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This review is from: NETGEAR 5 Port Gigabit Desktop Switch (GS605AV)
Pros: I wanted an upgrade my entertainment systems and this unit fits the bill perfectly, and was lucky to catch it on sale, though it is worth the normal going price. There are other gigabit switches that are cheaper, though they may or may not work as as well or hold up as long, it is a matter of preference and if you think something is worth a few extra bucks. As an unmanaged switch, there's nothing to do but plug everything in and power it up. The QoS priority for the ports works well and has helped with streaming HD video where the other connections aren't competing for the extra bandwidth. The unit is cool running and the front facing lights aren't too bright.
Cons: None, works as advertised without any problems..
Other Thoughts: Well made unit with no vices. It is made of sturdy enough plastic rather than metal which doesn't have any real bearing on the quality or longevity as it is a "set it up and leave it alone" type of device. The cabinet is cleverly designed to provide airflow through the device without the vents being readily noticeable. So far no complaints, and the power cord was about 2 meters long which made positioning very easy. Like everything else these days that are made in China, the long term durability is always a potential issue.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: The main reason I got this rather than an AC router is that this is mature technology, has an excellent track record for stability and durability, and with DD-WRT it is so configurable, and of course there are few AC devices out there at this time. I know some may have shied away from this router because of the DD-WRT, but the Buffalo interface for it made it quite easy to configure. All that was needed was my DSL username/password and then I set up an SSID for each band rather than accept the defaults that Buffalo provided, but I could have stayed with them as it was really that simple.
Setting up Security was easy and straightforward as well. There are a lot of things that you can configure and customize with DD-WRT, but you can also just do the basics and have it up and running within minutes and it will stay running and not drop connections or require regular reboots. The nice thing is that you can always go back in and configure and change the settings at any time, and if you save your configurations then you'll have a quick way to get back to something that was known to be working well if you should make some changes that downgrade performance or simply mess it up.
I was expecting the 2.4 GHz band to extend further than my previous router and wasn't disappointed, but what I wasn't expecting was that the 5 GHz band would be strong enough to go through a floor and a wall and I am getting a full 5 bars with excellent response. This is also a very cool running router so that should contribute to a nice long life, and I still own a WRT-54GL so I know that a router can be made to last for a very long time.
Cons: None, very sweet running WiFi router without the headaches.
Other Thoughts: One thing that Buffalo should have fixed a long time ago was the stand. It really is crummy and doesn't stay in place very well and even though it doesn't take a lot of effort to "jury rig" it, the customer shouldn't have to do that as the company should have remedied that problem early on. The antenna's are a little weird but seem to work well, though they do appear to be on the fragile side so use extra caution when positioning them because they don't look like they'd hold up to much rough handling. Once you figure out the best placement then you probably won't need to touch them again which is probably a good thing. Other than these two minor annoyances, the pluses of having a rock solid router with excellent range far outweighs these annoyances. Having a gigabit LAN is a real plus.
This may not be the latest state of the art in Wireless Routers but it has enough capabilities to handle most home networks and it is based on some proven mainstream technology and that is likely why so many people have posted so many positive reviews.
Just to have that many people agree that this is a good router is quite a remarkable feat as folks tend to be extremely critical of their wireless routers. It seems that many of the complaints are centered around it having DD-WRT and those that did have problems apparently didn't always receive top notch technical assistance, certainly room for improvement there on Buffalo's part. Some of these problems may be attributable to being unfamiliar with DD-WRT, but there is a more user friendly version on the CD and while not as robust as the full factory installed version it will provide most of the main features an average user would need.
All in all just another satisfied owner, and hoping that it lives up to its reputation over the long term.
Pros: I just wanted to provide an update as I have had this for over a year and used it in two different systems, both were Windows 7 64-bit. This is extremely stable and reliable and always connects with 5 bars to a high power dual band router on the first floor and I get 5 bars on both bands! Was really surprised that the 5 GHz band could push through a floor and wall and still connect at full strength, though the router is a Buffalo WZR-600DHP and it runs great and has nearly doubled the distance on the 2.4 GHz band. Great stable card without any driver issues, drops, and never fails to quickly reestablish the connection coming out of sleep mode.
Cons: None, it has worked perfectly since I got it and never drops a connection. HD streaming is stutter-free.
Other Thoughts: I have a few TP-Link devices and I have had very good luck with them. Catching this adapter on sale for 32 bucks is a good deal and you shouldn't expect any problems with drivers or stability. I like the three antennas and found playing around with their alignment does make a difference. Well worth the price and not showing any signs of slowing down after a year's heavy use in two different PC's.READ FULL REVIEW