• Network Standard: IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n, IEEE 802.11ac
  • Encryption: WPA2-PSK
  • Internet Connection Type: Automatic IP, Static IP, PPPoE(MPPE supported), PPTP, L2TP
  • MIMO: Yes
  • Dimensions: 135 x 123 x 77.9mm
  • Pros:
  • Easy setup
  • Overall performance
  • Cons:
  • None

Triple Threat

We believe at least 50 percent of internet users have experienced having bad WiFi, whether in the office or back home. There’s actually many ways you can solve that problem, but it’ll probably take more than a homemade parabolic reflector; trust us, we’ve tried that before.

There are multiple choices out there, like wireless homeplugs, repeaters and much more. But this time round we stumbled upon the ASUS Lyra Trio, an AC1750 dual-band Mesh WiFi system. Once you setup the Trio throughout your home, this is how it works: The Trio uses multiple wirelessly connected hubs, which refers to the three pieces you have to place about. They work together as a single consolidated WiFi SSID, and when you connect to the network the Trio will automatically detect which hub has the best signal for you and connects you seamlessly. Even as you walk around your home, it’ll switch about so smoothly you won’t notice.

There’s also the choice to increase stability and performance of the Trio by using its Ethernet backhaul feature, but this requires you to have Ethernet ports whether in your office or home. It directly connects multiple hubs together to strengthen and increase signal reliability. ASUS also took different room levels in account with their pyramid antenna design, aiming to minimise interference and transmits WiFi signals vertically and horizontally. During our tests, we couldn’t really tell whether the pyramid design was a contributing factor, but we can say that signals were strong and impressive even on different levels of homes.

What we love about ASUS networking products are their ease of setup, and the Trio is not an exception. Even if you don’t have a PC to setup the Trio, you can use the ASUS Lyra app to easily do so. Just download a smartphone app to do the setup, it’s that easy. The app also provides you Guest Wi-Fi sharing options, network diagnosis and even time scheduling for your WiFi.

CHIP CONCLUDE: Get the ASUS Lyra Trio if you want an easy and effective way to improve the wireless experience of your home or office.

(previously published in issue July 2018)