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Web Filtering

Web filtering is provided via Norton ConnectSafe, which is a DNS-based service similar to OpenDNS. It provides four levels of varying security. The most open one is no filter and the most secure blocks a whole host of content simply described as "Blocks malware, phishing, and scam sites, sites that contain sexually explicit material, mature content, abortion, alcohol, crime, cult, drugs, gambling, hate, sexual orientation, suicide, tobacco, or violence" as you can see in the image below.

Buffalo WZR-1750DHP Web filtering page

Buffalo WZR-1750DHP Web filtering page

Even with the most complex filter set, you can still exclude websites and individuals devices from the filter. The granulairty for exceptions is a very nice feature. Exclusions can be set at the Web filtering page or again at the Device Settings page as seen below.

Buffalo WZR-1750DHP Web filtering page

Buffalo WZR-1750DHP individual Web filtering page

BitTorrent

The WZR-1750DHP's BitTorrent feature may also come in handy. To enable it, simply insert a USB drive and click Enable. You can then select the external BitTorrent port and limit upload and download speeds as shown in the image below.

Buffalo WZR-1750DHP BitTorrent page

Buffalo WZR-1750DHP BitTorrent page

The Download Manager, which you see below, then shows all Torrents in progress, as well as the usual information one would expect from a BitTorrent client. The BitTorrent client is a nice feature and can free up leaving a PC running all the time.

Buffalo WZR-1750DHP BitTorrent Download Manager

Buffalo WZR-1750DHP BitTorrent Download Manager

Wireless Features

The WZR-1750DHP has a pretty good set of wireless features:

  • WPA / WPA2 Personal support
  • Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) support, pushbutton and PIN
  • Auto and manual channel set
  • SSID broadcast enable/disable
  • Enable/disable wireless
  • BSS BasicRateSet, Multicast Rate, 802.11n Protection, DTIM period, Wireless Client isolation adjusts
  • Wireless MAC address filtering (allow or deny based on MAC address)
  • WMM adjustments
  • 25%, 50%, 75%, 100% transmit power adjust
  • Beacon period, RTS threshold, DTIM interval, Fragmentation Threshold adjusts
  • Scheduled wireless enable/disable
  • Guest network

Guest networks are available, but only when WPS is disabled. Key wireless settings are summarized in Table 2.

Setting 2.4 GHz 5 GHz
Channel Auto [default]
1 - 11
Auto [default]
36, 40, 44, 48
149, 153, 157, 161, 165
Channel Width 20 MHz [default]
40 MHz
20 MHz
40 MHz
80 MHz [default]
Mode 11bgn mixed [default]
11a/n/ac mixed [default]
Security None
WPA2-PSK
WPA-PSK
WPA/WPA2 Mixed-mode PSK
Table 2: Wireless settings summary

Storage Performance

Windows filecopy tests were run using the standard NAS testbed [NAS test details]. Only XFS and FAT32 formats are supported for write and read, so we ran tests with the USB drive formatted in FAT32 and connected via USB 2.0 and USB 3.0.

Note that the WZR-1750DHP would also not mount our standard USB 3.0 drive, so a WD MyPassport was used instead for USB 3.0 tests.

WZR-1750DHP DIR-868L DIR-857 Linksys EA6300 Linksys EA6500
FAT32 Write 21 16 13.9 11.2 4.8
FAT32 Read 38 27 30.9 17.4 10.7
NTFS Write NA 11.5 7.7 9.8 7.7
NTFS Read NA 13.8 16.1 17.2 9.5
Table 3: USB 3.0 file copy throughput - MBytes/sec

Table 3 shows the WZR-1750DHP's results along with other draft 11ac routers supporting USB 3.0. Note that the DIR-868L, EA6300 and WZR-1750DHP all use a Broadcom BCM4708 processor, but the Buffalo clearly smokes them all.

The 1750DHP also did pretty well with USB 2.0, achieving 15 MB/s writes and 23 MB/s reads.

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