Linksys WRT54G – getting wired speeds on wireless

By Dan Nedelko

March 24, 2012


WRT54G increase wireless speedI’ve got a LinkSys WRT54G wireless router. It’s a little older and been great but lately I’ve been getting disconnected every few hours and had to reset the router. Annoying at best, then I ran a speed test and was sad to see my download speeds stank relative to sitting at my desk and wired right into the router.

I did some digging and after a little bit of work, my wireless speeds equal my wired speeds. Here’s how I did it:

Wired at Home: http://www.speedtest.net/result/1853602685.png
Wireless at Home: http://www.speedtest.net/result/1853606059.png

WRT54G Linksys 2.4 Ghz

  1. Upgraded firmware to 8.0.0.8 from the WRT54G Cisco product page. Make sure you check your hardware model number on the bottom of the router first.
  2. Prevented wireless channel switching (selected channel 11 as I was getting knocked offline by another router).
  3. Changed from wireless network mode to G-only from Mixed.

Next login to the setup page of the Router:

  1. Under Wireless tab change the Wireless channel to 11

Advanced wireless settings:

  1. Change the Beacon Interval from 75-100 (my optimal interval was 100)
  2. Change the Fragmentation Threshold to 2304 through 2375 (my optimal was 2375)
  3. Change the RTS Threshold to 2304 through 2375 (my optimal was 2375)
  4. Change “Basic Rate” from Default to All.
  5. Click on Save Settings.

Wireless speeds now equal wired speeds in 95% of my home.

The End.

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Dan Nedelko

About Dan Nedelko

A human being spinning around on this big blue marble with the rest of you, interested in Digital Marketing // Music // Art // Family // Business // Founder of http://hny.pt

  • It’s always fun to be able to fix your problems on your own rather than having to call a service. I had a similar problem a while ago but most of my problems are caused by my aunt pulling the cable when she’s watering the flowers at my place. 🙂

  • I have the exact same router but mine is the G With speed booster version, I got it like 7 years ago but it’s still running amazing, I do experience the disconnections but I don’t need to reset it, I just simply reboot it with the modem

    Going to try the firmware update, thanks for the post Dan.

  • You cannot just upgrade the WRT54G’s firmware to version 8. You must upgrade your firmware to the HARDWARE version which the router is. This could be anything from 1.0 – 8.2. You can find your router’s hardware version on the tag on the router, next to the WRT54G model number.

    Heed my warning, kids. If you do not upgrade your firmware to the correct hardware version, you will brick your router. EOS.

  • This worked great but I had to play with the channels 7 worked best for me. Funny thing though that is according to Speedtest.com my wireless DL speed is 10.57Mbs compared to a wired speed of 8.87Mbs. UL is both the same. Go figure I have Clearwire running on a WRT54G2 Firmware Ver 1.0.0.4. Don’t really care since I’m streaming movies mostly from HBOGO and MAXGO wireless to an entertainment PC mostly.

  • I had the same problems as you with a 5 year old WRT54G which I solved (or thought I solved) with various tweaks but after a month the router died completely. Whether or not it was on the way out anyway, or whether it was my tweaking that killed it is a subject I’d rather not think about!

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