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I purchased this wireless router in December 2006 because I was fed up with a network cable running from my old router to our office upstairs. I spent some time researching different models and decided to go for the Linksys Wireless-G ADSL (WAG54GS). I was informed by a work colleague that they are produced by Cisco Systems and as they are well known in the IT world I thought I would give this model a try. Of course it did help that it was on special offer for £54.99 and the wireless USB network adapter was free as part of the offer. The installation of the router was fairly easy apart from my understanding of the different types of security levels that are available, advice from PC world where I had purchased the router delt with that question for me. At the time I was not aware perhaps naively that without security switched on while the router is transmitting a wireless signal it is possible for anyone within range to acces your internet connection!
The whole pack contained the actual router, a setup CD and software for your PC which was fairly easy to install. It took about an hour in total from physical connection to being able to receive a wireless internet connection on my PC upstairs. In fact the easiest part was activating the secure wireless setup on the router just by pressing a button. Everything is done for you including the creation of a secure password. Overall I have been happy with this router but there are occasions when the connection speed is reduced quite considerably depending upon the signal strength, even with Linksys new speed booster tecnology.
Product Description Linksys Wireless-G ADSL Gateway with SpeedBooster WAG54GS - wireless router
Device Type Wireless router + 4-port switch (integrated)
Form Factor External
Dimensions (WxDxH) 14 cm x 14 cm x 2.7 cm
Weight 0.3 kg
Data Transfer Rate 54 Mbps
Frequency Band 2.4 GHz
Data Link Protocol Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g
Network / Transport Protocol TCP/IP, PPTP, L2TP, IPSec, PPPoE, PPPoA
Digital Signaling Protocol ADSL2+
Features Firewall protection, switching, NAT support, VPN support, auto-uplink (auto MDI/MDI-X), Stateful Packet Inspection (SPI), DoS attack prevention
Compliant Standards IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3u, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g
Linksys Wireless-G ADSL Gateway with SpeedBooster provides your computers with a high-speed Internet connection as well as resources, including files and printers. Since the Gateway is wireless, Internet access can be shared over the wired network as well as the wireless broadcast. And since the Gateway has SpeedBooster technology, your wireless network performance is enhanced; in fact, even non-SpeedBooster-equipped devices on your network will see a speed improvement when communicating with SpeedBooster-enhanced equipment.
How does the Gateway do all of this? By connecting the Internet, as well as your computers and peripherals, to the Gateway, then the Gateway can direct and control communications for your network. To protect your data and privacy, the Gateway features an advanced firewall to keep out Internet intruders. Wireless transmissions can be protected by powerful data encryption. In addition, you can safeguard your family with parental control features such as Internet access restrictions and keyword blocking. You can configure the Gateway's settings through the easy-to-use, browser-based utility.