Monday, July 4, 2016
In a time where electronic devices become obsolete from one year to the next, there's a surprising exception when it comes to WiFi routers. The popular Linksys WRT54GL introduced in 2005 is still being sold today, and there are no plans to stop production in the foreseeable future.
The WRT54GL was (is) highly successful in a time where having 54Mbps WiFi G was all the rage, and thanks to the fact that this variant GL - where L stands for Linux - meant you were welcome to use an alternative firmware like DD-WRT or OpenWRT, making it even more versatile.
Today, there's nothing amazing about it, but the fact that it is a simple and reliable router, with support finely tuned for it over the years, turns it into one of those devices that people simply stick with. More surprising Linksys still produces and sells these WRT54GL and makes millions out of it - and the entire family of WRT54G routers has already sold 31 million units over the course of its 14 years on the market (currently, only the WRT54GL remains).
I'm also part of the group that has one of these trusted routers (not in operation though, as I've since upgraded to a WiFi n router) - and I can seriously relate to all those that think "if it ain't broke..." :)