Linksys WRT54G has for long been a top-selling wireless router, very much thanks to its low price and decent set of features. It’s getting a bit old though and it’s time for a successor. The name is something as inventive as Linksys WRT54G2, which is of course also proof of how popular the last model was. Even if the 802.11n protocol is starting to find its way on to the market, Linksys has chosen to keep a low profile with the WRT54G2. The predecessor was a popular budget choice and it seems that the successor will target the same buyers.
The router sports wireless networking (802.11b/g) and a 4-port 10/100 switch for some wired networking. It would’ve been nice with some 802.11n and Gigabit Ethernet support, but that would’ve pushed up the price to a whole other segment than the $50 WRT54G2 costs today.
The perhaps biggest news is the new design which follows the same clean concept as the Ultra RangePlus family (WRT160N and WAG160N). From now on there’s no need to hide the router and the integrated antenna will work just as well as external versions, says Linksys.
As a simple and easy router, WRT54G2 has to be considered rather well equipped, and it also has the Linksys EasyLink Advisor (LELA) which helps the user to get the right security settings, fetch updates and monitor the network.