ASUS announced today that its ZenWiFi mesh routers have won the prestigious PC Magazine 2023 Readers’ Choice Award. “ASUS takes a clear lead in this category,” according to the respected journal, with the greatest marks “for both overall satisfaction and likelihood to recommend.” According to PCMag, “ASUS scores exceptionally high for mesh coverage, WiFi speed, and network management.”
ASUS attributes its success to mesh routers such the ZenWiFi Pro ET12 and XT12, as well as the ZenWiFi XT9, XT8, XD6/XD6S, XD5 and XD4 Plus.
ASUS ZenWiFi Pro ET12 and XT12
The ASUS ZenWiFi Pro ET12 and XT12 combine performance and aesthetics in a perfectly balanced package for the most discerning consumers. They are designed to provide maximum WiFi performance (up to 11000 Mbps and 12 streams) and are powered by a next-generation 2 GHz 64-bit Broadcom CPU and Broadcom WiFi chipset. This series also contains ASUS RangeBoost Plus, which may boost WiFi signal range and coverage by up to 38%. The standard two-node setup should provide coverage for up to 6000 square feet, or more than 6 rooms. Any ASUS AiMesh compatible extensible router may be used to expand coverage even further for larger households.
ASUS ZenWiFi Pro series has two 2.5 Gbps Ethernet ports to fully fulfill the promise of high-speed networking for wired router-to-client fronthaul and router-to-node backhaul connections. These enable ultrafast speeds from the router to bandwidth-intensive devices like network-attached storage by supporting link aggregation.
The ASUS ZenWiFi Pro ET12 works with the most recent WiFi 6E devices, including the new ROG Ally and several Apple devices, taking whole-home mesh network capabilities to the next level. Users can utilise wired backhaul to connect all of the newest WiFi 6E devices to the 6 GHz band, or they can devote the 6 GHz band as a robust low-interference backhaul link between nodes. As they stroll around the house, mobile gamers and tablet users can enjoy seamless roaming experiences.
The ASUS ZenWiFi Pro X12 is the market’s first mesh system to accommodate the newly enlarged UNII-4 spectrum, popularly known as the 5.9 GHz band. This frequency completely unleashes the power of WiFi 6 by introducing a third, crisper 160 MHz channel free of radar interference. Users may experience steady and robust mesh backhaul performance that enhances the signal range of the 160 MHz channel by up to 20% by using this advantage.
ASUS ZenWiFi XT9, XT8, XD6 and XD6S
ASUS ZenWiFi XT8 has also received praise from the world’s leading media, including the PCMag 2023 Editors’ Choice Award for Best Wi-Fi Mesh System. The ASUS ZenWiFi XT8 is a tri-band system that can cover up to 5500 square feet and achieve rates of up to 6600 Mbps. The ASUS ZenWiFi XT9 raises the standard even higher, with 7800 Mbps bandwidth and ASUS-exclusive RangeBoost Plus technology that extends WiFi range to 5700 square feet.
This series also has a powerful quad-core CPU and a sturdy hardware design. Its vertical housing contains a specifically designed antenna and circuit board that optimises WiFi signal strength and improves thermal performance for long-term operation. The ASUS ZenWiFi XT9 and XT8 also support the new UNII-4 spectrum, allowing users to experience consistent and robust mesh backhaul performance.
The dual-band ASUS ZenWiFi XD6 and XD6S are suitable solutions for houses that already have wired networking cables for backhaul connections. They have the same processing power as the ZenWiFi XT8 and offer up to 5400Mbps speeds as well as 4×4 MIMO wireless transmission that supports the 160 MHz channel width in the 5 GHz band, making them the market’s top tier dual-band mesh systems. Users can make use of the 4×4 advantage to connect more devices at quicker speeds and with more consistent connections.
ASUS ZenWiFi XD5 and XD4 Plus
ASUS ZenWiFi XD5 and XD4 Plus are available for those with lower bandwidth demands. These dual-band mesh WiFi systems, which are affordable, provide aggregate throughput of up to 3000 Mbps and 1800 Mbps. They provide both great performance and long range via their 5 GHz and 2.4 GHz bands. Their three nodes are ideal for houses, with the XD5 covering up to 5000 square feet and the XD4 Plus covering 4800 square feet. Both come with mounting holes and a screw set to help you position the nodes exactly where you need them.
Values beyond WiFi coverage and speeds
Without any membership fees, the complete ZenWiFi series includes a wide range of capabilities designed to provide both increased security and added functionality. And it’s all manageable using the free ASUS Router mobile app or the web browser interface. Users can set up their network in three simple steps using the highly acclaimed smartphone app.
Meanwhile, ASUS AiProtection uses Trend Micro™’s sophisticated cybersecurity solutions and cloud data centres to protect smart homes and other connected devices from cyber attacks. Users can pinpoint their network’s security problems, analyse their router’s security level, and obtain a diagnostic that allows them to remedy vulnerabilities immediately with one-click network security scanning.
For a variety of VPN settings, the ASUS ZenWiFi series also supports PPTP, L2TP/IPSec, OpenVPN, and the newest WireGuard® security protocol. When users connect to public WiFi while away from home, the ASUS Instant Guard mobile application provides a one-tap secure VPN5 that they can simply share with relatives and friends through a URL link, offering the same VPN safety.
Furthermore, with features such as kid-safe defaults, customizable time scheduling or incentives, an Internet activity dashboard, and a content filter, the ASUS ZenWiFi series enables parents to easily monitor their children’s online behaviour and customise settings for each connected device.
Please contact your local ASUS agent for more details about ASUS ZenWiFi devices.