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Buffalo WZR-300HP AirStation HighPower N300 Gigabit Wireless Router Reviewed - Features, Routing Performance

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Updated 12/26/2012 - Added link to DD-WRT review

DD-WRT is famous for its extensive feature set. The features are so extensive that I've asked Craig to do a separate review of Buffalo's implementation. In the meantime, let's just say DD-WRT packs a lot of features including multiple SSIDs with VLANs, captive portal hotspot, PPTP and OpenVPN (SSL/TLS) VPN, up and downlink QoS and much more.

A shot of the landing page is shown below, so that you can check out a few of the menus and get a feel for the overall look of the admin interface.

Buffalo WZR-HP-G300NH board

Buffalo WZR-HP-G300NH board

Since they are specific to this model, here are the options for the 300HP's wireless settings.

Setting 2.4 GHz
Channel Auto [default]
1 - 11
Channel Width Auto
Full (20 MHz) [default]
Turbo (40 MHz)
Dynamic (20/40 MHz)
Wireless Network Mode Disabled
Mixed [default]
N-only (2.4 GHz)
Security Mode Disabled
WPA-PSK [default]
WPA Algorithms TKIP
TKIP+AES [default]
Wireless Mode AP [default]
Client Bridge (Routed)
WDS Station
Table 2: Wireless settings summary

I initially thought I was going to have problems with 40 MHz mode again, since the only Channel Width option available with the default Mixed Wireless Network Mode setting was Full (20 MHz). But a quick email exchange with Buffalo revealed that setting the Wireless Network mode to either NG-Mixed or N-only, i.e. modes without 802.11b support, would reveal the Turbo (40 MHz) and Dynamic (20/40 MHz) modes.

Routing Performance

Routing performance for the WZR-300HP loaded with DD-WRT v24SP2-MULTI (07/09/12) std firmware and using our standard test method is summarized in Table 3. Although it's not the fastest router out there, its 180 Mbps or so of uni or bi-directional routing throughput will keep most users happy.

The 32,206 Simultaneous Connections are also plenty enough, too, for gaming and P2P use.

Test Description TL-WDR3500
WAN - LAN 192
LAN - WAN 181
Total Simultaneous 189
Maximum Simultaneous Connections 32,206
Firmware Version DD-WRT v24SP2 - MULTI (07/09/12) std
Table 3: Routing throughput

The IxChariot plot for the routing tests shows very steady throughput in the unidirectional tests. The higher variation shown in the simultaneous up/downlink tests shouldn't bother anyone in real world use.

Buffalo WZR-300HP routing throughput

Buffalo WZR-300HP routing throughput

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Coming from a (Frys-Yuck!) N150 Router was a (Star Trek) leap for us! Functionally, the Frys router did the job for the technology available. However, much to my surprise that technology had Hopped, Skipped, and Jumped past Me! I guess I fell (literally) asleep at the router's driver seat with the complacent Fry's.
Now though on to the 21st Century and the Buffalo WZR-300HP! Boy what a mouthful! First one has to get past whether or not a dual band is worth the additional $50+. It was not based upon my own research on what available speeds I could "Actually" achieve. Your ISP is Key here and without going into That arena, lets just say I went to the Top Tier expense. Well it was worth it with this Buffalo router! I elected to use their Firmware although one of the selling points was the DD-WRT Pre-Installed (But Where!?). I have Yet to find it!
Finally. was the Price! I have to say making a Christmas Present Purchase for the family paid dividends to all of us! No complaints and Steady reliable connections all the times. New Egg was kind enough to sell us one of these gems for $36.00 total with Free Shipping! So I am not aware of the $100+ price tag at all! I have no issues with this Unit with the slight exception of finding an upgrade for the antennas? I believe that purchasing a $20-30 repeater will address that concern. Overall I am very happy with the Buffalo WZP-300HP router. I know there are better ones but why invest an additional $100 and achieve the same speeds with "maybe" a greater range?


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