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Wireless Access Point Router w/ 4-Port Switch 802.11g

by Linksys
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (129 customer reviews)

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  • All-in-one Internet-sharing Router, 4-port
  • Switch, and Wireless-G (draft 802.11g) Access Point
  • Wireless data rates up to 54Mbps--5 times faster than Wireless-B (802.11b)
  • Shares a single Internet connection and other resources with Ethernet wired and Wireless-G clients
  • Also interoperates with Wireless-B devices (at 11Mbps)
  • Advanced wireless security with 128-bit WEP encryption, MAC or IP address filtering
  • Note: This router requires an external cable or DSL modem with an Ethernet interface
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Product Information

Technical Details
BrandLinksys
Item Weight454 g
Product Dimensions29 x 24.4 x 7 cm
Item model numberWRT54G-UK-SES
  
Additional Information
ASINB00008DOYO
Best Sellers Rank 31,305 in Computers & Accessories (See top 100)
Shipping Weight998 g
Date First Available1 Jan 2002
  
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Manufacturer's Description

The Linksys Wireless-G broadband router is really three devices in one box. First, it's a wireless access point, which lets you connect Wireless-G or Wireless-B devices to the network. There's also a built-in 4-port full-duplex 10/100 switch to connect your wired-Ethernet devices. Connect four PCs directly, or daisy chain out to 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.

To protect your data and privacy, the Wireless-G broadband router can encrypt all wireless transmissions, and it supports the industrial-strength wireless security of 802.1x authentication and authorization. The router can serve as a DHCP server, has NAT technology to protect against Internet intruders, supports VPN pass-through, and can be configured to filter internal users' access to the Internet. Configuration is a snap with the Web browser-based configuration utility.

With the Linksys Wireless-G broadband router at the center of your home or office network, you can share a high-speed Internet connection, files, printers, and multiplayer games with the flexibility, speed, and security you need!

Wireless-G is the 54 Mbps wireless networking standard that's almost five times faster than the widely deployed Wireless-B (802.11b) products found in homes, businesses, and public wireless hotspots around the country. But since they share the same 2.4 GHz radio band, Wireless-G devices can also interoperate with existing 11 Mbps Wireless-B equipment.

Because both standards are built-in, you can protect your investment in existing 802.11b infrastructure, and migrate to the new screaming-fast Wireless-G standard as your needs grow.

Product Description

Technical Details Product Description: Linksys Wireless-G Broadband Router WRT54G-uk wireless router - 802.11b/g - desktop Device Type: Wireless router - 4-port switch (integrated) Enclosure Type: Desktop Data Link Protocol: Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g Frequency Band: 2.4 GHz Data Transfer Rate: 54 Mbps Remote Management Protocol: HTTP Features: Firewall protection, DMZ port, auto-sensing per device, dynamic IP address assignment , DHCP support, auto-negotiation, auto-uplink (auto MDI/MDI-X), Stateful Packet Inspection (SPI), MAC address filtering, firmware upgradable Compliant Standards: IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3u, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, Wi-Fi CERTIFIED Dimensions (WxDxH): 18.6 cm x 15.4 cm x 4.8 cm Weight: 391 g Localisation: Australia, New Zealand Manufacturer Warranty: 3 years warranty


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94 of 95 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Easy peasy! 24 Mar 2003
I had a 1mbps BlueYonder broadband connection, connected via USB rather than an NIC. What I wanted to do was provide broadband access for other computers in the house, without the hassle of wiring, and swap the main PC from USB to NIC connection to setup a home network.
Not knowing very much about networking at all, after a bit of investigation, I purchased the LinkSys Wireless 'G' broadband router, a LinkSys NIC card, and a LinkSys Wireless 'G' laptop adapter.
I began by installing the NIC card in the main desktop PC. Simplicity in itself. The instructions are very clear and more to the point, up to date. I'm running Windows XP and there are clear instructions even for this very latest operating system. There are also separate instructions for Windows 98, ME & 2000 users.
Then came the router itself. Connect up the power supply, the network cable from the cable modem, then another network cable from the router into the NIC card of the PC. The router has a setup page that you access through Internet Explorer, but in fact, the default settings work fine. From the setup page I could find out the MAC address of the router to register with BlueYonder. Did that and it all started working immediately. I was stunned!
Final job was to insert the network adapter into the laptop PC. That was the hardest part - getting the card into the slot. It's a very tight squeeze. That done, ran the setup utility and the card auto-detects the network. And that was that - the laptop also had broadband access from anywhere in the house.
Performance is excellent. When the laptop is close to the router, the signal strength is excellent at 54mbps. At the furthest point away, it drops to 18mbps but considering the broadband connection is only 1mbps, this hardly matters.
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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars HOW EASY CAN IT GET? 11 Sep 2004
By Phil
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I bought this piece of kit to use with NTL Broadband through a set top box, linked to my pc through an ethernet cable - if you are connected by USB you'll need to change; the NTL website tells you how and its a better connection anyway. To set up the router I followed the simple instructions in the leaflet that comes in the box. NTL recognised the router as a new connection and after asking for my NTL user name and password allowed me to register the router. I used the default settings and was up and running straight away.
I have my main pc linked by ethernet cable and my son's laptop and my pocket pc by wireless. The range is excellent. The router is in an upstairs bedroom at the front of the house and we have wireless connection throughout the building and right the way down the garden, to about 35 meters distance.
By going into the settings menu via the web page you can restrict wireless access to specific machines recognised by MAC number (the instructions tell you how to find them). There is also a host of other settings that the more techie minded can play with - but if you just want the vanilla service, stick with the default settings; they work!
I can't praise this piece of kit highly enough. I've noticed no drop in speed on my main pc and the router can be used without it being switched on.
You want a mixed wired and wireless LAN - buy this kit.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It just works 6 Oct 2005
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After lots of messing about trying to find out what was required and looking at different ways to set up a wireless network I was advised to visit the Linksys website. They have a little video which guides you through wireless networks, what they are, how they work, what kit you might require etc.
After watching this everything seemed simple! I bought the wireless router and, while reading through the setup sheet, plugged it into my NTL broadband modem and configured it. Easy.
How both my desktop and laptop can use the internet and exchange files.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent - eventually 2 Oct 2003
I ordered the Wireless Router BEFW11S4 at 59.99 along with two USB Wireless Adapters at the end of July so as to share my NTL Broadband connection with my son’s PC, which is upstairs in a bedroom on the opposite side of the house.
The price was the best I could find and delivery was next day. However, I was connecting my Modem to my PC using USB and did not have an Ethernet Card installed. This gave real problems as the set up really expected to use an Ethernet connection between the Router and the PC. All I read and the pictures on the box seemed to suggest I could do it via the USB Adapters without installing a card and Linksys advisers seemed to suggest this was the case. After several attempts at installation and calls to Linksys Customer Service I was told to return the router to Amazon as it had a fault. This I did on 8 August and received a replacement on 26 August. This time I decided it was worth installing an Ethernet Card so I bought a Linksys Card for about 15 and set up with the router was no problem at all.
Connection to my son’s PC was equally quick and simple and to date we have had no problems at all. Yesterday my son in law set up his PC in another bedroom using another USB adapter and all three of us were online sharing the same connection simultaneously. No loss of power was seen on the USB adapters and apart from talking to each other on Instant Messenger (how sad) we would not have known anyone was sharing the connection.
The problems were partly my own lack of know how but once set up via the Ethernet Card installation was simple and the benefits in usage and avoidance of yet more cables excellent.
I would thoroughly recommend this product.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Ace!
I have had one of these routers for around six years now - has not been switched off for more than one week in all that time and has *never* skipped a beat. Read more
Published on 24 Sep 2011 by S. Loach
4.0 out of 5 stars linksys wireless router
Works OK. not the best range for some rooms upstairs though. I resorted to a DIY fix using tinfoil covered card to make parabolic dishes to throw the signal a bit further. Read more
Published on 13 April 2010 by Hullabaloo
2.0 out of 5 stars Feeble. Weak. Feeble.
To be fair, it works OK and we've never had any trouble with it. There's little drop-out and the connectors and overall build quality are fine, but we can pick up our neighbour's... Read more
Published on 27 Feb 2010 by Kenny P.
5.0 out of 5 stars easy to update firmware, works well with emule and torrent
doddle to install, updated firmware to lates version of dd-wrt, enabled ports for emule and utorrent and it has worked! Read more
Published on 27 Mar 2009 by Anthony Johnson
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok once it gets going.
I purchased this with a Linksys by Cisco WMP54G Wireless-G PCI Adapter.
It took a long time to get a decent signal, but it works well now it's going.
Not impressed.
Published on 14 Dec 2008 by D. Snuggs
4.0 out of 5 stars Two pin plug
Contacted supplier:
Just installed the WRT54GL router. Why does the juice/transformer plug have 2 pins? Read more
Published on 21 Nov 2008 by johnanon
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful
I am a typical power user, running an RSS reader, iTunes, FTP and IM all at once. In my house we have 2 laptops, a desktop PC, an Xbox 360, a Wii and a DS all connecting to this... Read more
Published on 27 Jun 2008 by synthesezia
5.0 out of 5 stars Great router
I bought it a few months ago and it has been working perfectly fine for me. My earlier router was a Netgear and it used to drop the connection at random intervals. Read more
Published on 10 Jun 2008 by Amey Pendse
3.0 out of 5 stars WRT54g Version 7
Good _budget_ wifi-router.
Pray you get a v7.2 and not a v7.0.

I have received (early May 2008) a version 7 WRT54g from Amazon. Read more
Published on 10 May 2008 by Tech Freak
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not entirely feature complete
Overall a very good router. I've used other Linksys products in the past (including previous revisions of this router) and have always been pleased with them. Read more
Published on 6 May 2008 by Mr. G. Bridgeman
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