INTERNET SPEED JUNKIES will rejoice as the next generation of WiFi has arrived, thanks to the Japanese networking firm Buffalo which has launched its 802.11ac router and media bridge today.
The Airstation WLI-H4-D1800H Gigabit dual-band router and the WLI-H4-D1300 media bridge are the first to use Broadcom's 5G Wifi chips, promising speeds up to three times faster than 802.11n connections through improved encoding.
Buffalo's D1800 offers download rates of up to 1.3Gbit/s on the 5GHz band, however, buyers should note that this speed is only achievable when used with a 802.11ac client, such as the company's new media bridge.
Network product manager at Buffalo, How Liu told The INQUIRER that the firm has developed the product due to the demand for higher bandwidth from internet surfers desperate to download high resolution video and images at blazing speeds.
"The 2GHz band is too crowded to have big data packages streamed fast." Liu said. "We need to have a solution on that and that's where the 5GHz band comes in - it's relatively free right now for big transports of data sets."
Liu affirmed that the Airstation router set up is backwards compatible on 2.4GHz bands, offering the three by three setup of the regular Wireless-N standard that caps at 450Mbit/s, similar to the speed of high-end N standard routers.
The WLI-H4-D1800H router and its media bridge counterpart, the WLI-H4-D1300 are available from today and will set you back around £199. µ