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by PracticallyNetworked staff
March 7, 2005

Linksys today announced the availability of its Compact Wireless-G Broadband router (WRT54GC), which is designed to provide home and mobile users with both wireless access and connectivity for wired Ethernet devices in a small form factor.

According to Linksys, the Compact Wireless-G Router is three devices in one: a Wireless Access Point that enables users to connect via Wireless-G (802.11g) or Wireless-B (802.11b); a built in 4-port full-duplex 10/100 switch to connect wired Ethernet devices to the network; and a router that allows users to securely share a network with high-speed cable or DSL Internet connection.

"The Linksys Compact Wireless-G Broadband Router is the ideal router for our customers who have limited space or want something small and compact to have at their workstation or take with them on the road," said Tim Thornton, director of product marketing at Link.

The router comes with a built-in antenna. However, users can increase the router's wireless range by connecting an optional high gain antenna (Linksys High Gain Antenna for SMA Connectors - HGA7S), to the included pop-up SMA connector.

Users will benefit from the following features in the Linksys Compact Wireless-G Broadband Router:

  • Three devices all-in-one; 4-port switch, Wireless-G (802.11g) router and access point.
  • Shares a single Internet connection and other resources with wired and wireless-802.11b and 802.11g devices
  • Compact form factor fits in anywhere
  • Wi-Fi Protected Access(TM) (WPA/WPA2 Personal), wireless MAC address filtering, powerful SPI firewall
  • Supports VPN pass through
  • SMA connector for adding an external antenna for users who want to increase their range

The Linksys Compact Wireless-G Broadband Router is immediately available for about $80. Earthweb HardwareCentral earthwebdeveloper CrossNodes Datamation

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