The Buffalo Airstation N600 is quite compact compared to other routers on the market, measuring around 16 cm tall. It has a subtle design which features rounded edges and an expanse of matte-grey plastic. The build quality of the unit is perfectly acceptable considering the price point of the model.
Unlike many other routers, the N600 features an integrated stand which means that you cannot mount it to a wall. Its compact dimensions and vertical orientation mean it doesn’t take up much space, though.
There are a series of status LEDs running down the front of the unit, alongside the ‘AOSS’ button which is essentially a WPS button for connecting your devices without having to input a wireless key.
Moving round to the rear of the router, we can see that there are five RJ-45 jacks. One of these is reserved for the inward internet connection with the other four available to connect devices to the network. Below the RJ-45 jacks, we find the DC-in connector.
Above the ports there is a small button to switch the router between Auto, Bridge and Router modes. Unlike many cheaper routers, the N600 supports gigabit ethernet, improving speeds across the wired network, provided that that correct cabling is used. Wireless connectivity is also comprehensive, supporting IEEE 802.11n, g, a and b wireless protocols. The key feature of the N600 is its ability to broadcast 2.4 GHz and 5.0 GHz bands simultaneously with speeds up to 300 Mbps on each.