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Buffalo AirStation WZR-D1800H first 1.3Gbps router to ship

by Alistair Lowe on 15 May 2012, 09:02

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Expectations for Wireless 802.11ac have been growing since this year's CES, with a multitude of firms showcasing their Gigabit wireless hardware for the first time, with aims to release in the second half of the year.

The new standard functions exclusively on the somewhat less crowded, 5GHz spectrum, extending the good practises of Wireless-N with more channels (160MHz), more MIMO spatial streams (up to 8) and high-density modulation, offering, for starters, 1.3Gbps throughput, with the standard theoretically capable of pumping out a whopping 6.8Gbps in the future.

Today, Buffalo announced that it is the first firm to ship a Wireless-AC router, despite a prior announcement from Netgear that it would also be early in shipping a Gigabit wireless router sometime this month. The AirStation WZR-D1800H is being priced at $180 (~£150) and supports all standards, ac/n/a/g/b, with dual-band support for simultaneous use of both the 2.4 and 5GHz spectrums.

Buffalo AirStation WZR-D1800H

As with most high-end routers, the AirStation features Gigabit wired-Ethernet and a USB 2.0 port to provide affordable NAS and network printing functionality. Buffalo will also be backing the router up with the WLI-H4-D1300 wireless-bridge for those that wish to extend Wireless-AC functionality to existing wired hardware. We're not yet sure of a UK release date but we're expecting to see the new router pop-up in the very near future.

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Always like their kit; hopefully this lives upto to the hype because it might become the replacement for my current router.
Looks like a nice piece of kit - I'm wondering if this could be a suitable replacement for my current router (Cisco E4200) which while a shed load better than the VM “SuperHub” that it replaced is still not particularly reliable.

Is there some kind of special WNIC that's needed to get the best out this, or would a plain old “N” card be okay? Reason I ask is because there's Dell laptop here that looks like it's got a dodgy WLAN card in it, so replacing it would be a good opportunity to “upgrade”, (plus it's my missus' so it's always a good idea to keep the other half sweet).

I see Buffalo claim extended coverage for this - I bet it won't be able to pass my “can a signal be received the other side of a set of mirror-door'd wardrobes” test. :p
Correction needed:

“good practises” –> “good practices” (“practise” is the verb and “practice” is the noun)
been keeping tabs on prices of the draytek models as I want to upgrade from the dlink that VM supplied (its functional, thats about it), but this might tip the scales a bit, wonder if Draytek are releasing one soon.