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This review is from: Buffalo AirStation HighPower N600 Gigabit Dual Band Open Source DD-WRT Wireless Router (WZR-600DHP) (Personal Computers)
I am using 2.4 GHz to reach corners block by walls and floors, and 5 GHz for others. Not that it matters much since my network speed is a blazing 6 Mb/s. I can relate to the comments about difficulty figuring out the interface but as a certified nerd I was able to get things going with the usual amount of hemming and hawing. Here are some notes that are already tainted by a bad memory.
- Left the CD in the box. Where is the challenge in that, and I don't trust 3rd party Windows driver and "helper" software.
- Used the supplied cable to attach a LAN port to my laptop's LAN port. (Doing this isolates the laptop because the router is not on the WAN yet.)
- Changed the user name and password (initial popup, also available on home page.)
- Chose names, SSIDs, and pass phrases for the 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz wireless APs.
- First gotcha: You must hit the Apply button at the bottom of the screen for the settings to take effect.
- Unplugged the ethernet cable and tested wireless connectivity via 5 GHz.
- Took it upstairs and installed it in parallel with my failing D-Link DGL-4500.
- Confirmed that it can talk to the laptop (in one of those corners) at 5 GHz.
- Configured my Canon MX340 to talk to the 2.4 GHz AP. The Canon is also in a nasty corner.
- From the laptop, used the Canon IJ Network Tool to change the IP from 192.168.11.36 to 192.168.11.70.
- Second gotcha: You "just have to know" about that last step. Maybe it's in the docs somewhere but I am not a patient man. Some routers let you configure the DHCP server to assign permanent leases so things like printers stay put address-wise. This doesn't seem to, but I saw that it starts at address .2 and allows 64 DHCP clients. It should be safe to put things that need static addresses at .70 and higher without messing with the netmask.
- Sketched out Access Policies for things like "Ban Dale", "Ban X-Box", "Ban TV", "Go to Bed" (10pm-midnight), and "I thought I said Go to Bed" (midnight-6am). With shorter names of course, but not changing names to protect the guilty - right Jesse?
- Saw where to poke holes in the firewall for Dale's game servers.
- Adjusted the time zone and added the name of an NTP server so the clock would be right. I waited to do this after the router was up on the WAN; I don't know if it will be happy if you try to set the NTP server before.
- I know the DD-WRT supports inbound VPN but I have not tried to set that up yet. I am hoping that at least THAT is really complicated...
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Initial post: May 7, 2013 11:29:41 AM PDT
If I understand what you are looking for (Second Gotcha), you assign ip addresses by MAC address on the services tab.
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