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Create a fast and reliable wireless network by placing ASUS routers around your home or office building. A wireless router pushes data packets between connected devices in the same network. It can connect computers, printers, smartphones, smart TVs and other Wi-Fi-equipped devices together and to the internet. Staples offers a wide selection of routers from Asus and other popular network equipment manufacturers.
Find an Asus Router Fast Enough for Your Broadband Internet To enjoy fast internet speeds, only consider routers that support 802.11n and 802.11ac standards. Wireless N models have a maximum throughput of 600Mbps and are fast enough to browse the internet, download files and stream media. Choose a Wireless AC unit if you regularly stream HD and 4K media or enjoy playing online games. Such routers can hit speeds above 1Gbps and usually have two or three wireless bands that prevent network congestion as more devices join and come online.
Avoid Network Congestion with Multi-Band Routers A single-band router transmits data over one radio operating at a frequency of 2.4GHz. It gets slower as you connect more Wi-Fi devices to it and can experience interference from nearby wireless devices. A dual-band router uses both 2.4GHz and 5GHz frequencies. It performs better when running bandwidth-intensive tasks like video streaming. To avoid overloading one frequency, this network device moves high-bandwidth tasks to the less crowded 5GHz level. All Asus wireless routers supporting 802.11ac and some 802.11n models have dual-band capability. There are also tri-band routers. These use two 5GHz bands and one 2.4GHz band to eliminate congestion.
Consider Wireless Speed When Comparing Asus Routers Not all Wireless AC routers are equally fast. They offer different Wi-Fi speeds for each band. If you want the fastest wireless router, choose one in the AC5300 class. This is a tri-band unit that delivers 2165Mbps on each of its 5GHz frequencies and a top speed of 1000Mbps over its 2.4GHz band. Wireless N models also have varying Wi-Fi speeds determined by the number of bands they support and the maximum throughput available on each band. You do not have to pick the fastest router available, you only need one that is fast enough for the internet bandwidth provided by your ISP.
Do More Antennas Make Wireless Routers Better? Yes, but the router's efficiency at combining data streams from different antennas will determine overall network performance. Routers use antennas to transmit and receive data packets. Those with internal antennas are generally not as fast as models with external antennas. A 1x1 unit with a single antenna transmits and receives data with the same antenna. For faster wireless speeds and a more reliable Wi-Fi network, choose a 2x2, 3x3 or 4x4 router.
What Is Beamforming? Beamforming is a router feature that focuses Wi-Fi signals. Typically, wireless signals leave the antenna in ever-widening waves of concentric circles. The signal weakens the further it gets from the router. Beamforming focuses wireless signals in the direction of a specific device. This minimizes interference and increases signal strength. For example, implementing beamforming can direct more internet bandwidth to a laptop streaming HD video.
What Security Protocols Do Asus Routers Support? They support WEP, WPA and WPA2 encryption standards. WPA2 is the most secure protocol followed by WPA and then WEP. Asus implements enterprise versions of WPA2 and WPA as well as the PSK version that employs unique pre-shared keys to secure communication over wireless networks.