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I can honestly say that YES it is fairly reliable and has done me good over the last few years with little to no problems. Its easy to setup although a bit more technical wisdom may be needed to setup the security. I set mine up with a 28 bit WEP key. Always make sure you change your default password and username otherwise it could easily be hacked.
My Internet provider has always been NTL / Virgin media and I was recomended by them that this router is highly compatible with their broadband services.
Being an avid gamer and PC user it was a necessity for me to get wireless access especialy as my mum and sister use the Internet. It was a good solution for us that would allow us all to connect where ever we were around the house. I never seem to have any slowness issues when using the wireless even when other people are connected. The only time you do notice slowness is if people are downloading via P2P applications but I think that would more be the broadband provider rather than the wireless router.
This router allows you to configure port openings and such which if used correctly can speed up your downloads. It also has Ethernet connections on the back so you can have wired and wireless users connected simultaneously.
The ony problem I have encountered with this router is if a power cut occurs it doesn't seem to refresh my IP settings so I have to manually connect to the router via a web browser and do an IP release, IP Renew then a refresh to check it has picked up the correct settings. This process takes about 2 minutes so it isn't that much of a hard ship as its not to often we lose power!
If you're looking to set up a very basic home network so that you can access the internet from anywhere in your home then this may just be the router for you!
I purchased this around a year ago and have not looked back.
The set up itself was really easy, compared to that of most routers anyway!
The step by step software is actually really helpful, unlike most step by step software which can be pretty useless.
I was guided through absolutely everything and told where to look for certian information on the router which I needed to enter during the setting up of the wireless network.
Almost everything I needed to complete the set up came inclusive, all I had to purchase was an extra ethernet cable, however anyone who's had a wireless router before should already have one of these spare.
I'd definately recommend this router to anyone looking for a very basic home network, and wants it to be set up hassle-free and in the quickest possible time!
We brought the linksys wireless broadband router a few years ago because we had soo many laptops in the house and only one computer with internet access. The software and hardware which is provided int he package is really easy to set up, and if you do have any problems the linksys website actually has an online chat function where you can get help straight away by talking to a technical expert about the product and problems you may have. Installing the software was easy there is a disk provided with the router which has a step-by-step interface which is easy for anyone to follow. Once its installed your hardware will be as well as it tells you where to put the leads and ethernet etc on a step by step walkthrough on the disk. Connecting the laptops was very easy, the wireless network was picked up straight away with no problems and the speed of the internet was very fast on every laptop using the connection. It allows you to enter your own passwords for entering the network so its all safe. We brought it for £29.99 and are very happy with the product.
The Linksys Wireless-G WRT54G Broadband Router is a great little device which offers the security of a more complex expensive router. The interface is so easy to manage, even if you are a novice you will soon be able to setup firewall rules, configured the wireless connection. With the wireless setup you can add rules to only allow machines with the MAC addresses you specify, this adds another level of security. Obviously as you would expect it acts as a hardware firewall, you can configure protocol access and redirect these using NAT. It is easy to backup your config and restore it back if you need. In all there time I had this router it has been very stable, I rarely had to reboot it as never locked up as some other routers do.
If you are after a secure easy to use, well priced router this will do the job nicely.
This is a great router i have had this for 4 years now and its still doing exactly what it is supposed to.This is for customers who have a cable connection (virgin media not the adsl lines like sky,B.T,Tiscali,orange etc) and want to share the internet across the household. I had this set up within 20 minutes and had it fully secured thanks to the easy to read instructions.It has the ability to block out people through W.E.P and WPA technology meaning that unless they have your passcode they are not going to get onto the system although WPA is more secure you can also filter it to block different MAC addressess(each network device has its own MAC address) which are not your own.You can set up port forwarding to so you can improve your perfomance for eg i download with port 110 i tell the router to open port 110 then i can download fine.Its really secure and really basic to use at the same time.
This a great router. It is the only one I have ever owned and have had it for over two years. it is small so it does not take up a lot of space. it was affordable - $29 and I bought it at Wal-mart. The design is about as cool as you can get for a wireless router, which is not very attractive. I have never lost my signal, and I keep this thing on twenty four hours a day- seven days a week. The only downside is that when I was first hooking it up it was kinda difficult. Apparently my computer's IP did not match the routers. So i called their customer service- and they are wonderful. They stayed on the phone with me for over thirty minutes to fix the problem. Now if only they came with a sleeker design and were not so finicky to hook up. All in all thought I have got my moneys worth and would definately recommend this router!
When it came to installing a router I didn't have a clue what I was doing! It was a pure impulse purchase, and I was worried when I got home that I might have trouble setting it up. The cd that came with the router made it extremely easy to figure out, though it would have been nice to have a small manual too (these can be downloaded from Linksys site).
When I bought my WRT54G router for £39.99, I was fortunate to get a free Linksys usb network adapter (worth £39.99). My pc came with a network card and aerial already installed, so I was intending to save the usb adapter for my old pc and have that wireless too. Using the cd that came with the router, I had it set up within half an hour. The only problem was that my signal kept coming and going - even though the router was only two feet away from the aerial. Out of curiousity I took out my network card and installed the Linksys usb network adaptor instead. It worked perfectly from the beginning. It may just have been a fault with my original network card. To be on the safe side though, when I bought another network card to use with my old pc I bought another Linksys.
The installation disks for both the usb adaptor and the router were excellent, and very easy to understand - but they only tell you how set up basic security.
You are told to install the router before the network card, and all you need to do is follow the simple instructions on the cd. You do need to know which sort of ip you have - a dynamic or a static one (ntl's are dynamic - as are most others, so set the router to DHCP). When it offers you encryption there are four choices - WEP 64-bit, WEP 128-bit and two WPA encryptions. WPA is the more secure form of encryption, so I selected this. All you have to do is type a word or words in, which is then encrypted and forms a key for your router.
For anyone who's unsure how to fit an internal network card in their pc, I advise you try a usb network adaptor. They aren't as tidy as fitted network cards, but they're easier to fit. Simply put in the disk which comes with it, and it tells you exactly what to do - basically you just plug the network adaptor into a spare usb port and the software does the rest of the work.
The only things I would like to have seen is a manual in the box with the router (rather than the leaflet they give you), and more information on the web-based utility, which you can log into to configure your router.
I now know about permitting/blocking MAC addresses, and disabling the SSID broadcast, but that's only because I've taken the time to find out. On the internet utility page you are asked to enable or disable the SSID name being broadcast. By default this is set to enable, which basically means that anyone nearby searching for a wireless network will get yours listed on their screen. By disabling it they can't see your network - which therefore makes it harder for them to get on it.
To find out your MAC address go to run on the start menu and type "ipconfig /all" (without the quote marks -and leaving a space between the g and /). If this doesn't work, type command, and then when your window opens type in the "ipconfig / all". This brings a list up with your ip address etc on. Take down the numbers/letters at the side of 'pyhsical address' - usually 12 digits - this is your personal MAC address.
Next, go back to the web-page utility for the router and go to the section for wireless MAC filters (under the 'wireless' tab for this router). You are given the option to permit only or block a set of MAC addresses. Choose 'permit only' then add your MAC address to the list. If you are setting up other computers through the same router you must also add their MAC addresses to the list ( you are allowed upto 40!). This means that the router will only work for those particular addresses so no-one else can use it.
It's assumed by Linksys that anybody wanting to go wireless will already know how to do it, but with many of my friends and family that's not been the case.
I can't say that you'd get any more help from a different brand of router, and there is lots of information on Linksys website. With so many people wanting to go wireless though, it would have be nice if Linksys had made things absolutely clear, so that people's wireless networks can be completely secure.
I recently purchased this product off of a web site i got it for 50 canadian dollars. The price is good comparing to what the shops have set the price for this product.
The installation was very easy i hardly had to look at the manual i only followed the manual when i just had to set up the ports and everything.
Untill now the router is working amazingly i have not had any problems with it the only problem i had is that i forgot to secure it and someone in our building was using our internet, so i decided to secure it which was raly easy to do.
If you buy this router once you plug it in the computer, i recommend that you change the password of your router so no one will change it, because if they do it would be disaster.
The speed of my internet did not slow down when i started using the router, only one more person uses the internet in our house and me, this router is realy fast.
Interoperates with 802.11b clients at 11 Mbps
Advanced wireless security with 128-bit WEP encryption, MAC, or IP address filtering
All-in-one Internet-sharing router, 4-port switch, and Wireless-G (802.11g) access point
Wireless data rates up to 54 Mbps--5 times faster than 802.11b
Shares a single Internet connection and other resources with Ethernet wired and Wireless-G clients
If your thinking of buying a router soon i recomend this router.