Buffalo AirStation N600 Dual Band Router

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Buffalo AirStation N600 Dual Band Router
Price: $19.99
Shipping Options:: $5 Standard OR $9 Two-Day OR $12 One-Day
Shipping Estimates: Unknown (Monday, Oct 06 to Tuesday, Oct 07) + transit
Condition: New

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Previous Similar Sales (May not be exact model)
7/30/2014 - $34.99 (Woot Plus)

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Bought this off woot a couple days ago for $5 more. :frowning:

Bought it since it’s supported by DD-WRT.

Hey guys I pulled over on the commute to tell you: when I bought http://sellout.woot.com/offers/airstation-n600-dual-band-router-2 the other day, it shipped without a USB hole, yet it is still listed as having one. I’ll have to examine the unit closer when home, but the current woot appears to be the same model number. This could be a bit of an issue for someone purchasing solely for the USB holey; just saying. Luckily, I have another use for the unit. Have fun wooting guys.

Just wanted to point out that this router only has 100Mb Ethernet, not 1Gb.
$5 more on the mothership without the hassle if you need to return it.

Can’t find anything concrete on OpenWRT support unfortunately

Since this router has no external antennas, I’m betting it has very poor range. Why build a router with only internal antennas other than to possibly make it cheaper? Anybody got one to comment on the range they are getting?

Contrary to the description, this unit does not have support for USB. I bought one with that in mind, and the description, and was disappointed.

I too looked for ddwrt support and found none.

Aside from some of the super high end AC routers, a majority of N wireless routers have had internal array antennas. My office and patio both do and I have great range from both. My bedroom is on the opposite side of the house from my patio and I still have 3 out of 4 bars on it. It’s all about placement anyway.

One of those “high-end” wireless routers has always been the Apple Airport Extreme. It has no external antennae, has a form factor pretty much exactly that of the Buffalo here, and gets great range. I’ve had one for years, and love it. So while I also generally mistrust a router without external antennae, there’s no real reason to do so.

This appears to be the WHR-600D. It has fairly mediocre reviews over at Amazon, where you can pick one up for $29.99 right now. And the reviews confirm no USB and no DD-WRT. It does have ports to attach external antennae, which I actually find less reassuring.

I picked up a few of these in a previous sale for a wireless security project. A few comments:

  1. Buffalo signs their firmware, so the web installer won’t just install whatever you want.

  2. This device does include 2 radios. The MT7620 SoC includes a 2.4 GHz radio, and there is another RealTek NIC in there that supports 2.4 and 5 GHz.

  3. DD-WRT installed for me, but the supported edition (build 23503, 20140204) does not include opkg and does not set up JFFS (so you will not have a writable file system). 5 GHz seemed to work, but I didn’t test thoroughly. I wanted extra packages without screwing around in /tmp/, so I installed OpenWRT after installing DD-WRT.

  4. After installing DD-WRT, I was able to install OpenWRT (Barrier Breaker 14.07 RC3, in the ramips/mt7620a/ directory; there is a build for WHR-600d). This build seems great, except I haven’t gotten the 5 GHz radio working yet. I see some recent patches in the OpenWRT trunk for the MT7620a SoC, so I’ll try building OpenWRT from git today and report back with findings.

It seems that support for mt7620a is relatively new for OpenWRT (DD-WRT is downstream), but support does seem to be coming. This router might be worth getting with the idea that you can get a custom firmware in a few months.

Can’t comment on signal strength, but I’m sure having internal antennas won’t help. My purposes don’t require great signal, so I don’t care.

Also, the stock Buffalo firmware that comes on these routers is terrible. But I guess it’s functional enough for a simple AP setup. This is pretty cheap for a dual-radio router, esp at $20. MT7620a is a budget chipset (unlike Atheros - the current wifi standard), which probably explains the low price.

Gotta agree with ya there.

Thanks. I’m trying to provision a sprawling 36 unit Condo town-home complex without breaking the bank. I suppose these could be chained as bridges right?

So. Member since 2008? And this is how you choose to introduce yourself?
Welcome to the forums imposter :slight_smile:

/oh yeah, I’m tattling on you big time.

I bought this on Woot a few weeks ago, and after two hours of fiddling around, I still couldn’t get it to talk to my Mac.

Going to see if support can help me, but I’m definitely frustrated by the lack of documentation in the box.

There seems to be some confusion regarding dd-wrt support. It can be flashed on this model. For whatever reason, the router database doesn’t include it. But if you go to the supported devices page on the wiki, it turns up http://dd-wrt.com/wiki/index.php/Supported_Devices#Buffalo

Alternatively, the Buffalo website includes a flashable firmware for which they claim to provide support for installation. They do not provide support for the full feature set. http://www.buffalo-technology.com/en/products/network-devices/dual-band-n/routers/whr-600d-dual-band-airstationtm-wireless-router/ Note that this link is actually for the WHR-600D-EU, which I assume is the model for sale outside the US.

The Buffalo page won’t let you download their “official” WHR-600D-EU DD-WRT firmware without a serial number. The serials from the WHR-600Ds that I got a week or so ago would not work… I think they won’t let you get the fw unless you have a European model.

I haven’t tried that, but I don’t see why it wouldn’t work.

“a European model.”

:::sighs::: Puts pile of Jackson’s back in his jeans. :::sigh:::