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Linksys WGKPC354G Wireless ASDL Modem Router 54mbps & Laptop Card. Only £39.99!

£39.99 @ PC World
Everything you need to start a high-speed home wireless network! Includes a Wireless-G ADSL Gateway and a PC Card Wireless-G Adapter for your notebook computer. Key Features & Benefits: * Comple… Read More
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Everything you need to start a high-speed home wireless network! Includes a Wireless-G ADSL Gateway and a PC Card Wireless-G Adapter for your notebook computer.

Key Features & Benefits: * Complete solution includes an ADSL Gateway and a Wireless-G Adapter for your notebook * Gateway includes ADSL modem and router to share the Internet connection and other resources with both wired and wireless PCs * Wireless communications at up to 54Mbps data rate - secured by 128-bit encryption * Advanced Firewall, Content Filtering and Security features protect your PCs, your data and your family

Includes 1 Year Manufacturers Warranty & Freephone Support

Usual price £79.99 Web exclusive price £39.99 (reserve online & collect at store only)


I bought one of these earlier this year in a similar offer and can thoroughly recommend them
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#1
Very nice for this kit :) Thanks!

Please everyone vote on ALL deals and leave reputation http://www.hotukdeals.com/forums/images/custom_buttons/reputation.gif where it's due ;) Thanks!
#2
does this work with Blueyonder?
[admin]#3
Not really. It could work as a wireless bridge but not an access point. I think that's correct anyway?? You would want to be using this with BT or anything that uses an ADSL connection.
1 Like #4
No not with Blueyonder you need a DSL router not an ADSL router - there's no need of the modem. You can use any wireless router you like with your exisitng modem - I have a Linksys wireless router with my Blueyonder modem. PC World have some very good combo deals if you need the PC Card/USB stick. FWIW Morgan had these Linksys ADSL gateways for about £10 less.
[admin]#5
Thanks for the info Tenex and welcome here!
#6
As above replies, this only works with ADSL. Blueyonder is cable broadband DSL, your best bet is to go for the LinkSys such as [COLOR=blue]this one[/COLOR] or the wrt54g LinkSys.
#7
Welcome to HotUKDeals and Thanks for your first post Tenex from me too :) You've been here along time...
[admin]#8
! No kidding, I didn't even notice that :D


Tenex vbmenu_register("postmenu_102329", true);
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Join Date: Dec 2004
Posts: 1


The strong silent type huh ;)
#9
I bought this just after Christmas last year. In fact am using it as I type!
Just make sure you download the latest firmware from the linksys website. Makes it run 'better' apparently....
#10
Hi, great find. I too can confirm that (IMHO) this is an excellent piece of kit. Am a big fan of Linksys products anyway but have used ethernet/modem routers from several manufacturers and this one is the most user-friendly that i've used. Highly recommended product. £10.00 cheaper than Maplin were selling these for last month whilst on sale.
#11
Don't knwo a lot about these, but I'll vote http://www.hotukdeals.com/images/vote-hot.gif as you all seem to suggest it's a good offer. Well done Premier, I'll give you some rep as well. :D
#12
rayman
Welcome to HotUKDeals and Thanks for your first post Tenex from me too :) You've been here along time...
I look in occasionally - more frequently lately - and thought I should post in the forums, I have to confess when I tried to create an a/c yesterday I was surprised to see the email address was already registered! Even then I didn't realise when I first joined until it was pointed out. I second the suggestion of a Linksys WRT54xx but whichever make you buy always check the manufacturer's website for the latest firmware. Thanks from me to the Admins and all who post here.
#13
can somebody tell me if it has RJ45 ports at thje back please as i want a router that can support both wired and wireless networking.

Thanks
#14
kk_cheung
can somebody tell me if it has RJ45 ports at thje back please as i want a router that can support both wired and wireless networking.

Thanks



Yes, four ethernet ports. 8)
#15
kk_cheung
can somebody tell me if it has RJ45 ports at thje back please as i want a router that can support both wired and wireless networking.

Thanks

Hi kk_cheung, As dieselglider has confirmed there are four ethernet ports on this ethernet modem/router/firewall and yes, wired and wireless networking is supported simultaneously (the latter can be switched off if you do not want to use the wireless part of the router that otherwise acts as an access point).
Cannot recommend this product highly enough particularly for £39.99 (£30.00 cheaper than what Argos are charging for the WAG354G on its own). Product specification for the WAG354G ethernet modem/router/firewall (gleamed from Amazon.co.uk - hope this is alright):

Technical data
Main Specifications [LIST]
[*] Product Description: Linksys Wireless-G ADSL Home Gateway WAG354G - wireless router
[*] Device Type: Wireless router + 4-port switch (integrated)
[*] Form Factor: External
[*] Dimensions (WxDxH): 14 cm x 2.7 cm x 14 cm
[*] Weight: 0.3 kg
[*] Localisation: United Kingdom
[*] Data Transfer Rate: 54 Mbps
[*] Frequency Band: 2.4 GHz
[*] Routing Protocol: RIP-1, RIP-2, static IP routing
[*] Data Link Protocol: Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g
[*] Network / Transport Protocol: PPTP, L2TP, IPSec, PPPoE, PPPoA
[*] Remote Management Protocol: HTTP
[*] Digital Signaling Protocol: ADSL2+
[*] Features: Firewall protection, DMZ port, DHCP support, NAT support, auto-uplink, Stateful Packet Inspection (SPI), DoS attack prevention, MAC address filtering, VPN passthrough, URL filtering, IP address filtering
[*] Compliant Standards: IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3U, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g
[*] Manufacturer Warranty: 3 years warranty[/LIST] Extended Specifications

General
[LIST]
[*] Built-in Devices: Antenna
[*] Depth: 2.7 cm
[*] Device Type: Wireless router
[*] Form Factor: External
[*] Height: 14 cm
[*] Localisation: United Kingdom
[*] Weight: 0.3 kg
[*] Width: 14 cm[/LIST] Aerial
[LIST]
[*] Antenna Qty: 1[/LIST] Communications
[LIST]
[*] Digital Signaling Protocol: ADSL2+
[*] Protocols & Specifications: ITU G.992.1 (G.DMT), ITU G.992.2 (G.Lite), ITU G.992.3 (G.DMT.bis), ITU G.992.5
[*] Type: DSL modem[/LIST] Environmental Parameters
[LIST]
[*] Humidity Range Operating: 10 - 85%
[*] Max Operating Temperature: 40 °C
[*] Min Operating Temperature: 0 °C[/LIST] Expansion / Connectivity
[LIST]
[*] Interfaces: 1 x modem - DSL ( WAN ) ¦ 4 x network - Ethernet 10Base-T/100Base-TX - RJ-45 ¦ 1 x network - Radio-Ethernet ¦ 1 x network - Radio-Ethernet - SMA[/LIST] Manufacturer Warranty
[LIST]
[*] Service & Support Details: Limited warranty - 3 years
[*] Service & Support: 3 years warranty[/LIST] Networking
[LIST]
[*] Compliant Standards: IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3U, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g
[*] Connectivity Technology: Wireless, wired
[*] Data Link Protocol: Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g
[*] Data Transfer Rate: 54 Mbps
[*] Features: Firewall protection, DMZ port, DHCP support, NAT support, auto-uplink, Stateful Packet Inspection (SPI), DoS attack prevention, MAC address filtering, VPN passthrough, URL filtering, IP address filtering
[*] Framing Format: ANSI T1.413
[*] Frequency Band: 2.4 GHz
[*] Integrated Switch: 4-port switch
[*] Network / Transport Protocol: PPTP, L2TP, IPSec, PPPoE, PPPoA
[*] Remote Management Protocol: HTTP
[*] Routing Protocol: RIP-1, RIP-2, static IP routing
[*] Status Indicators: Link activity, power
[*] Switching Protocol: Ethernet[/LIST] Power
[LIST]
[*] Power Device: Power adapter - external[/LIST] Software / System Requirements
[LIST]
[*] Peripheral / Interface Devices: CD-ROM
[*] Software Included: Drivers & Utilities[/LIST] Miscellaneous
[LIST]
[*] Authentication Method: PAP, CHAP
[*] Cables Included: 1 x network cable
[*] Compliant Standards: CE, UPnP
[*] Encryption Algorithm: 128-bit WEP, 64-bit WEP[/LIST]

Hope that helps.
Best Regards.
#16
I got it from the previous promotion, which was like 7-8-9 months ago (don't remember exactly). It had one problem - the wireless signal is not strong at all. I returned and exchanged it 3 times - 3 different routers - same problem - signal strength not constant, nor full. If you want to use it for file sharing in LAN network the speed will be quite slow. For ADSL connection is fine. There is a chance, that the current batch is better - I don't know.
#17
Probably requires a firmware upgrade Cyper
#18
martin-w
I bought this just after Christmas last year. In fact am using it as I type!
Just make sure you download the latest firmware from the linksys website. Makes it run 'better' apparently....


I'm glad I'm not alone having bought this modem earlier in the year from PCWorld. I think for same price with laptop card.

Funny thing is I couldn't get installation disk to work with my Dell Desktop PC!

Managed to get online anyway thanks to ISP giving me some help with the settings.

Installation procedure would always timeout reporting some kind of communication fault! :x Even though everything appeared to be working correctly!

I even had trouble flashing the ****** using new firmware from Linksys. There being 2 versions of this I wasn't sure which one to use. So tried both.

It would get 3/4 of the way into the process then restart! I gave up after 10 minutes realising this wasn't the norm for flashing the bios. Although I was a bit worried to turn it off not having successfully completed the process. Modem still worked when I switched it back on.

Gave up on this seeing as it works anyway. Other worrying thing was the release date for the newest firmware. See below.

1st appears correct. 2nd has incorrect date in the info!

Currently my Firmware Version is 1.01.03. Which suggest 1st bios is what I should use. God knows what the 2nd bios corrects as there isn't any info.

Anyone have any ideas?


1. WAG354G - Wireless-G ADSL Home Gateway (Annex A)

Firmware Date: 8/30/2005
Firmware Release Version: 1.01.05
Firmware File Size: 3.5 MB

Linksys, A division of Cisco Systems, Inc.

Product: WAG354G Annex A (European)

Release Date: August 30, 2005

Classification: Firmware Release History (European versions only)

NOTE: Not for use with Annex B models (E1 and DE), English only firmware.

Disconnect all wireless clients from the gateway during the upgrade process.
Make sure no wireless clients attempt to associate with the gateway until
the upgrade process is complete.

Firmware Version 1.01.05
- Fixed and updated help pages and other problems with web GUI
- Fixed problem with LAN receiving WAN PADI packet
- Fixed problems with SNMP
- Fixed problems with Management password set to blank
- Fixed problems with QoS input values
- Fixed problems with VPN under Manual mode
- Fixed problems with MTU not accepting some values in manual mode
- Fixed problems with different messages showing when PPP disconnected for
PPPoA and PPPoE
- Fixed problems with selecting some time zones

Firmware Version 1.01.03
- Initial release

__________________________________________________________________________


2. WAG354G - Wireless-G ADSL Home Gateway

Firmware Date: 1/31/2006
Firmware Release Version: 1.01.54
Firmware File Size: 3.44 MB

Linksys, A division of Cisco Systems, Inc.

Product: WAG354G Annex A v2 (European)

Release Date: January 31, 2005

Classification: Firmware Release History (European versions only)

NOTE: Not for use with Annex B models (E1 and DE), English only firmware.

Disconnect all wireless clients from the gateway during the upgrade process.
Make sure no wireless clients attempt to associate with the gateway until
the upgrade process is complete.

Firmware Version 1.01.54
- Initial release
#19
rayman
Probably requires a firmware upgrade Cyper

I've done that when I bought it and since then there was no new firmware - 1.01.05

The are selling WAG354G - Wireless-G ADSL Home Gateway (Annex A)
#20
Wonders never cease another post from me ;) In case anyone needs a DSL wireless router like the OP (becaue they're with Blueyonder or another cable company) here's one fresh from today's mailing from Morgan http://www.hotukdeals.com/forums/showthread.php?t=23948 @ Cyper Location is also important - I had mine in a corner and moving it even 18" made a huge difference to the signal throughout the home - which had been OK anyway.
#21
Hi, Regarding the lack of signal strength with this modem/router/firewall in fairness there's quite a well thought out pop-up SMA connector on one of the sides/top (depending on how it's mounted) where a WiFi Antenna can be connected if one is needed. Positioning of this unit is probably quite important, repositioning often remedies signal strength issues.
#22
where can I get a suitable external antenna for this kit? I looked before but couldn't find anything suitable....
#23
martin-w
where can I get a suitable external antenna for this kit? I looked before but couldn't find anything suitable....


Will these help?

http://www.wirelesspro.co.uk/product_info.php?products_id=332 £6.99 delivered.
http://www.wirelesspro.co.uk/images/rubberduck.jpg

Appology for size!!!!!

http://www.wirelesspro.co.uk/product_info.php?products_id=45 £9.95 ex delivery.
http://www.wirelesspro.co.uk/images/5dbi%20Omni%20RPSMA%20Connector.gif
#24
PCWorld.co.uk have put this bundle back up in price now :-(.
Guess was on offer for the end of summer Bank Holiday weekend.
#25
itxweather
PCWorld.co.uk have put this bundle back up in price now :-(.
Guess was on offer for the end of summer Bank Holiday weekend.


Thanks for the heads-up itxweather. Expired status now.

:thumbsup:
#26
CYPER
I've done that when I bought it and since then there was no new firmware - 1.01.05

The are selling WAG354G - Wireless-G ADSL Home Gateway (Annex A)


There is new firmware for V1 WAG354G, firmware 1.01.09. ;)

http://img488.imageshack.us/img488/4084/wag354v1firmwa5.th.png
#27
Chanser
There is new firmware for V1 WAG354G, firmware 1.01.09. ;)


Weird. When I look at: http://www-uk.linksys.com downloads for this model I still see 1.01.05 as being the latest version....
#28
That must be a third party firmware? All I see is the official 1.01.05 too...
#29
It's Beta firmware, I flashed mine and it works fine.
This firmware adds ADSL2+ and some other unknown features. So far I can see they added some advanced wireless settings I think.

Remember it's a beta so don't blame me if it destroys your router etc. :evil:

http://www.gigasize.com/get.php/25276/WAG354G-EU_AnnexA_ETSI_v1.01.09_002_code.bin :evil:
#30
Thanks for that Chanser :) As you say, don't blame anyone if it messes up. Beta ware is virtually "test" software. If you're unsure about how safe it is to use, wait for the final official release...

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