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Buffalo WXR-1900DHP DD-WRT NXT AC1900 Wireless Router Review

By: Tyler Bernath | Routers & Access Points in Networking | Posted: Aug 28, 2015 2:14 am
TweakTown Rating: 69%Manufacturer: Buffalo

Final Thoughts

 

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The Buffalo WXR-1900DHPD is the top of the line DD-WRT equipped solution from Buffalo Technology. With that said, I have both good and bad news for prospective buyers. First, we start with build quality that I found to be quite good. The plastics fit together quite well and the only problem I had was the antennas consistently becoming loose, but I imagine a quick twist with a pair of pliers would tighten those for good. The layout of the router is superb, though I have never been a fan of front mounted USB ports.

 

 

Next up is the performance of the router. In some cases, like we found with the 40 and 80MHz bands this router was fantastic, then we look at the 20MHz band and wonder what's wrong with the router. LAN to LAN performance was quite a bit lower than expected, as was WAN performance. We suspect this could be due to its unreasonably slow Broadcom SoC.

 

If you are one that doesn't pay particular attention to performance of router, but would rather something that is stable and just works, then you may be slightly disappointed with the WXR 1900DHPD. First, with its defaults this router works flawlessly, though its 20MHz performance is lacking, but switching to 40MHz or using 802.11ac will give you what you are looking for.

 

However, being that this is DD-WRT, it is lacking a ton of features that you can find on stock solutions from any other major vendor and their out of the box firmware. Adding to this, I had a few issues in access point mode where this router would reboot randomly throughout the day. Overall, it appears that at this time DD-WRT NXT simply isn't mature enough, so I would recommend you give it time to mature before buying, or upgrade your router to full on DD-WRT v24.

Product Summary Breakdown

Performance65%
Quality including Design and Build70%
General Features60%
Bundle and Packaging80%
Value for Money70%
Overall TweakTown Rating69%

The Bottom Line: Buffalo's AirStation Extreme WXR-1900DHP carries good build quality, but lacks some of the features, performance and stability found in many competing solutions. Overall, this router needs time to mature with DD-WRT NXT.

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