Linksys WRT54G and WRT54GL Being Phased Out?

I went to pick up a Wireless Router from a local computer shop http://www.a-power.com in hopes of grabbing a WRT54GL or at least a WRT54GS. The main reason being that I could flash the hardware to run DD-WRT http://www.dd-wrt.com which is a third part open source router firmware.

I went to pick up a Wireless Router from a local computer shop http://www.a-power.com in hopes of grabbing a WRT54GL or at least a WRT54GS. The main reason being that I could flash the hardware to run DD-WRT http://www.dd-wrt.com which is a third part open source router firmware.

After asking if they had any in stock, the sales associate got up went over to the wall and grab a box and say “Your lucky, this is the last one, and we’re not getting any more.”. For a second I was worried and asked “Why’s that?”, and he continued on and explained that they’re phasing out the WRT54G and WRT54GL for the WRT54G2 which looks a little more stylish. You can view it here:

http://www.linksys.com/servlet/Satellite?c=L_Product_C2&childpagename=US%2FLayout&cid=1175242886869&pagename=Linksys%2FCommon%2FVisitorWrapper

The “Supported Hardware” on DD-WRT’s site shows that the Linksys WRT54G2 is WIP or “Work in progress”.

http://dd-wrt.com/wiki/index.php/Supported_Devices#Linksys_.28all_the_rest_that_is_not_re-engineered_til_today.29

The Netgear Open Source router WGR614L is an alternative to Linksys and is supported by DD-WRT:

http://www.netgear.com/Products/RoutersandGateways/GWirelessRouters/WGR614L.aspx

Hopefully someone will be able to provide DD-WRT on Linksys products once again. There is a thread on the DD-WRT forums about WRT54G2 and providing one to a developer to try and get some sort of firmware on it:

http://www.dd-wrt.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?p=206237#206237

There may still be hope!

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