Buffalo launches 802.11ac router in the UK

Buffalo Technology has become the first vendor to launch 802.11ac (Draft 2.

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.

Kelvyn Taylor


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