Devices enabling the much-anticipated next-generation Wi-Fi standard, 802.11ac, should be available for purchase in mid-June, thanks to Buffalo.
The 802.11ac-based AirStation WZR-D1800H wireless router and WLI-H4-D1300 wireless media bridge from Buffalo.
The company today announced the AirStation WZR-D1800H wireless router and WLI-H4-D1300 wireless media bridge. Since 802.11ac adapters will be scarce to begin with, it's important that the two devices are available at the same time, in order to benefit from the speed increase — which is about three times faster than even the Wireless-N 802.11n solution. The WLI-H4-D1300 media bridge is designed to connect four Ethernet-ready devices to the new 802.11ac-based Wi-Fi network, created by the WZR-D1800H router.
The new router and bridge were first introduced at the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show (CES), promising improved range and wireless connection speeds of up to 1.3Gbps, which is about 30 per cent faster than Gigabit Ethernet. The new router is true dual-band and will support existing 802.11n/g/a/b wireless clients, at the slower speed of the respective standards.
Note that this new router will only offer the new 1.3Gbps on the 5GHz band, and only when used with a 802.11ac client, such as the new media bridge. On the 2.4GHz band, it will offer the 3x3 set-up of the regular Wireless-N standard, which caps at 450Mbps; similar to the speed of high-end N-standard routers, such as the Asus RT-N66U and the Linksys E4200 v2. The WLI-H4-D1300 wireless media bridge is also compatible with existing Wireless-N-based routers.
Other than support for the 802.11ac standard, the new router will offer one Gigabit Wan port; and with both the router and media bridge able to support Gigabit Ethernet, each will also offer four Gigabit LAN ports.