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Buffalo Wireless router switch

Pros: It's easy to setup, and the speeds when within range are great.

Cons: This thing has horrible range. I have it mounted on my office wall in the front of my house, right next to a window, with no other wireless routers or cordless phones in the house. If I'm outside, I can walk down the block MAYBE one house before getting out of range. Parts of my house are also out of range, or get a low signal, but that could just be due to the building materials in the house.

I tried 2.4 and 5 channels, and I saw similar results with ranges.

Other Thoughts: It's just not worth it.

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Rating: 4/5Fine with latest DD-WRT firmware

This review is from: BUFFALO AirStation HighPower N600 Gigabit Dual Band Wireless Router - WZR-HP-AG300H

Pros: I was reluctant to purchase this given some of the low reviews I've read. But Newegg gave me a 30 day return on it if it didn't work.

* After installing the latest DD-WRT firmware (19154) from the Buffalo support site *AND* choosing a mid-band Wi-fi channel (6), I'm able to get a steady 22.5 dBm (EIRP av.) / 29.7 dBm (Peak) signal on 2.4 Ghz and a little less on the 5Ghz band. I think with some fiddling I can get it to go higher, but right now, this is more than enough for me, and more than enough to annoy my neighbors.

* Gigabit LAN. Excellent.

* Dual Band (2.4/5Ghz) is really a plus. I had some devices that had a 5Ghz radio that I didn't know had it. Neat.

* If the DD-WRT interface is too intimidating for you, you can use Buffalo's "User Friendly" firmware

* Mounting a USB drive and printer was simple (you can only do one at a time)

* Plenty (not gobs, but plenty) of RAM vs my old WRT-54GL.

* stable for 3 weeks now. No reboots or lost connections.

Cons: * A little too "plasticky" for my tastes. Be gentle with it.

* fixed/permanent antennas. Bummer.

* wireless throughput is not as fast as I was expecting. It's fast enough for most applications, but I was expecting more than a moderate boost over my WRT-54GL. I need to do some more testing and tweaking (DD-WRT is perfect for that).

*USB seemed a bit slow, although I was able to stream a movie off a 64GB SD Card in a USB to SD card adapter.

Other Thoughts: I've been a long time Linksys WRT-54GL guy. I have 3 of them in in my house all running variations of DD-WRT. But I needed the Gigabit LAN and a little more power both nicely provided by the WZR-HP-AG300H

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