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Criteria Comments Rating
  • Ease of use No comments
  • Speed / throughput No comments
  • Configurability / networking features No comments
  • Reliability No comments
  • Range No comments
  • Durability No comments
Detailed review
I have owned both versions. The original Linksys WRT54G was the absolute best of breed. I later bought a second one after Cisco took over Linksys and changed the firmware to some proprietary OS. The Cisco version is not as stable. I am a very heavy user (I work at home and push alot of data up and down) and the router needs to be restarted occasionally.
It has also not aged well feature-wise. Today there are alot of great new features that a router can support that the WRT54G does not. (For example, I love the way Dlink can do DHCP using IP's statically assigned per MAC address)
But for the price range it is in, it is still a very good choice.