With the new 802.11ac Wi-Fi spec coming of age, it's about time that some products get released to take advantage of the improvements it has brought. Back at CES 2012, Buffalo Technology was the first company to publicly demonstrate the 802.11ac technology. A few months later, Netgear seemed to steal the spotlight when they released the R6300 802.11ac model on April 26th.
Lucky for Buffalo as that turned out simply to be a paper launch which means that there was no availability to go along with it. Now that it is Buffalo's turn, they are launching their new products along with making them available today. First up is the new AirStation WZR-D1800H wireless router.
This router features 5 Gigabit Ethernet ports which are important for a network's speed. It also comes with a USB port that uses a physical eject button. The physical design of the case has also been redesigned some over previous models. While the predecessors to this had sharp edges, in this model they have been replaced with more pleasing curves.
To compliment this router, Buffalo is also releasing WLI-H4-D1300 the wireless media bridge. This device is a perfect companion for the router as it is meant to extended the abilities of a wireless network. It can extend the wireless single to up to four wired devices through its four gigabitE ports. It is also backwards compatible with 11a, 11b, 11g and 11n.
Fry's and Newegg are said to have these available for purchase today for the price of $179.99. The price seems a bit steep, and I expect as some competition comes to the marketplace that price will drop. However, if you feel the need for speed, there is nothing faster than these, wirelessly speaking of course.
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