CES 2007: Buffalo introduces the AirStation – first Vista Premium-certified wireless router

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Buffalo has announced the first router to be Windows Vista Premium certified – the catchily titled AirStation Wireless-N Nfiniti Dual Band Gigabit Router.

The Airstation (for short) is the first to meet the criteria for Vista Premium certification – being dual band and supporting the Xbox and Ipv6. It also includes Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS), a simplified way of setting up a secure wireless network.

An advantage of being dual-band is that you can use one band for basic networking (email, web browsing and PC gaming for example) and another for larger file transferring. Other features of the router, which can reach data rates near 300Mbps, include support for QoS, a four port Ethernet switch and a One Touch Secure System for setting up a Wi-Fi network.

Available this month, it will retail for around £162 ex VAT, with a matching adapter retailing for £85.

Buffalo website

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Dave Walker