Buffalo Technology has become the first vendor to launch 802.11ac (Draft 2.0) wireless devices in the UK, with the announcement of the Airstation 1750 (WZR-1800H-EU) router and Airstation 1300 (WLI-H4-D1300-EU) wireless bridge.
Buffalo Airstation 1750 router (left) and 1300 wireless bridge (right): 802.11ac kit on sale now
The Airstation 1750 is a 4-port Gigabit router incorporating a three-stream 802.11ac radio capable of 1.3Gbps PHY link rates on the 5GHz band, plus a separate three-stream 802.11n radio operating on the 2.4GHz band. The router is based on Broadcom's BCM4360 802.11ac chip, which is typical of the early wave of 11ac products: it features 80MHz channels, 400ns guard intervals, 256QAM modulation, beamforming and multi-user MIMO (MU-MIMO).
The Airstation 1300 is a bridge device with four Gigabit Ethernet ports for adding 802.11ac capability to wired clients. It also incorporates a 2.4GHz 11n radio.
The devices are on sale now from Dabs and Ebuyer, and are priced at £199 (inc. VAT; £165.83 ex. VAT) each. We will shortly be publishing a full in-depth review of the Airstation 1750.