Buffalo AirStation AC1300 / N900 Gigabit Dual Band Wireless Router WZR-D1800H

The Good The Buffalo AirStation AC1300 / N900 Gigabit Dual Band Wireless Router WZR-D1800H supports 802.11ac and all previous Wi-Fi standards. It's very fast on the 5GHz band and is comparatively affordable.

The Bad The router's 802.11ac speed, while very fast, isn't close to what the new standard is supposed to offer. Its 2.4GHz band Wireless-N performance could use some improvement, and the support for USB external hard drives is limited and buggy.

The Bottom Line The Buffalo AirStation AC1300 / N900 Gigabit Dual Band Wireless Router WZR-D1800H offers great value by adding support for 802.11ac on top of a high-end N900 router without increasing the price. However, the router doesn't have enough appeal for those who just need simple, low-budget wireless home networking.

Editors' Rating
  • Setup 7.0
  • Features 8.0
  • Performance 7.0
  • Support 7.0
7.3 Overall

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Review

Buffalo AirStation AC1300 / N900 Gigabit Dual Band Wireless Router WZR-D1800H

The Buffalo WZR-D1800H AirStation AC1300 / N900 Gigabit Dual Band Wireless router is the first 802.11ac (aka 5G Wi-Fi) router on the market and for this reason it was quite a challenge to review it. (5G Wi-Fi is a new standard of Wi-Fi, which I explained more clearly here.)

It's important to note that since there aren't many 802.11ac clients on the market, it was virtually impossible for me to know if the 802.11ac performance described in this review was that of the router or of the WLI-H4-D1300 wireless media bridge that Buffalo Technology also made available for purchase a few days ago, and which I used as a client in the router testing.

For those who don't care about 5G Wi-Fi, the new router also supports the true dual-band 450Mbps (three-stream) configuration of the popular 802.11n standard (aka Wireless-N) on both bands. And in my testing the router's Wireless-N performance was very fast on the 5GHz band. On the 2.4GHz band, however, it could use some improvement.

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Specs / Prices

  • MSRP $180
  • Brand Buffalo Technology
  • Type wireless router
  • Data Link Protocol Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet, IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n
  • Form Factor desktop, wall-mountable
  • Data Transfer Rate 1300 Mbps
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