11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
This is a very basic wireless router for a simple set up. I would recommend this for those with few wireless gadgets and simply need a wireless connection without much fuss and the parental controls feature. It was easy to figure out, connect and get it up and running. This was ordered to provide a simple wireless connection for a parent with no tech savy and this model appears to provide exactly that with solid performance. I also like the parental controls feature that allows you to block access and really like the low price (~$30).
I will report back on the parental controls feature (great idea for grandparents) and if there are any problems but so far, it works smoothly with no issues.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
I've been testing this in my home where I normally use a mikrotik RB2011UAS-2HnD-IN--I love mikrotik routers but they're not really for consumers use. The mikrotik is much more powerful than this, but I wanted to test the Buffalo to see if I can suggest it to the average family for internet surfing usage as I'm a computer tech. And it works great. I don't understand the low reviews by others, but we'll get to that. It's a basic router that just works. I've used Buffalo routers in home and small business situations before, but it's been a few years.
It's in a central location, but it seems to fill the 2 story house as well as the mikrotik. I would think that the internal antennas won't reach as far as external antennas, but this Bufalo is supposed to do some kind of power boosting with the antenna. This house isn't big and I get 5 bars everywhere. There's only one wired computer here, and for testing this weekend I didn't do all the local network stuff I usually do (I do a lot of backups and streaming to my synology usually).
It's not bad--it is just one step above the base unit. It is N, 300mb wireless and 100mb wired. It's also single band 2.4ghz. But how fast is your internet? We have 7 meg down / 1 meg up. Yes, all the wireless devices in your house you are kinda sharing that 300mb bandwidth (with mimo in this it's a little better but still). We have 2 phones, 1 kindle, 1 ipad, 1 wireless desktop, one wired desktop, one laptop, a roku, a ps3, a PSP, a 3DS, and a Wii U. Usually there is a max of 3-4 things going at once, but there is very often at least 2 shows streaming in this house. But with our 7 meg down, does it really matter that we're only sharing 300mbps? If you divide the 300 by ten devices, then divide in half because both your up and down take up speed, and then divide in half again for wireless interference you would still be at enough for all 10 devices to each have 7 meg connections which doesn't take mimo into account and is ridiculous because they can't all have 7 meg connections since there's only one 7 meg internet!
In fact for general speed internet, it's more likely that the internet is getting overloaded than that you're overloading the router! If you're kids are trying to game with their xbox, and you're trying to watch a couple Netflix things in a few places in the house, you can use up a 10 meg connection! And you're probably noticing that your Netflix isn't as high-def as it could.
But if you have super fast fiber, you should probably get a stronger wireless and wired router. If you have a very busy home networking--sharing stuff in your home network, you're probably going to want gigabit wired and faster internet. (Most of the sharing people do is over the internet between local computers so that doesn't even count--dropbox sends all the files to dropbox and then shares so that's an internet share not a local network share). If you're a speed geek, you're going to want more. If you do heavy bittorrent file sharing, this basic router may or may not handle all the connections you need.
Now, the one place a small household might really need more is if you've got a lot of wireless interference in your neighborhood. A dual band device might help in that case. Dual-band routers work in both the 2.4 and the 5.8 in the same router. 5.8 tends to be less busy which helps in high interference areas. But only if your devices support 5.8. Many laptops and game systems only support 2.4. All Apple Ipads support dual band. But if you have a lot of interference in both the 2.4 and 5.8 range, you might just not be able to get fast wireless no matter what you do.
On the good side about this being a single band router is that dual band requires two radios which is more heat in the router and I've found that cheaper dual-band routers tend to have more lock-up issues. So again if you're not in a high-interference area a single band router might last you longer.
If you're a basic 2-4 person family that does your normal internet stuff, this is a good inexpensive general router for you. If you have cable internet it's super easy to setup because the default username/password is on the bottom of the router and as setup it is pretty secure.
If you want to change the wireless password or anything, the web interface is manageable, but not simple. It's the same as most routers, but it's not easy for those who don't speak tech. Again, you don't need any of this for basic setup since you don't need to change the basic settings for most network connections.
There are no parental controls (don't know what the other user was talking about). You can forward ports and do a little bit of stuff in the router itself, but this is a pretty basic router.
I would certainly suggest it if you just want something simple. I'm going to try using this at my brother-in-laws where their wrt54gl is finally at the end of its life. Will update if I have any issues.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
I received this Buffalo N300 wireless router from Amazon for an honest review. Here’s my take on it.
The router has a small footprint, measuring just 6” x 5” x 1” with its own stand, idea if space is a premium. There are four LAN ports plus an Ethernet port and the power port in back with an Auto/Router/Bridge switch. Setup is easy with a step by step guide and wizard to walk you through. It took me less than five minutes to have it up and running. If you have cable as I do, you can use the default username and password which is on the bottom of the router. (Your setup will be speedy and the system reasonably secure.)
As to the usefulness of the Buffalo N300 model, I feel this would probably not be robust enough to handle the demands of several users and/or gamers, and more suited to a couple in a small house or apartment with minimal devices requiring a router. It worked in my house but I couldn’t get a decent signal for the upstairs area (have to confess that we have a very LARGE house which requires a robust router and signal extender).
It should be noted that 300Mbps is the maximum connectivity speed; you might not achieve that with the N300 which is actually just one step above Buffalo’s entry-level router in the series. (Additionally, there are N600, AC 1200 and AC 1750 models that offer significantly more enhancements such as simultaneous dual band performance, USB share port, priority control and parental control.
Still, for the price, this is a nice entry-level router for computer, tablet and smartphone devices, and the router has multi-level wireless encryption options to prevent unauthorized access and protect your important data with WPA2, WPA-PSK (AES, TKIP), 128/24-bit WEP AOSS and WPS push button setup options automatically configuring a secure wireless connection.
7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Okay if you're a single or couple in an apartment I think. But not for family use. It does great wi-fi and pretty quick but I wouldn't expect much out of it if you're hooking up more than a pc, a laptop, and a streamer. Go with the 600 at least if you're doing a house with multiple users who want to stream movies simultaneously tho it'll probably handle two users without a problem.
It's well made and the set up is a breeze so don't worry about that. It's been dependable with no dropouts to date (about three weeks of use).
If there are problems I'll come back and document them here.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Very easy setup (I didn't even have to read the instructions!) and the signal strength is great. I have this placed in the upstairs laundry room and even my laptop and tablet downstairs in the family room have no issues getting between 60-70% strength. I ended up giving this to my parents to use as it is a really "simple, basic, ez to use wireless router" and they are having no issues with it at all!
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
I took one star off for the complicated security setup.
Simple hook up
Internet transfer rates are high
Transmits well all over a 2 level home and outside
Works well with multiple devices operating at the same time - 2 laptops and 2 smartphones
Handles VPN traffic well
Security options work well after set up
Package was delivered with no damage
Works well with Comcast modem
Set up of security options is too complicated for normal users
Internal menu and page not well defined
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on May 19, 2014
Easy to set up even with the VERY sketchy instructions. Seems to work well - has ethernet cable to connect the old desktop as well as Wifi for wireless connections.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 15, 2013
It's unfortunately that these N routers don't have gigabit ethernet but I guess Buffalo has to distinguish between their models somehow. I ended up returning this for an AC router but for the money, this is a good basic router. The stock firmware is good and DD-WRT support is in progress.
on February 25, 2015
I got this router for one reason and one reason only. It is to be an access point with ports, connected to the main modem/router from the office 300 feet away. The EXTREMELY easy with switch in back for bridge mode made this perfect, so perfect in fact that I installed it that way in my daughters home and my brothers home, whose main router w as downstairs leaving reception poor upstairs. Using a TP link home plug pair, connected to this router works with NO loss of speed or signal strength, as if the main router was there instead. Taking all of only 15 minutes to complete setup. Better than any wireless repeater, and the beauty of accual ethernet ports (magicjack,bluer players, roku, etc..) best feature? No cofiguring to bridge, just a simple, physical switch on the back.
on January 28, 2015
I work with computers and generally dislike the limited proprietary firmwares that come with many routers. I had heard of Buffalo before but not worked with them, so I gave this one a shot. It's got the great DD-WRT power and flexibility that I love, although all the choices could be an issue for a general user. I was concerned that without any external antennas, the router wouldn't have good range, but I installed it, and used a wifi testing app to verify a good strong signal at every corner of the house. (Granted, it's not a big house.)
I am really happy to have DD-WRT available straight out of the box, and will very likely go with a Buffalo again if I need another.