New York – Buffalo Technology has started shipping its first
two networking devices that utilize the new 802.11ac wireless specification.
The WZR-D1800H router and the WLI-H4-D1300 wireless media
bridge officially launched yesterday, the company said.
The new standard has a data-transfer speed of 1.3GBps in the
5Ghz spectrum. The router is backward compatible with 802.11n products, said Brian Verenkoff, Buffalo’s marketing
and business development director.
The router carries a $179 suggested retail.
Verenkoff said applications like wireless video streaming
over a home network to portable devices and TVs require the higher data-transfer
speeds delivered by the WZR-D1800H.
The WLI-H4-D1300 AirStation media bridge, also $179, is
designed to extend a home network. It has four Ethernet ports and can boost the
performance of game consoles and media players to the AC standard of 1.3GBps.