"Really BAD!!!"0.5 starson by KSSeti
Pros: None, None, None, None
Cons: Wireless Failure, VPN Failure, Tech Support Failure, Linksys FAILURE!!!
Summary: I am a 15 yr professional network administrator. I have worked with a lot of different brands and types of network equipment during that time. Including Cisco and Linksys. I think this is important for you to know. I have an IT staff working for me of 33 people, all college grads, all with varied networking certifications.
I originally bought the Linksys WRV54G for my home to create a simple VPN Tunnel and allow my kids wireless access for their systems.
The VPN functionality of this router while it can function after a BETA update from Linksys Technical support, it doesn't function well. Previous to the Firmware update the VPN Tunnels do not function properly.
After the update the VPN Tunnels fail about every 10-15 minutes because of some issue with the firmware. I played with the settings and had three of my staff experiment as well in a totally different environment. We determined that regardless of the setup VPN tunnels will fail at a random interval.
Therefore, as a VPN router I cannot suggest the WRV54G.
This is where Linksys fails in the greatest sense of the word!
The WRV54G previous to the Beta update and post does not function properly.
The WRV54G requires a soft or hard reboot every 30 minutes - 2 hours. Symptoms are low speed leading to reduced signal and finally complete wireless failure requiring reboot of the WRV54G.
The wired portion of the router will continue to function when the wireless function fails. This is good because it saves you from having to walk across the house or building every half an hour.
Bugs, Bugs and Bugs
The firmware provided by Linksys Technical support and the version which ships with the WRV54G are buggy to say the least.
The easiest bug to identify is on the primary page when you login to the web interface. When you set a static IP for the WRV54G only wired clients will see the proper information on that page. Wireless clients will always see that the IP is dynamic.
There are so many little quirks and oddities I cannot list them all, but believe me... BUGS!
Linksys technical support for the WRV54G is provided by live web and phone.
Both are handled by what I believe to be Indians. Their English skills are fair to poor.
That aside, they are not being given the tools by Linksys to support their customers.
Linksys is not providing ETA on fixes or temporary solutions to the problems I have explained.
I cannot suggest Linksys technical support as a solution provider should you encounter trouble with your WRV54G.
I had 3 of my staff and myself test the WRV54G over a period of 1 week. We tested wireless, VPN, wired, firewall, interface and more.
We came to the conclusion that the WRV54G was rushed to market and is not a functioning piece of equipment out of the box.
Do not purchase the WRV54G.