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BUFFALO WZR-600DHP2D AirStation N600 Gigabit Dual Band Open Source DD-WRT Wireless Router IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n

  • DD-WRT Pre-Installed
  • up to 600 Mbps(Wireless)
  • Simultaneous Dual Band(5GHz up to 300 Mbps, 2.4GHz up to 300 Mbps)
  • 5 Gigabit Ethernet Ports
  • Configure as an Access Point or Wireless Bridge
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  • Jeff G.
  • 12/14/2014 2:09:43 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat upgrade for DD-WRT

This review is from: BUFFALO WZR-600DHP2D AirStation N600 Gigabit Dual Band Open Source DD-WRT Wireless Router IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n

Pros: The lead up: The situation which lead me to purchase this router was simple: I had been using the original workhorse of home routers the WRT-54GL for many years and it was finally time to move to something with a bit more cpu power and memory. After doing a fair amount of research on the best upgrade I was not sure I wanted to go with a top of the line AC router as I don’t have any AC devices, and many options with N radios were into the $150 range which is more than I wanted to spend. In addition while there was good feedback on a lot of these products I have always been skeptical of the security and functionality of the software running on many of these routers. Because of this I decided to see what the options were to stick with an open source router firmware, and came across the Buffalo WZR-600D, and after seeing it was available on my favorite reseller (Newegg, always Newegg) for about half of other options went for it.

The situation: I have a 2 story house with a semi finished basement with wifi devices across all 3 floors. In total there are 2 wired computers (1 desktop and 1 general purpose home server), 1 wireless laptop, 1 chromebook, 3 Roku players which are all on the wifi network, 1 Chromecast, and 2 recently made Android phones. Between everyone in the house there is a lot of video streaming, some file sharing, some VPN use, the standard web browsing, and some SIP calls made over Google Voice.

The set up: When the router arrived I was encouraged by what I saw in the packaging- a plain brown box that had the manufacturer and model on it, but no glossy sleeves, fancy plastic shells, or printed graphics of robots or sexy ladies. To me this shows that the focus for this product all went into the platform, not the marketing flashiness. Definitely a good sign.

After getting everything ready I took a few notes of my current routers set up, and swapped out the devices. Connecting to the web interface of the new router I was greeted by the familiar DD-WRT interface, although with some Buffalo branding. After making a few quick changes to get everything set up how I prefer it for my home network I was all set. I then downloaded the most up to date firmware from the DD-WRT website and flashed the router with no problems. That was it, everything went very smoothly. It seriously took me less than 10 minutes.

Everything on the network works great, and I was able to tweak QoS settings to make sure that whatever I want to have priority gets it. This way SIP calls work fine even if a couple of people are watching Netflix at the same time.

Cons: This is not really a con, but there is a limit to each section so this fits best here.

I should note that by default the radio is pretty low power (71 mw) and a couple of the devices that don’t have great antennas were occasionally dropping connection when far from the router, but after giving the radio a small bump in power (only to 100mw) I have had no problems. This makes sense since my previous router had external antenna connectors with +15db antennas. If you want you can ramp the power up to a full watt, so this thing should work fine for most situations that don’t have barriers to wifi functionality like thick concrete walls or metal support in the walls.

Other Thoughts: I’ve waited to write this review because I wanted to put the router in place in my home and give it a couple months of real world testing.

My biggest takeaway? That it is FAST. I can get through menus and options much faster than a lot of other routers I worked with, and it’s memory and CPU load are almost always very low. It does bear saying that while I am not a network engineer I do have some knowledge of networking so I know where to look and what to set, and for someone with this level of knowledge I find the interface vastly preferable to a lot of the stock firmwares that different manufacturers ship, where things are just not logically laid out, or various options are not available to the user.

In short the WZR-600D is exactly what I wanted- a solid, speedy home router. The first option to configure is not video sharing, no built in NAS drive, no iPhoto hub or whatever, it’s a workhorse. It should be noted that if you want the DD-WRT firmware can run many many services, it all depends on what you want. VPN server? Sure. Storage and DLNA server? No problem. SIP Proxy? Sure thing. It’s really up to you, but for me since I have a home server I just wanted a good router, and this was a great choice. 5 eggs.

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  • Gregory L.
  • 12/12/2014 5:05:09 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Router

This review is from: BUFFALO WZR-600DHP2D AirStation N600 Gigabit Dual Band Open Source DD-WRT Wireless Router IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n

Pros: Powerful router. Lots and lots of features. dd-wrt o/s. Solid performance.

Cons: No step-by-step menu to set up. Not a router for anyone looking for an easy, 1-2-3 setup.

My first router bricked while setting up. Easy RMA with New Egg. I would have dinged this 1/2 an egg for that, but not a whole egg (I am that happy with my router).

Other Thoughts: First, I can not emphasize enough that if you are not tech savvy, or a novice willing to search out the answers (and there is all the information you need online), this is not the router for you. All the setup is manual.

Your first step needs to be downloading the latest version of dd-wrt so you can load it on your first boot to the router.

I considered this and the ASUS RT-N66U. I decided against the ASUS because I was replacing my ASUS RT-N56U after two years (and my first one had to be replaced two months after I bought it (ASUS did an easy RMA).

When I pulled my router out of the box, my 11-year old said "Wow, that is a nice looking router." Yup. But just like people, the real beauty is on the inside.

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  • Justin B.
  • 10/21/2014 2:51:00 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsLook closer for those having problems

This review is from: BUFFALO WZR-600DHP2D AirStation N600 Gigabit Dual Band Open Source DD-WRT Wireless Router IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n

Pros: Open Source. Works very well for those who know what they are buying.

Cons: Hard for those who won't read the pages of instructions that are available for the Open Source firmware/software that it comes loaded with

Other Thoughts: For those who are having problems look to the wiki information on the software...but not JUST wiki. Read the instructions on relevant pages on the BUILD of software not JUST the router model/name. There are more instructions than most people want to read but it is imperative you do so. Know what your buying and not just think you will plug it in and have no other responsibilities to make it work.

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5 out of 5 eggsOpen Source Dominates

This review is from: BUFFALO WZR-600DHP2D AirStation N600 Gigabit Dual Band Open Source DD-WRT Wireless Router IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n

Pros: Very Powerful Router
After weeks of deliberate and extensive testing and usage, Buffalo’s router comes out on top.
The availability of EoIP (Ethernet Over IP Tunneling) allows users to flip the process in which their network traffic is tunneled through their IP network. The use of this feature establishes a transparent LAN service for users.
The onboard 5Ghz and 2.4Ghz wireless interfaces function INDEPENDENTLY from each other. One can be set as an AP (Access Point) while the other can be set as a repeater or bridge. Virtual Interfaces for both bands can also be set. Wireless encryption features are expanded, allowing users to designate which algorithms and authentication schemes are used for connecting users and devices. This allows the router to support legacy devices that do not support advanced encryption schemes.
The implementation of a Wireless Distribution System (WDS) is something rarely found on consumer routers, and it’s functionality on Buffalo’s router is a pleasure to use. I can expand my network efficiently using multiple routers without having to hard-wire them to each other. Although the WDS establishes a redundancy when creating bridged networks using multiple routers, the efficiency outweighs this redundancy. Designations for linking routers via WDS can be done through MAC address registration.
The availability of Zabbix support is a big plus for power users. I can manage and monitor my network seamlessly when this router’s feature is enabled. Once enabled, users can access the router as a client through the Zabbix applet, regardless of where it’s running on the network.
USB 3.0 connectivity, although limited to one port, is impressive. Any external media, whether it be an external HDD or a NAS, can be managed and accessed seamlessly. The router allows users to establish an FTP, Samba or DLNA Server to manage their storage solution. Fair warning, the USB 3.0 port only outputs 0.9A through it’s port. Any drives that draw more power than that will not function.
Hot Spot Functionality: Businesses can take advantage of this functionality when catering to multiple users sharing a single connection.
IP filtration capabilities on this router are better than other consumer routers. The ability to modify TCP congestion controls and alternate between TCP controlling schemes is beneficial for P2P (peer-to-peer) traffic.

Cons: Onboard CPU heat output seems excessive, at 80 degrees celsius, if not higher. The router does have some heat management protocols to dissipate heat through the chassis.
However, this router is not bulletproof when an ISP sends out a timeout request- usually under heavy traffic or excessive P2P. An ISP will send your modem (and connected devices) a timeout, similar to that of a denial of service. The only viable solution to this that I can think of is to power cycle the devices and have them renegotiate/sync their MAC and IP addresses. Once done, service is restored.
DD-WRT interface is not entirely easy on the eyes, especially on large displays. Expect to do a lot of reading and navigating.
The included Vertical Mount is a bit flimsy.
No wall mount is available.
No external antenna adaptor/port.

Other Thoughts: Please update the router’s firmware to the latest firmware posted on Buffalo’s site before using this router on a day to day basis.
The router’s packaging was simple. The router also has a quick access card that slides out from the back, which displays the default wireless passwords and GUI Logins.

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  • Cameron G.
  • 8/29/2014 7:09:18 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsVery Disappointed

This review is from: BUFFALO WZR-600DHP2D AirStation N600 Gigabit Dual Band Open Source DD-WRT Wireless Router IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n

Pros: None

Cons: I bought this specifically because it was loaded with dd-wrt. However, when the dd-wrt firmware is loaded, the wireless continually drops. If I load the factory firmware on this device, everything works fine .... execpt I no longer have all the advanced features that I wanted in dd-wrt.

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4 out of 5 eggsAll-around decent DD-WRT router

This review is from: BUFFALO WZR-600DHP2D AirStation N600 Gigabit Dual Band Open Source DD-WRT Wireless Router IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n

Pros: Compact footprint
Attractive design
Internal antennae
Dual-band functionality
4-port Gigabit switch
USB port sharing
Good Buffalo support, updates are easily accessible
Nice-looking cables
Easy to navigate interface
Endless features in the open source software, which is guaranteed to work (no gambling with older routers)
Above average QoS

Cons: Base could do a better job of stabilization
Needs firmware update out of the box in order to connect to anything outside of a Windows 7 PC
Password is displayed within the software - not very secure

Other Thoughts: I tested this router in a small, single level home with 4 bedrooms. Compared with my DIR-868L, a superior AC1750 product, this router performed far better than I expected. I maintained 300Mbps speeds from further away on both the 5GHz band and 2.4GHz band. According to LAN Speed Test (used on the suggestion of another reviewer), my throughput on the 5GHz band was 24Mbps up/72Mbps down on this router and 30Mbps up/75Mbps down on the DIR-868L. However, my ping was a few milliseconds lower on the DIR-868L and in general QoS seemed snappier.

This router performs excellently for the price bracket, competing with router up to twice as expensive such as the one I tested it against, and DD-WRT is an excellent feature for those who have been looking to go that route. Recommended.

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4 out of 5 eggsgreat take on ddwrt, nice router

This review is from: BUFFALO WZR-600DHP2D AirStation N600 Gigabit Dual Band Open Source DD-WRT Wireless Router IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n

Pros: Beautiful Buffalo hardware design
Great take on DD-WRT platform
Ease of use
Ability to print Guest Cards - for guest network credentials
Ability to overclock the router (made the usb share a little more bearable)
Above average network coverage

Best of all was the level of customer service received. While I admit, this may have been due to this review being an EggXpert review, I tend to believe that even if 50% of the service remained that it'd be better than most IT customer service.

- Received a direct email to the support tech
- Received detailed information and tech went above & beyond normal course of action to provide me additional details when he was presented with them
- Emails were not condescending in any way, normally as I'm sure most IT guys can attest, you spend your time detailing your skill set so as to not receive 40 email exchanges saying, first reboot the PC, I did, then did you reset the adapter, I did, in any case, he was quick and to the point. Took my information and quickly diagnosed the bug in which I had noted, offered me a solution (f/w update from wired) and presented me w/ the direct link to the f/w download.
- Support replies were quick and timely (even when I was not...caught me at a busy time)

Cons: Need for firmware update right out of the box - the included f/w revision would not allow a wireless connection from any wireless devices save for Windows 7, thus no Vista, XP, Android, ios, devices could connect out of the box.

The firmware revision process was very unintuitive - the count down hung up w/ no affirmation to denote that it was complete, the process took about 7 minutes to complete which is overly long (possibly due to the hangup), and it took 2 or 3 tries to actually get it started.

The "setup assistant" was junk, I normally setup my routers manually but when I was having issue connecting my wireless devices (prior to f/w update) I was unable to determine how to resolve the issue and tried the setup assistant. It essentially did nothing at all.

I did not like the router admin password displayed in the main page of the admin gui It serves no purpose and detracts from security. I just typed in the password...I assure you, I do not need you to show me what I typed in after a successful login.

While I lauded the hardware design, I did find that the base was seemingly too difficult for my feeble mind. I apparently put it on backwards, but to my defense there were no alignment cues and I must have got the 50/50 bet wrong. In any case, attempting to get it on actually sliced my hand open, it is something i've come to expect building PC's, i'd say that 40% of my customers have my blood in their machines, but this was a first for bleeding over a networking device! I was able to get it off & reattach, and it worked fine from that point.

Lastly, it's mostly a preference, but I didn't like the lack of a logout button. I don't like closing out of the browser to close my admin gui...I would prefer to have a clear cut logout process.

Other Thoughts: Couple benchmarks and a little about my usage.

I have a two story home at 3100 sq ft total, I utilize a Netgear DGND4000 and DLINK DIR868L for my existing setup. I run most of my wireless and my server off the dlink router and the netgear router runs my wired media network via two netgear switches and one linksys switch, w/ one of the netgear switches connected via Powerline adapter.

In terms of wireless this Buffalo router outperformed my dgnd4000 but could not compare with the dlink (as it should not be able to...)

The only thing i'd mention is I do not see the target demographic for this router, it is expensive for a wireless N router, and you can find AC routers that significantly outperform for around the same price point. While dd-wrt is a significant draw for some, i'd imagine most would prefer a lower binned router extracting the added performance out w/ dd-wrt rather than an expensive iteration of ddwrt.

To that end...

The 5ghz band failed to reach the 1st floor from 35 linear feet, one floor down from the router. While this was something i'd come to expect from N standard, i'd hope w/ the added functionality from ddwrt that it'd have been a little better performing than a normal N router. The 2.4ghz band did not fail to impress...I did enjoy the range on the 2.4ghz band.

I was able to get a signal across the entire house on 2.4ghz and about 1/3 of the house on 5ghz.

The 2.4ghz got me full 300mb connections throughout the house to 3 different wireless cards.

The wired connection performed flawlessly.

Overall the router performed great w/in the Wireless N spec, but in my opinion was overpriced, but sometimes that is the cost of great customer service and a brand that you can trust. I'd liked to have seen this Buffalo-wrt overlay on a better performing AC router.

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5 out of 5 eggsFull-featured Mid-level Router & “Instant” WAP/Gateway

This review is from: BUFFALO WZR-600DHP2D AirStation N600 Gigabit Dual Band Open Source DD-WRT Wireless Router IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n

Pros: Small footprint, internal antenna, true dual-band functionality (both bands simultaneously) which has performed as expected. The 4-Port Gigabit switch is also a plus, as well as the USB port sharing, but I don't foresee using the latter. Buffalo specific: An easy-to-find support page for firmware updates (Google found it as the top hit) and it allowed for firmware update via a wireless connection. Also, I am a big fan of the sturdy, flat network cables (black, this time) that Buffalo offers with its routers. Nice touch.

Cons: Minor Con: I’m not a fan of the vertical LAN ports because they make the router a bit tippy when cables are plugged into them, but when the router is the antenna, “these are the breaks.” The snap-on base does a decent job with stabilization.

Other Thoughts: My review is from the angle of a power user in a 2-level home with a robust network (20+ active wired nodes, mostly in the basement) and many wireless devices upstairs, covered mainly by a Netgear R6200 that is acting as Gateway/WAP. In the basement, I have a D-Link DIR-868L as the main router. I have been a long-time fan of the extensive access controls offered by D-Link, which I have not found in other routers (except CradlePoint) and it meets my needs quite well. The R6200 gives me good overall coverage, but the part of the house where our kitchen table & large deck table is around too many corners and I tend to get a weak signal while at those spots. I installed the Buffalo WZR-600DHP2D by simply running Cat5e between it and the existing Gigabit switch and was then going to configure it as a Gateway/WAP. To my surprise and delight, it auto configured itself to the network and was almost instantly accessing the Internet. I’ve never had that happen before. Having flashed previous routers with DD-WRT, I knew what I was getting with this one. Well, mostly. I am impressed that Buffalo has a customized version of DD-WRT on this router and readily offered a more recent firmware version, which was easily found doing a basic web search for the router. It allowed firmware update via a wireless connection (which is becoming more prevalent) and gave me the option of whether I wanted to keep my settings or reset to Factory Defaults after the firmware update. Speaking of options, this router certainly has them! If you are not familiar with DD-WRT, it offers a much wider array of options than you would typically find in consumer-level router firmware. After seeing the Buffalo logo on the opening screen, I wondered if this version would be more limited, but it doesn’t appear to be. To be honest, I probably only use 40% of the functionality on my D-Link, so with DD-WRT I would not likely use more than 10% of the offered features. But, they are there if ever I need them.

Using my favorite software tool LAN Speed Test, I compared the speeds of the WZR-600DHP2D to the next closest access point, the Netgear R6200, which I must note is a faster AC router. The speeds were as expected – The actual throughput was 65Mbps Up/95Mbps Down (hereafter referred as 65/95) using the 5GHz band and 45/67 using the 2.4GHz band. In the same spot, I jumped over to the R6200 and ran the same tests with the following results: 55/95 on the 5GHz band & 35/85 on the 2.4GHz band. The AC router held its own 50 feet away, which I expected. The main difference beyond the numbers was that the connections to the WZR-600DHP2D seemed to have less latency. Overall, I give this router 5 eggs for excellent performance, considering it is a mid-level wireless device tech-wise & price-wise.

User Tip: As with all routers that I actively service, I put a simple timer in place that will cycle (power off & on) this device every night in the wee hours, improving overall performan

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5 out of 5 eggsSecurity

This review is from: BUFFALO WZR-600DHP2D AirStation N600 Gigabit Dual Band Open Source DD-WRT Wireless Router IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n

Pros: Very good range. Easy set up.(see other thoughts) Looks nice. LED"s not overly bright. Many settings for security and monitoring.
Changes made in settings are quickly applied, without a reboot as some routers will do.

Cons: Like many routers I have used the network cable is a bit short and for me just not usable. On device web page there is a setting to NOT reset your settings when updating firmware. Did not work. I had to go and put everything back in. This is pretty normal when updating firmware on a router, but there was a setting to not reset your settings. If it doesn't work don't have the option available.
No easy way to mount on a wall or similar area.

Other Thoughts: This could be a con for a lot of people. Included instructions are just about non existent. Just a page that has a diagram of how to plug in your modem and router, kinda lame for anyone that doesn't know very much.
When first set up computer shows network connection is there. But when I opened chrome, no connection. (rarely use IE) So I opened IE and was prompted for user name and password (never had this happen before with any router) So I entered user name and password closed IE opened chrome all is good. Go to device page make my settings.
I believe at least with the original firmware that cane with this router you must "save" your settings then "apply"

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5 out of 5 eggsMy Current Favorite

This review is from: BUFFALO WZR-600DHP2D AirStation N600 Gigabit Dual Band Open Source DD-WRT Wireless Router IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n

Pros: - Nice design
- Powerful antenna
- DD-WRT preloaded

Cons: - Antenna spread pattern is odd
- No wallmounting ports
- Router password is displayed in plaintext at sign in

Other Thoughts: I've used quite a few routers and this is my current favorite. It comes preloaded out of the box with Buffalo's version of DDWRT and worked right away with no problems.

The second I got it I flashed the latest DDWRT firmware from their website, which the router accepted without issues. Afterwards I re-flashed the Buffalo firmware back into the router, again without issue.

I was greatly disappointed there were no wallmount slots. I have it up on its side with screws going straight through the baseplate at the moment, which is tacky. This leads into the next issue: the antenna spread has a dead zone. The radio seems to focus its power directly out the sides of the router. This works great if your router is in the middle of your house, but if it is in a corner, like mine, you lose a lot of power. If you face the router, it seems to send its signals like this: ) | (. So if you are standing directly in front of it, you lose a lot of power. To the sides is great though.

Another issue is that with the Buffalo DDWRT release your router password is view-able in plaintext after you sign in. While this doesn't seem like a big deal, if you forget to sign out of your router it gives anyone around a free copy of your password. Not cool.

The N600 antennas provide quite a bit of speed, and I tested over dual band 5GHz at the same speed as my computer plugged in. It's not N900, but it's also half the price of an N900 router.

DDWRT may have way too many options for a novice, but if you have a little bit of experience it lets you do so much with your router. It can turn a dinky consumer router into something with as many options as an enterprise router. Simply put, if you don't know what it is, leave it alone. For everything else (setting up wifi, port forwards, etc), it's pretty straight forward.

Best of all, DD-WRT is FAST. The recent "cloud" firmware of another manufacturer is slower than molasses and makes changing anything a huge pain. This is fast and responsive.

I give it 5/5 eggs. If I could, I would remove half an egg for the Cons listed above.

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