Raiders Of The Lost Walmart Have Your Router From 2003

raidersThere is nothing wrong with this Linksys wireless router, exactly. It was a best-seller, and there are many of them still in use. It was the first of a very popular product series. Unlike some unplayable online games featured in our Raiders of the Lost Walmart series, you can even use it for its intended purpose. It’s just… really old.

How old? Well, the installation requirements include Windows XP or Vista. Hey, at least you get some security software for that no-longer-supported operating system.

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The product was released in 2002, and the Cisco co-branding on the box means that this router can’t be any older than 2003, when Cisco acquired Linksys.

Sometimes a gadget that’s older provides more possibilities: early versions of this router can provide fun for some people in the form of open-source firmware. For the rest of us, though, we can point and say, “Hey, I kind of remember that router from my old apartment in 2005!”

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  1. radioone says:

    People still use that router especially if you put DD-WRT or Tomato on it.

  2. muaddib78 says:

    thats honestly a good price for a good piece of hardware, even if its quite old.

  3. DaveP says:

    I used to have one of those. Actually four of them. The wi-fi would stop working after a month or two. After going through four units, I got a Netgear one which still works fine. 802.11G is fine for my needs.

  4. ReverendTed57 says:

    I still have two running DD-WRT (so that I can have a wireless repeater bridge setup).
    The WRT-54G remains one of the best-selling routers on NewEgg, and is currently priced there at $49.99, so $40.00 would seem to be a good deal!

    I don’t for a moment think that negates this as an legitimate example of the “RotLW” form, though.

    • SingleMaltGeek says:

      I did that years and years ago, before I got Verizon and they told me I had to use their Actiontec crap. (Which does QoS, so it’s not as crappy as all that.) But one thing that wasn’t an issue then: the b/g/n/a capability is hardware-based, correct? You can’t add that by updating the firmware, can you?