Linksys Wireless G Router: How good is it?

Written by:  • Edited by: Rebecca Scudder
Updated Sep 17, 2008
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Linksys has been known for their award-winning products, particularly their wireless products. Does the LinkSys Wireless G router deserve the hype? Read on for the full review.

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Over the years, with all the student houses I've lived in, and even here where I am now, there has always been a Linksys wireless router somewhere.  With its user friendly interface, simple installation, and helpful list of what is compatible with it, set-up is a breeze.  But more than that, it is a quality router, and it is deserving of being an award winner.

Product:  Linksys Wireless G Broadband Router, Model No. WRT54G

One of the first thing you'll notice on the packaging as well as inserts in the box is how it boasts security.  It contains WFA2 (Wi-Fi Protected Access 2), wireless MAC address filtering (for connecting devices such as mobile gaming systems), and a powerful SPI firewall.  No matter where you're surfing, or what you're using to connect to it, whether it be a Notebook adapter, a PCI adapter or a USB adapter, you'll feel confident that any sensitive information you send will be secured.  On top of that, it comes with a free, 60-day trial of Norton Internet Security.  If you are currently not equipped with anti-virus or firewall software, this is the best way to go.  Better yet, it's completely risk free.  If you don't like it, don't continue the subscription.

In regards to compatibility, those running any version of Windows older than 2000 may have difficulty using this router, because it's compatible only with 2000, XP and Vista.  In regards to connecting wireless adapters, it is compatible with Wireless G and Wireless B devices.  It even includes four ports to connect wired computers who do not have a wireless adapter.  This is pretty much a standard as there are other wireless routers that include this as well.

There have been multiple computers in his household which connect to the network.  One is a laptop that is wireless-enabled, and the other is my laptop which connects with a USB adapter.  Both machines have connected to this device at the same time, and there has not once been a disruption with the speed or the signal.  Both laptops are at a different range; one is only a floor up from the router, the other two floors up.  The signal has not once been compromised regardless what any computer has been doing.

Essentially, I like to use products for a good while before I make a full assessment of it; this router I've been using for over a month while I'm writing this review.  As much as I'm trying to think of anything negative to say about this router, very little comes to mind.  Perhaps my only gripe is that the retail price is a little bit high from what you would expect from a Wireless G router.  This particular router retails for about $70, but it is a quality router.  It is a bit of an investment, but it is worth the price.

If you're in a search for a Wireless G router, and are looking for a safe choice to make, Linksys is never a bad decision.  Running at 54Mbps, it is at the standard of current wireless networking.  Can be a little bit costly, but is worth it.  Recommended.

Overall:  4/5

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