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BUFFALO WHR-300HP2D AirStation N300 Open Source DD-WRT Wireless Router IEEE 802.11b/g/n

  • DD-WRT Pre-Installed
  • Wireless speeds up to 300 Mbps
  • Onboard power amplifiers for increased range and coverage
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
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  • Paul R.
  • 7/19/2014 8:49:15 AM
  • Tech Level: High
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3 out of 5 eggsNot a wall mount

This review is from: BUFFALO WHR-300HP2D AirStation N300 Open Source DD-WRT Wireless Router IEEE 802.11b/g/n

Pros: Haven't used it, can't say. My previous Buffalo router was great.

Cons: Despite it not looking like it can be wall mounted in the photos, the description of this product clearly lists "Wall Screws" in the box contents.

There are NO wall screws and this product is DEFINITELY NOT wall mountable.

Other Thoughts: Little disappointed that I have to pay to return this product because it didn't match it's description but I knew I was gambling when I ordered it. At least NewEgg's return process was easy and I'm not stuck with a router that won't work in my intended application.

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5 out of 5 eggsCustom Firmware and Solid Performance

This review is from: BUFFALO WHR-300HP2D AirStation N300 Open Source DD-WRT Wireless Router IEEE 802.11b/g/n

Pros: The main thing you’ll be getting with this router as compared to some other brands (like Linksys) is that it has an open-source firmware installed. What this means is that the firmware is not specific to any brand of router and works in a wide-variety of hardware. You can learn more about the firmware on this (DD-WRT) at dd-wrt.com.

The amount of customization available on this router is astounding, thanks to the DD-WRT firmware. If you know what you’re looking for, you can customize almost any aspect of this router. Additionally, if you just want to plug it in and get going without messing with any of the settings, it comes preconfigured with a wireless password already set up.

This router is comparable to other routers of the same level or higher. Comparing this to my main router, a Linksys EA4500-NP, I cannot tell a difference in the quality or performance of my wireless network. Considering the Linksys is considerably more expensive, this is a major win for the AirStation.

The range is pretty good. I can walk outside and get a decent wireless signal in my backyard. Again, comparable to the EA4500-NP.

I’ve used this router for the past month without any major issues. I haven’t had to reboot it except when changing the settings.

I like the way this router looks. It stands vertically and is very small form factor. If you’re tight on space, don’t worry about getting this router.

Cons: None at the moment.

Other Thoughts: This AirStation performs at the same level as similar routers. It doesn’t really outperform other routers, but the amount of customization available is really cool. This is a neat little router for home use and it is very competitive.

My wired & wireless Internet speeds using this router: ~52Mbps download; ~3.25Mbps upload (from speedtest.net). These are the same speeds as using my Linksys EA4500-NP, and is what I get from my ISP.

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4 out of 5 eggsBuffalo Air Station N300

This review is from: BUFFALO WHR-300HP2D AirStation N300 Open Source DD-WRT Wireless Router IEEE 802.11b/g/n

Pros: The 1st thing that caught my eye about this router was the capability for multiple SSID's which is very nice for a home with lot's of users.

Security is solid but kind of intensive to set up which is OK for experienced users.

Very easy to set up basic operations .

An unassuming look and light weight.

Never had to reboot nor did I have any drop outs.

Nice price for an open source basic router.

Cons: Range was limited, at least on the one I received.

Advanced features are a bit confusing to set-up

I tested transfer speeds from a wired PC to one set up wireless and the were OK but unimpressive but that's not the routers strong suite.

Other Thoughts: For the price it's not a bad router, the multiple SSID's could really help in a lot of homes or small office with multiple users.

If you are interested in a lot of the advanced features some experience would be advised but they are usable.

My connection speeds were almost the same as my AC750 (30 down and 5 up which is right at what I pay for.

All in all not bad for the price.

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3 out of 5 eggsInteresting...

This review is from: BUFFALO WHR-300HP2D AirStation N300 Open Source DD-WRT Wireless Router IEEE 802.11b/g/n

Pros: Unlike other routers I've reviewed over the last year or so, this router is open source. This is intriguing because the development of the software is up to many others than just a massive corporation. This can be both a good thing and a bad thing, as referenced below and in other reviews. The installation of the this router was simple and it didn't require much effort.

Cons: Cost wise, I wouldn't expect to pay $69.99 for a 100Mbps router. Albeit many don't have the capacity to breach that threshold with their networks, it is a matter of principal and comparable features with other similar routers of lesser price. Additionally, while I was very excited about the range of the router, I was actually disappointed to find out it had a lower operating range in the same working conditions as my Netgear R6250 router. Of what I measured, I had a 5-10Mbps loss over my other router.

Another thing, that I've experienced in another router before is the rebooting of a router to implement settings. For many this won't be annoying, but I don't want my router to have to reboot for a change to implement....think older Windows operating systems versus the new ones...remember how annoying that was?

Other Thoughts: What is more interesting is this router out of the box is vulnerable to the Heartbleed bug and updating off the version that came with the router was...awkward to say the least.

Closing thoughts is this...I wasn't really wowed by this router. I think your money can be spent better elsewhere for less cost and equivalent or better features.

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3 out of 5 eggsNOT impressed at all

This review is from: BUFFALO WHR-300HP2D AirStation N300 Open Source DD-WRT Wireless Router IEEE 802.11b/g/n

Pros: +open-source firmware out of box giving a good start for going into right direction
+processor clocked @ 580MHz and lots of RAM for intensive networking use (64MBis impressive)
+nice looking and lightweight case allowing for space-saving vertical setup on integrated stand
+real life speeds over wifi on some wifi devices seem improved (at least over IPv4) over my much older N-band Linksys E2000

Other PART1/3:
Some of you might be curious why I do not brawl about DD-WRT features here, well, they are just that - features provided by DD-WT firmware and they have nothing to do with Buffalo router itself nor the Buffalo company.

Personally I've been running DD-WRT since around build 9000 (whatever the exact number was, most current is 24000) and kep upgrading it over years. DD-WRT gave me a great boost in funtionality of my various routers (both home and small business use) however I personally find this firmware a bit lacking in N-speed support (mixed results depending on build you try), VLAN support (some router models are crashing on generic VLAN configuration GUI, so use of text console commands is only way to get this to work) and lastly ... the main reason why I dropped DD-WRT all together is because it does NOT provide out of the box support for native IPv6! That last is something that you get natively from other open-source flavors like Tomato 1.28 (e.g. the 7505 build by Toastman which I use here now).
See for yourself, IPv6 seems to be boosting over-wifi speed connectivity in my cases, while giving pretty much same speeds over wired connection.

I did some speedtests over the Wifi and Wired connections utilizing my Comcast 100/10 Internet connection on Sunday afternoon in a very congested apartment block here in New Jersey (over 30 APs in wifi range, crowded channels on 2.4GHz WiFi which I use as not all my devices support 5GHz wifi).
As mentioned, wifi channels are crowded here, in my apartment alone I can see/scan nearly 40 APs across various channels, there is always at least a few other active ap's on any 2.4Ghz channel.

My test environment at moment includes 2 wifi (android) tablets, a wifi enabled smartphone, 2 laptops and a wired desktop and networked printer.

Cons: -price on higher side a for device utilizing only a 100Mbit switch and opensource (free!) firmware
-range is pretty POOR out of box, actually about 20% shorter than on my old Linksys E2000 at standard settings
-no out-of-the-box IPv6 support on DD-WRT firmware
-real life speeds are lacking in wired department (100mbit switch!) when copying large data between 2 wired computers connected through this router it can get really painful
-real life speeds over wifi on some of my wifi devices seem about the same as with much older router I bought for $20 years ago
-DD-WRT GUI reported router's CPU (Ralink MT7620A ver:2 eco:3) speed as 580MHz, Buffalo advertises it as 600MHz, I don't personally like such rounding up in advertising
-case has intergrated stand and so the wall mounting is not possible without modding
-getting up to 120Mbps downstream via wired connection on my old Linksys E2000 flashed with tomato 1.28.7505.2 while I get only up to 95Mbps on brand new Buffalo AirStation N300 (over same wired connection) ... not impressed, but it's what it is!

OTHER PART2/3:
1. old Linksys E2000 354MHz @ 453MHz running Tomato 1.28.7505 (MIPSR2-Toastman-RT K26 VLAN-VPN flavor)
a) recent i7-3770K @ 3.5/4.7GHz performance desktop running Windows 8.1 x64 Pro and a wired Intel 82579V Gigabit NIC
IPv4: downstream peak 101.89Mbps, avg 100.33Mbps / upstream peak 12.48Mbps, avg 11.43Mbps
IPv6: downstream peak 96.32Mbps, avg 92.00Mbps / upstream peak 11.84Mbps, avg 11.39Mbps

b) new HP Envy laptop (Intel i7-4800MQ @ 2.7/3.7GHz) running Windows 8.1 x64 Home and a wifi Realtek 8188EE b/g/n NIC
IPv4: downstream avg 8.67Mbps / upstream avg 11.42Mbps
IPv6: downstream avg 52.53Mbps / upstream avg 10.26Mbps

c) ancient Dell Inspiron 1501 laptop (AMD Turion 64 X2 TL-62 2.1GHz) running Windows 7 32-bit Pro and a wifi Dell 1505 N-draft NIC
IPv4: downstream peak 17.26Mbps, avg 15.89Mbps / upstream peak 11.39Mbps, avg 10.55Mbps
IPv6: downstream peak 63.70Mbps, avg 55.23Mbps / upstream peak 11.74Mbps, avg 11.35Mbps

Other Thoughts: OTHER PART3/3:
2. Buffalo AirStation N300 running factory DD-WRT flavor, mine was flashed with Standard build 22750
a) recent i7-3770K @ 3.5/4.7GHz performance desktop running Windows 8.1 x64 Pro and a wired Intel 82579V Gigabit NIC
IPv4: downstream peak 95.00Mbps, avg 94.50Mbps / upstream peak 12.98Mbps, avg 11.68Mbps
IPv6: no support

b) new HP Envy laptop (Intel i7-4800MQ @ 2.7/3.7GHz) running Windows 8.1 x64 Home and a wifi Realtek 8188EE b/g/n NIC
IPv4: downstream peak 8.70Mbps, avg 6.93Mbps / upstream peak 11.88Mbps, avg 11.44Mbps
IPv6: no support

c) ancient Dell Inspiron 1501 laptop (AMD Turion 64 X2 TL-62 2.1GHz) running Windows 7 32-bit Pro and a wifi Dell 1505 N-draft NIC
IPv4: downstream peak 36.92Mbps, avg 28.03Mbps / upstream peak 11.89Mbps, avg 11.47Mbps
IPv6: no support

3. Reconnected my old E2000 and what you know, Xfinity speedtest reported up to 120Mbps on IPv4 downstream and 111Mbps on IPv6 :)


NOTE:
*Comcast Xfinity Speedtest is powered by Ookla, it reports both IPv4 and IPv6 protocol speeds, as an average and peak results as opposed to Speedtest.net tester which reports only peak speeds and only for classic IPv4.
The linked xfinity speedtest stage results however do not include peak speeds (only averages), but they do include IPv6 results.
** wifi card in my wife's Envy laptop might need attention (drivers?) or replacement with another brand, during this test I noticed how bad the results on it were consistently over IPv4.

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5 out of 5 eggsExcellent wired and wireless speeds

This review is from: BUFFALO WHR-300HP2D AirStation N300 Open Source DD-WRT Wireless Router IEEE 802.11b/g/n

Pros: Excellent LAN and wireless speeds. I have this router installed in my basement, and my signals all the way up on the upper floor of the house are excellent. Wireless speeds are consistent on all floors of my house - a solid 32 mbps down and 11 mbps up using my Nexus 7 2nd gen. Wired performance test via speedtest was 57.72 mbps down and 11.28 mbps up. My Comcast plan is 50 mbps down and 11 mbps up. Nice!

The four 10/100 Ethernet ports on the back function well. I have one port going out to a power line networking node, and another to a gigabit switch which feeds several Mac, PCs, and gaming consoles. Transfer rates between my Windows 7 x64 PC and my Mac mini were between 88 MB/sec and 110 MB/sec – interestingly enough – faster than the gigabit router I had been using before.

Setup of this router was very simple. I unplugged my cable modem, setup the wireless router with the Ethernet connection from the cable modem to the router, and also the outgoing Ethernet connections from the router to my various computers. I powered back on the cable modem, and then powered on the router. I connected to the router from my PC using the default IP address listed in the easy-to-use manual. After resetting the router admin password, the router connected to the internet and I was good to go!

The pre-installed DDWRT firmware is awesome if you are into custom settings for your router and network.

Cons: Not a gigabit LAN connection – only 100MB/sec.

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4 out of 5 eggsCould be better, could be worse.

This review is from: BUFFALO WHR-300HP2D AirStation N300 Open Source DD-WRT Wireless Router IEEE 802.11b/g/n

Pros: ===Important: See cons if you’ve already purchased this router!===

A solid 4 out of 5 eggs. It somewhat limited and if it had external antennas the high power attribute would be amazing. Also, it wouldn't have hurt to add one USB port and gigabit ethernet.

- 580MHz processor and 64MB RAM. Some great power if it had a firmware to use it all…

- Bridging capabilities are easy and concise. There is a hardware switch on the back of the router between “Auto,” “Router,” and “Bridge.” I like this function. With added to an existing network you could setup a WDS system to extend your wireless network.

- The VPN+DD-WRT aspect is the only pro that really makes this router even worth anything, in my opinion. Buffalo’s stock build is limited and even DD-WRT’s standard build is as well. You can, however, do many things such as creating multiple wifi networks and bridging them to virtual networks if you’re an advanced user.

- It has 2T2R/MIMO for more efficient single band speeds. It's not dual-band but at this price point that is not a con.

- The spec sheet says “Power Amplifiers” and in DD-WRT under Wireless > Advanced Settings you can set the output power as high as 1000mW. (Typically, other routers limit around 200 to 300mW and the default is set from 17mW to 30mW. This router defaulted to 71mW power with the Buffalo firmware and 100mW with the DD-WRT beta build.)
If this router had an external antenna that would be more impressive but still it is a definite pro. I set it to 500mW output power and it's operating with no problems. But the signal dropped as much as my primary router when I walked out in the yard. Without antennas giving it reach, this power isn't so intimidating. But it's still a definite pro. I might consider fabricating antennas in the future, if possible. But that's just me :p

- Bandwidth monitoring, access restrictions, firewall, DDNS, as well as many other DD-WRT features standard to the firmware.
In reality, the features packed into DD-WRT do make this a very capable router. Even if you're not tech savvy, you can read some how-to's online and do many great things. This router has the tools and power to let a user control their home or office network in many ways that companies don't usually allow in their devices.

Cons: - The Ralink/Mediatek hardware is limited to a particular DD-WRT build. This means you cannot flash the DD-WRT “Mega” or “Big” build, which includes many additional features. With this router you can only use DDWRT “Standard.” This is a crippled, basic version of DD-WRT compared to others. Though this router is very powerful, it's still limited.

- No external antennas always worry me with range. I live in a smaller duplex, however, and have not had any issues. I like to use external and extended antennas, personally, to ensure coverage. That is not an option with this router.

- No gigabit or USB. There are much cheaper alternatives that support gigabit, have USB, and even support full DD-WRT out of the box. (In fact, I have listed some in OTs)


===IMPORTANT: This router is vulnerable to the Heartbleed bug out of the box! (My build was #22750 dated in 2013.) ===

I went to Administration > Firmware Upgrade > “Check for Updates” and it said “Error retrieving update information.” There was also no firmware on Buffalo's site to download so there does not appear to be an official fix.

Per the DD-WRT developer, directly: “https nor ssh is affected in all builds. https uses matrixssl and dropbear uses tomcrypt.
openssl is used for freeradius, openvpn, tor, [and] asterisk. so if you have a small router with 4 mb flash, you arent affected since openssl is not even included. if you use a big router with openvpn, you might be affected if tls is used. next beta builds will fix that issue.”
(Source: http://www.dd-wrt.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?t=260167 )

Even if you will not be using VPN or freeradius, you should not ignore this!
The latest DD-WRT firmware can be found here:
ftp://ftp.dd-wrt.com/others/eko/BrainSlayer-V24-preSP2/
These are beta builds, not stable! Download a few different builds to try.
I recommend “04-18-2014-r23919” which has "OpenSSL 1.0.1g 7 Apr 2014" and works perfectly. At first I used "05-27-2014-r24160" and had major problems!
Click "buffalo_whr_300hp2" (<-- Double check you're on the correct router!! If you flash the wrong firmware file then you can, and probably will, brick it.)

The router says is a 300HP2 if you check the Status configuration page to confirm it. The extra -D in the model only designates that Buffalo charged you $15 extra to sell the router pre-loaded with DD-WRT.

Download "buffalo_whr_300hp2-webflash.bin". Navigate to your router's config: http://192.168.11.1/ and go to Administration --> Firmware Upgrade. Click "Browse..." and find the .bin file you downloaded. Double and triple check that is the file! Click "Open," and "Upgrade." A light on the front of the unit will blink red three times every 3 seconds for up to 5 minutes and will restart when finished. It might take a while so be patient.
*continued in OTs*

Other Thoughts: Note: When you do something major after updating your firmware, like changing the IP from 192.168.1.1 back to 192.168.11.1, you *may* have to manually reboot the modem. Either via the web or unplug/replug it. In my testing I had to reboot it twice for the new settings to show up.

1. This will replace Buffalo’s stock firmware. It will look completely different but have a similar layout. Don’t be alarmed. You can change themes in the Administration page but there will be no Buffalo logo anywhere.

2. You can elect to not "reset to factory settings" if you want. It may work, or it may not. It's usually recommended to reset to factory defaults when significantly changing versions like this. If you do not and it causes problems then refer to the manual for reset procedures. It won't brick your router or anything.

3. Here is how to check your openssl version for vulnerability, if you wanted to:
http://www.dd-wrt.com/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?p=891583#891583


I first loaded a WRT54G with DD-WRT nearly 10 years ago when I was a teenager. I've since modded and hacked routers all sorts of ways. It's come a long way since forking from Sveasoft! It's powerful and capable but this router is, without doubt, purposely limited and doesn't harness that power. It lacks gigabit LAN, numerous DD-WRT features, USB, etc. Had they included gigabit and USB, like it's big brother model the WZR-300HP, this would be a perfect router.

However, if you don’t need speed and NAS capabilities, then by all means, this may be the router for you. Personally, I think it is best used as an isolated VPN-only device (Once the Heartbeat vulnerability is taken care of.) Considering how on VPN I won’t need even 100mbps of speed, it can work amicably for that application. For an every day use router, however, money can be better spent elsewhere...

You can better spend $50 to $70 on a router to have much better capabilities if that’s what you’re looking for. Some DD-WRT alternatives worth looking into:
Netgear WNR3500L, Item# N82E16833122334. $40, has gigabit LAN, USB, external antennas, and a better chipset.
WZR-300HP, Item# N82E16833162069. (if you can find one) is basically this router with gigabit, USB, external antennas, and a better chipset for only $15 more. It's a great router at a great price.
Asus RT-N16, Item# N82E16833320038. $70. This has been the backbone of my home network for over 3 years. I've yet to find a router with the value, power, and capability worth replacing it.
WZR-HP-G450H, Item# N82E16833162048. Expensive at $80, external antennas, gigabit, USB, faster speeds, and a better chipset.

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