LAST UPDATED: January 2015
Last year, Buffalo launched a brand new line of DD-WRT Open Source routers. Following our latest article on the best DD-WRT routers, we decided to follow up by covering these new pre-installed DD-WRT devices by Buffalo. As we discussed on the previous article, DD-WRT brings forth ease of use flexibility and functionality to otherwise limited router functions. All models can easily be configured as an Access Point or Wireless Bridge. Buffalo designed the routers to take advantage of the DD-WRT firmware capabilities and included all the features any network geek would want across 3 models: The flagship AirStation AC 1750 WZR-1750DHPD, runner up Airstation N600 WZR-600HP2D and entry model Airstation N300 WHR-300HP2D.
If you do not feel comfortable with flashing firmware on routers to run DD-WRT, we can suggest these new Buffalo models as being very good devices at great price point for any beginner. Many competitors sell pre-configured routers for higher costs for similar or less performance.
All Buffalo routers come with a 3 Year Warranty, and the second generation routers have reportedly fixed any previously found bugs, so there’s never been a better time to pick one of these boxes up.
New Buffalo DD-WRT Wireless Routers
Buffalo AirStation AC 1750 WZR-1750DHPD – DD-WRT Pre-Installed – Dual Band Router
This staggeringly fast router can achieve Wireless AC speeds of up to 1300 Mbps on a 5 GHz band and Wireless-N speeds of 450 Mbps on the 2.4 GHz band for a total of 1750 Mbps on Simultaneous Dual Band. Designed for high bandwidth users, it runs an impressive 800Mhz dual-core processor with 512MB of RAM. Featuring the latest .ac Wi-Fi technology and onboard amplifiers to project the wireless radios long range and maintain high transfer rates. Port connections include 5 Gigabit Ports including the WAN port, 1 x USB 2.0 and 1 x USB 3.0 for the fastest USB transfer rates available. This model is comes at a higher price, but good value compared to many other pre-configured DD-WRT based routers, the components speak for themselves.
Purchase on Amazon.com – $132.99 – AirStation AC 1750 (1300 + 450 Mbps) Gigabit Dual Band Open Source DD-WRT Wireless Router
Buffalo Airstation N600 WZR-600HP2D – DD-WRT Pre-Installed – Dual Band Router
Second in command is the N600 providing up to 300 Mbps on a 5 GHz band and speeds of 300 Mbps on the 2.4 GHz band for a total of 600 Mbps on Simultaneous Dual Band. Running a solid 800 MHz processor with 256 MB of Ram, this router is fit to please most of the average to medium demand users. The two wireless radios are also amplified to provide solid and reliable Wi-Fi signal. 5 Gigabit Ethernet ports including the WAN port. Unlike the 1750, this model only has 1 x USB 2.0 port, lacking the 3.0 speeds offered on the flagship model. We found this to be the best valued model for its’ low price point. Although the slower speeds and lack of a second USB 3.0 port, at less than 100$ you can’t go wrong.
Purchase on Amazon.com – $131.66 BUFFALO AirStation N600 Gigabit Dual Band Open Source DD-WRT Wireless Router – WZR-600DHP2D
Airstation N300 WHR-300HP2D – DD-WRT Pre-Installed – Single Band Router
And to complete the trio, there is the entry level single band N300 model. Offering Wireless N speeds of 300 Mbps on the 2.4 GHz band. This model can be a popular choice for wireless bridging. Powered by a solid 600 MHz, it also features 5 Ethernet ports and onboard amplifiers. It does not feature any USB ports.
Purchase on Amazon.com – $46.63 BUFFALO AirStation N300 Open Source DD-WRT Wireless Router (WHR-300HP2D)