The funky and aptly-named Blue Cave is ASUS' latest AC2600 router
**Updated on 24 May 2018, 0945 hours with pricing details**
**Updated again on 24 July 2018, 0945 hours with news of AiMesh compatibility**
What does one have to do to stand out in the crowded home networking space?
One good way is to have a wacky design. And when it comes to routers with wacky designs, ASUS is arguably the king. Case in point? The spider-like ROG GT-AC5300.
Joining the ROG GT-AC5300 is the new and very aptly-named Blue Cave.
The Blue Cave is so-called because it is designed as a hollowed out cube with a blue ring in the middle. To keep it looking clean, its four antennas are hidden.
In terms of specifications, it is a dual-band AC2600-class router with maximum data transfer rates of 800Mbps on its 2.4GHz network and 1,733Mbps on its 5GHz network.
It has the usual single Gigabit Ethernet WAN port and four Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports for wired connectivity.
It also has a USB 3.1 USB-A port that can be used to connect to external drives or printers for file and print-sharing.
It also has the usual ASUS features like AiProtection and Advanced Parental Controls.
Finally, Blue Cave also supports Amazon Alexa, IFTTT functions, and even AiMesh, allowing users to create their own mesh network with compatible AiMesh routers.
The ASUS Blue Cave will launch next week at the CEE Show 2018 at a special price of S$299 and it will come with a free USB-AC53 Nano Wi-Fi adapter.
The ASUS Blue Cave's usual price is S$339.