ASUS today took their turn at detailing their whole-home mesh Wi-Fi System. As we’ve seen with D-Link and other manufacturers at CES, the system comprises two individual components. ASUS HiveSpot is a tri-band AC2134 Wi-Fi device while ASUS HiveDot is a dual-band AC1300 device.
The system requires a minimum of three nodes, with a maximum of five nodes supported on a single network. While two different devices are supported on the network, any node – the HiveSpot or the HiveDot – can act as router, connecting to your Internet modem via Ethernet. The other nodes then serve as access points around the home. An alternative “bridge” configuration is also available: a node can be connected to an existing router via a Gigabit Ethernet LAN connection.
The ASUS HiveSpot incorporates seven smart antennas and supports the company’s AiRadar beamforming technology. Like NETGEAR Orbi, HiveSpot dedicates on of its three 5 GHz bands for inter-node communications (at 867 Mbps) leaving two bands available for client comms. ASUS is also including its AiProtection feature, seen on other devices in the company’s range, which offers real-time protection from viruses and other online nasties, courtesy of a commercial-grade network security suite powered by Trend Micro.
A dedicated mobile app, ASUS Hive, is used to manage setup and configuration of the network. It includes a Smart Family Insights feature with parental controls for monitoring and restricting web access.
ASUS HiveSpot will ship in the second quarter of the year, priced at $400 for three nodes.