Linksys WAG54G gateway - any opinions..?

Discussion in 'Broadband' started by Ivor Jones, Mar 25, 2005.

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    Ivor Jones Guest

    I have been looking at this device to replace my existing separate
    modem/router/switch combination and possibly adding a wireless point as

    Does anyone have any opinions on it..?

    Ivor Jones, Mar 25, 2005
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    Boredathome Guest

    Works fine for me - no complaints at all
    Boredathome, Mar 25, 2005
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    Ian Guest

    Ian, Mar 25, 2005

  4. I have one. Generally I've been happy with it, however there have been a
    *lot* of complaints about it dropping out and losing connections to LAN
    machines etc. I had some of these problems with mine over a period of
    time and after reading a thread where standing it on its side was
    suggested (possible heat issue) it seems to be behaving itself.

    Also the statistics/reporting facilities are minimal.

    What I'm not sure of is what is available for similar money that would
    be any better, seems most of these things have their own unique bugs and

    Paul Hutchings, Mar 25, 2005
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    Ivor Jones Guest

    Thanks for the info. I looked at that forum link but it wanted to set too
    many cookies for me so I didn't really get into it.

    I don't really *need* a wireless point but it seems impossible these days
    to find something without one..!

    Ivor Jones, Mar 25, 2005
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    kraftee Guest

    Mine rebooted every 90 minutes, so I booted it out....
    kraftee, Mar 26, 2005
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    ABC Guest

    Don't buy one. They are c**p

    Wireless doesn't work. Range is abot 5 feet. Goes from a signal giving 54mbs
    to 1mbs in under 30 mins.

    Go for a Netgear DG834
    ABC, Mar 26, 2005
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    Edward Guest

    mine worked straight out of the box and no problems since. Its left
    switched on 24/7.
    Edward, Mar 26, 2005
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    JS Guest

    Had mine for about 6 months no real problems apart for Lan dropout as
    already mentioned, trying the box on its' side. Wireless works fine all over
    the house and even outside.
    JS, Mar 26, 2005
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    Road_Hog® Guest

    Same here, had it almost a year and it's on 24/7. Use it with a Linksys
    wireless card on my laptop and the wife on hers downstairs. Picks up the
    neighbours unsecured network as well (if I ever get fed up of paying for

    It locks up about once every two months, nothing that a quick push of the
    reset button doesn't cure.
    Road_Hog®, Mar 26, 2005
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    Peter Guest

    I concur with all above.

    One does need to load the latest firmware, whatever it is...

    Peter, Mar 26, 2005
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    Peter M Guest

    what picks up their network ? The WAG54G or some card you use ?
    If the former, I'd be interested to know how (someone I know has
    chosen one of these units... seems it was the one on the shelf at
    PC World... I'd have suggested Belkin by mail, but not my cash! :)
    Peter M, Mar 26, 2005
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    Road_Hog® Guest

    Well, someone here with more technical knowledge will correct me if I'm

    But here is my Layman's understanding. I have a WAG54G as my router, this
    acts as the base station. My wireless card WPC54G picks up the signal from
    the base as does the wife's WPC54G. Now somebody else (one of my neighbours)
    is using a router with wireless capability and my WPC54G is near enough to
    pick the signal up, so I could log on to their network and use their
    bandwidth (broadband) for free.

    I believe I could also monitor what they were surfing and download/record
    information. You need to set up an encryption key so that anybody else
    cannoot access your router (base station).

    To put it very simply any wireless router (not just WAG54G) is like a walkie
    talkie, anyone else within range can listen unless you set up the
    encryption. I would imagine if you stuck a laptop in a car with a wireless
    card plugged in, you could drive down most streets and pick up a "free
    Road_Hog®, Mar 26, 2005
  14. Yep rubbish. Needed constant reboots when WLAN dropped out all the time and
    poor range.

    Got a 3Com that's never been rebooted in 8 months.
    Stephen \(aka steford\), Mar 26, 2005
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    Peter Guest

    Except that (of the 30% or so of people that have any security at all)
    most just use the basic level of security which is plain WEP, and if
    you routinely pick up their signal (e.g. you are a neighbour) then it
    won't take long to collect enough for e.g. Airsnort (do a google for
    it) to recover the key. A lot of neighbours don't know how to do that
    but some will know.

    If you can hook into somebody else's ADSL you will save 20-25 quid per
    month - worth doing, and they will never know! You could even run
    Skype over it and save the cost of a BT phone line - another nice

    Look up netsumbler, ministumbler, wififofum, wifigraph. The last 3
    will run on a PDA that has wifi built-in (not a lot of compatibility
    so you need to choose the PDA carefully). A laptop with a wifi adapter
    will also do but you will need to hold it above the window sills -
    more practical with a PDA in a car kit. I guarantee that, in any
    significant town, you will have free internet access within 10
    minutes. That's without using a directional aerial; with one of those
    you could park in an elevated position and pick off any of many

    Peter, Mar 27, 2005
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