So NetGear had its futuristic-looking router but Asus is not to be outdone, with a router that supports multi-user beamforming.
Beam what? Keep calm, and let us explain - it's a new feature of the 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard, which allows for the transmission of radio signals in the direction of a client, creating a faster, more reliable connection. Beamforming initially was only supported to one client - multi-user beamforming will support multiple transmissions to multiple clients.
The Asus RT-AC87 supports speeds of up to 1.73GBps which is plenty impressive.
Wireless LAN party, anyone?
Design-wise, the RT-AC87 looks pretty utilitarian keeping it simple with a black design and four external antennas. Asus says that even if your Wi-Fi clients are only running on the older 802.11a/b/g/n standards, you should still be able to see better signal strengths and performances.
The multiple user, multiple streaming feature is called MU-MIMO and supports speeds of up to 433Mbps to three or more users at the same time.
Other sweet features of the router: built-in real-time network monitoring as well as parental controls to detect malware before it can reach your PC.
Asus also makes it known that the RT-AC87 will also support the next-gen consoles Xbox One and PlayStation 4.
All that does come with a hefty price tag, however. Think US$270 (RM857) which is a lot to pay for a wireless router as feature-packed as the RT-AC87. As more 802.11ac equipment gets rolled out, expect more models with better prices to come out.
While impressive, this router might currently appeal to these loveable foolhardy people we call 'early adopters'.