PROS / The Buffalo AirStation HighPower N300 comes with a three-year warranty.
CONS / It does not support the new IEEE 802.11ac standard, but then it also doesn't cost what ac-standard products cost.
VERDICT / This wireless router is fast, provides a strong signal and has the best warranty of any competitor.
The Buffalo AirStation HighPower N300 Wireless Router is one of the wireless routers that is especially supportive of telecommuters. It has five Fast Ethernet ports: one for the internet connection and four for attaching local area network devices. Support for the IEEE 802.11n Wi-Fi standard allows devices that conform to previous Wi-Fi standards, 802.11g and 802.11b, to connect and use the router. The 802.11n technology supports a theoretical speed of 300Mbps.
Security begins with a firewall that protects against hackers with Stateful Packet Inspection, a technology that can identify network traffic that displays malicious intentions. In order to support wireless client devices previous to 802.11n, the router supports Wireless Equivalent Privacy encryption. It also supports Wi-Fi Protected Access, which is state of the art for encryption.
In support of telecommuters who connect to corporate networks, this n router supports VPN pass through, a VPN "lite" that requires VPN software on the client machine.
The installation wizard for Windows users makes it easy to get started. For advanced configuration work, there is a web interface. To attach and secure client devices to the router, the product supports Wi-Fi Protected Setup.
The Buffalo website hosts a user forum and knowledge base and contains documentation, software downloads and drivers. The product includes a three-year limited warranty.
The Buffalo AirStation HighPower N300 Wireless Router is an affordable way to create a high-speed wireless network in your home. With a theoretical speed of 300Mbps, it will keep up with your web surfing, emailing, music streaming and social media activities. The speed supports simultaneous users. Wireless coverage is excellent because the Buffalo has a strong signal strength that covers quite a range. Competitors usually offer a one-year warranty. Some offer two years. Buffalo provides a three-year warranty, which is far more than the usual warranty in the wireless router industry.