Linksys changing WRT54G wireless router



Linux devices has a story on the Linksys WRT54G wireless routers. The WRT54G has been known for quite a while to be running linux and a community has sprouted up with customized software to add many neat features to the access points. However, Linksys is moving to VxWorks as the operating system for the routers in a move that will cut memory and flash sizes installed. (VxWorks is more of an embedded OS and many other network hardware makers have made the move.)


They will be making a WRT54GL that will run linux and enable all the customizations to continue. The new (VxWorks version will be called “series 5″)

Some of the features that the linux version of the router allows endusers to add in are: Radius authentication, bridge capabilities, VoIP QoS (voice-over-IP quality-of-service)…. and on and on…

The Linksys-Cisco WIRELESS G BROADBAND RTR LINUX ( WRT54GL ) is available from Amazon.com for $70.99

Good to hear that they recognize the linux development/experimenting that’s gone on with their hardware. This is (yet another) piece of hardware I have been meaning to get and play around with the possibilities. Glad it will still be possible for a while.

One other note, linksysinfo.org has info on distinguishing between series 4(old linux based wrt54g) and the new series 5(wrt54g Vxworks)

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