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Features: Overview

Let's look at Buffalo’s DD-WRT firmware using the menu system as a guide. To start, you navigate to the home page by pointing your browser at 192.168.11.1. Looking at the landing page below, you can see that the DD-WRT interface is logically configured. At the top right of the screen, you can see the firmware version, current time, uptime, and CPU statistics. The WAN IP address is also shown.

The top level menu appears immediately below the Buffalo logo and sub-menus appear below each top level menu. On the right-hand side of the screen, you’ll see brief help descriptions for major items. If you click on more additional help will open in a separate window.

The Buffalo DD-WRT landing page gives you a flavor of the user interface
The Buffalo DD-WRT landing page gives you a flavor of the user interface

Note that not all fields are fully documented. For those that aren’t, you’ll probably need to dig a little deeper if you don’t understand a setting. But it's also likely you won’t need to configure those settings.

Be sure to check out the Gallery at the end of the feature listing. It contains a number of screen shots of various menus and sub menus that will help you get a better feel for the user interface.

Here's a section-by-section compilation of the Buffalo's DD-WRT menus

Setup

Basic Setup

  • Setup and guest card
  • WAN Setup
    • WAN Connection types: Disabled; Static; DHCP (default); PPPoE; PPTP; L2TP; Heart Beat Signal
    • Router IP setup
    • Router Name
    • Hostname
    • Domain name
    • MTU (auto/manual)
  • Network Setup
    • DHCP types: DHCP Server; DHCP forwarder
    • Static NDS: 3
    • UseDNSMasq for DHCP (checkbox)
    • UseDNSMasq for DNS (checkbox)
    • DHCP –Authorative (checkbox)
    • Time Settings
    • NTP Client Enable/Disable
    • Time Zone
    • Summer Time (DST)
    • NTP server (user defined)

DDNS: Enable –choice of 8 providers or custom

MAC address Clone: Enable/Disable

Advanced routing

  • Operating mode: Gateway; BGP; RIP2Router; Router
  • Static Routing
  • Set Number: (50)
  • Interface: Choice of interfaces
  • Show routing table

Networking

  • VLAN Tagging – add VLAN interface
  • Bridging Create Bridge
  • Port Setup
  • Multiple DHCP Server

Wireless

Basic Settings

  • Wireless Mode: AP; Client; Client Bridge; AdHoc; WDS Station; WDS Client
  • Wireless Network Mode: (B-Only; G-Only; B G Mixed; NG Mixed; N Only) + 5GHZ options
  • Channel Width
  • Wireless channel: Auto/choice
  • Wireless Name (SSID)
  • Wireless SSID Broadcast: Enable/Disable
  • Advances settings: Opens up additional options such as power, regulatory domain, AP isolation, etc.
  • Virtual Interfaces (Add Guest Networks)

Wireless Security

  • Security Mode: Disabled; WPA-PSK; WPA-EAP;WPA2-PSK; WPA2-EAP; WPA2-PSK/WPA-PSK; WPA2-EAP/WPA-EAP; Radius; WEP
  • WPA Algorithms: TKIP;AES;TKIP+AES

AOSS/WPS

  • AOSS: Enable/Disable + start button (Unique feature for Buffalo Build)
  • WPS Setup Button: Enable/Disable
  • Pin Method: Enable/Disable
  • WPS Gateway PIN: Activate/Generate/input
  • WPS Client PIN: Input/register

Mac Filter: Enable/Disable (256 addresses supported)

WDS

  • WDS Settings – 10 MAC addresses supported (Disable/LAN/Point-to-Point)
  • Options: Lazy WDS; WDS Subnet

Services

Services Management

  • DHCP Client
  • DHCP Server
  • Static Leases (DHCP reservation)
    • Use NVRAM for client lease DB (checkbox)
    • DNSMasq
  • PPPoE Relay
  • AOSS Button Function (turnoff radio, AOSS, Unused)
  • SSHd (Enable/Disable)
  • Syslog (Enable/Disable)
  • Telnet( Enable/Disable)
  • WAN Traffic counter (Enable/Disable)

PPPoE Server: (Enable/Disable)

VPN

  • PPTP Server (Enable/Disable)
  • PPTP Client (Enable/Disable)

Hotspot

  • Hotspot Portal
    • Sputnik
    • Hotspot System
    • Wifidog
    • Chillispot
  • HTTP Redirect (Enable/Disable)
  • SMTP Recirect (Enable/Disable)

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