Linksys WRT54GS Wireless-G broadband router comparison

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Linksys WRT54GS Wireless-G broadband router

Linksys WRT54GS Wireless-G broadband router
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Linksys EA4500 Media Stream N900 Smart Wi-Fi Router

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Price $108 to $149 at 2 stores $49 at 1 store $59 at 1 store $79 at 1 store $26 to $199 at 6 stores
CNET editors' rating
3.5 stars Very good
    Overall score: 7.0 (3.5 stars)
3.0 stars Good
    Overall score: 6.9 (3.0 stars)
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4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.3 (4.0 stars)
Average user rating 2.5 stars out of 291 reviews 2.5 stars out of 404 reviews 2.0 stars out of 49 reviews 1.5 stars out of 6 reviews 2.0 stars out of 19 reviews
Release date March 01, 2004 December 01, 2002 April 12, 2008 August 17, 2003 April 09, 2012
The Bottom Line The Linksys WRT54GS is especially well suited for networks with both 802.11g and 802.11b connections. The low-cost Linksys WRT54G features fairly high throughput. But it has a relatively short operating range, and its poor performance with 802.11b devices makes claimed backward compatibility moot. Running Cisco Connect Cloud firmware, the Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router EA4500 makes an excellent router for those who want a fast and advanced home network that's easily manageable from anywhere.

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Packaged Quantity 1
1
1
1
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Frequency Band 2.4 GHz
2.4 GHz
2.4 GHz
2.4 GHz
2.4 GHz
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Routing Protocol Info unavailable RIP-1
RIP-2
Static IP routing
RIP
RIP-1
RIP-2
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Compliant Standards IEEE 802.1x
IEEE 802.11g
IEEE 802.11b
IEEE 802.3u
IEEE 802.3
IEEE 802.11g
IEEE 802.11b
Wi-Fi CERTIFIED
IEEE 802.3u
IEEE 802.3
IEEE 802.11g
Wi-Fi Protected Setup
IEEE 802.11b
UPnP
IEEE 802.3u
IEEE 802.3
IEEE 802.11g
IEEE 802.11b
IEEE 802.3u
IEEE 802.3
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Remote Management Protocol HTTP
Telnet
HTTP
HTTPS
HTTP
Info unavailable Info unavailable
Network / Transport Protocol L2TP
PPTP
TCP/IP
IPSec
PPPoE
TCP/IP
IPX/SPX
L2TP
UDP/IP
PPTP
TCP/IP
DHCP
DNS
IPSec
PPPoE
IPX/SPX
NetBEUI/NetBIOS
PPTP
TCP/IP
IPSec
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Dimensions (WxDxH) 7.3 in x 7.9 in x 1.9 in
7.3 in x 7.9 in x 1.9 in
8 in x 6.3 in x 1.4 in
7.3 in x 6.9 in x 1.9 in
6.9 in x 1.1 in x 7.5 in
Data Link Protocol Ethernet
IEEE 802.11b
IEEE 802.11g
Fast Ethernet
Ethernet
IEEE 802.11b
IEEE 802.11g
Fast Ethernet
Ethernet
IEEE 802.11b
IEEE 802.11g
Fast Ethernet
Ethernet
IEEE 802.11b
IEEE 802.11g
Fast Ethernet
Gigabit Ethernet
Microsoft Certification Info unavailable Info unavailable Compatible with Windows 7
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Data Transfer Rate Info unavailable 54 Mbps
54 Mbps
54 Mbps
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Product Description Linksys Wireless-G Broadband Router With SpeedBooster WRT54GS - Wireless router - None - 802.11b/g - Desktop
Linksys Wireless-G Broadband Router WRT54G - Wireless router - None - 802.11b/g - Desktop
Linksys Wireless-G Broadband Router WRT54G2 - Wireless router - None - 802.11b/g - Desktop
Linksys Wireless-G Broadband Router WRT54G - Wireless router - None - 802.11b/g - Desktop
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Weight 1.1 lbs
1.1 lbs
9.9 oz
1.1 lbs
0.7 lbs
System Requirements Microsoft Windows 98SE/2000/ME/XP
Microsoft Windows 98SE/2000/ME/XP
Microsoft Windows Vista / XP
Microsoft Windows 2000
Microsoft Windows 98
Microsoft Windows Millennium Edition
Microsoft Windows XP
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Enclosure Type Desktop
Desktop
Desktop
Desktop
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Manufacturer Warranty 3 years warranty
3 years warranty
Info unavailable 1 year warranty
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Features DMZ port
VPN passthrough
Auto-uplink (auto MDI/MDI-X)
MAC address filtering
Stateful Packet Inspection (SPI)
Dynamic DNS server
DHCP support
NAT support
VPN support
Packet filtering
Full duplex capability
Firewall protection
DMZ port
256-bit encryption
MAC address filtering
Stateful Packet Inspection (SPI)
DHCP support
NAT support
DHCP server
Firewall protection
Quality of Service (QoS)
VPN passthrough
Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS)
MAC address filtering
Firmware upgradable
Wi-Fi Multimedia (WMM) support
Stateful Packet Inspection (SPI)
Dynamic DNS server
IPSec passthrough
NAT support
VPN support
Switching
DMZ port
Auto-uplink (auto MDI/MDI-X)
Stateful Packet Inspection (SPI)
DHCP support
NAT support
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Device Type Wireless router - None - 4-port switch (integrated)
Wireless router - None - 4-port switch (integrated)
Wireless router - None - 4-port switch (integrated)
Wireless router - None - 4-port switch (integrated)
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