The price that cable companies are able to charge for access to their networks boggles my mind. For between $90 and $120 a month you get Cable TV in my area and there are no competitors to drive the prices down. It is clear, though, that media streaming services, such as Netflix, Hulu, and YouTube, are starting to cut into the profits of those companies, so they need to adapt to the changing culture. For example, the cable company in my area is now offering their own “on-demand” service through the internet, allowing its customers to consume media at home and on the go.
With all of the different devices and media streaming taking place in an average home, the internet connection is even more important than ever before. With that, the distribution of that connection is just as important. Without good distributions, the experience of consuming media will not be very good, with the constant buffering and dropped frames. Luckily, we have the new 802.11AC standard that is focused on providing an optimum experience for high bandwidth applications. To go along with the new standard is a higher requirement for hardware. ASUS has the hardware to back it up.
The ASUS RT-AC56U Dual-band Gigabit Wireless-AC1200 router is built around a Dual-core Cortex-A9 800MHz CPU and 256MB of DDR3 Memory. The RT-AC56U is a 2x2 solution offering concurrent dual-band connections of 300Mbps on the 2.4GHz band and 867Mbps on the 5GHz band when using the AC wireless standard, for up to 1167Mbps. ASUS bundles many features with the RT-AC56U, including the easy to use ASUSWRT interface, AiCloud 2.0, VPN capability, and DDNS built in. To go along with these software features, you have two USB ports located on the back of the router for storage devices, printers, or 3G/4G modems. One of the USB ports is USB 3.0 SuperSpeed and is ideally suited for connecting a storage device. Security features include a firewall, Denial of Service (DoS) protection, URL Filter, Keyword Filter, Network Services Filter, and the latest wireless encryption WPA2-PSK, including RADIUS support for enterprises or small businesses.