Yesterday I purchased a Buffalo WHR-HP-G54 and loaded DD-WRT on it. One of the reasons I purchased the "HP" model was for the high power mode it has to improve coverage. DD-WRT allows you to specify an output power up to 250 mW. Questions:
1.) Is the 250 mW the highest power of the WHR-HP-G54 is is that the highest power of a "normal" router?
2.) If 250 mW is not the highest power of the WHR-HP-G54 - what is?
3.) What is the safe maximum output power for the WHR-HP-G54 since it is considered a high power unit?
Next, try using 84 mW and see what your range and speed look like.
Is that safe without additional cooling?
Well, this is sort of what I was trying to get at by asking. If the unit is designed to put out much more power than that then it is safe. It is considered a High Power router. The question is what is the output power of a standard router and what is the output power of this one.
As for reliability and safety, I work in the wireless industry and actually sell 802.11 power amplifier chips. There's no reason why these things shouldn't be safe putting out 250 mW continuously. If there's sufficient heat sinking of the amplifier on the board, it shouldn't be a big deal. Yeah, it will get warm, but that's what it's supposed to do...