Buffalo WZR-HP-G450H review

28 Dec 2011

If raw speed and range is important, and you don’t need 5GHz, this beast is the cable router for you

Buffalo WZR-HP-G450H
Price when reviewed 
86
5

If there were any routers you wouldn’t want to bump into on a dark night, Buffalo’s 450Mbits/sec beast would have to be one. Its three huge, sculpted 5dBi antennae quickly gained it the nickname “Kruger”.

Surprisingly, it's only a single-band router, but it makes up for that by being the only model to support three streams, and a theoretical maximum throughput of 450Mbits/sec in the 2.4GHz frequency band. All the other 450Mbits/sec routers on test can reach their maximum speeds only in the 5GHz frequency band.

The fast looks and specs are backed up with some brutal benchmark results. At close range, we registered average speeds of 19.5MB/sec – no other router over 2.4GHz is quicker.

And at distance, its three, claw-like antennae really paid dividends, with an average of 5.6MB/sec, outstripping every other router. NAS speed was less impressive, at an average 3.6MB/sec.

Buffalo WZR-HP-G450H

The Buffalo’s other notable feature is that it comes with the open-source DD-WRT firmware installed, which boasts all sorts of unusual features, from OpenVPN client/server support to hotel-style hotspot services.

Oddly, though, the DD-WRT firmware doesn’t support channel bonding, so the only way to achieve the top speed is to download and install Buffalo’s alternative firmware (we used this to achieve our speed results). It’s a bizarre way of going about things, but at least it’s easy to do.

In all, that makes it an odd package, with no dual-band, but rip-roaring speeds over 2.4GHz, and a default firmware installation that doesn’t allow you to make full benefit of advertised speeds.

Nevertheless, if you’re prepared to tinker, and you value range over the avoidance of 2.4GHz congestion, it’s a very good option.

Details

Price ex VAT £72
Price inc VAT £86
Overall rating 5
Performance 6
Features & Design 4
Value for Money 5
WiFi standard 802.11n
Modem type Cable

Wireless standards

802.11a support no
802.11b support yes
802.11g support yes
802.11 draft-n support yes

LAN ports

Gigabit LAN ports 4
10/100 LAN ports 0

Features

MAC address cloning no
Wireless bridge (WDS) yes
Interior antennae 0
Exterior antennae 3
802.11e QoS yes
User-configurable QoS yes
UPnP support yes
Dynamic DNS yes

Security

WEP support yes
WPA support yes
WPA Enterprise support yes
WPS (wireless protected setup) yes
MAC address filtering yes
DMZ support yes
VPN support yes
Port forwarding/virtual server yes
Intrusion detection yes
DoS protection no
Web content filtering no
Email alerts no
Activity/event logging yes

Dimensions

Dimensions 35 x 157 x 360mm (WDH)