Asus have recently announced that a new router will join their growing portfolio of ultra-fast routers. This time it’s the Asus RT-AC3200 AC3200 router.
Boasting 6 adjustable antennas, Asus claims this beast will have data rates up to 3.2Gbps. This will be a combined data rate across 2.4GHz & 5GHz wireless frequency bands. Given that the current crop of fast routers are hitting 1.9Gbps (does the RT-AC68U ring a bell?), this is a significant jump in performance!
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People will ask what’s the point of these ludicrously fast wireless rates, especially when Internet provided speeds are in the tens of Mbps and fiber for homes can only give 1Gbps. Put simply, the RT-AC3200 is catering for the heavy internal LAN user. For example, the user who streams their HD movies locally, while at the same time downloading the latest Xbox One or PS4 game. The kind of person who likes to get the most out of their network, and more!
With it’s 2.9GHz processor and “Tri-Band MIMO” which is designed to maximize bandwidth to multiple devices at the same time, it’s also aimed at homes with a high number of users.
The Asus RT-AC3200 AC3200 has been scheduled for a release later in 2014. It will be interesting to see how it compares to the newly released Netgear Nighthawk X6 AC3200 R8000. Watch this Space!
Unconfirmed Features Of The Asus RT-AC3200 AC3200 Router
Rumored (but likely) features the RT-AC3200 will contain…
- Up To 3.2Gbps Combined Wireless Data Rates – Across both 2.4 & 5GHz wireless bands
- 2.96GHz Five Core CPU – This will be the most powerful consumer router CPU when released.
- 6x External Antennas – Fully adjustable.
- Beamforming – To target bandwidth in the direction of clients when needed.
- Adaptive QoS – For traffic prioritization around the home and nore importantly, when accessing the Internet.
- USB 3.0 & 2.0 Ports – For media sharing and/or printing.
- 4x Gbps LAN Ports – Wired Ethernet ports.
- Tri-Band MIMO – This gives the RT-AC3200 the ability to give full bandwidth to multiple devices concurrently – great for homes with several wireless users
Alternatives to the Asus RT-AC3200 Already Available
If you can’t wait until later in the year, here are 3 “big player” routers that are on the market today…
Asus RT-AC68U AC1900
This is Asus’s current flagship router. It’s proven very popular with rave reviews. It features 3 adjustable antennas which can be replaced if desired. It has an 800MHz dual core processor and uses Beamforming+ along with great Quality of Service functionality and a USB 3.0 port.
Netgear Nighthawk R7000
With a 1GHz dual core CPU, the Nighthawk packs a powerful punch. Again, 3 detachable and adjustable antennas are on hand for you to make the most out of your wireless. Like the RT-AC68U, QoS and Beamforming are featured and work well. There’s also a USB 3.0 port with a second USB 2.0 port as a backup.
Linksys WRT1900AC AC1900
Another AC1900 router, this time it’s a 4 antenna router. The WRT1900AC also ups the stakes with the processor – a 1.2GHz dual core. There’s again a USB 3.0 port, with the obligatory 2nd USB 2.0 port, but it also doubles up as an eSATA port, should you wish to share media. Ships with DD-WRT firmware for those who want full control.
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