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Buffalo AirStation N450 USB 2.0 Wireless Adapter WLI-UC-G450 review

Make your laptop wireless N-capable with this great adaptor

Our Verdict

For

  • Fast
  • Improves range

Against

  • Long driver install

The Buffalo AirStation N450 USB 2.0 Wireless Adapter WLI-UC-G450 is a companion to the fantastic Buffalo AirStation N-Technology HighPower ADSL2+ Modem Router. One of the standout features of the router was the design, which helped to focus wireless network signals and resulted in a stronger, more consistent wireless connection. Thankfully the Buffalo AirStation N450 USB 2.0 Wireless Adapter WLI-UC-G450 continues this design ethos - Buffalo calls it 'beamforming' - to focus and direct the wireless signals.

The results were highly impressive. Paired with the Buffalo AirStation N-Technology HighPower ADSL2+ Modem Router, we were able to put three doors and a floor between our test laptop and the router before all signal was lost. Even our Wireless G-only router remained visible for a longer distance than the laptop's built-in Wi-Fi receiver.

As you'd expect from a wireless N receiver, connecting to a wireless N router, transfer speeds between the two were great, and high-definition movies streamed from one PC to the test laptop in the same room didn't suffer from stuttering.

Word to the wise when installing the drivers for the Buffalo AirStation N450 USB 2.0 Wireless Adapter WLI-UC-G450: make sure you tick 'Always trust software from "BUFFALO INC."'. It'll save you having to click 'Install' on a lot of windows.

Verdict

On the whole the Buffalo AirStation N450 USB 2.0 Wireless Adapter is a great investment if you've got a wireless N router and you want to give your wireless network a boost.

Tech Specs

Product TypeWi-Fi Adapter
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11n
ISM BandYes
UNII BandNo
Product FamilyAirStation
Wireless Transmission Speed450 Mbps
Brand NameBuffalo
Form FactorExternal
Device SupportedDesktop Computer
Host InterfaceUSB
ISM Maximum Frequency2.46 GHz
Height27 mm
Width98 mm
Depth14 mm
ManufacturerBuffalo Technology (USA), Inc
Product ModelWLI-UC-G450
Product NameAirStation WLI-UC-G450 Wi-Fi Adapter
Product LineAirStation
Manufacturer Part NumberWLI-UC-G450-EU
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.buffalo-technology.com/home/
Marketing Information

Bualo Technology AirStation N450 USB 2.0 Wireless Adapter WLI-UC-G450 adds Wireless-N connectivity to your laptop or desktop computer from any available USB port. With backward compatibility and speeds up to 450 Mbps, you can easily stream movies and music, transfer les, connect to the Internet and more. Rather than dispersing signals into empty space, WLI-UC-G450 utilizes beamforming technology to focus signal energy; experience increased signal strength for improved range and performance. You can connect to a high-speed, secure wireless network with the simple push of a button with AirStation One-Touch Secure System (AOSS). Enjoy the freedom of high-speed wireless connectivity in an instant.

Weight (Approximate)23 g