Review: Linksys Wireless-G / SRX Broadband Router

Internal details

Getting a view of the GX's innards took a little digging since Figure 1 shows what you see upon opening the case.

Figure 1: The WRT54GX is a tough nut to crack
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That metal shield you see covers both sides of the board and is soldered shut - something I don't mess with, since I do have to return this stuff. Since Linksys took the radio-only route for the GX' FCCID, those pictures didn't reveal the main board itself. But all signs in the FCC documents pointed to the GX and Belkin Pre-N being twins, and Belkin's FCC docs proved more fruitful and yielded the main board view shown in Figure 2.

Figure 2: Airgo reference / Belkin Pre-N, Linksys WRT54GX main board
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What we have here is a design based on the Broadcom BCM4704 processor, which is a suped-up version of the widely-used BCM4702. While I can't tell for sure due to the fuzzy PDF picture, that's probably a Altima (Broadcom) AC101L 10/100 Ethernet Tranceiver for the WAN port.

You don't see the radio because it mounts on the underside of the board in a mini-PCI socket. But Figure 3 shows what the board looks like with its RF shield covers removed.

Figure 3: Airgo reference / Belkin Pre-N, Linksys WRT54GX radio board
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Note the large single baseband / MAC chip to the left that handles the three RF chips on the right.

One more shot (Figure 4) in case there's any doubt that the GX and Belkin Pre-N are hardware twins.

Figure 4: Belkin Pre-N and Linksys WRT54GX
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