Buffalo AirStation 1300 Gigabit Dual Band Media Bridge review

802.11ac capabilities and 2.4GHz and 5GHZ support in this media bridge

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  • 802.11ac support
  • 2.4GHz and 5GHz support
  • 3x3 antenna
  • Gigabit LAN ports
  • Easy installation


  • 802.11ac Draft 2
  • Outperformed by other routers
  • Sub-par 5GHz performance
  • Router-level pricing

Providing the solution to connecting everything is the Buffalo AirStation 1300 Gigabit Dual Band Media Bridge, which is good, since getting every device connected in a digital home or connected office isn't easy. Every new device seemingly comes with integrated Wi-Fi, with even TVs or Blu-Ray players offering at least an Ethernet port, but how to take advantage of these latest standards?

Enter the age of the wireless bridge. Products such as the Buffalo AirStation 1300 Gigabit Dual Band Media Bridge (also known as the Buffalo WLI-H4-D1300) and Asus RT-N66U provide a way of extending a wireless internet network to otherwise incompatible or Wi-Fi-lacking devices.

All of that isn't anything too spectacular in itself, but the big thing to note for this Buffalo AirStation 1300 Gigabit Dual Band Media Bridge are its 802.11ac capabilities.

Buffalo AirStation 1300 Gigabit Dual Band Media Bridge review

This enables it to connect with the Buffalo AirStation 1750, which was the first available 802.11ac router on the market. In theory this should give a hypersonic transfer speed or whatever the network-equivalent superlative is.

Considering at the time of writing there are no actual 802.11ac laptop adaptors available, or indeed any other devices, this makes it rather essential to be able to make anything of 802.11ac other than a nice shiny sticker on the side of the box.

For those not in the know, it's effectively 5GHz 802.11n running over a 3x3 antenna array, so delivering three 433Mbps spatial streams with 80MHz channels, combining for a maximum of 1.3Gbps throughput.

Buffalo AirStation 1300 Gigabit Dual Band Media Bridge review

That contrasts with the existing best that 802.11n can muster of three 150Mbps streams, with 40MHz channels combining for a maximum 450Mbps.

Since this Buffalo AirStation 1300 Gigabit Dual Band Media Bridge isn't designed to be a full router but more an intermediary connection, it'll only connect at 2.4GHz or 5GHz, depending on your installation. So it should still be of interest to everyone wanting to extend or bridge devices on their network.


On the face of it, the Buffalo AirStation 1300 Gigabit Dual Band Media Bridge isn't much to shout about. It takes the dull business styling from the rest of the range. For a bridge it's rather on the large side, being not much smaller than the full Buffalo AirStation 1750.

Partly, you could put this down to the four for Gigbit LAN ports, which certainly get our thumbs up, and are a good step up from the Asus RT-N66U, which only has the one. They should also be necessary, because even a good 2.4GHz connection should max out a 100BaseT connection with its 12.5MB/s upper limit.

Buffalo AirStation 1300 Gigabit Dual Band Media Bridge review

To help ease connections, Buffalo routers feature an AOSS button, which stands for AirStation One-touch Secure System. If you're running an all Buffalo ecosystem then this does indeed make connecting to your chosen router a one-touch profess, even if that's actually one touch on each station. If you're not, then it will double as a WPS button.

It's not necessary as such, but if you want to alter the configuration, such as disabling the AOSS mode or adjusting the WPS key, there is a web interface. On the bridge it's rather minimal, not offering much beyond the mentioned adjustments with logging and basic IP settings. But then it shouldn't need much.

Additionally, there is a 5GHz front LED and rear button. This is down to the router only supporting separate 2.4GHz or 5GHz modes, with a long-press of the button switching between the two.

Buffalo AirStation 1300 Gigabit Dual Band Media Bridge review

We don't see this as a disadvantage for the bridge, since it's really a case of connecting to the best available frequency available. In this case it will be the 5GHz network.

As we've mentioned, this is a three-antenna unit, so if you're running a 2.4GHz network it's capable of 450Mbps, as long as your router is capable of the same. The 450Mbps is also replicated at 5GHz when running in 802.11n mode.

Obviously when an 802.11ac-capable router is available, this should open up a world of speed and 1.3Gbps transfers. We'll look at real-world performance next.


Tech Specs

Product TypeWireless Bridge
Ethernet PortYes
Fast Ethernet PortYes
Gigabit Ethernet PortYes
10Gigabit Ethernet PortNo
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11ac
Number of Network (RJ-45) Ports4
Product FamilyAirStation
Management PortNo
PoE (RJ-45) PortNo
Wireless Transmission Speed1.27 Gbps
Brand NameBuffalo
Form FactorDesktop, Wall Mountable
Product ModelWLI-H4-D1300
Power SourcePower Supply
Height212 mm
Width34 mm
Depth183 mm
ManufacturerBuffalo Technology (USA), Inc
Product NameAirStation 1300 Gigabit Dual Band Media Bridge
Product LineAirStation
Manufacturer Part NumberWLI-H4-D1300-EU
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.buffalo-technology.com/home/
Marketing Information

AirStation™ 1300 Gigabit Dual Band Media Bridge is a versatile dual band solution that extends the capabilities of your wireless network. Connect up to four networkenabled wired devices, such as media players and gaming consoles to your existing wireless network for high speed data streaming. With two wireless radios for extreme performance and backward compatibility, AirStation™ 1300 supports 802.11ac and 802.11n, offering transfer speeds up to 1.3Gbps in the 5GHz spectrum or 450Mbps on the 2.4GHz band. With four gigabit Ethernet ports and backward compatibility, AirStation™ 1300 offers extreme performance and is a perfect addition to any existing wireless network.

Limited Warranty3 Year
Weight (Approximate)500 g