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BUFFALO AirStation N600 (300 + 300 Mbps) Dual Band Wireless Router - WHR-600D

  • Wireless 802.11n
  • Simultaneous Dual Band Support
  • 5 GHz Speeds up to 300 Mbps
  • 2.4 GHz Speeds up to 300 Mbps
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 3 years


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  • Parker D.
  • 8/15/2014 12:47:35 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsGood Router - One Caveat

Pros: Great wireless throughput compared to Linksys and Netgear similarly priced routers I replaced with this. Easily max out the 100Mbps WAN port over 5Ghz. Good coverage and stable with 1.50 firmware, except for one caveat (see Cons).

Cons: One problem I've run into is sometimes the router's DNS server gets overloaded. This can cause the router to become unresponsive. To fix it go to WAN/LAN -> LAN -> Display Advance Settings -> and Specify the IP for DNS servers. I use OpenDNS 208.67.222.222 and 208.67.220.220 and I've yet to have a problem again. I've subtracted one egg because of this.

Also keep in mind that this router doesn't support IPv6 with stock firmware and has 100Mbps WAN and LAN ports.

Other Thoughts: If you want IPv6 you'll need to flash it to DD-WRT and if you have an internet connection faster than 100Mbps the WAN/LAN ports will be limiting. However, this router is stable. It's much more stable than the other two routers I've used in this same location, and it looks nice too. It may be a little bit difficult to configure for some novices, but really it's not that hard if you know the basics. Coverage has been as good if not slightly better than other routers I've tried. I'd recommend it.

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  • Loren P.
  • 8/13/2014 6:45:58 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsRouter software is awful

Pros: * dd-wrt firmware capable
* the hardware works just fine

Cons: Software, even with the latest updates, is terrible. It has bugs everywhere. Setting up a static ip address, setting up wifi with WPA2, and setting a router password took upwards of 2 hours.

Other Thoughts: There are much better choices out there. Even on sale, this isn't worth it.

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  • Michael W.
  • 8/1/2014 3:12:11 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsN Capable & Gaming On A Budget!!

Pros: *Small in stature - easy to tuck away / Position
*Great Connectivity
*Absolutely Solid Reliability!
*Great Features and good range!!
*Throughput is excellent!

Cons: *It's small - depends on how you look at it
*User Interface is no where near as nice as it's bigger brother the AirStation 1750 - but still navigable.

Other Thoughts: Purchased for a friend of mine who was on a budget to get as much connectivity as she could without breaking the bank. As I have been over the moon with my AirStation Extreme I figured the little brother should do a very good job as well. And it does!

For years now this friend and I could never connect on Xbox Live. We'd always have to have a friend invite us to a match, but could never host / connect directly. However, the problem seemed to develop out of no where, along with her Lag & randomly dropped connection. As we used to play online with no problems. We concluded it was her Belkin router had to finally start kicking the bucket. She stated it was 7 or 8 years old by now so... Finally she had enough and asked for help and after a bit of research I settled on the Buffalo AirStation N600. Was a great bet!!

Not only has her NAT status upgraded to Open on all Xbox Live games she's had great wireless performance (as her Xbox was in the basement, router upstairs) and tells me her other devices have a stronger connection as well. She's excited to be able to game with friends again, and it didn't cost her an arm & a leg.

Here are some stats from when I tested & configured the router before shipping it to her.

Living Room -38 dBm (10ft from router)
17Mbps Download / 4.5Mbps Upload

Bedroom Bathroom -74 dBm (50ft away - most walls) 11Mbps / 4.5 Upload

End of Driveway -84 dBm (100ft from router) 2.5Mbps Download / 4.0Mbps Upload

So range and throughput for a 40 dollar router... I'm impressed. This is going to be my new defacto recommendation for users / gamers looking to upgrade. Great Job Buffalo!!! We can now resume shooting at each other over Xbox Live!! :)

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  • Carl C.
  • 5/21/2014 6:34:12 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFast and Powerful

Pros: Runs great on DD-WRT. Easy to configure if you flash to DD-WRT upon install. Has a very strong signal and does not have buffer lags when streaming HD video to Roku 3 and XBMC boxes. Works great!

Cons: None at the moment.

Other Thoughts: It would be great if this router had internet filtering in order to block undesired websites such as xxx rated and other stuff.

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4 out of 5 eggsReliable, but needs newer features

Pros: Setup was fairly easy (one caveat, see Cons). I wasn’t able to get the auto detect working properly, but it’s not complicated to switch the mode from “Auto detect” to “Automatic DHCP” in the settings.

Continuing that thought, the settings are both intuitive and powerful. Most of the standard features (port forwarding, wireless settings, firmware updating) that you would ever need to change at any point are displayed on the first page on the router with the router status. If you do need more than just a quick fix though, the menus are highly easy to navigate with quite a few settings powerusers, especially those who like to fine tune the wireless radio settings, would like.

The highest praise, I can give this router, however, is its reliability. I have not once had to reset it since connecting it about a month ago. I don’t foresee any sort of reset in the future either. Oddly enough, this can’t be said of many routers that I’ve tried, so this is a huge plus to me.

All the services I changed also gave me no problems. This includes DDNS, port forwarding, NTP, and QoS. Granted, I’m only one guy using this router, so QoS doesn’t affect me too much.

Cons: So, there was indeed a hiccup with the setup, the auto detect mode does not work. Furthermore, it would not let me change it from auto mode to WAN DHCP or Static IP without setting the router in “router” mode. There is a switch on the back of the router that must be changed in order for you to do this. It’s very easy to miss and have confusion when setting up your internet.

The hardware is lackluster compared to many current routers. No Gigabit speeds, and while it does have 5 GHz, there’s nothing in the ac band. There’s not much future-proofing with this router, and despite its awesome reliability, it’d be nice to have some current features, especially Gigabit ports!!!

The wireless range, although satisfactory for the most part, has some quirks on the 5 GHz band. The router and my bedroom have one wall between them. My signal on the 5 GHz band will be strong at 5 bars (I think ~50-60 dBm) at one minute, then drop to 2 the next. Sometimes this affects me (usually watching Netflix), sometimes I see no change (most likely due to the buffer). The 2 GHz band does not suffer the same problem.

Other Thoughts: I’m not really sure the point of Buffalo’s AOSS. I don’t feel comfortable using it, and I’m not enough of a network security junkie (yet!) that I can explain some possible flaws. However, I just know that it uses WEP at some point, and I just...don’t ever feel like using WEP in any aspect is a good idea. We have WPA for a reason and it’s super awesome, and it’s not like there are devices that most people use that MUST use WEP.

I didn’t get the chance to try the wireless bridging out. The wired version is fine (more like an access point really), but I live in an apartment, and usually the wireless bridge is much more applicable to most users.

I’d like to give this router 3.5 eggs, but I can’t, so I’ll round to 4. It’s something I’m glad to have doing my networking, as I won’t ever have to worry about my connection dropping (except for the strange case with the 5 GHz signal band). If it had more up to date hardware features, it’d be a much stronger case for 5 eggs.

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4 out of 5 eggsNice little router

Pros: Very Small
Dual Band Wireless
Very Easy setup, comes with a card on the button with wifi info (helps with parents)
Easy setup switch on the back, more below

Cons: Stand is un-removable
No DD-WRT support

Other Thoughts: I have Verizon FiOS for my ISP which requires me to use their router that they supply. One feature that I loved with the N600 is the setup switch on the back. You can leave it on auto or set it to router/bridge mode. In Bridge mode it acts just like a wireless access point which is what I needed since the wireless setup on my router is not very good and doesn't support dual band or wireless N. I set the router to bridge mode and plugged it in to my router, after 60 seconds or so I could see the SSIDs on my iPad and was able to connect with the supplied password. After that you’ll probably need to login to your router and check which IP it was assigned by DHCP. In the documentation it tells you certain IPs to use but those won’t work since it grabbed an IP from your router. After I found the IP and logged in I configured the wireless settings to my liking.
So far speed and range are great but I only live in a 950 sq ft apartment right now. I’m moving to a single story 1820 sq ft house soon, if the range doesn't work in the bigger space I’ll update my review.
So far web browsing and streaming Netflix, HBO Go, and Spotify have worked just as expected and the speed tests are the same as I was getting on my wired connection from my computer.
Overall I like the N600, the styling is attractive/subtle, the setup was one of the easiest I've ever used and the price is good for a dual band router. I think the web interface could use some work but it was at least easy to navigate. If you prefer Buffalo sells another N600 that supports DD-WRT.

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4 out of 5 eggsGood quality – needs better documentation

Pros: Everything setup quickly when plugged directly from the modem into the ‘internet’ port (blue) on the router.

The ECO mode, is a neat feature. Essentially it is just the ability to turn off the Antenna’s at a specific time. It gives a grid that will allow you to see where it is on/off etc. Most routers allow you to have this feature, the Buffalo will let you turn off LED’s in addition to that. In addition to this the box reports this device operates at a maximum of 8.2W of power consumption.

Quality of the signal was better than anticipated. It can reach just as far if not further from other higher cost routers I’ve used in the past. The router was able to handle multiple devices at any point in time; several phones, tablets, computers etc.

The port forwarding was easy to configure, set up custom rules for specific IP’s. When in the “Network Service” section you can set a specific device to a static IP with a click of a button. Which is convenient if you travel between different places with a device that requires port forwarding.

Cons: There was no simple way to get into the wireless bridge mode within the normal configuration. It has a switch on that back that you can go between ‘auto/router/bridge’ modes. Once I had flipped it into bridge mode it appeared to turn off all of its wireless antenna’s and did not have a way to configure it directly to another router. I looked through every setting in the Router configuration page, it did not have any description or clue as to how to configure bridge mode. I had to go to Buffalo’s website and download the documentation. And in order to set it up you have to be hard wired into the router to configure the settings. “WDS” is the button you are looking for under the wireless settings to configure this.

No USB Ports for additional storage/print media.

No Guest Network.

The Ethernet cord is only about 2 foot long.

The “What’s in the box” description appears to be listing contents of a different Buffalo router. The information states this includes screws for wall mounting, a stand, and a CD-ROM. None of which were included in the package. On the package it did not say it included any of these items listed.

Other Thoughts: This is a decent all around router performance wise. It can handle multiple devices at once, and the signal strength is pretty solid. The configuration panel appears fairly basic, with some advanced features. Hopefully a future firmware update could provide better descriptions and features.

It is in a very competitive price point without a lot of features to compete.

The 3 year warranty is enticing, of course it is a limited but it appears as they stand behind their products. The website appears to have a fairly simple RMA process in the case you have any troubles.

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5 out of 5 eggsSolid Router

Pros: Wireless distribution system (WDS)
Simultaneous dual band
Pre-configured Wifi encryption with information on printed card on bottom of router

Cons: Vertical stand cannot be removed

Other Thoughts: Straight out of the box I connected this Buffalo router to power and was able to connect with my iPad using the Wifi passwords on the printed card on the bottom of the router in less a minute. Once connected over WiFi I was able to browse to the administrative interface for the router which provide all settings you would expect for a router including wireless distribution system (WDS).

The WDS configuration was very easy, simply search for my home network name, select, enter the password then repeat for the second wireless frequency. The router had no issues connecting to both my 2.4 and 5Ghz frequencies but it would only connect to one at a time. My home network has the same SSID for the 2.4 and 5Ghz which may be the reason this router can only connect to one at a time. Once the WDS was configured I disabled the broadcast SSID for both 5 and 2.4Ghz frequencies.

I then connected a PS3 and a NAS (Network attached storage) to the wired connections, my PS3 had no latency or skipping when streaming 1080p video from the NAS to the PS3. The room that I setup the router in had spotty WiFi connectivity. After setting up this router with the WDS feature I have not lost WiFi connectivity in this room.

This router is a great for the basic or moderate user looking for simultaneous dual band or a network extender.

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