'Member Linksys Routers?

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Do you remember Linksys Routers? This one depicted is c. 2003. I think I got mine at Fry's Electronics for less than $50. Probably much less. It was the workhorse of WiFi routers, at the time.

Probably the best feature of these is the amount of time it took to troubleshoot. If something went wrong, just restart. Problem solved.

Video related.

Yeah I remember LINKSYS. I remember the first time I got one I was a little confused about setting up the DHCP tables. I was also amazed that there was a hardwired web server inside. I still have all my old ones sitting collecting dust, not sure what happened but the new apple routers came out. Now Apple doesn't even make them any more so I got a new router from Amazon, and another one that resembles the old Linksys, with antennas. lol

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Yeah, I was on the Apple Airport bandwagon, mainly because of Time Machine. Now, I just use ARQ for backups, mostly. It's especially good to pair ARQ with Amazon Prime because the storage is included.

I use a external hard drive for time machine. Not familiar with ARQ gota check it out since I have Prime.

Yeah I got the old one collecting dust somewhere too and the new one with the antennas. 🤣🤣🤣

OH YES! I do remember these - do you find it funny that for about 10 years any router that had any sort of aerial was considered bad, yet now the top, highest speed boxes you can get on the market have one 😥 You could get one of these and paint it black and just say it is one of those NETGEAR Nighthawks. "Its vintage man".

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It's the style of the time.

I think its good I mean it does have an actual purpose instead of a blinking light and that it does real things, WiFi Technology is magic enough #bringbacktheaerial


That was my first ADSL2+ Router. Ahh, the nostalgia. It handled the poor quality copper not so well. It had a multitude of features that made that pathetic strand of copper barely tolerable. Now I have a fibre optic connection and its much better :)

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These things were everywhere for years. You could also replace the firmware on them and run opensource alternatives.

Mine has OpenWRT. It works, but doesn't cooperate with the ISP supplied Cisco router so I sadly couldn't give my boys a clean WiFi connection from their room that's on the other side of the apartment.

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If you have some hardware around, look at OPNSense.

Thanks, I'll check whether I could use something like this. I do have some old computers stored that I may put into use.

I had two of those. Still have one, but I just can't get it to work as a forwarder for my boys computer that's a bit too far from the AP to get a clean connection.

Once upon a Time it was pretty important to replace your router quite often because that was the main limitation of getting downloaded and upload speeds

This was the first wireless router I came in contact with. Think it was running 802.11 B/G so this had to be the early 2000's. I remember it being at my neighbor's house about a quarter-mile away from my house (we lived in the countryside) attached to a HughesNET satellite modem. It inspired my teenage brain into a "hacking" mindset and helped in the construction of a Pringles Can yagi so I could "borrow" some internet to game with :D!

(Side Note: I had permission from my neighbors just in case I'm self-incriminating or some statute of limitations isn't up yet lol)

This is crazy seeing’s be of these. I think this was the first router we had were we got to play video games online at our house.

This was responsible for me spending hours online playing madden, tom Clancy navy seals, and rainbow six on PS2 lol

The WRT-54G was a wonderful little router. My parents used theirs for the better part of a decade. You're right, it is a workhorse! That's probably why they were so popular and had such a high install base.

I think I may have one or two of those in my box of "replaced electronics". They still work, I simply upgraded. Eventually, some neighbour or friend will have a router fail and I'll give them one from the box - which will satisfy them until they can go get a new one.

If I recall, in the 1990's before outsourcing became the norm, the contract manufacturer I worked for (Celestica) made LinkSys Routers for the Canadian/US market. I think we also made PCMCIA cards for them too. Back then, the magic number was 70 pounds. If a case of product weighed less than 70 pounds, is was CM'd in the Far East, if it was 70 pounds or more, it was made in Canada/US/Mexico because of transportation costs.

I still have mine in Portugal, somewhere in the bulk of storage I left there. Someday it will be very valuable to communicate with wireless devices that only communicate via a/b...


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I feel like the last time I've seen this was 2007/08...