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Buffalo AirStation WLAE-AG300N review

Bring your Wi-Fi to hard to reach places with this wireless network extender

Our Verdict

For

  • Fast transfer rate
  • Two ethernet ports
  • Easy to use
  • Web interface
  • One-touch security system

Against

  • Defaults to 2.4Ghz mode
  • Not many devices support the one-touch system

The Buffalo AirStation WLAE-AG300N works in three ways. The first is to add an additional wi-fi access point if there are 'black spots' in your home. Here, an Ethernet cable is run from your router to where the additional coverage is required.

In the second mode, two WLAE-AG300Ns act as a wireless 'bridge' between two existing wired networks.

Finally, there's the ability to connect non wi-fi devices to a wireless network, by running an Ethernet cable from the WLAE-AG300N to the device.

The new 802.11n/a 5GHz band is supported, in addition to the established 802.11a/g and 11b (2.4GHz) modes. The former band is far less congested and claims data transfer rates as high as 300Mbps.

Two Ethernet ports ensure that a pair of networked devices can be simultaneously connected and thus converted to wireless operation. It's also very easy to use and configure and supports DHCP.

A web interface (which would be accessible to Mac and Linux users) allows you to subsequently change parameters including SSID/ network name, encryption mode (WEP, TKIP and AES are all supported, as the ability to enter your own key) and radio mode.

Another good feature is a technology known as AOSS (AirStation One-Touch Secure System) which aims to speed up the setup of secure wireless connections. We had no problems with performance, either. Streamed audio and video alike were free of glitches.

Initially, the WLAE-AG300N will set the radio mode automatically using DFS (Dynamic Frequency Selection) to determine the best band and channel. Where there is a lot of 2.4GHz wireless activity, it might select a 5GHz channel. If this occurs, you won't discover the Buffalo access point with older gear. But you can easily fix this via the web interface.

Few devices support AOSS, only the newer Nintendo hand-held consoles, the Wii, PSPs running newer firmware and the PS3.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeWireless Access Point
Fast Ethernet PortYes
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11n
Number of Network (RJ-45) Ports2
Product FamilyAirStation
Total Number of Antennas2
Wireless Transmission Speed300 Mbps
Brand NameBuffalo
Product ModelWLAE-AG300N
Power SourcePower Supply
Height101.6 mm
Depth40.6 mm
ManufacturerBuffalo Technology (USA), Inc
Product NameAirStation Nfiniti WLAE-AG300N Wireless-N Access Point
Product LineAirStation
Manufacturer Part NumberWLAE-AG300N-EU
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.buffalo-technology.com/home/
Marketing Information

The AirStation Nfiniti Wireless-N Dual Band Ethernet Converter, Access Point & Bridge WLAE-AG300N is a versatile wireless device that extends the capabilities of wireless networks by offering three operating modes for limitless flexibility. WLAE-AG300N can connect any two wired devices, such as printers, gaming consoles or DVRs, to an existing wireless network. It can turn any wired network into a high speed 11n network, or two or more can used to wirelessly connect and extend the range of the wireless network. 802.11n dual band support allows maximum performance and compatibility providing interference free connectivity, great for wireless video streaming, gaming and other high performance uses.

Weight (Approximate)155.9 g