What is the WRT54G?
The WRT54G is a 4-port, 802.11b and 802.11g wireless router from Linksys. The WRT54G is one of the most popular and most used routers and has been featured on many TV shows and web sites. It also has a large user base and has several support and firmware web sites on it. The WRT series has expanded to include several models. The WRT54GS, which has since been retired, used Linksys' "Speedbooster" to slightly increase speed. The WRT54GL is just a re-branded version of the WRT54G that runs Linksys. The WRT54GX uses hardware to increase speed but doesn't have any third-party firmware support. The WRT54GC, a compact version of the WRT54G.
What is firmware? How does it work?
Firmware is what your router runs on. It's basically what Windows is to your PC. Because Linksys releases their source code. People have been adding features and improving upon the code. By upgrading your firmware you can add features you can't get with the Linksys firmware that comes with your router.
Why should I buy the WRT54G, WRT54GS etc.?
Many other routers can do what the WRT54G does. Out of the box it is a great router but the best part is the third-party firmware which can add features to the WRT54G that are normally only seen in much more expensive routers.
How much does it cost?
Although the WRT54G started selling at over $100. You can now find it in most stores for around $80. Online as low as $60. Sometimes has low as $40 during sales. Linksys often has $10 mail-in rebate offers.
What does this site offer?
Our site mainly focuses on firmware for the WRT series. We have recently expanded to include more information on different routers.
What are the chances my firmware upgrade will fail?
As with any firmware or software upgrade you always run the risk of a problem devloping. A vast majority of the time the web interface upgrade will work fine. A small number of people report problems using this. Using a program called "TFTP" can increase your chances of a successful upgrade. You can find this program in our firmware area and more information can be found in our help section.
What kind of connectivity does the WRT54G offer?
(1) WAN Port for Internet Access, (4) LAN Port for sharing access, (1) WLAN 11/54Mbps with dual antennas
Does the WRT54G support Gigabit ethernet?
Can I make my own firmware?
Yes. Linksys has the source up on their site in accordance with the GPL.
Does the WRT54G(s/c/x/l) overheat?
Yes and No. The WRT54G is basically a small Linux computer. As with any computer, it can get very hot. Don't worry if it feels warm or even quite hot. Make sure you leave plenty of open space around the WRT54G and you shouldn't have any problems.
How does the WRT54GS and WRT54GX differ from the WRT54G?
The WRT54GS has more memory than the WRT54G. The "s" stands for Speedbooster. Which is basically just a set of tweaked wireless drivers Linksys created. Speeedbooster does not comply which the 802.11g standard and new hardware is required. The WRT54GX uses "MIMO", taken form the 802.11n standard to increase speed and range. Although, the biggest impact is on range. The WRT54GX will not work with any other hardware other then Linksys' "SRX" hardware.
Can the WRT54G(s/c/x/l) get a virus from firmware?
The answer is yes. As with anytime you upgrade you upgrade software, a "treat" maybe included. However, so far, none of the WRT firmware include anything new other then new features. All firmware is checked and we would not promote firmware that can damage or destory your router.