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Review: ASUS AX5700 Dual Band RT-AX86S Router

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The ASUS AX5700 Dual Band RT-AX86S is a WiFi 6 router that offers connectivity speeds of up to 5700 Mbps with the latest WiFi 6 (802.11ax) and 160MHz channels. This is possibly one of the few routers we have tested recently that offers support for 160MHz channels. What this does is that it allows you to stream 1700 Mbps over the air to a single client.

The router also offers a Mobile Game Mode which minimises lag and latency for mobile gaming with just a tap on the ASUS Router app. You also get 2Gbps wired and wireless speeds, which essentially means aggregated 2Gbps WAN connections and WiFi 6. What’s more, this puppy also supports ASUS AiMesh, which allows you to create a flexible, seamless whole-home mesh network with AiMesh-compatible routers.

In terms of design, the RT-AX86S offers a futuristic design and the overall build quality is very good. Inside the box, you get the router, three antennas, the power adapter, and the plug, an RJ45 cable, a quick start guide, and the warranty card. In terms of connectivity, it offers a variety.

You get a one Gigabit WAN port, four Gigabit LAN ports, one USB 3.0 port, one USB 2.0 port, the reset button, the power switch, and the power port. Setting up the router is quite intuitive, thanks to ASUS’s very well-designed Router app.

You also get commercial-grade home network security through the Router app, and that’s a lifetime free ASUS AiProtection Pro. This service is powered by Trend Micro, and you also get WPA3 and advanced Parental Controls to protect your home.

There’s also Adaptive QoS that lets you prioritise certain applications or certain types of traffic. The Traffic Analyser gives you all sorts of stats about your network, which is fun to check out if you are into that sort of a thing.

In order to check out the performance of the router, I ran a bunch of speed tests over the course of about a week from multiple spots throughout my 1BHK apartment. The 5GHz band was able to keep me covered throughout most of the space and connectivity was seamless without any drops at any point.

The RT-AX86S is a highly capable router that takes good advantage of Wi-Fi 6, and it offers lots of extra appeal for gamers. In addition to the existing, gaming-centric features such as device prioritization and open NAT port forwarding, it supports new Wi-Fi 6 features such as 1024-QAM and OFDMA that make your home network faster and more efficient.

For a price of AED 1499, the ASUS AX5700 Dual Band RT-AX86S Router may sound a bit expensive. However, if you consider the technical specifications and the excellent performance achieved by this router, it will all seem to be worth the money spent. If you are looking to upgrade your ISP-provided router to a much more powerful and capable router, you should definitely consider the ASUS AX5700 Dual Band RT-AX86S Router.

Price: AED 1499

ASUS AX5700 Dual Band RT-AX86S Router AED 1499
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The ASUS AX5700 Dual Band RT-AX86S is a WiFi 6 router that offers connectivity speeds of up to 5700 Mbps with the latest WiFi 6 (802.11ax) and 160MHz channels. This is possibly one of the few routers we have tested recently that offers support for 160MHz channels. What this does is that it allows you to stream 1700 Mbps over the air to a single client.

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Linksys Launches New WiFi 6 Cloud Managed Access Point

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Linksys, a global leader in home and business WiFi solutions, today announces the launch of its WiFi 6 Cloud Managed Access Point. “While many workers and companies embrace hybrid work solutions, offices and small businesses still need to ensure they have the latest in fast, reliable and secure WiFi connectivity,” said John Minasyan, Director of Product Management, Linksys. “At Linksys we recognize both sides of the hybrid work era, and in addition to our remote work solutions we are excited to also launch our newest WiFi 6 Dual-Band access point.”

As retail stores, medical offices, small businesses, and commercial spaces begin to operate at pre-pandemic levels and foot traffic continues to increase, the WiFi 6 Cloud Managed Access Point’s 4×4 internal antennas deliver safer, more secure, and faster WiFi for areas needing to service a high density of concurrent client connections. With the control plane in the cloud and a cloud-native operating system running on the units, zero-touch provisioning, configuration, management, and monitoring are extremely efficient and simple. With access to Linksys Cloud, users can also scale with no limit to the number of networks and devices managed.

Additional features include:

  • Qualcomm Networking pro Platform 1200: Next-generation technology transforms business WiFi with its wire-like stability and blazing-fast performance.
  • Media-rich Captive Portal: Cloud hosted captive portal splash page and a built-in captive portal editor allows users to upload logos and graphics of any size, customized Terms of Service Agreement or even manage Wi-Fi access with an extra passcode at no additional cost.
  • Reduce costs: Use Cloud Management without recurring license fees and get access to dedicated professional technical support with no recurring fees.
  • TAA compliant: NDAA and GSA compliant for US government contracts.
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ASUS Republic of Gamers Leads The Rise of Gamers at CES 2022

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ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) today announced the latest gaming devices and gear at the FPS-themed For Those Who Dare: The Rise of Gamers virtual launch event during CES 2022. ROG unveiled multiple first-mover product premiers, several powerhouse gaming laptops with the newest chips, new peripherals to maximize gaming experiences, an updated ROG Citadel XV with an expanded map and new story, and several new ROG bags.

This extensive lineup of gaming innovations includes the ROG Zephyrus Duo 16, ROG Zephyrus G14, ROG Strix SCAR and ROG Strix G gaming laptops; the ROG Flow Z13 gaming tablet; the ROG Fusion II 500 and 300 gaming headsets; the ROG Strix Flare II Animate and Strix Flare II gaming keyboards; the ROG Chakram X gaming mouse; the ROG Swift 360Hz PG27AQN, ROG Swift OLED PG42UQ, and PG48UQ gaming monitors; the ROG Rapture GT-AXE16000 gaming router; and multiple ROG Archer bags.

With this year’s comprehensive gaming lineup, ROG is continuing to drive future trends while leaving nobody behind. Embodying this approach, several first-mover products are raising the bar. In the connectivity realm, ASUS has been widely recognized as the best router brand, a legacy that continues with ROG Rapture GT-AXE16000, the world’s first quad-band AXE16000 WiFi 6E gaming router.

For gaming-grade visuals, ROG created the world’s first 360 Hz gaming monitor two years ago and continues to lead the pack this year with ROG Swift 360Hz PG27AQN — the world’s first-ever 360 Hz display with 1440p resolution. In addition, understanding all the advantages of OLED displays, ROG developed the world’s first 42-inch and 48-inch OLED gaming monitors with Micro-texture coating, ROG Swift OLED PG42UQ, and PG48UQ.

The manifesto for 2022 ROG gaming laptops is to push the limits of performance with leading innovations that empower gamers. Each laptop is equipped with Windows 11, brand-new CPUs from AMD or Intel the latest GPUs from AMD or NVIDIA, and all-new ROG innovations — including a MUX Switch for optimizing discrete GPU performance, the exclusive ROG Intelligent Cooling thermal design, and Liquid Metal Conductonaut Extreme on flagship models.

In true ROG fashion, the launch event took the entire experience to a new level with a refreshed version of ROG Citadel XV, developed in collaboration with Aim Lab and specially created for CES 2022. This year’s edition pushes the envelope for FPS gaming with an entirely new storyline, new characters, enhanced graphics, and new mini-games. It also features an impressive map 18 times bigger than the previous version, special Easter eggs, and much more to explore. Taking place in a rebel armory filled with next-gen ROG armaments, attendees can discover all the new innovations and gear from CES 2022 in the virtual medium that they know and love.

Aim Lab is the training platform of choice for over 20 million gamers around the globe, designed using performance data to help all players get better at the games they love. Beginning with this year’s ROG Citadel collaboration, the partnership between ROG and Aim Lab will include the co-creation of additional gaming products, hardware and software integrations, and the synchronization of in-game interactive lighting ecosystems, among other potential areas of innovation, all allowing gaming communities to improve and get better together.

ROG Fusion II 500 and 300 gaming headsets
The ROG Fusion II 500 gaming headset provides users with unmatched gaming audio with its high-resolution ESS 9280 with Quad DAC™ technology. It offers immersive virtual 7.1 surround sound and 50 mm ASUS Essence drivers for thumping bass and true-to-life sound. In-game communication gets a boost, too, thanks to industry-leading AI Beamforming Microphones with AI Noise Cancelation. The Fusion II 500 features Game Chat volume control, allowing gamers to prioritize in-game audio or chat to communicate clearly with teammates in the heat of battle.

It includes a 3.5 mm connector, as well as USB-C and USB Type-A connectors for compatibility with PCs, Macs, PlayStation, Nintendo Switch, Xbox, and mobile devices. The Fusion II 300 is identical to the Fusion II 500, minus the 3.5 mm connector and Game Chat volume control. The comfortable and lightweight Fusion II series headsets include ergonomic ear cushions for a perfect fit. Both offerings provide exciting customization options with multi-color RGB lighting with over 16.8-million colors available for a unique look.

ROG Strix Flare II Animate and Strix Flare II gaming keyboards
The ROG Strix Flare Animate II gaming keyboard is the first keyboard to feature the AniMe Matrix™ LED display, and it allows users to express themselves with customizable images and animations for a unique look. This stylish keyboard offers users metal media keys and volume controls at its top-left corner, plus an ergonomic detachable wrist rest with a built-in light diffuser.

The Strix Flare Animate II delivers an almost instantaneous response with its 8000 Hz polling rate providing a 0.125 ms response time – up to 8X faster than the competition. It is equipped with swappable ROG NX Mechanical Switches for all keys to allow users to change and install their preferred switch type for a customized feel. The durable ROG PBT Doubleshot Keycaps have a mid-height profile and shorter stems to reduce key wobble and feature translucent ROG script to enable RGB lighting to brightly shine through. The ROG Switch Stabilizer mechanism reduces friction to ensure smooth keystrokes and helps to stabilize longer keys.

There is also built-in sound-dampening foam to reduce pinging for better typing acoustics. Lastly, the Strix Flare Animate II includes a USB pass-through port for a convenient connection to other devices. The Strix Flare II gaming keyboard is similar to the Strix Flare Animate II but does not feature the AniMe Matrix LED display, swappable switches, and light diffuser for the wrist rest. It has a color-customizable ROG logo and is equipped with ROG NX Mechanical Switches with ROG PBT Doubleshot Keycaps.

ROG Chakram X gaming mouse
The Chakram X wireless gaming mouse is the first to feature ROG AimPoint — a ROG-developed optical sensor that delivers a new level of speed and accuracy with up to 36,000 dpi and a true 8000 Hz polling rate. The AimPoint sensor offers unmatched precision with a CPI deviation of less than 1% — well below the 3% industry average. The sensor sensitivity level can be adjusted via the DPI button on the underside of the mouse, or while in play with DPI-on-the-Scroll. The Chakram X features tri-mode connectivity via wired USB, low-latency 2.4 GHz RF and Bluetooth.

The Chakram X has a new concave joystick design that provides a more comfortable grip and is easier to reach than its predecessor. It gives the user gamepad-like levels of control: the joystick can be programmed and used in analog or digital mode, along with four buttons to mirror the A, B, X, and Y buttons. The left and right mouse buttons on top feature a pivoted mechanism to ensure rapid response with a tactile feel. The updated Push-Fit Switch Socket II design is now hot-swapped compatible with both 3-pin mechanical and 5-pin optical switches to allow gamers to customize click force and extend the lifespan of the mouse.

The screw-less magnetic top cover and buttons provide easy access to the switches, customizable logo, and wireless RF receiver bay. The Chakram has 100% PTFE mouse feet and includes the ROG Paracord for smooth, unrestricted movement, even while charging. For added convenience, the rechargeable battery can be topped up via USB or wireless Qi.

ROG Swift OLED PG42UQ and PG48UQ gaming monitors
The ROG Swift OLED display range includes the Swift OLED PG42UQ – the world’s first 42-inch OLED gaming monitor with Micro-texture coating, and the larger 48-inch Swift OLED PG48UQ for users looking for a more immersive experience. Both displays showcase 4K visuals at 120 Hz and make full use of OLED technology features such as 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio, 0.1 ms response time, plus true 10-bit color and 98% DCI-P3 color coverage. These displays are also factory pre-calibrated to Delta E < 2 color accuracy.

Unlike other OLED displays, ROG Swift OLED series monitors feature the new anti-glare Micro-texture coating on the panel surface to reduce glare, allowing viewers to see more precise onscreen colors. These displays also boast a unique thermal solution with a custom heatsink and internal airflow layout designed to optimize heat exchange. These keep operating temperatures below 50˚ C (up to 16% lower than competitor models) and still reach a peak brightness of 900 nits.

The Swift OLED displays include HDMI 2.1 FRL to offer gamers full 48 Gbps bandwidth to support native 4K 120 Hz visuals without chroma subsampling. Console gamers can also take advantage of variable-refresh-rate technology and auto-low-latency mode for super-smooth, lag-free gaming visuals. In addition, the Swift OLED displays have an array of connectivity features including two HDMI 2.1 and two HDMI 2.0 ports, DisplayPort 1.4, and a USB hub.

ROG Swift 360Hz PG27AQN NVIDIA esports monitor
The ROG Swift 360Hz PG27AQN NVIDIA G-SYNC esports monitor with NVIDIA Reflex technology features the world’s first 1440p, 360 Hz display for a no-compromise, crystal-clear, ultra-responsive competitive gaming experience. It features Ultra-fast IPS technology, giving it an extremely fast response time for an LCD monitor. This technology leverages a new kind of liquid crystal that offers higher birefringence and lower viscosity, enabling the shutter to switch faster and reflect light from the backlight. The liquid crystal molecules have also been arranged for greater efficiency, ultimately boosting responsiveness and speed.

Conventional displays have a single-layer voltage driver to switch the liquid crystals from the upper-left to the bottom-right corner of the display. The ROG Swift PG27AQN uses a dual-layer voltage driver, enabling the liquid crystals to switch from the upper-left and bottom-right corners simultaneously for a smoother, more consistent image. The PG27AQN is an NVIDIA G-SYNC display that offers super-smooth visuals and faster response with variable overdrive, making it perfect for competitive play. It also includes the NVIDIA Reflex Analyzer to measure end-to-end system latency when paired with an NVIDIA Reflex mouse.

ROG Rapture GT-AXE16000 gaming router
The ROG Rapture GT-AXE16000 is the world’s first quad-band WiFi 6E gaming router. ASUS engineers have unlocked the full potential of four bands — 2.4 GHz, two 5 GHz bands, and 6 GHz — with 160 MHz channels in the 5 GHz and 6 GHz bands to deliver the fastest speeds possible. It features a flagship next-gen Broadcom WiFi chipset and CPU to improve maximum network throughput by 18% for lightning-fast, accelerated data transfers, and an optimized gaming experience. With ASUS RF technology and other exclusive ASUS technologies, RangeBoost Plus leverages multiple upgraded ASUS features that improve WiFi signal range and overall coverage by up to 38%.

The Rapture GT-AXE16000 offers numerous connections including dual 10 Gbps ports, a 2.5 Gbps WAN port, and four 1 Gbps LAN ports. The quad-band capabilities of the Rapture GT-AXE16000 also provide users with more choice when connecting to an AiMesh system.

For users with WiFi 6E devices, one of the 5 GHz bands can be used as a dedicated backhaul to the central router, so the other three bands are free for device connections. Additionally, the 6 GHz band can be used as a backhaul when used with another WiFi 6E router to provide cleaner and faster transmission between two routers for an optimized mesh experience.

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Linksys Launches Hydra Pro 6, the Newest Addition to its Lineup of WiFi 6 Routers

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Linksys, a global leader in home and business WiFi solutions, has today announced the availability of its latest and more affordable WiFi 6 product, the Hydra Pro 6.

“Our mission at Linksys is to connect everyone securely, whether it’s someone working from home who needs reliable WiFi or a student intently taking notes during their online class. The Hydra Pro 6 is our latest router in a suite of products that offer next-level streaming, are easy to set up, and equipped with advanced security and parental controls,” said Harry Dewhirst, CEO, Linksys.  “People shouldn’t worry about a dropped video chat or connections that aren’t secure. WiFi is meant to make life easier not create unnecessary problems in an already difficult world. We are committed to delivering fast, reliable, and secure connectivity to the hybrid work era and beyond, and the Hydra Pro 6 is just the start.”

The Linksys Hydra Pro 6 delivers the ultimate WiFi 6 experience to 30+ devices (per node) across 2700 sq. ft. of coverage and wireless speeds up to 5.4 Gbps.

Powered by the Qualcomm Immersive Home 216 Platform plus access to 160 MHz channel, the Hydra Pro 6 unleashes the true power of WiFi 6 with reliable, incredibly fast connectivity and improved network efficiency for seamless video streaming, faster downloading, and more. Intelligent Mesh technology offers whole-home mesh WiFi coverage that’s easily expandable by adding nodes.

At a time when device-heavy homes are more dependent on WiFi than ever before, the powerful yet easy-to-use Hydra Pro 6 is a seamless addition to households and allows users to view/prioritize devices through the free Linksys app. Additional features include WPA3/WPA2-Personal encryption and SPI firewall, automatic security updates, parental controls, and a separate guest network.

The Linksys Hydra Pro 6 is now available in the UAE for AED 607.57 and will be available at most retailers in the country.

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