WRT54GX2 reivew
Posted by aogWednesday, 14 December 2005 at 18:43 TrackBack Ping URL

A couple of weeks back our old Linksys wireless router / access point died, some sort of permanent internal failure. I had been bugging She Who Is Perfect In All Ways about upgrading out wireless layout but she had resisted. Now fates had delivered her in to my hands. Bwahaha.

In any case, I had mentioned the new MIMO wireless routers, so have prepared the ground I was able to convince her to replace the old router with a cool new MIMO one. We went with the Linksys WRT54GX2. As noted in the reviews I had read, it was a major effort to get it correctly configured and operational (apparently, internet access is required in order to set it up, even if you don’t want to use the WAN or router features of the device — that’s broken). However, as advertised, once it was working it’s worked wonderfully. It hasn’t gone down once since we get it on line. And without a doubt it has much better range. We keep it in SWIPIAW’s office, which is upstairs. My office seems to have been built with a Faraday cage around it, so we had to have a second wireless access point in there to cover the house. Not any more - I now get “Good” reception there from the MIMO wireless (where before I was lucky if the access point was even detected). We also used to have problem if we went too far out in the yard, but now we get reception almost to the next street. And note, this is without upgrading any of the wireless clients at all. Definitely worth the money and effort.

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bink Friday, 16 December 2005 at 08:05

Good to know. I too have the Faraday cage issue; my office, where my WRT54GS lives, has a great deal of difficulty reaching other parts of the house. I’ve purchased a 6-ft extension for the antennae, and I’ve considered upgrading to hi-gain antennae as well. However, I’m a little tired of dumping money into a router that really has a hard time reaching my XBox which is about 30 ft. away—albeit behind the fireplace and a true metal barrier.

I’m glad to see this review, and I’ve spent some time looking at a very interesting technology. Check out the following web site for a really cool wireless approach: http://www.ruckuswireless.com/

I’m very torn between MIMO and what Ruckus is doing. What do you think? Ruckus is pretty expensive ~ $300.00 to get the router and adapter. I honestly prefer the hard wired speeds and reliability. I’ve been thinking about running the CAT5 outside the house in metal shielding (on a slab and no attic). That still may be the best and cheapest approach in the long run.

Annoying Old Guy Friday, 16 December 2005 at 09:14

I haven’t looked at Ruckus. The Linksys router was relatively inexpensive, about $100 after rebate, and didn’t require any new wireless cards for the better performance (although I’m told that you get another big boost if you do get new cards). That means I can use the built in wireless of our existing laptops and still be better off. Quite a good deal.

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