It was only a couple of weeks ago that Netgear unveiled the first 802.11ac wireless router, promising wireless transfer speeds of up to 1300Mbit/s. They may have been the first to announce such a router, but Buffalo seems to be the first to actually ship one, today announcing the AirStation WZR-D1800H router and WLI-H4-D1300 wireless bridge.
Both solutions operate on the 5Ghz band for reduced interference and increased speeds, with the 802.11ac standard offering transfers up to 1300Mbit/s. Buffalo say that’s great for streaming HD video around the home, and improved radios should help with coverage. The router will also provide a 2.4 GHz 3x3 802.11n radio for backwards compatibility and speeds of up to 450Mbit/s.
Buffalo is also offering the WLI-H4-D1300 media bridge, which offers similar specs to the wireless router. It has 4 Gigabit Ethernet ports, 802.11ac/n radios on the 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz bands, and has the same potential transfer speeds of 1300Mbit/s. Both products will be offered with a three-year warranty, and should cost $179.99 each.
It's worth noting that the 802.11ac standard hasn't been finalized yet. Qualcomm and Atheres are still in talks in order to finalize the standard, with the routers from Buffalo and Netgear currently using the ac draft specification.