No dual band, but this router is cheap and particularly quick
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Buffalo was among the first to produce dual-band 802.11n routers, but it hasn't refreshed its top-end models for some time, instead concentrating on single-band 2.4GHz models.It seems an odd approach until you look at the performance results: the WZR-HP-G300NH - an unassuming 2.4GHz single-band router on paper - blows away much of the competition. Not only was it the fastest in our close-range test, achieving transmit and receive rates of 123Mbits/sec and 109Mbits/sec respectively, but it also came a creditable fourth in our long-range tests, with speeds of 46Mbits/sec from router to laptop and 65Mbits/sec when sending files back to the router.It's second only to the Belkin Double N+ in overall performance, and backs this up with a fantastic array of features. Four Gigabit Ethernet ports ensure quick wired and wireless speeds. A USB port allows the use of external hard disks and flash drives as network attached storage, with not only media server facilities but also BitTorrent. Meanwhile, for business users there's a hardware PPTP VPN server built in, which offers clients secure access to office network resources over the internet. There are a couple of weak areas. The administrative pages are messy, and if you live in an area with much 2.4GHz interference, you'll miss the flexibility of a 5GHz option.But for $124 you could buy one, couple it with a DrayTek Vigor 120 Modem ADSL setup (see right), and still have change from $200. An excellent buy.
This Review appeared in the June, 2010 issue of PC & Tech Authority Magazine
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