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5.0 out of 5 stars Great lower cost router, December 15, 2013
This review is from: Buffalo AirStation HighPower N300 Wireless Router (WHR-300HP2) (Personal Computers)
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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.
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