Monday, April 27, 2009

My New Wireless ADSL Router

Ever since the success of my NAS, in particular that my BT download is 24x7 now. However, the network was not able to accommodate the traffic. The cause was the aging router I had...


The D-Link DSL-G604T wireless ADSL router.

I had to reset the router almost everyday! The ADSL connection was persistent but nobody in the home network could connect to internet until a reset. Meaning, my BT downloads were all halted too! Not only that, the router just can't support more than one port forward rule, the subsequent rules after the first one just did not work without any error. Furthermore, I was testing my sis' router and for unknown reason it got fried. What a bad week to me (another story to tell~)!

No internet means no life to me. So without much study but quick read on few reviews, I went to Low Yat to get my new router...


The Linksys WAG54G2.

Unwrapped the box...


Cool design huh? An UFO like design.

A reminder sticker covered all the ports at the back...


So I inserted the CD to see what miracle would happen...


Bull shit! I ejected the CD and DIY. Within second, I was connected to the router admin interface. And within few minutes, it's up and running!

LELA??!! Linksys Easy Link Advisor?!


You'd know, not that easy to become advisor and LELA failed to setup my network within minutes even all the necessary cables were plugged in properly. I suggest you rather get JELA, Jacko Expert Lengchai Advisor to help you.

This router wasn't my first choice though. I wanted an all-in-one wireless ADSL router with support of wireless N and gigabits ethernet ports. Unfortunately, there is no router in this world with such specification at the moment. You can find many wireless router such as Linksys WRT610N (my initial target), but these routers are only a wireless N router without ADSL support. After some thoughts, I decided to get an interim router until I can get one that meets my requirements in the future. In addition, wireless 802.11n specification is still in its draft mode version 2.0, this is good to further support my decision as I wouldn't want to get a pricey router (the wireless N routers double the price of any wireless G routers) which the supported technology is still in draft mode.

But why Linksys? First, Aztech is never in my list as my very first ADSL modem given by Streamyx was an Aztech which gave me headaches until I changed to a China brand ZTE modem! Second, many condemns on Belkin routers behaved like my D-Link router especially by those hardcore BT downloaders like me. Third, Netgear, one of my preferred choices beside Linksys but it's very uncommon in Low Yat nowadays, only 1 or 2 stores carry the products (why?). Fourth, D-Link?! Not again! That explains how I narrowed my choice on brand to Linksys, in addition that Cisco brand gave me some extent of confidence plus many of my Hi-Def members use and give thumb ups to Linksys WRT52G.

Fortunately, I made a right choice even it priced RM50 more than other brands mentioned above. The router has been running without glitches since the night I made it connected!


It has been in this condition for 3 weeks plus! With the DSL and internet LEDs light up all times! With 18 non-stop downloads inclusive of 4 torrents seeding 24x7 from my NAS, browsing, some heavy HTTP downloads from my Wind and PC, and online audio streaming from the NAS. It's more stable than my previous D-Link router, which is now landed at my sis' house for her light use.

This certainly builds my confidence on LinkSys products. I love its UFO design, I love its wireless range (it's strong even without external antenna) and of course I love its stability. 3 things I don't like about it is the lousy LELA program, it did not impact my setup and usability though but it could frustrate other non-IT users in initial setup. The second is the firmware that does not have the feature to reserve DHCP IP. In other words, the router will not always assign the same IP to a PC or device, this is practically a drawback if you have internal servers which is external/internet facing with port forwarding. Not a show stopper though, you can still assign static IP on the server manually. The last is there is no "reboot router" feature in the firmware. Not a big deal since the router is so solid steady in its operations. The workaround is to make some redundant changes and click save settings.

Nevertheless, my next router is definitely another Linksys, if there is no competing product from Netgear.