Wireless-G, the draft version of the forthcoming 802.11g standard, looks great on paper. Low-cost, high-speed 54Mbps throughput and backward compatibility with 802.11b make you wonder why you'd ever pay for a pricey 802.11a device. Unfortunately, the Linksys WRT54G Wireless-G router doesn't quite live up to expectations. While real-world wireless performance seems to hover around 50 percent of what almost all wireless-device manufacturers claim, the Linksys Wireless-G router delivers even less than that. Also disappointing is the operating range of the Wireless-G router, which is considerably shorter than that of an 802.11b router. Worst of all, connect the Linksys WRT54G to both Wireless-G and 802.11b network adapters simultaneously, and its speed bumps down closer to 802.11b levels. Linksys claims this last problem has been fixed by a firmware revision, but when we tested the new firmware, we noticed only moderate improvement. With more firmware updates likely in the future, we recommend that you skip 802.11g for now. Due to Linksys's huge consumer market share and no-nonsense software, the company's routers have set the standard for easy router setup. The WRT54G is no exception: A tabbed, browser-based utility provides access to all the router's features, with the basic settings summarized in the top Setup tab. As with other more recent Linksys products, the WRT54G also provides a handy first-time setup that walks you through choosing basic SSID, IP address, and security settings. Curiously, the PDF user manual doesn't mention the wizard, although it'