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It would make my life easier if all vendors provided simulators of their product admin interfaces as D-Link does. But no such luck for Buffalo. As noted above, the feature set described below is with Buffalo's "User Friendly" firmware loaded.


  • DHCP, Static, PPPoE WAN types
  • DHCP server with MAC address reservation
  • Built-in dynamic DNS client for and dyndns
  • Static routes
  • DMZ host
  • IPv6, PPPoE, PPTP pass through
  • WAN ping, IDENT, NetBIOS allow / deny
  • 32 IP filtering rules with direction, IP range, port range
  • Three level manual uplink QoS for eight services (single port)
  • "Movie Engine" QoS
  • Remote admin access enable, IP access filtering, port setting and graphic authentication enable
  • UPnP support
  • Syslog support
  • Schedulable ECO mode for wired and wireless access
  • USB SMB/CIFS storage sharing
  • Secure remote storage access via portal
  • UPnP / DLNA media server (USB storage)
  • BitTorrent download (USB storage)

Wireless features

  • Switchable AP / Router mode (physical switch)
  • Three SSIDs per radio
  • MAC address filtering
  • WEP, WPA / WPA2 Personal and Enterprise (RADIUS) support
  • Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) support, pushbutton and PIN
  • Buffalo AOSS support
  • Auto and manual channel set
  • WMM-EDCA Parameter settings
  • Wireless client isolation (from each other)

Missing features

  • Triggered port forwarding
  • URL / keyword filtering
  • Email alerts or log sends
  • Transmit power adjust
  • Wireless 802.11 mode set
  • HTTPs admin access
  • USB Printer sharing
  • Firewall rule scheduling

A few of the above items deserve further explanation. The ECO mode feature is for scheduling periods for general router use. During "sleep" periods, you can shut off wireless access, shut off wired access or limit wired LAN access to 100 Mbps. There's a shot of this screen in the gallery along with other admin interface shots.

If you're looking for firewall flexibility, you'll need to take a pass on this router. You can't schedule anything in the firewall and there is no URL or keyword filtering. Folks accustomed to looking for separate "port forwarding" and outbound service blocking might be confused by their merge into an "IP Filter" feature. This feature allows you to define 32 rules in total for both functions and doesn't allow specifying different source and destination ports. Another bummer for some users is that triggered port mapping isn't supported either.

VPN passthroughs are limited to just PPTP, with no IPsec or L2TP. Curiously, Buffalo includes PPPoE and IPv6 passthroughs in this menu.

Update 7/1/2011

QoS features are minimal—only eight three level manually-set priority rules. The "Movie Engine" switch just engages a pre-configured group of settings, i.e. changes the multicast rate, turns on IPv6 pass-through(?), switches mode from multicast to unicast and changes QoS rules to prioritize video content.

Many users will miss the ability to set the 802.11 mode, i.e. mixed, G only, N only, etc.and ramp down transmit power. And while Buffalo giveth two extra SSIDs per radio, they taketh away wireless security mode selection. When you enable the extra SSIDs, each comes with a different fixed security method (WPA-PSK-AES for SSID2 and WEP for SSID3).

For USB drive sharing, which works only with FAT and XFS formatted drives, I didn't check remote access, media serving or BitTorrent downloading. Both Windows and an Android tablet were able to see the Buffalo as a UPnP server.

I tested file transfer speed with a Buffalo DriveStation Axis USB 3.0 drive attached and FAT formatted, using my standard Windows filecopy test from our NAS test bed. Write speed measured a decent 11.37 MB/s, while read came in at 13.75 MB/s. Check the gallery for some shots of the NAS configuration screens.

If memory serves, most of these limitations can be removed by using the DD-WRT firmware. But you give up Buffalo remote access, media serving and BitTorrent downloading. On the other hand, you'll gain WDS bridging / repeating and the the ability to use the router as a client and (non-WDS) client-bridge by using DD-WRT.

The DD-WRT menu tree diagram (Figure 5) from the 33 page "Professional" firmware user manual provides a taste of what you'll get. I can understand Buffalo's reluctance to take on the task of fully documenting DD-WRT. But 33 pages just barely covers the feature "whats" and doesn't provide much "how" and "why" info.

DD-WRT firmware menu tree

Figure 5: DD-WRT firmware menu tree

Browse the gallery below for a tour of some of the "friendly" mode admin screens.

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