Buffalo 802.11ac Routers

Buffalo today announced that their 802.11ac routers using the 5 GHz spectrum, the AirStation WZR-D1800H wireless router and WLI-H4-D1300 wireless media bridge are now available for purchase. Buffalo says they offer speeds up to three times faster than 802.11n and are fully backward compatible with 802.11a, 11b, 11g and 11n to ensure interoperability with legacy devices.

Using Broadcom chips, Buffalo’s 802.11ac products offers transfer speeds up to 1300 Mbps. Along with gigabit speeds, Buffalo’s 802.11ac products with improved radios will feature improved reliability and produce better in-home coverage for ultra-portable devices such as tablets and smart phones. The WZR-D1800H will enable even better coverage as well as faster speeds.

The Buffalo AirStation AC1300 / N900 Gigabit Dual Band Wireless Router WZR-D1800H provides simple syncing between mobile devices, and data-heavy streaming of HD movies. AirStation WZR-D1800H integrates a 2.4 GHz 3×3 802.11n radio providing backward compatibility and offering speeds up to 450 Mbps, with a total aggregate wireless throughput up to 1750 Mbps across the 5 GHz and 2.4 GHz bands.

The WZR-D1800H and WLI-H4-D1300 are available now at Fry’s, and NewEgg.com at $179.99 each.

The WZR-D1800H provides fast, simultaneous dual band N900 operation for compatibility with current wireless devices with the future proofed security of next generation wireless networking, 802.11ac, built in.

In conjunction with WZR-D1800H, Buffalo is shipping the WLI-H4-D1300, a versatile dual band media bridge that extends the capabilities of wireless networks. Consumers can now connect up to four network-enabled wired devices, such as media players and gaming consoles to their 802.11ac network. Equipped with two wireless radios, WLI-H4-D1300 supports 802.11ac and 802.11n, operating in the 5 GHz or 2.4 GHz spectrum.

On the 5 GHz band, 802.11ac offers transfer speeds up to 1300 Mbps. Dual band 802.11n operation at 450 Mbps on each band offers greater bandwidth for high speed access and streaming from multiple devices simultaneously. With four gigabit Ethernet ports and backward compatibility with 11a, 11b, 11g and 11n, WLI-H4-D1300 offers extreme performance for high speed data streaming.

Netgear’s R6300 WiFi Router also uses Broadcom chips in their 802.11ac dual band gigabit WiFi router. The Netgear R6300 WiFi Router has speeds of up to 1300 Mbps on 5GHz and 450 Mbps on 2.4GHz. It features 2 USB ports to simultaneously support USB storage and USB printer on the router. It will be available in May starting at $199.99.

Theoretically, the IEEE 802.11ac specification will enable multi-station WLAN throughput of at least 1 Gigabit per second and a maximum single link throughput of at least 500 megabits per second. This is accomplished by extending the air interface concepts embraced by 802.11n: wider RF bandwidth (up to 160 MHz), more MIMO spatial streams (up to 8), multi-user MIMO, and high-density modulation (up to 256 QAM).

According to research by In-Stat, nearly 350 million 802.11ac enable devices (routers, client devices, modems etc.) will ship annually by 2015. But even in 2015, shipments of 11n will outnumber sales of the new technology, with 1.5 billion products equipped with 11n expected to be sold that year, more than double the estimated 700 million in 2011.

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