Buffalo WZR-HP-G450H review

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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”.

Buffalo WZR-HP-G450H review

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.


WiFi standard802.11n
Modem typeCable

Wireless standards

802.11a supportno
802.11b supportyes
802.11g supportyes
802.11 draft-n supportyes

LAN ports

Gigabit LAN ports4
10/100 LAN ports0


MAC address cloningno
Wireless bridge (WDS)yes
Interior antennae0
Exterior antennae3
802.11e QoSyes
User-configurable QoSyes
UPnP supportyes
Dynamic DNSyes


WEP supportyes
WPA supportyes
WPA Enterprise supportyes
WPS (wireless protected setup)yes
MAC address filteringyes
DMZ supportyes
VPN supportyes
Port forwarding/virtual serveryes
Intrusion detectionyes
DoS protectionno
Web content filteringno
Email alertsno
Activity/event loggingyes


Dimensions35 x 157 x 360mm (WDH)

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