA/WPA2 Personal)
Compact travel size router with built-in antenna
All LAN Ports Support Auto- Crossover (MDI/MDI-X) - No Need for Crossover Cables
Connect an optional external antenna to increase reception and range (external antenna not included)
#4
yeah i have this router somewhere, its pretty good for the price, worth a poke if you need a new one or a better one!
:)
#5
Thanks rep added for you both. I don't know whether to get this or this one:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Buffalo-AirStation-WHR-HP-G54-Wireless-Router/dp/B000E1R3C8/ref=pd_bbs_sr_3?ie=UTF8&s=gateway&qid=1201189937&sr=8-3

I don't know if the latter has WPA2 security???
#6
this is a good router. i have one and it's very reliable, hardly ever needing a reboot and god coverage even without the antenna
also small and discreet :thumbsup:
#7
I have this one too. Got it free after rebates in Canada. The coverage was good and had no problems whatsoever setting it up.

Anyone know any links tutorials of setting up WAP/WAP2 connection? I only know how to set up WEP.
#8
Anyone know if this is better than a 2nd hand Netgear DG834G which someone has offered me for £25 ?

The netgear is this one http://www.ebuyer.com/product/52244

Was going to buy it off him tomorrow but temped with this instead now.

Thanks for any advice,
Steve.
#9
I have had horrible past experiences with 3 different version of Netgear broadband routers.
Two of them died from overheating in a matte rof months.
After that I asked about and foudn that this was the experience of many people out there.
#10
How would this compare with the :- Netgear DG834G 54Mbps Wireless ADSL2+ £41.10
Thanks
#11
foolsgold99
Thanks rep added for you both. I don't know whether to get this or this one:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Buffalo-AirStation-WHR-HP-G54-Wireless-Router/dp/B000E1R3C8/ref=pd_bbs_sr_3?ie=UTF8&s=gateway&qid=1201189937&sr=8-3

I don't know if the latter has WPA2 security???


I believe the amazon one does support WPA2. Have ordered one and will be flashing it with DD-WRT firmware and using it as a bridge.
1 Like #12
tweetee
I have had horrible past experiences with 3 different version of Netgear broadband routers.
Two of them died from overheating in a matte rof months.
After that I asked about and foudn that this was the experience of many people out there.


You were lucky I went through six DG834N (Next generation) ADSL routers in 15 months and about 3 DG834GT's before that. Netgear routers are the worst!!!

Certainly dont buy a 2nd hand one or one which is out of warranty. It wont last long!

EDIT: Also I'll point out the Linksys/Buffalo doesn't have an ADSL modem built in. The netgear does. Some people might get confused.
#13
mikeyp
I believe the amazon one does support WPA2. Have ordered one and will be flashing it with DD-WRT firmware.


Thanks for the reply. rep addded for ypu. could you PM me on how to flash it please?
#14
This has been a great router for me. Very compact and neat looking, which is important because of where it sits - in the hallway!

I tend to stick to Linksys and Netgear routers and receivers.
#15
foolsgold99
Thanks for the reply. rep addded for ypu. could you PM me on how to flash it please?


Im not 100% but i think to flash a router all you need to do is to log on to the router, find an upgrade option and select the new file which you want to go onto the router.

hope it helps
#16
does anyone know if tomato runs on this router? :w00t:
#17
lol - thanks for the advice guys - I'[m gonna go for this one.

worto.
#18
Anyone know if this works nicely with xbox live, like open nat? Cos my old one doesn't work too well cos of the strict nat.
#19
foolsgold99
Thanks for the reply. rep addded for ypu. could you PM me on how to flash it please?


This seems a good guide for the dd-wrt firmware for the buffalo:
http://www.dd-wrt.com/wiki/index.php...4_and_WHR-G125

Might be worth reading up on this thread, different model Buffalo but both use same firmware:
http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/137404/buffalo-airstation-whr-g54s-dsl-wir/showthread.php?t=137404
#20
What's folks opinion. I'm still leaning towards the Buffalo one on Amazon. Any views over this one?
#21
I Receive Broadband via BT Line (ADSL) My Laptop is equipped with an :- Intel® Pro Wireless 3945 802.11a/b/g Mini-Card - Europe. Would this Router be suitable or can anyone suggest another better option ?
#22
zermattbusby - your laptop supports g (hence the a/b/g) and the router is g (and b), so they should be compatible. Can't help regards quality.
#23
I always like to buck the trend, so I'll say my experience of these routers has been awful!

I've had two units both of which were horribly unreliable both with regular drops, hopeless support and overheating.

I guess everyone has differing experiences, but I'll never buy Linksys again (despite being a big Cisco fan - it's clear they are a poor subsidiary :whistling:).

Incidentally, I've got a NetGear now which has been rock solid - just my .02

Losername
#24
TO THE FEW COMPARING THIS VS NETGEAR, IT DOESNT REALLY MATTER AS THEY ARE NOT THE SAME DEVICES
sorry bout caps cant be bothered retyping, anyway the netgear has a built in dsl modem, this does not and is only suitable for cabled areas and tbh cable routers are 10 a penny at this price
#25
zermattbusby
I Receive Broadband via BT Line (ADSL) My Laptop is equipped with an :- Intel® Pro Wireless 3945 802.11a/b/g Mini-Card - Europe. Would this Router be suitable or can anyone suggest another better option ?

This router is a cable router (DSL) not ADSL which is not clear from the Amazon details. Although technically you could use this with your current modem, you'd be much better off buying a similar model with built in ADSL or ADSL2+ modem such as this one http://www.amazon.co.uk/Linksys-Wireless-G-ADSL-Gateway-Annex/dp/B000IG78QA/ref=pd_sbs_ce_title_1
This would then replace your current ADSL modem by combining the 2 devices (modem and router) and is basically meant for your BT line.
#26
foolsgold99
Thanks for the reply. rep addded for ypu. could you PM me on how to flash it please?


are you sure this can be flashed? I know the WRT54G can, but some of these WRT54** models cannot be flashed as Linksys reduced the EPROM in some of the later models which get bricked if flashed.
#27
paulace
This router is a cable router (DSL) not ADSL which is not clear from the Amazon details. Although technically you could use this with your current modem, you'd be much better off buying a similar model with built in ADSL or ADSL2+ modem such as this one http://www.amazon.co.uk/Linksys-Wireless-G-ADSL-Gateway-Annex/dp/B000IG78QA/ref=pd_sbs_ce_title_1
This would then replace your current ADSL modem by combining the 2 devices (modem and router) and is basically meant for your BT line.


Paulace, Thanks ever so much for the advise. The Netgear DG834G 54Mbps Wireless ADSL2, seems to get good reviews, do you approve or should I be looking at something else ? ie the one you mentioned (Linksys)
#28
Be careful - I don't think this has an ADSL modem. You really do want one with a modem built in.

Ebuyer have a good range.
#29
Have any N network routers been posted on here lately. I've searched for 802.11 but haven't found anything.

G is too slow.
#30
I'm still happy with b!
#31
Does anybody know if this item is compatiable with Virgin Media Cable?
#32
zermattbusby
Paulace, Thanks ever so much for the advise. The Netgear DG834G 54Mbps Wireless ADSL2, seems to get good reviews, do you approve or should I be looking at something else ? ie the one you mentioned (Linksys)

Sorry, I meant to say that I don't have any experience of the model I sent you the link for, it was just to illustrate the difference between the DSL Cable and the ADSL ones. Personally I have always used Belkin ones although I've configured lots of other brands (I am a network and computer engineer) and both my customers and myself have had no problems. However I know there's plenty of people reading this who will say how they've had tons of problems with Belkin, but I don't want to start a debate. I will say this though. In my experience, no matter what make of router or other PC component you buy that's freely available, you will always have a failure or a compatibility issue somewhere along the line and someone will want to talk about it, so the best thing to do is read as many reviews as you can and take it from there, although there's never any guarantee of total satisfaction.
#33
ANDYFANCOURT
Does anybody know if this item is compatiable with Virgin Media Cable?


Certainly is. Virgin requires DSL routers and this is one :thumbsup:
#34
My boys have a 360 and would like to play online. We get our BB through a cable modem. Is this what I need to do so?
#35
wiggle_all_night
Anyone know if this works nicely with xbox live, like open nat? Cos my old one doesn't work too well cos of the strict nat.


mine works fine with live no need to port foward or any such tinkering though i lookfoward to tinkering usually!!

joebfc
Im not 100% but i think to flash a router all you need to do is to log on to the router, find an upgrade option and select the new file which you want to go onto the router.

hope it helps



To the chap asking about flashing it, there is an option in there to backup/restore firmware... is this what you mean or do you mean hacking it?
#36
i'd only buy a router than runs Tomato:
http://www.polarcloud.com/tomato

not sure if this one does though.. GC modal is not on that list?

these replacement firmwares (theres another mentioned above) are far far better than any included software i've seen. it's like getting a £200 router for £20. they actually work properly if you use them heavily.
#37
Linzz
My boys have a 360 and would like to play online. We get our BB through a cable modem. Is this what I need to do so?


If you dont already have a router connected to your modem then this will work. Then you could cable from router to xbox or get another router and use it as a wireless bridge to the main router.

zaheer2003
are you sure this can be flashed? I know the WRT54G can, but some of these WRT54** models cannot be flashed as Linksys reduced the EPROM in some of the later models which get bricked if flashed.

I was referring to the buffalo, but theres a list on the page of models you can flash (half way down page).
http://www.dd-wrt.com/dd-wrtv2/index.php
Seems this Linksys isnt on it.

WorKid
Be careful - I don't think this has an ADSL modem. You really do want one with a modem built in.
Ebuyer have a good range.

Agreed my ebuyer budget ADSL router is still going strong at £22.
banned#38
sparc
Have any N network routers been posted on here lately. I've searched for 802.11 but haven't found anything.

G is too slow.


http://www.comet.co.uk/cometbrowse/product.do?sku=429074&tab=specification#spec

I thought that was a decent price (although its at Play for £10 less I believe) for an N series router and dongle.
#39
Nice find.....just ordered :thumbsup:
#40
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