Fans of open-source software might initially find Buffalo’s WXR-1900DPHD appealing because it uses the open-source DD-WRT firmware. This firmware is famous for unlocking hardware features that router manufacturers choose not to expose to end users for one reason or another. But that’s not the case here, because Buffalo chose the underdeveloped DD-WRT NXT build, which is stable but not at all comprehensive when it comes to enabling this router’s hardware features.
Note: This review is part of comparison of other AC1900 routers. Click here to go to the introduction to that story.
One of the most disconcerting omissions is the absence of support for either of the router’s USB ports (there’s a USB 2.0 port in back and a USB 3.0 in front). Whether you’re looking for Time Machine support to back up your Mac, interested in streaming media from shared hard drive, or intend to share a USB printer or scanner over your network, the WXR-1900DPHD’s USB ports are absolutely useless with the currently available firmware.
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