Router Charts

Click for Router Charts

Router Ranker

Click for Router Ranker

NAS Charts

Click for NAS Charts

NAS Ranker

Click for NAS Ranker

More Tools

Click for More Tools

Wireless Reviews

Introduction

Linksys Wireless-G Broadband Router with SpeedBooster

At a Glance
Product Linksys Wireless-G Broadband Router with SpeedBooster (WRT54GS)
Summary 802.11g Router based on Broadcom "Afterburner" chipset. Does not support bridging and repeating
Update 19 April 2004 - Corrected info in Internal Details
2 April 2004 - Clarifications in last section.
Pros • Up to 50% best-case throughput improvement
• Upgradeable antennas
• Resonably-priced parental control service option
Cons • Poor throughput vs. distance performance
• Limited port filtering if you don't use the optional parental control service
• Very limited wireless monitoring

Linksys' WRT54G Wireless-G Broadband Router has been a very successful product and the most popular product review here on SmallNetBuilder. It's also been a great product for Broadcom, whose wireless chipset has shipped in each and every one.

The WRT54GS Wireless-G Broadband router with SpeedBooster represents Linksys' entry into the "enhanced" 802.11g wars. It's based on Broadcom's "Afterburner" technology, which Linksys says "increases wireless network performance by up to 35%". Since this is my first review of an "Afterburner"-based product, I'll look at this claim pretty closely in the Wireless Performance section.

Note that the WRT54GS and its companion WPC54GS Cardbus card don't replace their existing non-SpeedBoosted siblings, but are being positioned as higher-performance alternatives - at higher prices, of course.

More Wireless

Featured Sponsors

Top Ranked Routers

Support Us!

If you like what we do and want to thank us, just buy something on Amazon. We'll get a small commission on anything you buy. Thanks!

Over In The Forums

I think the new setting to enable bridge multicast snooping is broken. My only evidence is when I'm watching IPTV, the LAN lights on all my devices be...
That is fellows, I can´t connect with my router RT-AC68U in the most recent firmware 380.66 and 380.66_2So I return to reinstall 3.80.65_4 and works, ...
Hi,I bought a RT-AC66U and was quite satisfied with it, however I noticed a small problem. I have a Static IPstuck to my old mac address router. So I ...
Hello.I have RT-N66U (Ethernet WAN -> Cisco EPC3008) + Huawei E3372Dual WAN I have configured to fail over and ping yahoo.com for every 5 sec.When I h...
A few test builds are now available:https://www.mediafire.com/folder/bj94sbhrh7e49/Test_BuildsAs usual, these have received very limited testing, and ...

Don't Miss These

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3