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You may remember a few months ago we took a look at the Buffalo wireless router and its unique approach to security. The Buffalo security system, dubbed AOSS (AirStation One-Touch Security System), proved to be a simple and straightforward measure that even the most basic computer user could implement. Well, once again Buffalo has proved that computer technology moves faster than any other industry because just two months later Buffalo has released an upgraded version of its router.
So what has Buffalo done exactly? Well, on the outside we appear to have an identical version of the WBR2-G54: same retro radiator-esque appearance and physical dimensions - 7.6 x 15.5 x 17cm (WxDxH) – and internally the same AOSS wireless security system, which to recap works by automatically detecting and configuring all the security settings for the products it connects to with the touch of a single red button on the back of the router. Aside from AOSS, the router also carries support for WiFi Protected Access (WPA) currently the highest wireless security standard, Temporal Key Integrity Protocol (TKIP), and the older 64 and 128bit WEP standards in case you want to incorporate any existing wireless products into your network that do not support AOSS. So far no change.
Where things get interesting however is in the boosted wireless performance for the WBR2-G54S and the 125* in its name. Let me make one thing clear at this point, 125* is not the same as the proposed 125n standard which hopefully will be authenticated next year. Instead it is a propriety upgrade based on 54g where the signalling rate has simply been upgraded to 125Mbit/sec. This is an important difference. Ultimately, unlike 125n which will look to double the real world performance of 54g from roughly 22Mbit/sec to 45-50Mbit/sec, 125* falls in between the two standards with proposed transfer rates of up to 34.1Mbit/sec.
So while 125* may not be the real deal, it does still equate to a potential gain of up to 50 per cent on 54g which is not insignificant should you transfer a lot of files over your wireless network on a daily basis.