Dual-Band ASUS Wireless Router Relies on Dual-Core CPU

Called RT-AC68U Wireless-AC1900, it doesn't suffer performance drops

By Sebastian Pop on September 27th, 2013 09:55 GMT

Wishing to eliminate one of the largest problems of Wi-Fi networks, be they for homes or for work offices, ASUS has put together the RT-AC68U Wireless-AC1900 dual-band router.

For those who've been lucky enough to never have to cope with them, wireless networks can become really troublesome if too many people connect to them.

And with so many people owning a smartphone or tablet these days, Wi-Fi networks are overstressed more often than not.

That means slower connection speeds than the ones on the label and, by extension, frustration for everyone involved.

But since this is one of those problems that can be solved by throwing more power at it, ASUS has decided to do just that.

After all, the only reason a router isn't able to process all incoming and outgoing requests is because of a bottleneck in computing power.

Enter the RT-AC68U Wireless-AC1900 dual-band router, which relies on a dual-core processor instead of a simple, single-core one. Sadly, ASUS doesn't say what processor that is, exactly, only that it is a Broadcom.

Then again, it doesn't matter much. What matters is that the chip can deliver speeds of up to 1.3 Gbps over 802.11ac and 600 Mbps over 802.11n, all thanks to the Broadcom TurboQAM technology. ASUS goes as far as to claim that this is the world's fastest dual-band wireless router.

We're tempted to believe the claim too. After all, the best other we've seen handled a 1,750 Mbps (1000 + 750 Mbps or 1,300 + 450 Mbps). This one reaches a full 1,900 Mbps. No wonder, VoIP calls and file downloads aren't interrupted.

In addition to wireless support, the router boasts dual USB ports (file, printer and 3G/4G modem sharing). One of the USB connectors is a USB 3.0 port.

Finally, the ASUS AiCloud technology allows the RT-AC68U to behave like a home CLOUD, making media streaming and sharing between PCs, tablets and smartphones even easier. AiRadar even strengthens the signal for extended and enhanced coverage.

The ASUS RT-AC68U Wireless-AC1900 dual-band router is up for online pre-order at $213.95 / €158.54.
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