Buffalo AirStation N600 Dual Band Router
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I’m still looking to provision a sprawling 36 unit town-home complex. Somebody convince me these could be chained together. I might be able to squeak by with just one outlying access point but I would prefer two or more.
How are you wanting to chain them together? Wireless?
While I don’t have this router, it looks like the hardware version 1 (I don’t see any evidence of others, at a glance) supports the DD-WRT firmware. I use DD-WRT to connect my 2 routers on the 5GHz band and then broadcast my network on the 2.4 GHzband.
Yes and yes barkwoot. I’m guess I’m a little skittish because some posters on the previous thread said these do not support DD-WRT.
I suppose i need to buckle down and RTFM real quick since the boss is flipping these deals hourly.
I don’t know that I’d recommend these for you, but they could work. I don’t think the hour long sale is enough time to fully research it, but Woot does seem to offer these occasionally, so they are likely to be back.
I’d also question the number of routers it would take to cover 36 units. The 5GHz band has higher transmit rates than the 2.4GHz band, but also covers less range. Introducing floor changes or walls between them will reduce this range as well. The 1 floor change between my 2 routers really impacts my signal quality, even though they are only about 16’ apart in a straight line. I would also advise you to look into how connecting more than 2 of these together would impact performance. I don’t think it would too much, but it might. I believe that bridging 2 of these together cuts the throughput in 1/2 (1/2 to transmit, 1/2 to receive). I’m not sure how a 3rd would effect this…
I got one of these last time they were up for sale to replace my OLD weak router.This new one fills up my house (1800 square foot condo) with bars of connectivity. The weakest signal I get is 4 bars down in the garage. I’m super happy with this router for $20.
Right you are. I think the halving of the throughput might end up being a significant issue. I want to be able to run streaming video security cams at the far corners and maybe 3 or 4 or 8 to monitor the pool, garages and walkways.
Potentially up to 16 cameras. We have several separate buildings on an acre and a half so I don’t think a wired system would be doable.
I did get some bids from security companies and after picking myself up off the floor I realized we were going to have to roll own security camera system.
Thanks for your wise advice and for saving me $65
If you can connect your cameras to the router with either wire or 5GHz WiFi, you might be better served linking the routers together by the 2.4GHz band. You’ll take a hit on the throughput, but unless you’ve got some really hi-def cameras, I doubt it would be too big of a deal. it would increase the range of the overall network though.
My best advice is to research the effects of connecting more than 2 bridges to your main router and the bandwidth the cameras will require.
Thanks barkwwot. I’ve seen some pricey outdoors type wifi repeaters that are made for mobile home parks or campgrounds.
Even though I’m not spending “my” money I want to try to this economically.
You’ve given me some good points to consider–thanks again!