For those with the need of high internet speed and bandwidth, getting a good router is a must and ASUS has some of the best ones you can find, including the newly announced ASUS ROG GT-AC5300, Lyra, and Blue Cave routers.

A straight upgrade to the ASUS RT-AC5300 from last year, the ROG GT-AC5300 is ROG-branded because it’s designed with features that directly benefit gamers. Unlike its predecessor, the GT-AC5300’s user interface is customised for gamers, providing features like ROG Gaming Centre for quick network controls, Game Radar for ping readouts, Game Boost for analysing and prioritising network traffic of games, and more.

The ROG GT-AC5300 looks physically the same as the RT-AC5300.

The ROG GT-AC5300 looks physically the same as the RT-AC5300.

One of the more visible differences, other than the logo, is the increased number of Ethernet ports.

One of the more visible differences, other than the logo, is the increased number of Ethernet ports.

Housed inside is a PC-grade 1.8GHz quad-core CPU that helps to manage many of the router’s high-end features, as well as ensure that data transfers won’t encounter a bottleneck at the network level. Besides that, it runs on tri-band Wireless-AC with one 5GHz band being for high throughput, so that users can always have the optimal speed for different situations. It also has built-in USB 3.0 ports, Link Aggregation for the two Gigabit LAN ports, and double the number of Ethernet ports than last year’s model.

A new UI is used for the GT-AC5300.

A new UI is used for the GT-AC5300.

Introduced next was the ASUS Lyra, a tri-band multi-hub WiFi system created to eliminate WiFi dead spots from larger homes or offices. It uses a smart connect system, allowing the Lyra to connect to another Lyra as long as one unit is directly plugged into a main router. Pairing can be done via an app and the one-time process takes around 2 minutes. Note that if the unit is reset then the pairing process has to be restarted.

The Lyra connects between one another for a dedicated network line.

The Lyra connects between one another for a dedicated network line.

How the Lyra benefits the user is by using a dedicated 5GHz band to establish an inter-hub backbone between the Lyra devices, effectively isolating them from other device connections. The other 5GHz and the 2.4GHz band is used for regular connections, allowing the user to cover a wider area like multiple floors or even huge spaces like warehouses.

You can connect the Lyra devices using a mobile app.

You can connect the Lyra devices using a mobile app.

The prices for the two products were announced, with the ROG GT-AC5300 priced at RM2,599 while the Lyra will come in a 3-unit bundle that costs RM1,999. Both will be available starting 1 September 2017. ASUS also showcased the new ASUS Blue Cave, which was first revealed at COMPUTEX 2017 in June. But it will not be available locally till Q4 of this year.

ASUS' new Blue Cave router is an attempt in making routers with lifestyle-ish designs.

ASUS’ new Blue Cave router is an attempt in making routers with lifestyle-ish designs.

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