I bought a Linksys/Cisco co-branded WRT54GC personal compact home router at Best Buy on Black Friday, but I’ve not been able to enjoy it much yet because they keep dying!! The featureset of this router is great:
The Linksys compact wireless-G broadband router is really three devices in one small box. There’s the wireless access point, which lets you connect both screamingly fast wireless-G (802.11g at 54 Mbps) and wireless-B (802.11b at 11 Mbps) devices to yout network. There’s also a built-in four-port full-duplex 10/100 switch to connect your wired-Ethernet devices together. Connect four PCs directly, or attach more hubs and switches to create as big a network as you need. Finally, the router function ties it all together and lets your whole network share a high-speed cable or DSL Internet connection.
This would be great except for the three-show-stopping problems that I’ve had with it:
1) My first unit was mostly dead on arrival some of the leds would light up, but not all the right ones. I could plug in my PC and have that LED light, but it wouldn’t be able to see the unit or get an IP address from DHCP. The power LED also always remained dark, although the unit was definitely getting power.
2) My replacement unit was like a sluggish monster waking up. IP traffic routed through it was taking about 4 times longer to get through. I went from a 1.2MB/s to .3 MB/s connection. Something definitely wasn’t right with this replacement, as I was about to see…
3) Finally, I woke up the next day to the smell of burning silicon. Yes, and it turns out my personal home router was producing this smell, lights off. It did not turn on when I cycled the power. It had burned itself out in the night. What, too many packets to handle?
All in all, I don’t think I’ll buy Cisco/Linksys again. My old D-Link is remarkably solid.
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