Linksys WCG200 54 Mbps 4-Port 10/100 Wireless G Router Reviews
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Linksys WCG200 54 Mbps 4-Port 10/100 Wireless G Router

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Jan 17, 2006 (Updated Jan 17, 2006)
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  • User Rating: Disappointing

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Pros:All-in-one unit with easy setup which, in theory, promises an uncluttered home solution.

Cons:Poor cable connection (WAN) reliability requiring manual resets. Settings spontaneously reset.

The Bottom Line: I would avoid this unit because of its pathetic cable modem connection reliability and inability to correctly reconnect without a power cycle.

I'm not against all-in-one solutions and for many home users a wireless cable-modem gateway with a default-on firewall/router and WAP WiFi support may be the perfect choice on a tight budget. However, I would avoid the Linksys WCG200 -- if even to try another Linksys cable modem gateway product (they have at least two VERY SIMILAR models) as I have not had many issues with their other SoHo network products in the past.

The Linksys WCG200 cable modem/router/firewall/WiFi access point/4-port switch is a waste of the space it occupies. I initially purchased the unit thinking that an all-in-one solution would simplify my home network...

...I was wrong. (And, to make up for it, I returned it to the store within the week.)


After initial setup the cable modem would lose connection randomly every 30 to 90 minutes and, even though it would attempt a normal reconnect sequence, it would not reconnect without manually cycling the power. (I know this is not the cable companies fault because the Motorola SURFboard 5120 cable modem I replaced the WCG200 with has had no problem maintaining a connection. My cable connection power levels are also within specifications as tested by the Charter technicians and reported by both the SURFboard and WCG200 modems.)


After 4 days of using the WCG200 gatway the device RESET my wireless configuration to default settings. This, logically, broke my WiFi setup (WEP keys, SSID, etc) causing much annoyance as I dug for an ethernet cable. I am not willing to periodically re-configure "lost settings".


It seems like this device isn't really supported ... either that or Linksys won't admit the flaws/knows they can't be firmware-patched.

Recommend this product? No

Amount Paid (US$): 160
Driver Availability: Other

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