Linksys vs. Netgear

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Difference between Linksys and Netgear

If you haven’t gone over to the wonderful world of wireless connectivity yet, then you are in for a treat. Products from companies such as Linksys and Netgear allow you to expand your connectivity options in your home, and they are essential for families that have more than one computer or network device. With these products, you have an inexpensive way to link up all of these devices, which is only one of their benefits, as you will see in this article that compares the Netgear Wireless g Router WGR614 and the Linksys Wireless g Router WRT54G.



Either the Netgear' Wireless g Router WGR614 or the Linksys Wireless g Router WRT54G provides the essential function of routing traffic to, from and throughout your network. With the use of wireless adapters, you can use either of these routers to add connectivity features to your various computers and other peripherals.


The Linksys and Netgear units both offer similar speed and performance, with transfer rates of up to 54 Mbps offered. This is more than sufficient for most uses since most cable Internet connections run at 4 to 7 Mbps anyway. In order to illustrate this speed, take for example a 4 MB file. While it would take you about 20 seconds to download such a file from the Internet, it would take only take you a few seconds at most to transfer that same file from one computer to another using either of these routers.

Both the Netgear and Linksys units offer security features of course. The Netgear device comes with its own firewall, while Linksys implements a VPN pass as well as IP address filtering in order to prevent intrusion.

One of the key differences in both units is the appearance. While the Netgear router has a flat and rounded shape, the Linksys device has a more angular appearance. The Netgear device also has a single antenna in the back compared to Linksys’ two antennas. In any case, the design of either one does not appear to give it a noticeable speed and/or performance advantage over the other.


Finally, the two units also differ in price. This particular Netgear model typically sells for less than $50, while the Linksys model has a retail price of about $70. In addition, the other equipment needed for the Netgear system generally come in at a lower price than the similar components for the Linksys system. While the lower price of Netgear may indicate that the Linksys system is the superior one, that does not appear to be the case in this instance.

Similarities and Differences


  • Adds connectivity features to your various computers and other peripherals
  • Transfer rates of up to 54 Mbps offered
  • Comes with its own firewall


  • Adds connectivity features to your various computers and other peripherals
  • Transfer rates of up to 54 Mbps offered
  • Implements a VPN pass as well as IP address filtering for security

Which wireless router is easier to set up?
  • Linksys
  • Netgear

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