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Features: Security

Firewall

  • SPI Firewall (Enable/Disable)
  • Filters: Proxy;Cookies; Java Applets; ActiveX
  • Block WAN Requests: Block Ping; Filter Multicast; Filter WAN Nat redirection; Filter IDENT
  • Impede WAN DOS/Brute force: Limit SSH Access; Limit Telnet Access; Limit PPTP Server Access
  • Connection Warning Notifier (Enable/Disable)
  • Log: (Enable/Disable)

VPN Passthrough

  • IPSec (Enable/Disable)
  • PPTP (Enable/Disable)
  • L2TO(Enable/Disable)

Access Restrictions

WAN Access

  • Access policy schedule
  • Blocked Services (4 filters, choice of extensive list of P2P protocols) + Catch all P2P
  • Website blocking by URL
  • Website blocking by keyword

NAT/QoS

Port forwarding

Port Range Forwarding

Port Triggering

UPnP Service (Enable/Disable)

DMZ:

  • (Enable/Disable)
  • DMZ Host IP address

QoS

  • Start QoS (Enable/Disable)
  • Port Select
  • Packet Scheduler: HTB; HFSC
  • Uplink/Downlink speeds (user input)
  • Optimize for gaming (Enable/Disable)
  • Services Priority (add from extensive list of services)
  • Netmask Priority
  • MAC Priority
  • Enable per user default limits (Enable/Disable)

Administration

Management

  • Router Password reset
  • Web Access (HTTP/HTTPS)
  • Remote Access
    • Web GUI (Enable/Disable)
    • Use HTTPS
    • Web GUI port
    • SSH Management (Enable/Disable)
    • Telnet Management (Enable/Disable)
    • Allow any remote IP
  • Boot Wait
  • Cron (Enable/Disable); add jobs
  • 802.1 (Enable/Disable)
  • Reset button (Enable/Disable)
  • Routing (Enable/Disable)
  • Language
  • IP Filter settings (for P2P)

Keep Alive

  • Proxy Connection watchdog (Enable/Disable)
  • Schedule Reboot (Enable/Disable)
  • WDS/Connection watchdog (Enable/Disable)

Commands (run command lines via web interface)

WOL

  • Enable WOL for available hosts
  • Add WOL Mac Addresses
  • Manual WOL
  • WOL Daemon (Enable/Disable)

Factory Defaults

Firmware Upgrade

Backup router settings

  • Backup Settings
  • Restore Settings

Status

Router

  • System Info (name, model, MAC address, uptime, current time, etc.)
  • CPU Info (type/clock speed/load average)
  • Memory – breakdown of memory usage
  • NVRAM Usage
  • Network – total ports/Active IP connections

WAN

  • Configuration summary
  • Traffic since last reboot
  • Monthly graph of traffic

LAN

  • LAN Status
  • Active client list
  • DHCP Info
  • DHCP Client list

Wireless

  • Wireless status (for each interface)
  • Wireless packet count/error count
  • Wireless Node list (attached clients)
  • Site Survey

Bandwidth

  • Real time graphs for LAN, WAN and WLAN interfaces

System Information: Single screen summary of router, wireless, services, memory wireless packet info, wireless clients and DHCP clients.

I ran into two broken features as I made my way through all the menus. Clicking the Check for Upgrades button on the Administration->Firmware upgrade page threw an error. And I found that the WLAN Bandwidth monitor graph didn't properly reflect a change in bandwidth.

The gallery below has screen shots of most of the admin screens with additional commentary.

Closing Thoughts

I personally like and have used DD-WRT firmware on several of my routers. In fact, I flashed one router and used it for well over a year until the router hardware died. I got used to the rich feature set and often used it as a yardstick to measure other routers' "user friendly" branded firmware. Buffalo's customized "Mega version" adds in a number of nice features such as WPS and AOSS support. I tested both the WPS pushbutton method and the PIN method and both connected my wireless clients to the router as expected.

I feel that the most significant advantage of a DD-WRT-based Buffalo product is free phone support and a three year product warranty. And, of course, the firmware is pre-installed. (The DD-WRT forums have numerous messages from people looking for help who have "bricked" their router while trying to replace factory firmware with DD-WRT firmware.)

If you've been itching to try out DD-WRT, but have held off worrying about the "bricking" risk, Buffalo's DD-WRT based routers can be an easy way to see what the popular router distro can do for you.

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