Asus BRT-AC828 router goes for quad-antenna power

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 4×4 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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    • danazar
    • 3 years ago

    I just wish there were consumer routers like this with 2.5/5G Nbase-T already. I’d feel dumb spending this much in a router when those devices are less than a year away. (There are already Nbase-T devices on the market, just not prosumer routers yet.)

    • Prestige Worldwide
    • 3 years ago

    QUAD DAMAGE!!!!!!!!!!

    • ldonyo
    • 3 years ago

    Looks and bandwidth specs are amazingly similar to the NetGear Nighthawk R7800 I picked up a month or so ago.

      • cygnus1
      • 3 years ago

      [url=https://arstechnica.com/security/2016/12/unpatched-bug-allows-hackers-to-seize-control-of-netgear-routers/<] Be sure you keep up to date on that Netgear firmware.... [/url<]

        • Vaughn
        • 3 years ago

        The R7800 isn’t affected by this issue.

        Its only the Boardcom units not the ones with a Quantenna chipset.

        And Netgear has released beta firmware to fix this.

        Not that it matter so me I’m running Asus-Merlin Firmware on my R7000.

    • Theolendras
    • 3 years ago

    Weird times, M.2 slot are a rare sight in consumer NAS, yet we have M.2 slots in a router. I guess there are Gigabit internet users that are drooling somewhere a the tought of fast storage use from everywhere on their term withtout the cloud, but that seems like a very narrow niche. Unless it is priced reasonably (which I doubt) I think I’ll go for a decent transfert speed USB3 without shielding issue if they managed to correct that flaw by now.

      • davidbowser
      • 3 years ago

      Drobo has had M.2 slots in their devices for a while, but they tend to be more expensive NAS devices.

      EDIT: Drobo actually has been using mSATA, not m.2. My mistake.

      • stdRaichu
      • 3 years ago

      More common that you’d think – a great deal of mini-PCIe wireless cards use the M.2 format these days as it’s basically the replacement for several different standards. For example, this [url=https://www.scan.co.uk/products/intel-8260ngw-dual-band-wireless-ac-8260-adapter-m2-pcie-2230-a-b-g-n-ac-2×2-ac-terminals-bt42-no-vp<]Intel 8260[/url<] comes in M.2 2230.

        • Theolendras
        • 3 years ago

        Yeah I tough at the possibility of an upgradable router, but ruling it out as very improbable a router manufacturer would go that route.

      • VincentHanna
      • 3 years ago

      Just because it has an m.2 slot doesn’t mean you aren’t looking at 35Mb/s transfer times.

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