Well, I purchased two of these Buffs from Dell and here is my story.
After printing out all-important ISP info from my wireless Netgear, I unplugged it and put one of the Buffs in its place. Tried to go though the CATV wizard and after the entire configuration, the test failed. To make a long story short, I was on the phone several times with tech support to try and get one of these to just work with my cable modem. I could reconnect my Netgear and I was surfing away again. I even downloaded the latest firmware (which was suggested by them) and tried to flash it and that didnâ€™t work at all either. Some very strange errors that I have never seen before. After many hours trying to get this to just work as a switch with my cable modem, I decided to try the other one.
Plugged #2 in with computer and cable modem attached, went through the CATV setup wizard and BAM, worked right away. One difference I noticed between #1 and #2 was the WAN light on #1 blinked a very steady on/off blink. The #2 WAN light has more of a flicker and it isnâ€™t consistent like #1. So I guess if anyone ever gets one of these, canâ€™t connect to the internet, and the WAN LED is just a steady blink, the unit is probably bad.
So now I have just one Buff to mess with while I wait for Dell to ship me a replacement.
Observation on this unit:
Web setup interface does not seem to be quite as intuitive as most other routers Iâ€™ve used. The â€œ?â€ link for every option is helpful though
Miss having the LAN web use log. My Netgear had an option to log all web addresses that were being accessed from the LAN. Might be handy for people who have kids.
Client Manager is sort of useless. It is supposed to be able to show all connected PCâ€™s on your network but it doesnâ€™t always show all of them if they are sitting idle for a while. Also, does not show names either and only shows IPâ€™s if you are using itâ€™s DHCP. Would be nice if it would show all IP addresses on the network including the ones that are fixed on the box itself (like the 5040).
Seems to have more options for intrusion detection than I have seen on other routers.
Really do not like the LED arrangement too much. You need to have the box sitting a little to its side in order to see all feedback LEDâ€™s
These are just casual observations and I think if the other Buff comes and does what I want it to do, this setup should be just fine.