Buffalo's Latest 11g, 11n Products
April 24, 2007
New products provide some lower-cost options in routers, as well as higher-gain antennas for USB adapters.
Buffalo Technology today announced two new home networking routers, the AirStation Wireless-N Nfiniti Router (WZR2-G300N), which support the latest 11n draft from the IEEE in 2.4GHz only, and the AirStation Wireless-G High Speed Router (WHR-G125).
They also both have new, flat case designs in contrast to Buffalo's usual stand-up look. The 11n (below) features a black chassis with triple external antennas extending from the left side; the 11g is white with a single external antenna on the right. Both will support the AirStation One-Touch Secure System (AOSS), which should be compatible with the Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) scheme from the Wi-Fi Alliance (though they don't say for sure -- only that the products support standard WPA encryption). Both have a four-port 10/100 auto-sensing switch for the wired side, but no Gigabit Ethernet (that's reserved for the Nfiniti Dual-Band products). What makes them unique? Each has an external toggle button to turn them from a full router to a simple access point and back again.
The company is touting the 11n unit as working seamlessly with the Nintendo DS handheld's integrated Wi-Fi. It costs $99 at retail. The Wireless-G unit will cost almost half that, at $49. They should ship in May.