ASUS Blue Cave smart wireless router review: otherworldly design and practical features
A wireless router is a gadget that can be found in any home. Most routers you see and use often sport quite the same look. While the newly coming ASUS Blue Cave smart wireless router will refresh the concept of wireless router in your mind on both design and features. Let's take a close look.
The fancy blue cave design
Let's be honest: looks matter. And the ASUS Blue Cave's original appearance may just be what has attracted us to doing a detailed review in the first place.
The router is made in the shape of a cube with a round hole in the middle — hence the name, Blue Cave router.
The fancy design is not just for kicks, though. According to Asus, the "cave" works as a buffer between the router's internal antennas (at the top) and the Intel Wi-Fi chipset (at the bottom), which results in the ultimate performance without interference.
A smart wireless router with outstanding features
The ASUS Blue Cave smart wireless router is a standard 802.11ac router with four gigabit LAN ports (for wired clients) and one gigabit WAN (internet) port for connecting to a broadband modem. Plus, there is a USB 3.0 port for hooking up a peripheral device. Just like with most AC2600-class routers, the Blue Cave promises to offer speedy Wi-Fi and the ability to deliver 4K UHD video streaming with no lagging.
Despite this, the ASUS Blue Cave smart wireless router has many other key features.
Perfect working with Amazon Alexa and IFTTT
One of the main things of note is the support of Amazon Alexa and IFTTT. Thanks to the built-on smart home support, things can get much easier for you. For instance, you can ask Alexa to suspend your Wi-Fi connection when you don't want any interruptions. Or, use it to get automatic email notifications when your children get home. You can also create guest networks for your friends, change the color of the lighting in your home and more!
4 internal antennas
The router comes with 4 internal antennas for a stronger network signal reaching into every corner of your apartment/house.
Dual-heatsink design with nanotechnology ensures a more efficient heat dissipation. This brings down the risk of overheating and makes keeping the router cool much easier.
The specially designed circuit board
The specially designed circuit board employs advanced electronic engineering techniques, no worries about signal leakage problems.
The strong AiProtection smart network technology
The router features AiProtection smart network technology powered by TrendMicro, which creates an efficient protection system for your home network including smart home devices and acts as a reliable shield from online threats.
Smart network management function
The Asus Blue Cave smart wireless router is the first Asus model to come with Family Overview — a monitoring tool that enables advanced parental control letting you monitor internet activities, block inappropriate content, and even set a schedule for internet access via a mobile device.
The ASUS Blue Cave router is pricey: you will need $259.99 to get the cool sci-fi look for your home. However, it's not just about the looks and the extra functionality the router comes with (Alexa support, advanced network protection, parental controls, better heat management, etc.) are all there to make up for the extra expense. In the end, if you put it all together, the Blue Cave is a high-end wireless router well worth its price.
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