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The ASUS Blue Cave AC2600 WiFi Router Revealed!

The ASUS Blue Cave AC2600 WiFi Router Revealed!

We were recently invited to the launch of the ASUS Blue Cave AC2600 WiFi router. The Blue Cave is part of ASUS’ new line of lifestyle-focused WiFi routers, which include the ASUS Lyra WiFi mesh system. As such, it’s designed to not only work well, but look good. Let’s take a closer look!

 

The ASUS Blue Cave AC2600 WiFi Router Revealed!

The ASUS Blue Cave AC2600 is a dual-band WiFi router targeted at non-techies. Hence, the emphasis on its aesthetics and user-friendliness. The name Blue Cave, incidentally, comes from the blue circular hole in the middle.

We had an opportunity after the launch to get some hands-on time with the ASUS Blue Cave AC2600 WiFi router. Check it out!

Four Internal Antennas

Its design requires the use of four internal antennas, but that does not mean it is less powerful. According to ASUS, it delivers a peak throughput of 1240 Mbps on the 5 GHz band, which is 20% faster than competing AC2600 routers using external antennas.

ASUS AiProtection

ASUS AiProtection, powered by Trend Micro, is built into the ASUS Blue Cave AC2600 WiFi router. This protects all connected devices, including smart home (IoT) devices, from intrusion, infections and malicious websites.

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Smarter Homes with IFTTT

You can use the ASUS Blue Cave with other IFTTT-compatible devices and apps to create smart automated tasks.

PC-Free Control

You can control the router using a smartphone or tablet. The app will also keep you updated with notifications about network activity, security reports and more.

Family Overview

Parents can use the provided app to easily monitor and control every family member’s Internet and app usage.

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The ASUS Lyra WiFi Mesh System Revealed!

We were recently invited to the launch of the ASUS Lyra. Lyra is a brand-new WiFi mesh system that is designed to provide large homes and offices with corner-to-corner wireless coverage. Let’s take a look at what a WiFi mesh system like Lyra is all about, and how it helps to deliver such extensive WiFi coverage!

 

The ASUS Lyra WiFi Mesh System

The ASUS Lyra (Lowest Price) WiFi mesh system consists of three WiFi hubs that boasts tri-band 802.11ac capability, offering speeds of up to 2134 Mbps. Usually, one ASUS Lyra per floor is sufficient, so the basic kit allows you to provide “blanket coverage” for a four-storey home or office building.

Here is a closer look at one of the ASUS Lyra (Lowest Price) hubs. Up to five of these Lyra WiFi hubs may be combined to provide corner-to-corner coverage for multiple floors in the building.

Corner-to-Corner WiFi

The ASUS Lyra (Lowest Price) WiFi mesh system greatly extends the wireless coverage of your existing WiFi router, eliminating WiFi dead zones.

Single WiFi Network

The ASUS Lyra (Lowest Price) mesh system creates a single WiFi network with a single SSID, so coverage is seamless. Your devices connects automatically to the strongest signal, and intelligently switches between Lyra hubs, without the need to change SSID.

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Three Bands For Greater Capacity

The ASUS Lyra (Lowest Price) mesh network uses three separate frequency bands. Each Lyra hub uses one band to communicate with the other hubs, leaving the other two bands free to connect to your devices.

Four Smart Antennas

The Lyra’s stylish chassis conceals four smart antennas. Whenever a Lyra hub is added to the network, it assesses the signal strength and quality from each antenna, and selects the best two antennas to use. It also searches for, and connects to, another Lyra hub with the best connection.

ASUS AiProtection

ASUS AiProtection, powered by Trend Micro, is built into every ASUS Lyra (Lowest Price) hub. This protects all connected devices, including smart home (IoT) devices, from intrusion, infections and malicious websites.

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The ROG Rapture GT-AC5300 Gaming Router Revealed!

We were recently invited to the launch of the ROG Rapture GT-AC5300 (Lowest Price) gaming router. This is the improved, gaming-optimised version of the ASUS RT-AC5300 (Lowest Price), which is affectionately known as the “alien spider” router. They both look identical, but the ROG Rapture GT-AC5300 gaming router boasts a number of improvements. Let’s take a look!

 

The ROG Rapture GT-AC5300 Gaming Router Revealed!

The ROG Rapture GT-AC5300 (Lowest Price) is a tri-band gaming router that is based on the famous ASUS RT-AC5300 (Lowest Price) “alien spider” router. Let’s hear from ASUS what are the improvements in this Republic of Gamers (ROG) router!

We also had the opportunity to take a quick look at the ROG Rapture GT-AC5300 (Lowest Price), and compare it to the ASUS RT-AC5300 (Lowest Price) which looks almost identical. The key differentiating features externally – the ROG and ASUS logos, and the number of LAN ports – the ROG router has 8 LAN ports, while the ASUS router only has 4 LAN ports.

Here are the ROG Rapture GT-AC5300 (Lowest Price) gaming router’s key features :

Optimised Gaming Ports

The ROG Rapture GT-AC5300 (Lowest Price) provides two gaming LAN ports that are optimized for gaming devices. All traffic on these ports is given top priority, so your gaming devices — or any other devices you want to connect to these ports — are always at the head of the internet queue!

Game Boost

ASUS Game Boost analyzes network traffic and prioritizes gaming packets, giving games a second level of acceleration for the best possible performance. Game Boost can be activated instantly with a single click on the Gaming Center dashboard, and it supports many consoles, including PS3, PS4, PS4 Pro, PlayStation Vita, Wii U, Nintendo 3DS and Xbox One.

Gamers Private Network

The ROG Rapture GT-AC5300 (Lowest Price) has built-in support for the Gamers Private Network, powered by WTFast, which provides private, optimised internet connections to game servers, minimizing ping and latency to ensure smooth, lag-free gaming.

Fortified Network Security

To defend your network, the ROG Rapture GT-AC5300 (Lowest Price) features Game IPS (Intrusion Prevention System), powered by Trend Micro. It protects your gaming network from external attacks and threats, neutralizing them before they can reach your network or devices. Even if your PC’s security software isn’t turned on — to get around blocked games, for example — Game IPS still protects your network from attacks and intrusions, giving you added peace of mind.

VPN Fusion

The VPN Fusion feature lets you run a VPN and an ordinary internet connection simultaneously! So even if other network users need to use a VPN, you can still enjoy maximum gaming speeds.

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Dedicated WiFi Gaming Band

With the ROG Rapture GT-AC5300 (Lowest Price), you can easily allocate one of the two 5 GHz bands to gaming devices, while other devices use the second 5 GHz band or the 2.4 GHz band.

RangeBoost

The RangeBoost feature is a powerful range-enhancing combination of hardware and software that increases coverage while also significantly improving long-range throughput!

Quad-Core Processor

The ROG Rapture GT-AC5300 (Lowest Price) is powered by a 1.8GHz 64-bit quad-core CPU that is more than powerful enough to handle anything you can throw at it, without skipping a beat.

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ASUS PCE-AC88 Dual-Band 802.11ac Wi-Fi PCIe Announced

7 September 2016ASUS today announced PCE-AC88, a dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi PCI Express (PCIe) adapter that instantly upgrades a desktop PC to the latest ultra-fast wireless standard.

PCE-AC88 is the first PCIe adapter to feature a 4×4 (4 transmit, 4 receive) MIMO design that delivers AC3100-class speeds of up to 2100Mbps on the 5GHz band and 1000Mbps on the 2.4GHz band.

For the best signal reception, PCE-AC88 includes a magnetic antenna base that allows flexible placement of the four detachable external antennas on any suitable surface.

PCE-AC88 allows PC users to take advantage of the latest high-speed 802.11ac routers, which offer wireless speeds that match or exceed wired Gigabit Ethernet networking speeds. When paired with a 4×4 802.11ac router, PCE-AC88 unleashes the full performance and coverage potential of the 4×4 MIMO technology, but it is also backward-compatible with all existing Wi-Fi standards.

 

Ultra-fast 802.11ac Wi-Fi — on a desktop PC

The latest ultra-fast 4×4 802.11ac routers require compatible 4×4 Wi-Fi clients in order to unlock the full potential and speed of the 4×4 MIMO architecture. ASUS PCE-AC88 is the first 4×4 802.11ac PCIe adapter for desktop PCs, and uses NitroQAM (1024-QAM) technology to unleash full 4×4 data speeds of up to 2100Mbps on the 5GHz frequency band and up to 1000Mbps on the 2.4Ghz band — speeds that are up to 60% faster than a 3×3 802.11ac adapter. With these faster-than-wired speeds, users can upgrade their desktop PC instantly to enjoy the benefits of smooth streaming and latency-free online gaming.

 

4×4 MIMO design for wider range and more stable signals

ASUS PCE-AC88 is equipped with four external detachable antennas to provide wide coverage and stable signals. The antennas are attached to a convenient magnetic base for flexible placement that can be ASUS PCE-AC88 is equipped with four external detachable antennas to provide wide coverage and stable signals. The antennas are attached to a convenient magnetic base for flexible placement that can be n under the heaviest loads, PCE-AC88 features a custom heatsink design for optimum heat dissipation, resulting in improved stability and reliability.

 

ASUS PCE-AC88 Availability & Pricing

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ASUS RP-AC68U Dual-Band WiFi Repeater Launched

Kuala Lumpur, 4th May 2016 — ASUS today announced the immediate availability of the ASUS RP-AC68U here in Malaysia. It is top-of-the-range 802.11ac (AC1900) dual-band Wi-Fi repeater. The compact and stylish RP-AC68U features four internal high-performance antennas (3 transmit, 4 receive) and allows users to easily extend coverage of an existing 802.11ac Wi-Fi network with ultra-fast speeds of up to 1900Mbps.

 

ASUS RP-AC68U

The ASUS RP-AC68U is equipped with a USB 3.0 port for connecting storage devices. This high-performance port supports ASUS AiCloud and delivers up to 10-times (10X) faster data transfers than USB 2.0.

Five Gigabit Ethernet ports add great flexibility for connecting wired devices, and combined with the convenient Media Bridge mode they allow users to convert any wired network devices to wireless operation. RP-AC68U can also be used in Access Point mode to add ultra-fast Wi-Fi convenience to any existing wired network.

The compact RP-AC68U has a sophisticated and stylish design, with illuminated red accents that can be turned on or off by a convenient touch sensor incorporated in the ASUS logo on the front. With its simple one-touch setup and LED signal strength indicators for optimized installation, RP-AC68U is the hassle-free way to extend ultra-fast Wi-Fi coverage to any part of a home or office.

 

Extend ultra-fast Wi-Fi, everywhere!

ASUS RP-AC68U works by connecting wirelessly to an existing router and extending the Wi-Fi signal to areas of poor coverage, which are often a problem in large or multi-floor homes. With its blindingly-fast up to 1900Mbps combined speeds (600Mbps on the 2.4GHz band and 1300Mbps on the 5GHz band), the ASUS RP-AC68U is the perfect companion for extending the coverage of the latest 802.11ac routers, but it can also be used with routers supporting any older Wi-Fi standards.

RP-AC68U is perfect for extending multi-device HD streaming, online gaming, and other bandwidth-intensive tasks to every corner of the home.

 

Create a personal cloud server with AiCloud

The ASUS RP-AC68U includes a USB 3.0 port that delivers up to 10-times (10X) faster data transfers than USB 2.0, ensuring fast and responsive performance for connected USB storage devices.

Users can easily create their own personal cloud server by connecting USB storage and using the ASUS AiCloud app to access and stream stored content anywhere. AiCloud is a free app for iOS and Android devices, and works seamlessly with RP-AC68U to give users the ultimate mobile flexibility.

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Connect more devices with five Gigabit network ports

With five Gigabit Ethernet ports for connecting wired devices, RP-AC68U gives users the performance and flexibility to configure their home network to suit any situation.

With RP-AC68U, users now have the freedom to connect all their wired devices — including game consoles, PCs, smart TVs, printers, NAS devices and much more — and make RP-AC68U the powerful heart of their home media and gaming network.

 

Easy setup and installation

Setting up and installing the RP-AC68U couldn’t be easier: the user simply needs to press the WPS button on both RP-AC68U and the router, and that’s it! There’s no CD needed and the entire operation can be completed without a PC.

For the best results, the ASUS RP-AC68U needs to be located in a position where there is a sufficiently-strong signal from the router. Perfect installation is made foolproof thanks to RP-AC68U’s dedicated LED signal strength indicators for each frequency band, which help the user find the best location for RP-AC68U.

 

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