Review of Buffalo AirStation 11AC Equipment with 802.11ac Standard Support
28 August 2012
Summary: Today we are going to review WZR-D1800H router and the WLI-H4-D1300 bridge supporting new 802.11ac standard, which promises unprecedented data-transfer speeds, up to 7 Gbps with some configurations.
Buffalo AirStation WZR-D1800H 802.11ac Router Video Review
The Mac Observer
17 July 2012
Conclusion: All current iMacs and MacBook Pros support 3x3, and the MacBook Air supports 2x2. For 802.11n, think “150 Mbps per supported stream,” which means iMacs and MacBook Pros can support 450 Mbps wireless link rates over 802.11n and MacBook Airs support 300 Mbps link rates. As you can see in the chart, link rates don’t translate directly to transfer rates, but they do increase together.
Pros: First 802.11ac router supporting 1300 Mbps speeds. Dual 5Ghz and 2.4GHz radios. Excellent performance across the spectrum. VPN server included in stock firmware.
Cons: Drives formatted as HFS+ are not supported by the USB interface.
Buffalo AirStation AC1300/N900 Gigabit Dual Band Wireless Router WZR-D1800H
3 July 2012
Summary: For those who just upgraded your home or office wireless network to 802.11n, it might be best to wait until 802.11ac matures, and there are more adapters and laptops that support the new standard. But for those who crave the ultimate wireless performance for backups, file transfers and HD media streaming, the Buffalo AirStation WZR-D1800H is a strong option.
Pros: Blazing speed, Quick initial setup, Four LAN ports
Cons: Currently requires bridge to take full advantage of 802.11ac, One USB port, Advanced setup is confusing
Buffalo AirStation AC1300/N900 Gigabit Dual Band WZR-D1800H
22 May 2012
Conclusion: The Buffalo AirStation AC1300/N900 Gigabit Dual Band WZR-D1800H is the first 802.11ac router to come to market, though it's draft 802.11ac. The device is the fastest router we've tested to date with excellent range. A poorly designed interface and no native IPv6 are the only blemishes on this otherwise killer router.
Pros: Top throughput tested to date. Gives performance boost to 802.11n Wi-Fi even without 802.11ac client adapters. Elegant design. Advanced capabilities and features.
Cons: No DD-WRT-based interface as in other Buffalo routers. Interface is cluttered and poorly designed. No native IPv6 support. Unless you have high throughput needs and all-802.11n equipment, the case to buy is hard to make while 802.11ac is still in draft.
Excerpt: Buffalo was first to market with both an 802.11ac draft 2.0 router and an 802.11ac draft 2.0 media bridge to go with it. But I imagine that more than a few early adopters are gnashing their teeth over the fact that Buffalo has yet to release a firmware update to improve the pair's performance. The firmware available today is unchanged from when the manufacturer originally shipped the product.