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Buffalo AirStation AC1300/N450 4-Port Gigabit Dual Band Wireless Ethernet Bridge and Gaming Adapter - WLI-H4-D1300

Item #: PJ3816. Buffalo's AirStation AC1300/N450 4-Port Gigabit Dual Band Wireless Ethernet Bridge WLI-H4-D1300 is a versatile dual band solution that extends the capabilities of your wireless network. Connect up to four network-enabled wired devices, such as media players and gaming consoles to your existing wireless network for high speed data streaming. Equipped with two wireless radios, WLI-H4-D1300 supports 802.11ac and 802.11n, operating in the 5 GHz and 2.4 GHz spectrums. On the 5 GHz band, 802.11ac offers transfer speeds up to 1300 Mbps, ideal for faster, uninterrupted HD video streaming and concurrent Internet access from other connected devices. Dual band 802.11n operation at 450 Mbps per band offers greater bandwidth for high speed access and streaming from multiple devices simultaneously. With four gigabit Ethernet ports and backward compatibility with 11a, 11g and 11n, WLI-H4-D1300 offers extreme performance for high speed data streaming.

Device Type:Bridge - 4-port switch (integrated)
Enclosure Type:Desktop, wall-mountable
Data Link Protocol:Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n, IEEE 802.11ac (draft 2.0)
Frequency Band:2.4 GHz, 5 GHz
Data Transfer Rate:1.3 Gbps
Features:Auto-uplink (auto MDI/MDI-X), Airstation OneTouch Secure System (AOSS), Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS)
Power:AC 120/230 V ( 50/60 Hz )
Dimensions (WxDxH):8.4 in x 1.3 in x 7.2 in
Weight:17.6 oz
System Requirements:Microsoft Windows XP, Microsoft Windows Vista (32/64 bits), Microsoft Windows 7 (32/64 bits), Apple MacOS X 10.4 - 10.7
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AV
The Buffalo WLI-H4-D1300 replaces a D-Link DAP-1522 wireless bridge that was used to connect various components in my home theater to the home network. Using a Netgear R6300 as the wireless AC router which is about 50 feet away in an upstairs room. Setup of the bridge was pretty simple. Did not use the AOSS/WPS buttons to connect to the router.

I installed the ethernet converter software on the included cd instead and manually setup the bridge from there for wireless AC on the 5GHz band (note that there is also Air Station software for the Buffalo WZR-D1800H wireless AC router on the cd). Also, there is a button on the back that switches the bridge between 2.4GHz and 5GHz. When 5GHz is active, there is a small 5GHz on the front of the bridge that remains lit.

This was a much easier manual setup than the prior D-Link bridge it's replacing. The ethernet converter software shows that the signal strength hovers around 48% with a connected speed varying from 498 Mbps to 535 Mbps. A little pricey at this time, but that's what you get for being an early adopter.

I bought this to replace an old Cisco WET200. That was really designed more for a small business then home use and it was rock solid. I was worried I wouldn't find a consumer product that would be that robust. I can't comment much on the setup utility for the AC1300 as I didn't try it. I put a machine on the AC1300s default vlan and connected to it's default IP then did the setup through a web browser. The interface is nearly identical to my buffalo router (which is running buffalo's firmware not dd-wrt's). Although oddly my router's webpage has no problems in Firefox while the AC1300 wouldn't display some things (like the submit/save buttons). I had to use Internet Explorer. The signal strength for the AC1300 is much better then my old wireless bridge. My old bridge would pull 60-75% percent signal strength and I'm getting 100% with the AC1300. I haven't had to go back into the configuration or power cycle it at all since I set it up a month ago. It has just worked.
My only real knock would be that old my bridge had a POE port (power over ethernet) while the AC1300 lacks that feature but I can't really expect that from a product designed for home use.

AV
I bought this to pair with an Asus RT-AC66R router. Unfortunately, it won't stay connected consistently. I'm not sure I'd the problem is with the router or this bridge, but it will intermittently drop then reconnect, and since I'm using it to stream HD medi, that's not acceptable. Ironically, while being on the edge speed wise, the LinkSys WET 610N (wireless-N) bridge is doing a better job than the Buffalo did. I waiting for new firmware on either/both the bridge and router to try again, because the throughput increase of AC is too good a promise to give up on, especially for my needs. In the meantime, it's gathering dust.

Its easy to setup if you have some networking experience. You need to disconnect your wireless and plug this into the lan port of the computer to configure. You have to dig to find it in the instructions, but when you do, setup is easy and it has been rock solid. I bought 2 more.

Easy to set up worked like a charm right away. Faster than my apple base station. Highly recommend this server.

At this time, I feel very difficult when looking for a product that better products. It is likely that in the future will be, and I am also waiting for it. Currently, this is the best as I know.If you would know the product better, then please introduce me.

I purchased a ASUS RT-AC66U router and this Buffalo bridge to use for streaming HD video and DTS audio to my LG blu-ray player for display on a 65 inch Toshiba (old old old projection type TV). I have tried other "N" routers and power plug (500 Mbit) devices from several vendors. I was only able to stream (without stuttering) from the powered ZyXEL Powerline AV 500 Mbps (PLA4225KIT) and only after running a CAT-6 cable from my router to my hallway power plug (none of the power plugs in my computer room worked well enough to allow streaming hd video). This last trick worked but I had to lay a rug over the CAT-6 to keep from tripping on it. I also do get a stutter or loose the audio (DTS) sometimes with this solution.

I am very happy to report that with the ASUS RT-AC66U and the Buffalo AirStation AC1300/N450 4-Port Gigabit Dual Band Wireless Ethernet Bridge and Gaming Adapter - WLI-H4-D1300 I can now stream HD (1080p with DTS audio) to my TV (via the LG Blu-ray player). I have tried several movies and so far have not had any hicups. I don't know what the actual stream rate is (I did not test with any analysis software etc.).

I purchased the Buffalo WLI-H4-D1300 after I had the ASUS RT-AC66U when they dropped the price on the Buffalo. I was looking to pick up something from ASUS but they did not bring out anything soon enough (unless I wanted to purchase another router and set it up as a bridge or whatever).

My computer room is separated from the TV/LG Blu-ray by a hallway (about 4 feet wide) so we are talking three rooms or two walls and about 20 to 30 feet as the crow flies. Not a great distance but as I stated, I did not have much success with other equipment before this combo.

I had no problem with the setup - I just used the push-button connect to get the two units to exchange setup information. I did not have to manually set up the Buffalo. I did also push the "5 Mhz" button on the Buffalo.

I hope this helps someone else looking into streaming HD.

-Gerry

This bridge is getting harder to find, possibly because Buffalo has some newer draft-AC products out there that happen to be routers that can become media bridges. I already have a great router (the ASUS RT-AC66U), but only had an 802.11n bridge (Buffalo's WLI-TX4-AG300N), which has been reliable, but was designed mainly for 2.4GHz operation and was borderline for streaming HD video playback from websites. I saw this bridge, and managed to pick it up for $88 brand new after a discount.

The unit itself is definitely larger than my previous one, but I'm okay with that because I believe part of that may be involved in improving the internal antennas. It's better constructed than I had expected, with rubberized sides and a metal frame. I set up my wireless products manually; in this case, after plugging the unit into a computer, I used a utility provided by Buffalo to set its IP address and connect it to my router. Once done, I immediately used the web interface of the bridge to change its administrator password (as you should for security) and upgrade the firmware (my unit shipped with the original 1.86 firmware, I upgraded to the current 1.90). Setup was simple for someone who does IT for a living and as a hobby; a beginner could just use the WPS button to connect the system to a router with the same feature.

I have one of my home network's desktop systems attached, and a Dell 3100cn color laser printer, both of which work well. The big change is with the desktop system. 1080p Youtube videos never have an issue where the video pauses or stutters due to not being able to stream ahead enough. I have a reliable 5GHz operation, so there's no interference (unlike 2.4GHz, which has significantly more devices sharing that frequency range) and signal strength to my router (which is in the basement one floor down and probably 50 feet away laterally) is excellent.

There may be faster (more expensive) draft-AC media bridges, but this unit works solidly. I'll update when I've had it longer, but so far I'm very happy.

I bought this router because my older router wasn't reaching the TV in the family room. I tried two other routers, but the store salesman recommended this one for range/speed. I think NETGEAR - Wireless-AC Gigabit Router was similar, but salesman said this had more stable power and was cheaper. I tried it out and it works great, SUPERFAST and great range. I have a 3000 SF ranch home, and this reaches from one side to the main family room. The set up is not as nice as Netgear/Linksys, it's very techy and uses techy language. I was able to figure it out and it works great! The build is much better than other routers and seems almost 'commercial' feel to it. Now I'm able to stream Amazon videos and Netflix movies with no issues. Even HD movies stream super-fast!

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