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BUFFALO AirStation Extreme AC 1200 Gigabit Dual Band Wireless Router - WZR-1166DHP

  • Wireless 802.11ac
  • Simultaneous Dual Band
  • Up to 866Mbps@5GHz, 300Mbps@2.4GHz
  • 5 Gigabit Ethernet Ports
  • Configure as an Access Point or Bridge
  • QoS
  • Web Filtering and Parental Control
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The AirStation Extreme AC 1200 from Buffalo is a gigabit dual band wireless router that offers high-speed, dual-band wireless solutions. Supporting 802.11ac, the next-generation Wi-Fi standard, the AirStation Extreme AC 1200 delivers in excess of gigabit wireless speeds. It is ideal for streaming HD video and music, or gaming online, with computers, smartphones, and tablet devices. It also offers a new class of features above and beyond the traditional home router, including automatic QoS, Web Filtering, and Parental Control.
 

  • newegg NEXT GENERATION NETWORKING 802.11ac is the latest wireless standard, offering speeds up to three times faster than 802.11n. Operating in the 5 GHz spectrum, 802.11ac offers transfer speeds up to 866 Mbps*, ideal for uninterrupted HD video streaming and concurrent Internet access. (*Actual data throughput and range will vary depending upon network conditions and environmental factors, including volume of network traffic, building materials, and construction and network overhead)
  • newegg MAKE YOUR HOME NETWORK EXTREME The AirStation Extreme offers a new class of features above and beyond the traditional home router. Experience enhanced coverage, get high speed gigabit wired connections, connect a printer to the network, add shared storage, stream your favorite HD multimedia, game lag-free, and let your family surf the web worry free with Norton ConnectSafe web filtering and parental control by Symantec.
  • newegg DUAL BAND Offering simultaneous wireless operation on the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz bands, the AirStation Extreme AC 1200 is perfect for streaming HD movies, music, and email from multiple devices at the same time.
  • newegg GIGABIT ETHERNET Maximize your wireless network speed with gigabit Ethernet connections that keep your data moving at lightning speed.
  • newegg BEAMFORMING Beamforming technology optimizes signal energy for enhanced operation with devices that also support the technology. Beamforming creates a more direct wireless signal, as it specifically targets supported connected devices, such as the latest MacBook Air, the Samsung Galaxy S4, and the HTC One M7. It boosts performance and range even more to deliver a reliable, high-speed, wireless connection for bandwidth-intensive activities.
  • newegg BACKWARD COMPATIBILITY Easily upgrade your network from previous wireless standards, and maintain compatibility with existing adapters and devices. The AirStation Extreme AC 1200 works with 11a, 11g, and 11n, offering extreme performance and greater coverage.


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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years


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  • JOEL J.
  • 6/18/2014 12:59:11 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsPathetic.

Pros: 802.11ac is a neat trick. Looking forward to what the future brings. The product overview touts quite a few features.

Cons: Wow. What a disappointment this thing has been. I've read quite a bit about buffalo routers in the past, so I figured I'd take the plunge and try one of them out.

First let me say, when it works, its awesome. But only after a day (and I suspect the F/W upgrade I did) the 2.4ghz band is almost non-existent unless you are in the same room as this thing. It's just plain weak and I can't understand why except for possibly newer FCC regulations. Makes me sad, because I really wanted to like it.

Other Thoughts: Honestly the only way this thing is getting fixed is if they open-source their FW to the guys at DDWRT. Obviously their is an incompetence in testing or a major design flaw that's keeping this thing from performance like the top-shelf hardware it is. Shame on you Buffalo, forever will there be a bad taste in my mouth whenever I hear your name from now on.

Since I'm past my 30-day return window I'll probably stuff it in a closet until I can get a decent 802.11ac router AP, and then use this thing as a wireless bridge.

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  • Christopher L.
  • 4/14/2014 8:23:27 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsInexcusibly Slow 2.4GHz speeds

Pros: Inexpensive Wireless AC solution
Wireless AC and 5ghz does seem pretty fast

Cons: Any 2.4Ghz throughput appears to cap out around 20Mbps. The connection will show 150mbps or higher on 802.11n, but speedtests between connected computers and the router or the internet come back capped at a measly 20Mbps.

Could be just a firmware issue. I've tried everything from fiddling with QoS to disabling 802.11ac to checking for interfering signals - nothing appears to be wrong with my environment, this thing just doesn't work at 2.4GHz.

The range on 5ghz isn't very good, so slow 2.4 is just dumb. In a world where a lot of people have 50mbps or great internet, a router that can't keep up is broken.

I posted to their forums, no response. I don't think they have anyone supporting this product.

Other Thoughts: Skip it.

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  • Vladyslav B.
  • 3/1/2014 5:15:04 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsFast router. Bad 2.4Ghz performance

Pros: Nice built. Great looking. USB 3. Router managing web interface well designed. Very easy to assign Qos. Very fast download using 5Ghz radio. Great coverage. Not overheating.

Cons: Unable to stream video (Netflix / Hulu) to Apple TV, Sony Media Player on 2.4Ghz. Video stops, frozen. Tried to change all setting, no luck. Had to put back my Asus RT-N66R and issue with video streaming on 2.4Ghz solved.

Other Thoughts: If you plan to use only 5Ghz for streaming video and just use 2.4Ghz for web surf, - it's a nice router. But, if your video streaming devices only operates on 2.4Ghz - either look for something else, or wait for Buffalo support came out with better firware. I have used 2.13 firmware version. Have sent few emails to Buffalo tech support, but no reply.

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  • Matt F.
  • 2/16/2014 6:31:48 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsBUFFALO AirStation Extreme AC 1200 Gigabit Dual Band Wireless Router - WZR-1166DHP

Pros: Looks pretty good

Cons: Excruciatingly terrible delays in wired and wireless connections. Movies, webpages would have long delays in loading. Browsers, all tried, "this webpage is not available" until reloaded several times. Wireless connection showed as excellent in windows 7 on HTPC but movies often failed to load and would go blank. Settings are not saved properly. Password can be changed but then you cannot log-in and must do a full reset. Could not change time zone without losing all settings and doing a full reset. Resetting to factory did nothing to improve anything. Release and renew changed nothing. Released IP and unplugged everything overnight and was assigned a new IP from the cable server. Some improvement appeared to take place so I kept nursing this thing, hoping. I mean, how could a brand new router be bad?? Three days ago I plugged my D-link DIR 855 or whatever it is back in. I have not had a single problem since.
I sent an e-mail to Buffalo and got their automated confirmation that was three weeks ago. I called last week they said they would be in contact via e-mail. I have heard nothing. This tells me they do not support their products.

Other Thoughts: Updated to latest firmware as soon as I received the router. Seemed to do ok at first. I dismissed abnormalities as something else could be the cause like the motorola cable modem or the new cable company buyout going on. Put my old router back in and everything worked smooth as silk. I'm considering posting this review on other retailer sites to save some unsuspecting customer the lost time, embarrassment and headache this thing caused. I won't be buying anything from Buffalo again. They don't need to bother replying to this. Time is up.

Manufacturer Response:

Thank you for purchasing our product and leaving a review. In regards to the reported inadequate range, there are various settings that can be easily changed to significantly improve performance.

The BUFFALO router you purchased is Dual Band, meaning there are two radios. To ensure you have optimal range, please adjust the following settings by logging in to the router’s UI and adjusting the Wireless LAN settings as follows:

- 5 GHz Settings: Disable Auto Channel Selection, and use a channel between 149 and 161. The lower channels (36 – 48) are limited by US law to 50mW. The higher channels are limited to 1000mW. This setting alone can have significant impact to your wireless range and performance in 5 GHz.
- 2.4 GHz Settings: Disable Auto Channel Selection, and use a more central channel such as Channels 3-9 (assuming there is not significant interference on the channel from other networks). The lower and higher channels, most notably channels 1 and 11 often require power settings to be lowered intentionally to reduce out-of-band interference as required by US law. Also, changing the Bandwidth setting from 40 Mhz wide to 20 MHz wide can improve total emitted power by up to 3 dbm which may further increase range.

We hope these settings can help to address some of the concerns you had. If you have any additional questions please email newegg@buffalotech.com.

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  • Daniel L.
  • 2/7/2014 1:31:34 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsBad reviews are true

Pros: Easy setup. Looks ok.

Cons: Find myself hitting the power off/on button frequently. Seems to lose range gradually. Started off working with a wireless pc connection 25ft away, but after a couple of days it stopped reaching that far. PC in range runs very slow. TV with wireless connection also 25 ft. away seems to be hit or miss also (Netflix/Youtube stutter) - after reboot seems to work better. Wired connection randomly slows down.

Other Thoughts: Kicking it to the curb...coming off of a vanilla Linksys WRT-54GL which i only rebooted every couple of years, 'just because'. The wireless range on the Linksys was superior also. Buffalo, more like buffalo chips, ie cow dung. Hasta.

Manufacturer Response:

Thank you for purchasing our product and leaving a review. In regards to the reported inadequate range, there are various settings that can be easily changed to significantly improve performance.

The BUFFALO router you purchased is Dual Band, meaning there are two radios. To ensure you have optimal range, please adjust the following settings by logging in to the router’s UI and adjusting the Wireless LAN settings as follows:

- 5 GHz Settings: Disable Auto Channel Selection, and use a channel between 149 and 161. The lower channels (36 – 48) are limited by US law to 50mW. The higher channels are limited to 1000mW. This setting alone can have significant impact to your wireless range and performance in 5 GHz.
- 2.4 GHz Settings: Disable Auto Channel Selection, and use a more central channel such as Channels 3-9 (assuming there is not significant interference on the channel from other networks). The lower and higher channels, most notably channels 1 and 11 often require power settings to be lowered intentionally to reduce out-of-band interference as required by US law. Also, changing the Bandwidth setting from 40 Mhz wide to 20 MHz wide can improve total emitted power by up to 3 dbm which may further increase range.

We hope these settings can help to address some of the concerns you had. If you have any additional questions please email newegg@buffalotech.com.

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  • James l.
  • 1/18/2014 4:38:37 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsexpensive junk

Pros: none

Cons: endless issues

Other Thoughts: I know my stuff. 14 yrs. pc tech exp. Unit is complete garbage. Struggled with it for 3 mos. Dumping it.

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  • Chase M.
  • 1/9/2014 7:56:52 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsPowerful router! No NAT Loopback causes issues for servers

Pros: This router has an impressively powerful WiFi connection. Range is very adequate. Have it on one end of a long rectangular shaped single-story house and the signal is still very strong and decently fast on the opposite end of the house.

Advanced GUI(user interface) is not too hard to understand. A few confusing bits, but can be figured out by either using Google or using included help blurbs.

Cons: Lack of NAT Loopback makes it hell to host a Linux server and even more of a pain to host IP-based game-servers such as Minecraft. If you plan on using anything that requires public-IPs, such as a server, do not get this router unless you intend to install an alternative firmware. This product does support DD-WRT which allows you to add NAT Loopback features, but it does void warranty. The standard pre-installed firmware does not support NAT Loopback at all, according to both tech-support and official technical specs. No intention to add it is planned.

Other Thoughts: This is compared to my previous router, a 1-year old Linksys E1200 which barely had any signal 3/4s of the way down the length of the house and speed suffered massively even when moving to the next room.

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  • Jon B.
  • 12/2/2013 5:56:45 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsIt could be great... but was not

Pros: • Nice user interface and easy to setup.
• The USB used as a network drive was easy to setup and had fast transfer speeds.
• QOS was easy to use and the device information screen provided useful information such as real time bandwidth monitor by device.
• Advanced setup items that other manufacturers have started to leave out. Adjusting the DTIM interval is a great way to extend battery life on wireless devices. I could setup the 2.4 GHz band at a higher DTIM interval while leaving the 5 GHz band at a lower interval for a more reliable connection. My old D-link router had this function but new ones, along with my current Netgear router do not.
• Decent wireless strength compared to my Netgear router. It is consistently 3-5 dBm stronger for any location in my house (although this did not translate to higher throughput speeds).

Cons: • This router had very slow download speeds of 2-5 Mbps (both wireless and Ethernet connection). My rated download speed is only 7 Mbps which is consistently achieved by my 4 year old Netgear router and connecting my computer directly to the cable modem.
• 5GHz wireless throughput speeds were on average 10-20% slower than the 5GHz speeds on my Netgear router (even with the better signal strength). I used a LAN speed test application for comparison.
• Newegg Description – Newegg’s spec page still shows this as having 2 USB ports (1 x 2.0 and 1 x 3.0). It only has one USB 3.0 port.

Other Thoughts: Even though this router has many strengths, the performance issues in the CONS affect the main reason someone buys a wireless router. I really thought this router would perform very well based on the specifications. With the dual core processor, large amount of flash and RAM, and USB 3.0, this could be a top performing router. Smallnetbuilder website confirmed this device does not live up to expectation but I thought I would take a chance on a Shell Shocker deal. I think these issues could be fixed with firmware updates, but I do not want to live with subpar performance for months while the issues get resolved so I returned it.

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  • Jeffrey G.
  • 11/26/2013 3:45:51 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsworks great for me

Pros: This router replaced an old Belkin router that started to die. It has great range on the 2.4ghz channel and as with ALL routers that are dual range the 5ghz has a pretty short range but good enough for the master bedroom.

Cons: None yet, not sure why others are having any issues.

Other Thoughts: There is no RT FM button on here, so I will say it.

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  • Anonymous
  • 11/18/2013 2:40:24 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsPoor range

Pros: Nice looking router. Liked the web interface. Fast delivery.

Cons: My sub $20 wireless router has better 2.4GHz range. The 5 GHz range is practically unusable. I'm returning it. What a waste of time and money.

Other Thoughts: I can't believe the product overview includes:

EXTREME RANGE

HighPower Technology offers optimized antennas and integrated power amplifiers to notably boost signal strength for outstanding range and coverage.

Manufacturer Response:

Thank you Dan for purchasing a BUFFALO AirStation Router. We are sorry the range isn’t meeting your expectations. This week, we released a new firmware for your AirStation model which has range enhancements in it. Should you have any questions or need additional support, please contact newegg@buffalotech.com.

Firmware Update:
http://www.buffalotech.com/support-and-downloads/download/wzr1166dhp-213.zip

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