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BUFFALO AirStation HighPower N600 Gigabit Simultaneous Dual Band DD-WRT Wireless Router - WZR-600DHP
  • Combined 600 Mbps
  • DD-WRT Router & HighPower Technology
  • Simultaneous Dual Band
  • Gigabit Ethernet

5 out of 5 eggs Great product. Made my network faster. 10/15/2012

This review is from: BUFFALO AirStation HighPower N600 Gigabit Simultaneous Dual Band DD-WRT Wireless Router - WZR-600DHP

Pros:

Full Featured
Comes with Buffalo's custom DD-WRT installed as default firmware
Contains two Qualcomm Atheros based radios for simultaneous wireless operation on both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz band
Speeds up to 600 Mbps
5 gigabit Ethernet ports
USB Slot for printer or external HD
Sits on desk in vertical or horizontal orientation
Wall mounting an option
Extensive documentation
Buffalo Tech Forum
Easily change between DD-WRT firmware or EZ basic firmware
Orientable Twin Antennas
Flexible flat 7 foot network cable included

Cons:

Buffalo tech forum. Networking particularly wireless is a technical art and reminds me of linux. Similarly, as in the linux community, if you are looking for help you may get it but most likely your post will be met with scorn sometimes veiled or a link. I found this at the Buffalo forum. True, it is user to user as most are but some are quite good, case in point MSI. Buffalo's forum has many unanswered posts. I posted a valid question and waited a week for posted link. Also, I searched for a solution to another question I had and found posts from months prior unanswered. Those posts may be beyond the scope of the members but I persisted and found the answer at another site. It was not trivial. I posted a link :-(

The USB port. It is billed as a port you can plug a camera, USB printer or mass storage into. Pluging a printer is easy, making it work requires knowledge as well as the ability to understand and follow
directions that maybe complete to the poster but not the student. I could not make my Brother work. My Seagate USB 3 external HD would not work but my 1 gb Cruzer mini was recognized and usable.

DD-WRT. This is the firmware that is installed by default. You must be expert or have high dedication for learning to use it to its potential. Many of the posts at the forum are from students that I feel have a higher opinion of their skill level than they should which is why they have so many issues. Some questions are very specific for a particular feature which leads into my next point.

Documentation. While quite extensive (help is avaialble on an enclosed PDF and on the web interface) it presupposes too much and does not go into enough detail. What I found: As I drilled down through help their final answer was to go somewhere else for the answer. This means starting over. If Buffalo knows where to go then link the answer not just the site.

No external antenna jack. My budget router had one.

Other Thoughts:

If you just need a router to hook up 2 or 3 computers to your broadband then you could do fine
with a basic model from any number of vendors. If you have higher requirements for a router the Buffalo is an excellent full featured choice. My home network consists of three desktops. Two laptops and a wireless Kindle. Two desktops are in one room side by side. Both are Cat 5e connected to the Air Station and connect to the Buffalo at 1Gbps. The third desktop is two rooms away. The wireless signal traveled through a TV, a refrigerator and a microwave. That computer was initially connected to the Buffalo
with a TP-LINK High-Gain 150 Mbps USB wireless adapter. Win 7 reported a connection speed of 65 Mbps which was an improvement of 11 Mbps over the budget router I replaced.
I cat5e'd that computer to the Buffalo (crawl space ..UGH!) and it now connects at 1Gbps

Of the two laptops, one is an N the other is a Win XP G. The G connects anywhere in the house at it's full 54 Mbps while the N shows a consistent 117 Mbps. Adjusting the Buffalo's twin antenna has no effect on the N. Lastly, the Kindle now has 3 wireless bars as opposed to 2 using my previous router. I use the Kindle wireless exclusively in the "library" which is the most distant point in the house from the AirStation.

An explanation of "radios for simultaneous wireless operation on both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz band."

By supplying separate network bandwidth for each of the two types of links, these routers provide maximum flexibility in setting up a home network. For example, older 802.11b/g clients can be set to run on the 2.4 GHz side of a simultaneous dual-band router without impacting the performance of 802.11n clients running at 5 GHz. This is precisely what I have and why I like this router so much.

I don't need to wirelessly stream video, yet, When I do...they just laid fiber optic cable across my frontyard I will be ready. I will get great internet and great streaming from this router.

In Conclusion: This is an excellent product. If you want to learn, really learn networking you will need a product that has features enough that your time will be well spent. With options to use DD-WRT, OpenWrt or basic firmware this product offers the novice, the expert and the student plenty of opportunity to learn.
I am using Easy Setup. I installed the DD-WRT firmware for evaluation purposes.
I recommend this product 100% for the advanced or novice user.

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