Buffalo NFiniti WZR2-G300N

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Buffalo NFiniti WZR2-G300N

From the get-go, Buffalo’s Nfiniti WZR2-G300N installation routine prompts you to establish a new password for accessing the router’s firmware. Considering all the legitimate concerns about network security, why is this step the exception rather than the rule for router-installation wizards?

Unfortunately for Buffalo, this is one of the few aspects of this product to impress us. The company’s AOSS (AirStation OneTouch Secure System) is supposed to make installation a one-step process. Once you’ve installed the wireless network adapter’s device driver and client manager software on your notebook PC, you’re supposed to be able to press a button on the router, click the mouse on your notebook, and presto, your network is set up. After several failed attempts at using AOSS, we reverted to Buffalo’s installation wizard.

Here again, Buffalo’s installation routine prompted us to choose which encryption method we’d like to use to protect our network, and it warned us that without encryption, it would be possible for unauthorized users to access our network. No other router’s installation routine bothered to do that.

The WZR2-G300N took fourth place in our close-range TCP throughput test with WPA2 security, averaging a mediocre 34.9Mb/s (a fraction faster than the Belkin N1, which averaged a mere 34.3Mb/s). The router performed much better when we limited it to operating in 802.11n mode, averaging 46.5Mb/s at close range to take second place behind the Linksys WRT350N, which averaged 46.9Mb/s.

But Buffalo’s router fell apart at long range. As with the Belkin N1, our notebook outfitted with the company’s wireless adapter card was unable to communicate with the network when we tested it at 40 feet and then 120 feet from the router. It seems the WZR2-G300N just doesn’t like competing with lots of other wireless networks operating in the same vicinity.

Buffalo Bill

Security-minded setup; decent short-range speeds; switch from router to wireless access point at the flip of a switch.

The Buffalo Bills

Couldn't connect beyond 40 feet (?!); Mediocre WPA2 mixed-mode speeds; AOSS failed us.

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