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Is the Linkys router WRT54GL (L for Linux ) worth the extra cost ?

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Is the Linkys router WRT54GL (L for Linux ) worth the extra cost ?

bbrandelli
I am looking to replace a Dlink router with a Linksys WRT54G or WRT54GL and would like to have to option to use the free open soucre firmware after the warranty expires on the product and I am not sure if I can use that firmware on the WRT54G? Does anybody know if this possible??
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    sfcspanky

    First off, whether or not u have a warranty on the WRT54GL that is still viable does not have any impact on whether or not you can put open source firmware on it.

    Secondly, I would look at a WRT54GS, rather than a WRT54G, if you want to mess with Linux on the router. I personally use dd-wrt on my router. The GS has more memory and flash and can use the full blown version of DD-WRT, while the G can only run the micro version. The micro version is OK, but doesnt have all the features the full one does.

    Most importantly, the real question is, can you afford the GL, and do you want the warranty? Because if u change the firmware on the WRT54G/GS, i am pretty sure that it will void the warranty (correct me if i am wrong, someone).

    The WRT54GL has even more flash and RAM than the WRT54GS, and is the best choice between the 3. The only difference between all of them is cost.

    If you go to the DD-WRT webpage (http://www.dd-wrt.com) you can read up on this. You will also find that Buffalo makes routers that are very good for putting DD-WRT on, and are not very expensive either.

    I'd also like to point out that while I am fully aware there are other open source firmwares out there, DD-WRT is the one that I have experience with, and it has worked out well for me. DD-WRT also appears to be the most popular, and may actually have the most features (but don't hold me to this lol).

    I wish you luck with whatever router you choose! In case you're wondering, my router is a Linksys WRT54G v6 running DD-WRT v23 micro. I have had no trouble with it.

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    bbrandelli

    thanks for the router info sfcspanky...

    greatly appreciated....

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    catcher10us

    I have the WRT54G in place but need the L to accomoodate an IP phone system that has a linux platform (remote access). Other users on this network have no need for the linux. Will the switch effect anyone else or just enable me to have the phone system use this router. Thanks

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    sfcspanky

    First off, whether or not u have a warranty on the WRT54GL that is still viable does not have any impact on whether or not you can put open source firmware on it.

    Secondly, I would look at a WRT54GS, rather than a WRT54G, if you want to mess with Linux on the router. I personally use dd-wrt on my router. The GS has more memory and flash and can use the full blown version of DD-WRT, while the G can only run the micro version. The micro version is OK, but doesnt have all the features the full one does.

    Most importantly, the real question is, can you afford the GL, and do you want the warranty? Because if u change the firmware on the WRT54G/GS, i am pretty sure that it will void the warranty (correct me if i am wrong, someone).

    The WRT54GL has even more flash and RAM than the WRT54GS, and is the best choice between the 3. The only difference between all of them is cost.

    If you go to the DD-WRT webpage (http://www.dd-wrt.com) you can read up on this. You will also find that Buffalo makes routers that are very good for putting DD-WRT on, and are not very expensive either.

    I'd also like to point out that while I am fully aware there are other open source firmwares out there, DD-WRT is the one that I have experience with, and it has worked out well for me. DD-WRT also appears to be the most popular, and may actually have the most features (but don't hold me to this lol).

    I wish you luck with whatever router you choose! In case you're wondering, my router is a Linksys WRT54G v6 running DD-WRT v23 micro. I have had no trouble with it.

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    bbrandelli

    thanks for the router info sfcspanky...

    greatly appreciated....

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    catcher10us

    I have the WRT54G in place but need the L to accomoodate an IP phone system that has a linux platform (remote access). Other users on this network have no need for the linux. Will the switch effect anyone else or just enable me to have the phone system use this router. Thanks