ASUS has announced the RT-AC56U concurrent dual-band router.
Supporting the new gen 802.11ac Wi-Fi, it utilizes a dual-core 800MHz processor and 256MB onboard DDR3 memory to ensure strong performance in both 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands. Powerful hardware translates into 867Mbit/s on 5GHz and 300Mbit/s via 2.4GHz, or a total of 1167Mbit/s as the two frequencies can work simultaneously.
The ASUS AiRadar technology intelligently strengthens connections based on the number of devices linked to the RT-AC56U and their position relative to the router. High-powered transmission amplification and beam packaging optimize signal stability and delivery in any direction. The device extends Wi-Fi coverage by up to 150%, compared to similar routers which do not feature the ASUS AiRadar.
Equipped with one USB 3.0 port and another USB 2.0 port, users can easily turn the router into a file, printer, or 3G/4G server thanks to its USB connectivity, and share data and resources for greater efficiency. Bundled Download Master software allows for downloads to continue directly to connected USB storage from the RT-AC56U even when all associated PCs are powered off. Non-stop downloads save your time, especially with ever-larger HD multimedia files.
The ASUS AiCloud app works with the RT-AC56U, allowing you to access the router from wherever internet is available using Android and iOS smart devices. The free app supports mobile sharing, streaming, and syncing of content across different devices.
The RT-AC56U uses the latest version of the ASUSWRT firmware, which enables 30-second setup with no disc media required. ASUSWRT offers access to the two concurrent transmission bands with their combined 1167Mbit/s bandwidth, as well as various router management functions that are all presented in an intuitive and easy to understand manner.
Available from mid August 2013, the RT-AC56U Dual-Band Wireless AC1200 Router will retail at S$279.