New Buffalo wireless networking range

Buffalo Technology, the dons in manufacturing of wired and wireless networking and network, have recently announced that the AirStation 1750 Wireless 802.11n+11ac Gigabit Dual Band Router WZR-D1800H-EU and AirStation 1300 Wireless 802.11n+11ac Gigabit Dual Band Media Bridge WLI-H4-D1300-EU wireless media bridge are now available for purchase from a selection of lucky online retailers. There’s some serious new kit here, people.

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Based on Broadcom’s 5G WiFi chips (first unveiled on the show floor at the 2012 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas… someone get me an invite next year, yeah?), WZR-D1800H-EU and WLI-H4-D1300-EU offer speeds up to three times faster than 802.11n and are fully backward compatible with 802.11a, 11b, 11g and 11n to ensure interoperability with legacy devices. Nice!

Operating in the 5 GHz spectrum, 802.11ac offers transfer speeds up to 1300 Mbps, ideal for uninterrupted HD video streaming and concurrent Internet access. We do love uninterrupted streaming here, don’t you know?

Along with gigabit speeds, Buffalo’s 802.11ac products with improved radios feature improved reliability and produce better in-home coverage than at any other time for ultra-portable devices such as tablets and smart phones (for real!) along with traditional Windows/Mac clients. What’s more, as 5G WiFi reproduces into phones and tablets, the WZR-D1800H-EU will enable even better coverage as well as really fast download times, improving the battery life of all clients. Nifty.

“Buffalo is again the forerunner of wireless networking, delivering the world’s first WiFi router leveraging 802.11ac technology in a cost-effective, high performance package,” said Paul Hudson, Sales Director for Northern Europe at Buffalo Technology. “Along with Broadcom, we continue to demonstrate our commitment to innovate by providing a no-compromise, future proof wireless infrastructure for consumers’ digital worlds.”

Perhaps the coolest thing about these models is their dependable nature; it’s all about the high quality signal for syncing between mobile devices, data-heavy streaming of HD movies from online services and everything in between. AirStation WZR-D1800H-EU boasts credible speeds of up to 1300 Mbps on the 5 GHz band, and it integrates a class leading 2.4 GHz 3×3 802.11n radio providing backward compatibility and offering speeds up to 450 Mbps. With a total aggregate wireless throughput up to 1750 Mbps across the 5 GHz and 2.4 GHz bands, AirStation WZR-D1800H-EU allows customers an extra bit of breathing space away from the conventional networking restrictions of wired Ethernet cables and other radio activity, providing the ultimate in wireless performance.

Oh! Oh! And customers can now connect up to four network-enabled wired devices, such as media players and gaming consoles to their 802.11ac network; can’t forget that, now can we?! Equipped with two wireless radios, WLI-H4-D1300-EU supports 802.11ac and 802.11n, operating in the 5 GHz or 2.4 GHz spectrum. With four gigabit Ethernet ports and backward compatibility with 11a, 11b, 11g and 11n, WLI-H4-D1300-EU offers very good performance for high speed data streaming. We can dig that.

To learn more about 5G WiFi, please visit www.5GWiFi.org. For more information visit the Buffalo Technology website: http://www.buffalo-technology.com/en/

Buffalo MiniStation: Portable hard-as-nails drive

Buffalo Technology has announced the launch of the MiniStation Extreme – a US Military Standard, compact and sophisticated high performance portable hard drive. That’s going to be pretty damn tough, then.

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The MiniStation Extreme combines USB 3.0 and Buffalo TurboPC EX providing data transfer speeds of up to 5G bits per second (bps) making it very useful for all of the important social (and business) norms including the transfer and sharing of videos, large digital photo collections, music files and other data-intensive stuff.

The internal hard drive is encased within a highly shock-resistant body with life-saving rubberised elements. If our featuring of this product isn’t proof enough of its quality, then we’ll be glad to inform you that its shock protection features meet with United States Military Standard MIL-STD-810F 516.5 Procedure IV (so, it’s hard as frickin’ nails) and has passed free-fall drop tests of up 2.3m. Pretty damn tough. Like we said.

The new release is available in piano-black, silver and red colour, and is fitted with an integrated USB cable, which snaps to the chassis for pack-and-go portability.

Paul Hudson, Sales Director for Northern Europe at Buffalo Technology (who specialise in the design, development and manufacturing of storage and wireless networking solutions) comments: “The MiniStation Extreme is a prime example of Buffalo’s commitment to product innovation. This latest addition to the MiniStation family is ideal for globetrotters who travel with their PCs and portable HDDs and demand a robust, fast and secure high performance portable storage device.” 

Available in 500GB and 1TB, the MiniStation Extreme also includes 256-bit AES Full Disk Encryption (FDE) to protect your data from unauthorised access.

The recommended retail price for the 500 GB unit is £78 and it’s £113 for the 1TB unit.
For more information visit: www.buffalo-technology.com

First look: Buffalo DriveStation & MiniStation

If you are wanting to store, access, transfer and view documents, files, images and other media collections efficiently, rapidly and ‘stylishly’, you may be interested in Buffalo Technology’s new MiniStation and DriveStation portable devices, both of which enable users to add additional storage to any laptop or computer via a USB port.

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“Product innovation and engineering excellence”, is, according to Paul Hudson, Sales Director Northern Europe at Buffalo Technology, “at the heart of Buffalo’s core values”. Values to create pioneering products which have been proficiently engineered are certainly at the core of the storage design, development and manufacturing company’s latest external range, as both the MiniStation and DriveStation, allow users to store and access files without taking up the precious storage space on your PC’s hard drive.

The MiniStation is available in both 500GB and 1.0TB and, being compact, glossy and piano-black, provides an extremely elegant alternative to storing digital content. Being USB powered, no additional power supply is required and featuring Plug-n-Play means the MiniStation is ready for immediate use.

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Also encased in a black, glossy finish, the DriveStation is equally as chic. For users wanting even faster transfer speeds and automatic backup, the DriveStation is available in USB 3.0, which can be purchased in 1TB, 2TB and 3TB. This ultra-fast portable single storage device can be positioned vertically or horizontally maximizing the efficient use of space. Whilst for those searching for a more ‘price-conscious’ external storage device, the DriveStation is also available with a USB 2.0 interface. The USB 2.0 version is available with both 1TB and 2TB capacities, and its pre-formatted drive means that it is also ready for immediate use.

Find out more on both at http://www.buffalotech.com/

3D Round up: Roxio, Buffalo, Lumix GH2 and MiBody


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With 3D technology entering the market almost on a daily basis, here’s a few more gadgets offering the consumer 3D functionality at affordable prices. Roxio has proved itself a pioneer with Roxio Creator 2011, the first digital media suit that lets you convert 2D photos and videos into 3D, in your own home.

Your existing photos and videos can be burned to disc or even uploaded to YouTube and Facebook (the software automatically adds the correct 3D tags for YouTube).  You don’t need any special hardware and Roxio has kindly included a pair of anaglyph glasses (the cardboard kind that you used to get back in the day) so 3D can be enjoyed ‘straight out of the box’.

It also allows the user to: Edit and share photo, video and audio projects; burn, copy and backup to CDs, DVDs or Blu-ray discs; convert video content from your PC to your handheld device for mobile viewing; digitise VHS tapes, cassettes and LPs, and capture audio from the web and record video from YouTube. It also offers video tutorials.

While Creator can convert 2D movies to 3D, it won’t work for HD videos, which is a shame. As well as being able to add 3D to your photos, it’s also possible to create true 3D images by combining two photos taken from a few inches apart. Reports indicate that the 3D images do lack somewhat in vibrancy, but if you want to make a first foray into the 3D experiment, it might be worth a punt. Not bad for a price tag of £49.99
More at Roxio.

For a rather more substantial investment of £199.99, the Buffalo Technology Blu-ray USB 3.0 drive allows users to convert regular movies to 3D and upscale DVDs and video files to HD quality.

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It also offers fast back up to Blu-ray technology and improved playback and burning performance of Blu-ray discs, DVDs, or CDs. The 12-speed drive can be used to back-up videos, photos and music and to standard DVD and CD. The Blu-ray writer can write up to 50GB, on a double layer disc.

Users can start burning and playing Blu-ray discs quickly using the high speed USB 3.0 connection by simply plugging the device into a computer and installing CyberLink Media Suite Software. Only one device will be needed for all optical media as the Blu-ray USB 3.0 drive is compatible with all DVD & CS formats. Find out more at here.

Panasonic Lumix GH2

Keen photographers who want to start taking their own 3D images will be excited by the Photokina launch of Panasonic’s Lumix GH2 (well, I was, anyway!).

The new lens is a world first – the first interchangeable lens that allows the photographer to shoot in 3D; the optional 12.5mm f12 has two optical elements and creates stereoscopic photos that can be used with most 3D displays. A firmware update will also allow you to use the lens if you have the Lumix G2. Prices for the Lumix GH2 will start at £900 when it’s available in November and that 3D lens will set you back another £249.

More details on the camera here.

Video fans will be glad to know that they don’t need to spend anything like that to get 3D – it’s available in the shape of the pocket-sized Aiptek I2 priced at around £130.

This compact, twin-lensed camcorder shoots 2D video in 720p and 3D video at half that resolution. It can also take 3D photographs. Once you’ve shot your video, you can watch it on a 3D-enabled television or use the included software to convert the video and watch it on any television along with red and blue 3D glasses. There is also a small 3D display on the back of the device, which will give you an idea of how the finished film will look. At this price, don’t expect to be creating the next version of Avatar, but nevertheless it looks like it could be a lot of fun.

Finally, something we never suspected would incorporate 3D technology is the HoMedics MiBody 360 Pedometer (£49.99). Now this might sound a bit Big Brother-ish, but it can track your movements, keeping count of steps, distance and calories burnt, thanks to the 3D accelerometer technology, which ensures the pedometer works in your pocket, in a bag or round your neck. It has a 15-day memory and the results can be uploaded to your PC for further analysis.