Asus' routers generally enjoy a good reputation, and the product line keeps expanding. The latest entry is the BRT-AC828 router, a device targeted at small businesses but packing a number of features that may interest gerbils with unique networking needs. The AC828's highlights include dual gigabit Ethernet WAN ports, 802.11ac Wi-Fi with a 4x4 antenna array and MIMO support, and a built-in M.2 slot for service as a miniature NAS.
The AC828 can use its pair of WAN ports in aggregate mode, offering up a total bandwidth of up to 2 Gbps. The WAN ports also support automatic failover, ensuring constant internet connectivity even if one of the connections fails. The device also sports a USB port for use with LTE modems for primary or backup Internet access. Two pairs of the router's gigabit Ethernet LAN ports can also be aggregated to deliver extra bandwidth to two servers or other high-demand devices.
Four external antennas sprout from the BRT-AC828. Asus claims the quartet provides up to 33% faster Wi-Fi speeds than older three-antenna designs. The company says users can expect up to 800 Mbps on the 2.4 GHz band and another 1734 Mbps on the 5 GHz band, should conditions allow.
A built-in M.2 slot allows owners to add storage capabilities to the AC828, turning it into a simple NAS appliance. Asus didn't say if the M.2 slot works with NVMe drives, though. Buyers who allow strangers onto their Wi-Fi may appreciate the BRT-AC828's built-in VLAN and Wi-Fi portal capabilities with customizable login pages. There's no word on pricing just yet, but Asus' press release mentions this router will be popping up in UK retailers soon.
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