Geekzone: technology news, blogs, forums
Guest
Welcome Guest.
You haven't logged in yet. If you don't have an account you can register now.




BDFL - Memuneh
59195 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 10424

Administrator
Trusted
Geekzone
Subscriber

Topic # 56941 29-Jan-2010 10:14
Send private message

After years using the old Belkin it seems I am finding some problems with high number of connections at home, so I am looking for something newer.

I am interested in the Linksys Wireless G rounter for $159 at DSE (product code XH9447). Has anyone tried it on TCL cable?






View this topic in a long page with up to 500 replies per page Create new topic
 1 | 2
2591 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 195

Trusted

  Reply # 294269 29-Jan-2010 10:22
Send private message

Looks just like the WRT54GS I have?




Check out my LPFM Radio Station at www.thecheese.co.nz cool

 

 

 

Use this link to sign up to Bigpipe broadband and you'll get $20 off your first bill: Referral Link


621 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 78

Subscriber

  Reply # 294278 29-Jan-2010 11:01
Send private message

The WRT54GL is perfect, have installed it for a few of my friends on Telstra cable. Easy to set up and there are plenty threads on how to put on open source firmware (if you wish).

 
 
 
 




BDFL - Memuneh
59195 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 10424

Administrator
Trusted
Geekzone
Subscriber

  Reply # 294280 29-Jan-2010 11:05
Send private message

Thanks for the confirmation - I think this specific code comes with an OSS firmware already installed, but will update if needed... Collecting one today.




25693 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 5447

Moderator
Trusted
Biddle Corp
Subscriber

  Reply # 294283 29-Jan-2010 11:11
Send private message

Great device.

Even though it's the Open Source version it still comes with Linksys firmware. Installing DD-WRT is highly recommended!


8020 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 386

Trusted
Subscriber

  Reply # 294290 29-Jan-2010 11:40
Send private message

The WRT54GL is pretty old hardware now, I would look at the Asus RT-N16 (gigabit lan, wireless N and better specs). If it's too expensive for your taste the WL-520GU is slightly better and usually cheaper than the WRT54GL.

Asus RT-N16 vs Asus WL-520GU vs WRT54GL

Cpu: 533mhz vs 240mhz vs 200mhz
Ram: 128MB vs 16MB vs 16MB
Flash: 32MB vs 4MB vs 4MB
Lan: 1000Mbit vs 100Mbit vs 100Mbit
Wireless: 802.11n Draft (300Mbit) vs 802.11g (54Mbit) vs 802.11g (54Mbit)
Price: ~$200 vs ~$90 vs ~$115

3rd party open source firmware like: DD-WRT or Tomato firmware is highly recommended.

420 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 80


  Reply # 294449 29-Jan-2010 19:15
Send private message

WRT54GL running DD-WRT here after previous recommendations from this very forum. Yep, it's probably old hardware now, but I have no complaints about it's performance.






BDFL - Memuneh
59195 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 10424

Administrator
Trusted
Geekzone
Subscriber

  Reply # 294450 29-Jan-2010 19:17
Send private message

Got the WRT54GL today from DSE Queensgate. Configured and installed now, running smoothly. Will try DD-WRT later when I am sure this hardware has no problems and I can burn it...





2242 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 654

Trusted

  Reply # 294513 29-Jan-2010 22:06
Send private message

You should have gone for the Asus WL-520gU, it comes with a USB port, runs a slightly faster CPU, but the same as the WRT54GL for $40 less. However a quick poke at Pricespy everyone are out of stock.

Personally I would go for OpenWRT, it's more fun than DD-WRT, and "true" opensource... if you care about that sort of thing.







BDFL - Memuneh
59195 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 10424

Administrator
Trusted
Geekzone
Subscriber

  Reply # 294516 29-Jan-2010 22:11
Send private message

I don't care about open source or not - but I do care about how it will perform. I've noticed that the router is not even close to the Belkin when it comes to downloads - it seems to have problems with multiple connections?

However the Belkin would slow down the entire LAN to a crawl after a certain number of connections, while the Linksys seems to slow down only the machine with multiple connections.

I will try an alternative firmware this weekend.




420 posts

Ultimate Geek
+1 received by user: 80


  Reply # 294520 29-Jan-2010 22:37
Send private message

freitasm: I don't care about open source or not - but I do care about how it will perform. I've noticed that the router is not even close to the Belkin when it comes to downloads - it seems to have problems with multiple connections?

However the Belkin would slow down the entire LAN to a crawl after a certain number of connections, while the Linksys seems to slow down only the machine with multiple connections.

I will try an alternative firmware this weekend.

Let me know how you go with that.
I've got Vuze set to cap at 200kbps down and 50 up and it still manages to bring everyone else on the router to a crawl when surfing the internet.
There's bound to be a setting somewhere in the router config that will deal with that.




2584 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 5

Mod Emeritus
Trusted
Subscriber

  Reply # 294525 29-Jan-2010 22:57
Send private message

DD WRT handles many connections much better then the Linksys firmware. Give it a go.







Media centre PC - Case Silverstone LC16M with 2 X 80mm AcoustiFan DustPROOF, MOBO Gigabyte MA785GT-UD3H, CPU AMD X2 240 under volted, RAM 4 Gig DDR3 1033, HDD 120Gig System/512Gig data, Tuners 2 X Hauppauge HVR-3000, 1 X HVR-2200, Video Palit GT 220, Sound Realtek 886A HD (onboard), Optical LiteOn DH-401S Blue-ray using TotalMedia Theatre Power Corsair VX Series, 450W ATX PSU OS Windows 7 x64

2242 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 654

Trusted

  Reply # 294530 29-Jan-2010 23:17
Send private message

Since you don't care about your freedom ;) DD-WRT is pretty good... IMHO going for X-Wrt is a great GUI frontend for OpenWRT.
This would probably see you right: http://downloads.x-wrt.org/xwr...

Otherwise follow my instructions here: http://www.geekzone.co.nz/forums.asp?forumid=44&topicid=23445

And you should be fine with DD-WRT.





85 posts

Master Geek
+1 received by user: 5


  Reply # 294542 30-Jan-2010 00:17
Send private message

I use Tomato on my WRT-54GL:
http://www.polarcloud.com/toma...



BDFL - Memuneh
59195 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 10424

Administrator
Trusted
Geekzone
Subscriber

  Reply # 294544 30-Jan-2010 00:25
Send private message

BarTender: Since you don't care about your freedom ;) DD-WRT is pretty good...


I am a user. I don't care exactly about the free open source give me on my router (as in "freedom" not as in gratis) because I seriously don't think I will modify anything on the released software. That's what a lot of people think: "does it run the software? good".

BarTender: Otherwise follow my instructions here: http://www.geekzone.co.nz/forums.asp?forumid=44&topicid=23445



Good topic there, thanks for the link - damn the TopGlobal works with DD-WRT and I have one here. Should have used that one first before buying the Linksys.

I might try the TopGlobal first, if it works ok I might even return the Linksys.








BDFL - Memuneh
59195 posts

Uber Geek
+1 received by user: 10424

Administrator
Trusted
Geekzone
Subscriber

  Reply # 294579 30-Jan-2010 09:29
Send private message

Actually... Managed to flash DD-WRT onto my Belkin router. It's up and running now. If it performs well I will flash the TopGlobal to have as a backup and return the Linksys to DSE tomorrow.




 1 | 2
View this topic in a long page with up to 500 replies per page Create new topic



Twitter »

Follow us to receive Twitter updates when new discussions are posted in our forums:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when news items and blogs are posted in our frontpage:



Follow us to receive Twitter updates when tech item prices are listed in our price comparison site:





News »

Mobile market competition issues ComCom should watch
Posted 18-Dec-2017 10:52


New Zealand government to create digital advisory group
Posted 16-Dec-2017 08:47


Australia datum changes means whole country moving 1.8 metres north-east
Posted 16-Dec-2017 08:39


UAV Traffic Management Trial launching today in New Zealand
Posted 12-Dec-2017 16:06


UFB connections pass 460,000
Posted 11-Dec-2017 11:26


The Warehouse Group to adopt IBM Cloud to support digital transformation
Posted 11-Dec-2017 11:22


Dimension Data peeks into digital business 2018
Posted 11-Dec-2017 10:55


2018 Cyber Security Predictions
Posted 7-Dec-2017 14:55


Global Govtech Accelerator to drive public sector innovation in Wellington
Posted 7-Dec-2017 11:21


Stuff Pix media strategy a new direction
Posted 7-Dec-2017 09:37


Digital transformation is dead
Posted 7-Dec-2017 09:31


Fake news and cyber security
Posted 7-Dec-2017 09:27


Dimension Data New Zealand strengthens cybersecurity practice
Posted 5-Dec-2017 20:27


Epson NZ launches new Expression Premium Photo range
Posted 5-Dec-2017 20:26


Eventbrite and Twickets launch integration partnership in Australia and New Zealand
Posted 5-Dec-2017 20:23



Geekzone Live »

Try automatic live updates from Geekzone directly in your browser, without refreshing the page, with Geekzone Live now.



Are you subscribed to our RSS feed? You can download the latest headlines and summaries from our stories directly to your computer or smartphone by using a feed reader.

Alternatively, you can receive a daily email with Geekzone updates.