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Item#: N82E16833162069
BUFFALO AirStation HighPower N300 Gigabit DD-WRT Wireless Router - WZR-300HP
  • 300 Mbps
  • DD-WRT Router
  • Gigabit Ethernet
  • HighPower Technology

Pros:

This is a solid, reliable router. It is packed with features that the average home user will need as well as a lot of extras for the more advanced users. The router is aesthetically pleasing, but will show fingerprints very easily. If you plan on using the wall mount to mount the router, I would recommend leaving the plastic on the device until you have completed the mounting. The outside of the router has a lot of indicator lights, and a couple of switches and buttons. The front has a WPS button that allows for a very simple method of connecting devices to the router while keeping the network secure. It also has a PIN that you can type in from off the router to connect to the network, but I would recommend disabling this feature due to some security holes this method introduces. Also on the front is a switch for a movie engine. This simply enables a mode that gives audio and video streaming priority traffic through the router and is only available when you install the ‘User Friendly’ Buffalo firmware. The back also has a button for ejecting USB drives much like you would safely remove a flash drive from a windows computer. This feature is also only available in the ‘User Friendly’ Buffalo firmware. Here is a comparison between the two firmwares:

DD-WRT Firmware (comes pre-installed):
*This unit comes with the Professional version of DD-WRT, it ships with build v24SP2-MULTI (07/09/12) std
*Router can be used as a repeater as well as a client. For the more advanced user, you can configure your own bridges as well.
*Comes with the ability for EoIP Tunneling as well as VPN (uses OpenVPN)
*Remote SSH management
*NAS feature was simple to setup and works great with windows file sharing and FTP. User permissions were also a nice feature. Accepts most all file systems including NTFS.
*Create multiple wireless networks and VLANs, each with their own DHCP server.
*Extensive Quality of Service options
*User Interface is very responsive and settings are quickly applied.
*Can fine tune WiFi radio parameters for specific antennas.

‘User Friendly’ Buffalo firmware:
*Simpler interface
*Can use the scan feature of multi-function USB printers attached to router (only with utility installed from disk)
*Movie Engine switch works with this firmware to easily enable QoS for streaming media.

Cons:

Overall, there is not a lot to complain about with this router. I do find it odd that there is no specific documentation about what features are for what firmware. Some of the advertised features are only available in one while the rest are only available in the other firmware. The unit itself does not have LAN status indicators in the front, so you don’t have a single front to look at for all status indications. Here are a few cons about each of the firmwares:

DD-WRT Firmware (comes pre-installed):
*Does not have the ability to use the scan feature of multifunction scanners. If you are linux savvy, you might be able to install SANE and put a web interface on it, but that is not for the average user.
*Getting DD-WRT to act as a client has been finicky in the past and still is, but once it is working, it works great.
*Not a whole lot of documentation. There is a manual with a brief explanation of everything, but there is not a lot on how to carry out setting something up.
*File transfers from a USB flash drive to a computer cause a high CPU load. It peaked around 3.5, but other operations seemed unaffected, so it shouldn’t be too much of a problem.

‘User Friendly’ Buffalo firmware:
*Not as ‘User Friendly’ as it claims. The interface is a little bulky and confusing.
*Does not support NTFS or ext3 file systems on the flash drive.
*To use a printer, you must use the Network-USB application that comes with the router, and only one PC can have control of the printer at a time (you must request control and then release it when you are done).
*Does not have as extensive of features as DD-WRT
*Changing firmwares is a little troublesome in that multiple resets can be necessary.

Other Thoughts:

Overall, I am very pleased with the ability of this router. WiFi range is about the same as any of the Linksys routers, but having the N allows for a faster data rate at a lower signal strength. Overall throughput for this router is exceptional, I was very pleased. I personally think leaving DD-WRT installed would be best. The Buffalo firmware does not add any great features (unless sharing a scanner over a network is one of your needs). This router is great for any level of technical expertise, the diagrams included are for multiple configurations and simple to use. If you have trouble with this router or a particular feature, feel free to find me on Eggxpert.com. My username is Kunzy. (Please note I am not a employee of Newegg or Buffalo).

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