Linksys has announced a new 802.11g wireless router. The Linksys Wireless-G Broadband Router WRT54G2 is a direct replacement for the WRT54G. It has an RRP of £39.

The new Wi-Fi router sports a sleek black design which the manufacturer felt was more appropriate for home use than the pedestrian-looking blue casing of its predecessor.

"The successful Linksys by Cisco WRT54G Wireless-G broadband router is an iconic product in home networking. We have taken that high benchmark and improved further upon its performance, ease of use and updated it with our latest industrial design," said Linksys' Paul McIntosh.

Unlike many wireless routers we've seen in the past year, the WRT54G2 is being marketed as a straight 802.11g class model, rather than a 'draft' n unit. The 802.11n wireless connectivity standard has been near completion for the better part of two years and has been through several readings, but has yet to be formally ratified.

However, the standard is so close to agreement that many Wi-Fi routers that have been launched in the past 12 months are marketed as 'draft n' models with guaranteed compatibility with the new, faster wireless standard. As well as an improved data transfer throughput, the 802.11n standard will be better able to cope with streaming video.

The new WRT54G2 router makes use of a technology known as LELA - Linksys EasyLink Advisor – an application designed to make it to set up and secure the wireless network.

The router is protected by WPS (Wi-Fi Protected Setup) and can be configured with a single button. To use it, you first press the WPS button on the Linksys router, then press the corresponding button on any Wi-Fi-enabled devices you want it to be able to ‘see’. In this way, a private network containing just those Wi-Fi units you’ve deliberately added to the network can view and access any data within it.

The Linksys Wireless-G Broadband Router WRT54G2 will go onsale later this month for around £39.99.

Linksys Wireless-G Broadband Router WRT54G2

Linksys Wireless-G Broadband Router WRT54G2