Wireless goodness

Buffalo WHR-HP-G54 Wireless-G MIMO Performance Router and Access Point

At our apartment we’ve been struggling recently with our old Linksys WRT54GC — we bought it almost two years ago for its size (costs the same as the full-sized WRT54G which has two antennas, but is as big as Apple’s Airport Express), but came to regret it in the past few months: the web interface is buggy (it gets really confused when told to change the static DHCP assignment for a MAC that currently has a lease), it gets sluggish over time until reset, and horror of horror, the Nintendo DS won’t connect to it unless wireless MAC filtering is turned off (why should that be ?!)

The open-source DD-WRT supported device page came to the rescue. The Buffalo WHR-HP-G54 has the best range with its built-in antenna, if need be there are open-source firmware for it, and it’s dirt-cheap. Costs $10 more than the non-MIMO version (Linksys wants $30 more), amazing configuration interface (for both static DHCP and wireless MAC filtering, the list of devices currently associated with the router is given and you can just click to add it to the list. Also, the NAT port-forwarding setup lets you group your entries, and is not limited to 7-8 (like the old Linksys; try to add more and it will just silently fail)

Buffalo, you’ve just gained a loyal customer. Thank you! It’s amazing being able to download Solaris 10 and Elephants Dream without any trouble at all, over wireless. And did I mention this thing does not use a silly default SSID? By default they use the MAC address instead. And should you move to a bigger house/office it supports range extenders.

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