• Ports: 2x LAN (per module)
  • MIMO: Yes
  • Network Standard: IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n, IEEE 802.11ac, IPv4, IPv6
  • Encryption: WPA2-PSK
  • Pros:
  • Great coverage
  • Easy setup
  • Cons:
  • Price

Simple, Speedy, And Wide Spread

Extend your WiFi beyond its regular means. How would you go about doing that? There are plenty of options to choose from, such as WiFi extenders, daisy chaining routers, homeplugs and much more. ASUS is pretty well-known for making great network products, and it’s no different now with the ASUS Lyra Home WiFi System.

The ASUS Lyra comes in a pack of three, which means you’ll get three modules you can spread throughout your home. Each module is capable of delivering data up to 2,134 Mbps with MU-MIMO technology. Taking advantage of AC technology, you’ll get better data speeds that surpass N technology. The Lyra is incredibly easy to setup but might take a bit of time. You’ll need to connect the required power adapter and LAN cable from your router, plus the ASUS Lyra app is required.

Switch on the Lyra module you’re setting up and sync it to the app and from there it’s just a barrage of setup windows. To continue adding modules to your network, you need to use the ASUS Lyra app. We’ve seen the Lyra taking quite a bit time to pair and sync with each other before, but during our review period there hasn’t been an issue. What makes the Lyra interesting is its integrated smart antennas. There’s a total of four of them that checks the strength and quality of each antenna’s connection and uses the best two.

Our experience with the Lyra is a good one – it’s easy to setup and can be placed just about anywhere with a power point. The aesthetics are minimalistic and doesn’t leave a large footprint, so we find that it’s easy to let it blend in with the rest of our homes and office spaces. If you’re a parent maybe you would like to keep an eye on internet use at home? With the Lyra app you can monitor internet usage, along with placing limitations and blocks on each family member/device. You’ll even be able to block specific mobile apps and websites, while still allowing access to the rest of the internet.

CHIP CONCLUDE: You can’t go wrong grabbing a set of these for your home. It helps you get internet in dead spots and is just easy to setup without any hassle.

(previously published in issue October 2017)