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Linksys WRTSL54GS Wireless-G Media Storage Link Router with SpeedBooster IEEE 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.3, 802.3u, USB 1.0, USB 2.0

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  • IEEE 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.3, 802.3u, USB 1.0, USB 2.0
  • Up to 54Mbps Wireless Data Rates

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The LINKSYS WRTSL54GS Wireless-G Media Storage Link Router with SpeedBooster is an all-in-one Internet router that enables you to get the maximum performance from your home network. It consists of four operational components. The Wireless Access Point allows connectivity to 11.b/g standards and performance enhancing SpeedBooster devices. A built-in 4-port full-duplex 10/100 Switch enables connectivity with Ethernet networks and allows your entire wireless network to be connected to broadband. The Storage Link allows easy storage of data by featuring easy connectivity to USB storage devices.

A built-in Media Server lets you stream music, video, and photos from the attached storage device to any UPnP compatible media adapter. A compatible add-on to standard Wireless-G; the SpeedBooster technology increases "real-world" wireless network performance by up to 35%. With a 54 Mbps data transfer rate, the WRTSL54GS allows lightning-fast data transfers along with highly reliable connectivity.

Compliant with both 802.11b/g standards and hence, can be used with any 802.11b/g wireless network devices.The WRTSL54GS also features a new push button setup that makes it easier for you to configure your devices in a secure mode. Additionally, it ensures high levels of data security courtesy with features such as Stateful Packet Inspection firewall, wireless MAC address filtering, and WiFi protected Access.

  • newegg Wi-Fi CERTIFIED with 802.11b and 802.11g A Wi-Fi CERTIFIED product has met rigorous interoperability testing requirements to ensure that compatible products from different vendors will work together. Compatibility with the 802.11b (up to 11Mpbs) and 802.11g (up to 54Mpbs) standards allow it to be used in any Wireless-B or G network.
  • newegg Media Storage Link support With Media Storage Link you can connect any hard drive or flash-based USB storage device (USB 2.0 available) directly to your network to share music, video, or data files locally and over the Internet.
  • newegg SpeedBooster Technology Support SpeedBooster technology is a compatible add-on to standard Wireless-G, which increases "real-world" wireless network performance by up to 35%.
  • newegg SecureEasySetup SecureEasySetup feature makes wireless configuration secure and simple.

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  • Freedragon
  • 11/13/2007 2:45:32 PM
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat replacement for my WRT54G.

Pros: The USB port for network storage is essential to me. I had an 80 GB external hard drive just lying around and my laptop's running out of space, so this really saved me.

Cons: This particular model is known to be scuffed or scratched a lot, even when new. However, it's only a cosmetic flaw and occurs regardless of where you buy it from.

Other Thoughts: Not for someone that just needs a router to get online or someone that isn't tech savvy. The WRT54G or WRT54GS would be better for them.

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  • Anonymous
  • 7/18/2007 12:03:41 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggssolid platform

Pros: Stronger radio signal than the old WRT54G it replaced. Lots of memory means being able to install lots of software features. USB port means being able to use attached storage.

Cons: None discovered yet

Other Thoughts: I bought this to replace a WRT54G that was tight on memory and limited on features. I did not use the included software, but instead flashed it with DD-WRT, which has a special build for this model. I have plenty of RAM left over, and have the ability to load USB disk drivers, so I am going to experiment with features like Samba and Squid. So far it has worked better than the older WRT54G with the same minimal feature set, and the radio signal is able to reach parts of the house that the old unit could not reach.

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  • Justin F.
  • 6/12/2007 7:57:01 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent router

Pros: Fast, reliable, secure, has a USB port for an easy FTP server, small size, is supported by custom Linux firmwares (Thibor, DD-WRT, OpenWRT, Tomato, etc)

Cons: The stock Linksys firmware could be improved but who cares. Maybe a bit expensive.

Other Thoughts: This router is best with a custom firmware, I personally run Thibor 17c ( on it and it's just perfect. With this firmware its the best all around router I have used.

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3 out of 5 eggsEasy Setup?

Pros: Works great once you get it set up.

Cons: Don't believe the "easy setup". Worked great when first installed without security settings. When I tried to set up a secure network the s### hit the fan. It simply would not work with any security setting. I finally got up with tech support and after about 2 hours of trial and error she accidentally hit on the right combination. I still don't know what finally made it work but has been working without a hitch for the last 6 months. I've got my fingers crossed that it won't mess up again.

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  • Anonymous
  • 3/6/2007 1:33:46 PM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

1 out of 5 eggsJunk....

Pros: network drive...

Cons: not useful enough...bad wireless range (2 bars from 3 ft away)

You have to reformat your entire external hard drive to FAT32 in order to work and access it.

Poor support and very frustrating to set up. Took me 2 hrs total to set up including to reformat my drive.

Other Thoughts: DONT BUY!!!


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  • Michael H.
  • 2/6/2007 8:04:27 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Router!

Pros: Ability to run 3rd party, open source firmware. While the included firmware is OK, I quickly went on to try other offerings. Tried Thibor (seemed to work well), DD-WRT, and OpenWRT. I settled on OpenWRT because it offered the most flexibility, performance, and options. This little box now supports OpenVPN, QOS, and file sharing off of my USB drive (in addition to standard routing duties). Very reliable (no unplanned reboots). Wireless performance (for me at least) has been exceptional.

Cons: Poor packaging (minor scratches), non-removable antenna. Both aren't a big deal, as the scratches are purely cosmetic, and the wireless performance is great even w/o the ability to move the antenna.

Other Thoughts: A much better router than the one it replaces (a D-Link 624+). My prior router was a rebooting piece of garbage -- it was ALWAYS rebooting itself, making any kind of network use painful. This router has been very reliable, and I find performance, QOS abilities, expandability, and more thanks to the open-source nature. Having the ability to use the USB drive is a great bonus -- I've barely covered what I can do with it.

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  • Anonymous
  • 2/4/2007 12:25:39 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsBest Router For Me

Pros: best 1 from linksys great performance works with 3rd party firmware

Cons: non-detachable antenna

Other Thoughts: best router for me may get another 1 as a backup just in case i brick it trying out 3rd party firmwares

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  • Anonymous
  • 2/1/2007 8:06:21 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsExcellent networking, mediocre radio/antenna

Pros: -- Very good networking performance--much better, for example, than the WRT54GL. This is owing in large part to the 266-MHz processor and 32-MB of memory, which is much better than what most units offer. (And someone with "high" understanding said the cost was "just to get a USB port"!)

-- Works with third-party firmware. I tested with OpenWRT/X-WRT and with DD-WRT. Both worked well, though DD-WRT is much, much easier to use. (The claim that OpenWRT/X-WRT is as easy to use as the factory firmware is simply wrong--if you use OpenWRT/X-WRT, you WILL have to use Telnet/SSH to access some of the settings, as they are not all accessible through the Webif^2 interface.)

-- It stands up on its side, by design. Hey, I WILL count this as a "pro", since it gives me an easy 8 or 9 extra inches of shelf space!

Cons: -- The radio isn't the best. For example, it doesn't have the on-board amplifier that some other models have.

-- The antenna isn't removable. You can solder one in, though, if you're up to it.

-- If you keep the official firmware, be aware that it has some pretty stupid limitations, such as the fact that you can't specify static DHCP leases with it.

-- Be prepared to receive a unit with at least some minor scratches on it. Mine had some, and I've seen quite a few other people complain about the same thing. But don't blame Newegg, blame Linksys for their poor packaging, which lacks a plastic bag for the router. You'll get the same thing no matter who you buy from.

Other Thoughts: Despite all the complaints about the radio and antenna, I get very good wireless performance from my WRTSL54GS. Granted, though, my wireless client is not all that far from the router.

I am now running DD-WRT v23 SP2 (standard), and I love it. QoS works well, the networking works well, and the router has survived all the punishment I have been able to dish out--which includes running Azureus with hundreds of connections, while simultaneously pounding it from the WAN with multiple port scans and DoS tests (e.g.,, etc.).

If you want a great-performing router, and don't have very demanding wireless needs, look no further. If you need strong wireless performance first and foremost, you may want to go with a different router, even if doesn't perform as well as...a router.

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  • Wesley P.
  • 1/29/2007 2:32:12 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsAdequate router, use OpenWRT

Pros: Large memory and flash plus USB port makes this one of the most flexible access point/routers on the market. Use an upgraded operating system like OpenWRT to get the full capability of the device.

Cons: The single fixed antenna drastically limits the range and flexbility of the device. That said, I've had no problems with 3 units running OpenWRT over moderate household and office ranges. Better directional antennas would help reach to the pool but another device used as a range expander works even better, with more reliable connections.

Other Thoughts: If you're not up for hacking on these, the combination of OpenWRT 'WhiteRussian' with X-Wrt user interface is as usable as the factory firmware and much more reliable.

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  • Wiliam O.
  • 12/30/2006 4:38:20 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsHorrible, get an early WRT instead

Pros: Small
Good USB HDD support
Can be returned to store
That's about it

Cons: 30% wireless transmission packet loss.
Tiny antenna makes for tiny wireless range
FTP server is PAINFULLY slow making it worthless.

Other Thoughts: I've moved this thing all over the place and tried many different WiFi adapters along with different firmware (DD-WRT, OpenWRT etc). This thing is just a buggy pile.

This thing is an absolute waste of money. Ever since the Cisco buyout of Linksys, they haven't made a decent product.

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