Buffalo Technology is the leader of the pack for sales of SOHO/SMB wireless products in Asia, and they don’t do bad in the United States either, according to Synergy Research Group , which tracks sales of Wi-Fi products world wide.
While its products aren’t known for polish, particularly in the software interface, Buffalo is trying to overcome what becomes a stumbling block for many casual users: security. Late last year, the company announced a technology it calls the AirStation One-Touch Secure System (AOSS). It lets a router automatically serve up all the security settings to other products it connects with.
This week the company announced its first product shipping in the US with AOSS on board, the 802.11g-based AirStation 54Mbps Wireless Cable/DSL Router (model WBR2-G54). In January Buffalo said it had a firmware upgrade with AOSS ready for the AirStation 54Mbps Wireless Ethernet Converter -g (model WLI-TX1-G54).
Buffalo says the AOSS software will support wired equivalent privacy (WEP) or Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA), whatever the highest level of security is supported by the client. While Buffalo is unique in that it ships products with an AES chip inside for advanced encryption, AOSS is limited to using TKIP as its highest level of security.
Any person with an AOSS capable client system in range of the router should be able to access the router with full security turned on, though a button has to be pushed on the router to grant access.