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Review: ASUS AX6000 Dual Band RT-AX89X WiFi 6 Router

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When it comes to wireless connectivity, I am a strickler. The device I use should look good and should offer excellent performance. After having used the ASUS AX6000 Dubal Band RT-AX89X WiFi 6 Router for a couple of weeks, I am quite satisfied with the overall performance.

The AX6000 Dual Band RT-AX89X is a 12-stream Dual Band WiFi 6 (802.11ax) Router that supports MU-MIMO and OFDMA technology. It also comes with AiProtection Pro network security powered by Trend Micro and Adaptive QoS. And it looks good, too, draped in an all-black chassis.

The router also supports PlayStation 5 connectivity and ASUS’s very own AiMesh technology. As soon as you open up the box, the first thing you see is the AX600 neatly packed away with the eight antennas collapsed.

You also get a LAN cable and the power adapter, along with some paperwork, which includes the quick start guide, VIP Member warranty info, and safety instructions.

On the front edge of the device, you will find seven LEDs – one each to indicate SFP+ connectivity, 10 Gigabit Ethernet, LAN, WAN, 5G, 2.4G, and power.

On one of the edges, you will find three buttons – one each for WiFi, LED, and WPS connectivity. You also get eight LAN ports – that’s plenty of ports to connect all the wired devices in your home and some more.

You also get one WAN port, one 10G Base-T port, and a 10G SFP+ port, with a reset pinhole next to it. There are also two USB 3.0 ports, the power button, and the power port. The overall build quality is very good, something we have come to expect from a brand such as ASUS.

Under the hood, the RT-AX89X is powered by a four-core 2.2GHz IPQ8078 processor paired with 1GB of RAM and 256MB of flash storage. There are two WiFi Qualcomm QCN5054 radios — one for an 8-stream interface managing the WiFi 5 and WiFi 6 connections, and dealing with the 4-stream interface for the 2.4GHz band. This can deliver impressive results even in larger testing environments.

Setting up the router is a walk in the park – just follow the step-by-step instructions in the quick start guide. Once set up, the router’s wireless speeds can reach up to 4800Mbps on the 5G band, and 1150 Mbps on the 2.4GHz band. This makes the RT-AX89X one of the fastest consumer routers we have tested to date.

When it came to the connectivity range, the router held its ground. We tested it out in a regular 1BHK apartment. In our household, we have two gaming laptops, a desktop PC, a smart TV, four smartphones, an Xbox gaming console, one tablet, one wireless printer, a wireless video doorbell, a wireless door lock, and a social robot.

We switched on all of the devices and connected them all to the wireless network. The RT-AX89X managed to blanket our full apartment with a wireless network, showing a strong connection. The RT-AX89X did not even lose signal until around 40 or so feet outside our apartment.

Our apartment is on the fifth floor and I was even able to get wireless connectivity on my smartphone while standing in the parking area of my building, just below my apartment’s window. The wired connections also worked as expected, delivering a solid performance on the devices we tested.

For router management, the router uses Asus’ web user interface, which is one of the best out there. It’s intuitive and allows for in-depth customisation. You can also use the ASUS mobile app to manage and set up the router. It’s a well-designed app with decent access to the router’s features.

For a price of AED 2,300, the ASUS AX6000 Dual Band RT-AX89X WiFi 6 Router isn’t exactly cheap. However, if you are looking for quality and performance, the RT-AX89X is truly a great investment.

Price: AED 2300

Photography by Ranbir Sen

ASUS AX6000 Dual Band RT-AX89X WiFi 6 Router AED 2300
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For router management, the router uses Asus’ web user interface, which is one of the best out there. It’s intuitive and allows for in-depth customisation. You can also use the ASUS mobile app to manage and set up the router. It’s a well-designed app with decent access to the router’s features.

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Apple Detects Spyware Targeting iPhones in Multiple Countries

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Apple has issued a second spyware attack warning to iPhone users in 98 countries, raising concerns about the growing threat to mobile security. This follows a similar alert in April targeting users in 92 countries.

While specific details about the latest attacks remain under wraps, the alert serves as a stark reminder of the evolving threat landscape. India is one confirmed country where users received the notification.

Spyware, a particularly invasive type of malware, can grant attackers complete access to an iPhone, including encrypted messages, audio, and video. The notorious Pegasus spyware from NSO Group is a well-known example.

“Apple detected that you are being targeted by a mercenary spyware attack that is trying to remotely compromise the iPhone associated with your Apple ID -xxx-,” Apple wrote in its new spyware alert.

Adding to the concern, researchers recently revealed the return of LightSpy, a “particularly dangerous” campaign capable of pinpointing a target’s location with “near-perfect accuracy.”

The worrying aspect of these attacks is their ability to exploit “zero-click” vulnerabilities, meaning infection can occur without any user interaction, such as opening a malicious link or attachment.

This highlights the importance of remaining vigilant and following Apple’s security recommendations, which may include updating your device to the latest iOS version.

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Acer Launches Chromebox Mini

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As the digital landscape evolves, businesses are increasingly seeking ways to engage with audiences. Digital signage and interactive kiosks are at the forefront of this trend, with the market expected to reach $30.56 billion by 2028. Acer addresses this demand with mini-PCs designed for digital signage and kiosks. Their Chromebox Mini CXM1 is a secure and reliable mini-PC that can drive up to three displays simultaneously. It’s compact, silent, and features the latest connectivity options like Wi-Fi 6E and Gigabit Ethernet.

Powered by ChromeOS, the Chromebox Mini CXM1 offers fast deployment, automatic updates, and long-term support. Additionally, the cloud-based Google Admin console allows for remote management and customization. The Chromebox Mini CXM1 complements Acer’s existing line-up of digital signage solutions, including Large Format Displays (LFDs). Acer offers LFDs in various configurations, from high-resolution 4K displays to interactive whiteboards. These LFDs seamlessly integrate with the Chromebox Mini CXM1 using a VESA mounting kit.

Acer’s large format displays are designed for consistent performance and stunning clarity. They cater to various needs, including promotional signage, education, and corporate collaboration. With robust management tools and automated security, Acer displays require minimal maintenance, allowing businesses to focus on creating engaging content. Acer’s Chromebox Mini CXM1 and LFDs provide businesses with a comprehensive suite of tools for impactful advertising, information sharing, and customer interaction.

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Sony Unveils Next-Gen ZV-E10 II Vlogging Camera with New Lens Kit

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Sony Middle East and Africa has launched the ZV-E10 II, the successor to their popular ZV-E10 vlogging camera. The new model builds on the strengths of the original while adding improved performance and features for content creators. The ZV-E10 II boasts a new 26-megapixel sensor and the latest BIONZ XR image processing engine for better image quality. Autofocus and video capturing have also been enhanced, with features like a new vertical format user interface and improved battery life.

The camera offers two key functions for creating professional-looking content: Creative Looks and Cinematic Vlog Setting. Creative Looks provides a variety of presets for different looks, while Cinematic Vlog Setting automatically adjusts settings for a cinematic feel.

Key Highlights:

  1. Upgraded 26MP Exmor R CMOS sensor and BIONZ XR processor
  2. Improved autofocus and video capturing
  3. Cinematic Vlog Setting for Automatic Video Optimization
  4. Vertical shooting mode with a rotating user interface
  5. Upgraded battery for extended recording time
  6. Compact and lightweight design

The ZV-E10 II camera body will be available in selected countries from July 2024. Sony also announced the E PZ 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS II lens, a compact zoom lens ideal for the ZV-E10 II. This lens is lightweight, offers good image quality, and features built-in image stabilization. The E PZ 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS II will be available in black in selected countries from July 2024.

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