Buffalo has announced two new wireless routers that promise to boost wireless coverage in the home or small office as well as adding a lick of speed.
The Buffalo AirStation nFiniti HighPower Gigabit Router helps obliterate wireless dead spots and ensure a steady wireless connection, while the AirStation N-Technology HighPower ADSL2+ Modem Router is aimed at heavy downloaders and bandwidth users and is designed to allow users to share an internet connection. It has both a 2.4GHz and a 5GHz radio.
Buffalo expects a key use of the dual-band router to see a web connection split so that, say, the broadband bill payer can enjoy one of the channels while the kids or other family members are given the other frequency. In this way, everyone in a household will be able to get online and enjoy a steady connection, without interfering with others’ use of the web. Buffalo says the AirStation nFiniti will allow “multiple users to simultaneously view files, listen to music or watch videos”.
Speaking at the AirStation’s London launch, Buffalo told PC Advisor that more reliable connections around the home and office are what most users are after. Accordingly, the networking company has added a high power antenna to its new AirStation router to ensure the best possible reception regardless of where in the home or office it is placed.
Sales director Paul Hudson said the ‘sharing router’ had come about due to Buffalo’s recognition of “the need for high performance wireless internet [which] is growing stronger thanks to the explosion of video streaming, gaming and the downloading of large files”.
Both the modem-router and the Buffalo AirStation Dual-Band Wireless-N HighPower router offer Wi-Fi connection speeds of up to 150Mbps and up to three times the throughput of 802.11g performance. When only one channel is required, the devices automatically selects the one with the best wireless signal. It has an integrated DHCP server, firewall, NAT and a four-port auto-sensing switch and can be set up using AirStation One-Touch Secure System (AOSS).
In addition, the High Power Gigabit Router offers a choice of firmware that can be changed according to their needs. More technical users can use the DD-WRT firmware while Buffalo also supplies its own software on CD. This offers fewer networking configuration options but has a more user-friendly interface.
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