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BUFFALO AirStation N300 Wireless Travel Router - WMR-300

  • Ultra-portable
  • 300 Mbps
  • USB bus-powered
  • Integrated USB cable
  • Included Ethernet cable and docking storage box
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Ideal for students, frequent travellers, and others on the go, the BUFFALO AirStation N300 Wireless Router provides a reliable high-speed Wi-Fi connection wherever a wired Internet connection is available. It's compatible with 802.11 b/g/n, so you can easily connect your favorite electronics such as tablets, smartphones, and game consoles to the internet wirelessly, at speeds up to 300Mbps. Multiple levels of wireless encryption, and easy AOSS and WPS setup, enable you to build a secure and reliable wireless connection you can count on. USB bus powered with no external power adapter required, this compact and sleek router is a great travel companion and can easily fit into a briefcase, laptop bag, or purse. An Ethernet cable is included in the docking storage box. Set up a personal Wi-Fi hotspot or create a secure wireless network anytime on the go.

  • newegg FAST WIRELESS CONNECTIVITY With speeds up to 300 Mbps on the 2.4 GHz band, the AirStation N300 Wireless Travel Router provides a fast wireless connection. It's perfect for creating a private wireless network on-the-go, and for surfing the web and emailing. Easily connect with your computer, tablet, and smartphone devices.
  • newegg EASY SETUP The AirStation N300 Wireless Travel Router features an easy-to-use, step-by-step setup wizard that guides you through configuration from start to finish. Within moments of opening the box, you'll have a secure wireless home network.
  • newegg COMPATIBILITY Create an 11n wireless network on the go, and maintain compatibility with existing adapters and devices. The AirStation N300 Wireless Travel Router works with any new Wireless-G.
  • newegg WIRELESS SECURITY This router features multi-level wireless encryption options, including WPA2, WPA-PSK (AES, TKIP), and 128/24-bit WEP to prevent unauthorized access and protect your important data. AOSS and WPS push-button setup options automatically configure a secure wireless connection.
  • newegg COMPLETE SOLUTION The AirStation N300 Wireless Travel Router is paired with an integrated USB cable for power, and a LAN cable in a docking storage box. It's a complete, compact travel companion, perfect for a brief case, laptop bag, or purse.


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


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  • Derek K.
  • 7/6/2014 11:34:40 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
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1 out of 5 eggsavoid

Pros: Has one of the coolest Ethernet cords I have seen. The storage and size are a plus.

Cons: The usb is to power it is like 1 inch long and does not come with any usb extension cord.

The firmware on this thing is a disaster. Change 1 setting time to reset and reconnect. It won't auto connect back to it, you actually have to enter all the settings again at least I did on windows 7.

Now for the big kicker, it didn't work any ethernet connection would not work to get wireless access. Also you can only use the ethernet cord included because other ones won't reach the insides of the ethernet port. To be fair I don't know if mine was defective but seriously defective ethernet port?

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5 out of 5 eggsPerfect for Travelling

Pros: This is a unique little device. It's clearly aimed at people who travel a lot with multiple devices, and I have to say it solves a need I didn't realize I had. Check out other thoughts for more detail.

-This thing is tiny. Easily smaller than a cell phone, pack of gum/cigarettes, etc.

-Surprisingly good rance. It is seriously almost as good as my main home router. It is able to fill my 3,000 sq ft 2-floor home with at least 2 bars. I did start to notice more packet loss at the far reaches of range, but this router is really meant for hotel rooms, so it's still impressive. Unless you're staying in the sprawling multi-room penthouse suite in The Hangover, you'll be fine.

-Decent speed. I have a 50/30 Mb internet connection at home, and I was able to get about 25/25 with this router with a google ping time of 31ms. Obviously, you wouldn't want to replace your home router with this, but given its tiny profile, cheap price, and intended use (travelling), it's impressive. Especially considering...

-Ridiculously low power usage. It runs off a USB port, and only requires 500mA. I can run it off the USB port of my main router. I even tested running it off of a small pocket-sized USB battery pack, and it ran for almost 8 hours. Any cell phone/tablet/Kindle charger will handle this with ease.

-Stable. I noticed a little bit of packet loss, but I never lost connection to the router or the internet. I even tested always-online games like Diablo 3. When in hotel rooms, I noticed some connection issues, but as those issues were never present at home, I'm led to believe that those were hotel issues.

-Easy configuration. All of the login/WiFi information is right on the back of the unit, and the config utility loads up quickly enough.

-Configuration options are on the basic side, but have everything you would need to support laptops/tablets/phones, etc. Keep in mind that this device is meant to provide multiple (and wireless-only) devices with internet while on the road, and not meant for bittorenting behind a MAC-secured, non-broadcasting 802.11ac network from behind a VPN.

-Simplifies wireless access when travelling to family member's houses. See other thoughts.

Cons: -Small amount of packet loss when pinging. I never noticed any hiccups while downloading or playing games though, so I wouldn't consider it a big deal.

-The built-in USB cord is a little disappointing. I get that they were trying to make the device all-inclusive and small (and they succeeded), but it does create a little bit of a hassle having to put the router right next to your USB power source AND right next to the ethernet port. It would be nice if they put a mini-USB or USB-B plug and let you use your own cord. Especially since I'm sure there are a slew of cheap USB chargers putting out interference.

-The ethernet cable is also a bit of a hassle. It's nice and small, and crazy thin, but it's very short, and not easy to get back into the travel case. Honestly, I just left the "storage" half of the case in the box and used an ordinary ethernet cord.

-The router is only 10/100M. I wouldn't really consider this a big problem either though, since given its target market (travellers), not only would there hardly EVER be a need for faster-than 100Mb transfer speeds (either local devices or to the internet), but hotel internet speeds are NEVER that fast. Also, this device is so low power, I doubt it could do more than 100Mb/s anyway.

Other Thoughts: I brought this router with me on a family week out of town, and it was perfect. While testing it at home, I configured all my devices to accept it as a wireless network (2 laptops, 1 tablet, 2 smartphones, PS Vita, etc), and all my devices had stable, usable internet connections within a minute of walking into the room.

I also brought this into my family member's house, and when I got there, I plugged this router into an ethernet port on his router (and the power into the router's USB port), and had internet access within a few minutes. No need to get his wireless password and manually enter it on all my devices. Granted, if you have applications that require specific port forwarding (gaming, bittorrenting, etc.), then you might have issues, but for basic internet access, it was phenomenal.

I can't see myself using this router all that often, but every single time I travel and stay in hotel rooms or a loved one's house, this will definitely be in the bag ready to go.

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4 out of 5 eggsNice Travel Router!

Pros: I reviewed the BUFFALO WMR-300 AirStation N300 Wireless Travel Router. What is a travel router and why do you need one? This is relatively new device designed for both business and pleasure travelers. Unlike in the past, when a single laptop was sufficient, most modern travelers find themselves traveling with a plethora of electronic devices. These can include: a laptop or an ultralight, a smart phone, a tablet, an eBook reader, a compact WIFI enabled printer, Etc. These electronic productivity marvels all have one thing in common; they all want to connect via WIFI to the Internet. Many hotels and motels are stuck in the Stone Age when it comes to providing modern conveniences like WIFI. Or you may have security concerns about sharing a WIFI network with hundreds of other guests. The security dangers of connecting to public WIFI networks are pretty well known. One way to protect your WIFI enabled devices from hackers and identity thieves is to connect to your own secure hotspot. The WMR-300 is designed to provide that. The WMR-300 can also help to reduce your cell phone data and roaming charges, provided your cell phone is capable of connecting to a WIFI hotspot.

To setup the WMR-300, it first needs to be plugged into a USB power source. This could be a USB socket on your laptop, a phone charger, or an active USB hub. Next connect the provided Ethernet patch cable to the Hotel/Motel's Ethernet lamp jack, or an Ethernet cable. That's all there is to it. The WMR-300 then creates your own secure WIFI hotspot within your hotel room. Note the first time you use the WMR-300 you will need to enter the WIFI key listed on the side of the WMR-300 into your device's WIFI setup. The power level is purposely kept low to limit the amount of signal that spills into other nearby rooms. So don't expect the WMR-300 to act as a WIFI booster. It will provide a good WIFI signal within a 10-15 foot range of the router. This is enough power to cover the typical hotel/motel room. The maximum USB power draw is 4.95 Watts. This should work okay with most USB 2.0 or 3.0 devices. If you plug the WMR-300 into a laptop USB, I would leave your laptop plugged into its charger while using it, to avoid draining the battery. I had no problem powering my unit off of a 10" netbook while running off its battery. When the WMR-300 has finished starting you will see two green LED's light up steady. Red LED's indicate a problem.

Here are some key features I found listed on the manufacturer’s website:

Ultra-portable
300 Mbps
USB bus-powered
Integrated USB cable
Included Ethernet cable and docking storage box

The WMR-300 also supports the following WIFI protocols and security standards: IEEE802.11n, IEEE802.11g, and IEEE802.11b | WPA2, WPA-PSK (AES, TKIP), 128/64-bit WEP. The WMR-300 operates at the standard WIFI 2.4 GHz frequency and supports WIFI-B, G, & N. WIFI-A at 5.0GHz is not available.

Cons: Granted this is a compact travel router, but the built-in USB cable is way too short at only two inches long. This means the WMR-300 router is right on top of your laptop and can get in the way or your mouse and other nearby peripheral devices. The provided Ethernet cable although cute, is also very short at only 22" long. Coiling up the flat Ethernet cable to get it to fit back into the provided storage cup was also inconvenient. I would have preferred that Buffalo made both cords self-retracting like a tape measure. The retractor would need to have ratchet stops similar to a vacuum cleaner cord that would allow you to pull out the just amount of cord needed.

It would be smart for travelers to always carry their own Ethernet patch cable and a USB extension cable with (A-male to A-female) connectors, just in case. Many hotel rooms that I have stayed in, including 5-star hotels, have had Ethernet cables with the latch broken off, so it won't stay plugged into your laptop. Carrying a 7'-10' long spare patch cable with you is just a smart thing to do when traveling. I will carry an odd colored cable like pink, or orange, so I don't forget to take the patch cable with me when I checkout of the hotel.

I had trouble with the WPS setup when I tried to use it with my HP business laptop's Intel Pro card. The two devices just could not seem to talk to each other properly. The AOSS or AirStation One-Touch Secure System seems to be a proprietary WPS technology developed by Buffalo to work with their own WIFI routers and internal network card utilities. WPS was created by the Wi-Fi Alliance and is a well established world wide standard. I don't see the point of confusing consumers with yet another proprietary WPS standard like AOSS? The push button on the outside of the WMR-300 labeled AOSS is also supposed to operate the WPS feature, provided it is enabled in the internal router menu. I tried this and it still did not work with either of my HP laptops. I had to manually enter the security key.

I also found it difficult to set the date and time and have the router maintain it. When I used the “Get current time from your PC” method, it always reverted from EST -5 to Atlantic Time -4. It obviously does not understand daylight savings time.

The only documentation provided is a Quick Setup sheet in multiple languages. A more complete PDF User Manual can be downloaded from the manufacturer’s website. Look under “Details” on the NewEgg web page for a link to this product.

Other Thoughts: What impressed me the most about the WMR-300 was how stable it was for such a new product! All of the features I tested worked as advertised except for the noted WPS issues I experienced. The router also passed my remote VPN test with flying colors.

To increase its effective security the WMR-300 uses an uncommon IP address of 192.168.11.1. Most routers run on 192.168.1.1 or a variation on that non-routable IP address. In addition to the standard NAT firewall, the WMR-300 also has port filters and a built-in hardware firewall. The firewall offers a log mode that can be enabled to keep a log list of any devices that connect to it.

You can view the router's internal web menus by entering 192.168.11.1 into any laptop browser, connected via WIFI to the WMR-300. You will need to login using the user name "admin" followed by a security password listed on the side of the WMR-300. Since the WIFI security pin number is also printed on the side, it would be smart to change the WMR-300's admin password and WIFI pin code to something more secure. A menu button is provided to generate a new random pin code automatically. Be sure to write it down and save it some place secure.

I was also impressed with the number of features built into the WMR-300 setup menus. Being a low cost travel router I was expecting to see a very basic user interface, with only limited settings being offered. No instead, the WMR-300 offers pretty much the same menu settings that you would expect to see on a high-end home WIFI router. For instance it offers a gaming menu with the ability to do port forwarding for certain games/applications that require it. Another menu item allows you to view all of the devices currently connected to the WMR-300. Handy if you are concerned about hackers.

Updating the WMR-300 was a breeze. I was able to update the internal firmware by simply clicking a menu item in the WMR-300 and allowing it to connect to a server at Buffalo. It then downloaded and automatically installed the latest firmware update. All of the internal settings have fairly detailed built-in help instructions that are displayed in a far right hand column. Once you get the WMR-300 set the way you like it, the internal settings can be backed-up to a configuration file on your laptop's hard drive.

If you accidently lock yourself out of the WMR-300, it can be reset to the factory default settings by putting a paperclip into the small hole located next to the Ethernet jack and holding it in for three seconds. Note you will lose all of your customized settings. These can be restored by using the backup file you created if needed.

Overall I found the WMR-300 to be a solidly engineered product. The few minor issues I ran into can probably be fixed via firmware update. Recommended.

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4 out of 5 eggsGroundbreaking? No. Useful? Certaintly!

Pros: *The WMR-300 will be a useful device for nearly anyone; especially if you travel a lot or often find yourself requiring WiFi when given just an Ethernet cable. With some neat features, reliability, and compactness, the WMR-300 is a handy device.*
- Buffalo’s WMR-300 Travel Router is compact, mobile, and small. By small, I mean 2.8” x 2.8” x .79” small. Physically, it is subtle and easily concealed, with a matte black finish and two dim, green indicator lights. On the side of the device is a valley where the USB (Power) cable can be tucked into so that no wires dangle free. To top it off (or should I say ‘To bottom it off’), the tiny router comes with a detachable bottom compartment which will conceal and hold the included Ethernet cable, keeping everything together in one small package.
- The WMR-300 is essentially plug and play. I don’t believe setup could be any easier for a router. Connect an Ethernet cable, power on through USB with either a wall wart (Not Included) or a USB port on a PC, connect to SSID and enter password. An easy, illustrated Quick Start Guide is included for help.
- The WMR-300 has two modes: Router and Bridge Mode. If adding to an existing network, the Bridge mode may be preferable, while hooking up to a LAN in a hotel room, the Router mode will suffice.
- On the router itself is a AOSS (AirStation One-Touch Secure System) button that is a version of WPS configured specifically for Buffalo wireless products. WPS is still offered by the Travel Router, accessible in the browser configuration page (192.168.11.1). There is also a recessed Reset button, which will return the router to default values.
- Although the router browser page looks archaic and Windows 95esque, it boasts a plethora of features and advanced changes you can make to the WMR-300. The three signals that the WMR-300 transmit can be modified here, as well as all the other router features you’ve come to expect.
- The included Ethernet cable is fantastic. It’s a flat cable, which are always good, and the latch to click into the RJ45 port is practically unbreakable. The latch itself is flexible and will prevent future wear-and-tear, which happens when traveling.
- The Travel Router comes loaded with WPA2-PSK WiFi security, and the password for the SSID is on the back of the device. WPA/WPA2 Mixed mode is also available, along with WPA-PSK.
- When conducting benchmarks, the wireless speeds were amazing and practically at the highest point they can reach. Though I wasn’t expecting much, the Travel Router’s signal range was quite impressive. If you’re in a hotel room and hook this up for WiFi, you’ll definitely be able to traverse the room with tablet in hand and have no worry of losing much strength.
- The WMR-300 will be a handy travel companion; especially if you’re on the road frequently, in hotels often, or need WiFi hotspots that aren’t crowded with hundreds of other users. I know that the next vacation I go on, the WMR-300 will be in my luggage.

Cons: - Although I understand that in order to keep the entire device compact, the USB cable (power cable) had to be short; however, it is too short (1.75”). Buffalo could have made it three times longer, without having to modify the device’s form factor, simply by extending the cable to about 5.5” and allowing it to be folded multiple times within the device’s side valley. The WMR-300’s short USB cable gives you almost no flexibility of positioning the device where you want it.
- The included Ethernet cable, though awesome in many aspects, is pretty short. You may need a longer one for your needs. Again, though, it’s short because it needed to fit in the bottom compartment.
- Even though there is the option of powering the WMR-300 with a wall USB adapter, Buffalo failed to include one with the Travel Router. Granted, you likely have three laying around in your household (I know I probably have ten); but, it would have been preferable to have one bundled in with the router for the sake of convenience.

Other Thoughts: - The WMR-300 came with the 1.00 Version Firmware. The latest firmware as of 9/06/13 is V 1.03. From the router’s browser configuration page, it’s simple to update the firmware through the Automatic Search update. It found the new firmware quickly, and the process of updating lasted about four minutes. You can also download the firmware from Buffalo’s website and upload it to install.
- The WMR-300 creates three WiFi signals, two by default. You can configure either signal to your preferences, or turn one off and leave the other one on. To change the two signals, including the third signal which is reserved for WEP, you have to access the router’s browser configuration page. When the AOSS/WPS button is pressed, a third WPS signal named ESSID_AOSS is broadcasted. Then, when using WPS on a device, such as a tablet, it is automatically connected to the Travel Router.
- To receive the full N300 bandwidth (especially if you aren’t using the two separate wireless signals), navigate to the Wireless category in the configuration page, go to Basic(11n/g/b), and under High Speed Mode change the Bandwidth to 40 MHz and disable one of the SSIDs. This is the same page where you can change passwords, security modes, SSID names, and other wireless tweaks.
*The Buffalo N300 AirStation Travel Router doesn’t do any magic tricks, it won’t wow or amaze you. Nonetheless, it does exactly what you would expect it to: provide you with reliable, fast WiFi in areas that would otherwise have unreliable, poor, or no WiFi at all. Because there are other products that do the same, it’s not groundbreaking; however, due to its compact size, easy setup, and advanced features, Buffalo’s WMR-300 outshines most of the competition; perfect for road warriors, event-goers, travelers, and business men. Heck, it’d even suit you if you have a WiFi dead-zone somewhere in your home.*

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2 out of 5 eggsTiny travel router.

Pros: The Wi-Fi On the Go travel router is a tiny device which is intended to be used to provide a WiFI hot spot in a hotel room that has Ethernet but no WiFI, an increasingly rare situation. Buffalo has made some design choices which limits it's utility for more common purposes such as providing an additional WiFI access point on a LAN (I'll address that in the Cons section).

The device is tiny and the WiFI performance is very good givens it's price point. To test it I configured it first as a router and then as a bridge. I used three devices to test it, a Galaxy Nexus phone, a Nexus 7 (2012 edition) tablet and a Netbook running Fedora 19. For comparision purposes I also ran the same tests on a top of the line 802.11AC router (ASUS RT-AC66U, about $190 from Newegg).

As you would expect the signal strength is weaker then the ASUS router, however it's more than good enough for it's intended purpose of providing WiFI to nearby tablets and smartphones. Using WiFI Analyzer on the Galaxy Nexus the Buffalo router had a signal strength was comparable to the ASUS router at a distance of 6 feet (around - 42dBM). In the next room the Buffalo router was -73dBm vs -58dBm for the ASUS, however that's probably a good thing since the intended use is in a public place where you would want to limit access to the device to your own room.


I measured the bandwidth in three ways, using Ookla Speed Test on the Android devices to test Internet bandwidth, the Verizon Speedtest on the Netbook to test it's Internet speed, and iperf (a Linux networking performance tool) to test the computer to computer speed on my LAN. My Internet connection is 150Mbit FIOS (150 down, 65 up). For Internet access the Buffalo travel router was equivalent to the ASUS router from the Android devices, between 30-40Mbits/second both up and down. On the netbook I saw an Internet speed of 60Mbits down and 25MBits up. Using iperf I measured the speed over my LAN. I measured the Buffalo at 96Mbits/second computer to computer. For comparison I also used iperf to measure the ASUS which was slightly faster at 105Mbit/second. The difference in speed is probably due to the Ethernet interfaces on the two routers, the Buffalo has a 100MBit Ethernet connection, the ASUS has Gigabit ports.

Overall the WiFI performance is about as good as you would want from an 802.11n device.

Cons: I'll start with the hardware issues first since those are much less serious. I have only one objection with the hardware and that is the use of a short built in USB cable for power, I would have preferred that provide a microUSB socket instead. The short cable is meant to connect to the USB port of a laptop, but that's pointless since laptops already have both Ethernet connections and WiFI. If you are powering the device from a USB power adapter then a long USB cable would be much more convienient.

The major problems are with the software and they are serious. There are two ways to configure the device, through a browser and through Buffalo's AOSS app, only the browser method works. To configure the device the first time, you turn it on and then connect to it using the password that's printed on the side of the device. After the WiFI has connected you can access the configuration interface from a browser and change the SSID, passwords, subnets and IP address. Out of the box the device comes up on the 192.168.11.xx subnet and you access it at 192.168.11.1. That address is printed on the side of the device and is also mentioned in the setup-guide. It worked fine until I updated the firmware. After the firmware update the subnet changed to 192.168.13.xx and the configuration server moved to 192.168.13.1. That was unexpected and confusing, I found the new address by looking at the WiFI connection status on my tablet. You can change the subnet and IP address to anything you want however doing it without user intervention should never happen.

Buffalo has an Android APP called AOSS which is meant to provide a more user friendly means of configuring their routers. AOSS was able to find the router but it wasn't able to connect to it, it consistantly got a communcation error when it tried to get the security information. To make sure that it wasn't due to a conflict caused by my manual configuration of the router I did a hardware reset to bring it back to the default state, that didn't help. I have a prerelease version of the router so it's possible that Buffalo hasn't updated AOSS to support it yet, but as of the time of this review AOSS doesn't work. I also wasn't able to get WPS to work on the router so the only way to configure the connection is manually.

In addition to using the router in it's default router mode I set it to Bridge mode so that I could use it as an access point on my LAN. It functioned fine as a bridge, unfortunately once it had switched to bridge mode I was no longer able to access the configuration interface. I assume that the IP address of the configuration server moved somewhere, but I wasn't able to find it. To get back to the configuration GUI I had to do a hardware reset and then start from scratch.

Other Thoughts: About Me: I'm a Newegg EggXpert, we aren't paid for these reviews but we do get free review units. We also get early access to new devices which is fun. I'm an engineer who has been designing computers since the 1970s. I specialize in networking and high performance computing.

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