ASUS Intros Lineup of 802.11ac Products Including First 5G WiFi Laptop

Signals Rapid Adoption of 5G WiFi Across Product Segments

At COMPUTEX, ASUS introduced an entire ecosystem of products using 5th generation Wi-Fi (5G WiFi) based on the 802.11ac standard.  The new products, which include the RT-AC66U Wireless Router , the G75VW gaming laptop PC and the P8Z77-V series motherboard, feature Broadcom (NASDAQ: BRCM) 5G WiFi chips which deliver Ethernet-quality speeds three times faster and with six times the power efficiency of previous generations of Wi-Fi devices.

ASUS RT-AC66U Gigabit Router

The ASUS RT-AC66U Gigabit wireless dual-band router is one of the first in the world to offer 802.11ac Wi-Fi, combining 2.4GHz/5GHz bands for a 1.75Gbps bandwidth. Its USB integration allows it to easily act as a multi-role device with server capabilities.

ASUS PCE-AC66 and USB-AC53 client devices provide 802.11ac compatibility to various devices using PCI Express and USB interfaces, respectively.

G75VW Gaming Notebook – the world’s first 5G WiFi laptop

Featuring Intel® 3rd generation Core™ i7 processors and the latest NVIDIA® GeForce® GTX 660M/670M GPUs with up to 3GB of GDDR5 VRAM, up to 16GB of DDR3 DRAM and support for dual hard drives in RAID 0/1, the G75 redefines what is possible with a gaming notebook. The dual-fan intelligent thermal mechanism ensures the system runs cooler, for longer, forcing the competition into submission. Active shutter glasses with NVIDIA 3D LightBoost™ technology on a Full HD screen, a built-in subwoofer and ASUS SonicMaster Lite audio further enhance the gaming experience.

The ease of deployment of low-cost wireless networks has brought a massive increase in the number of devices using wireless connectivity. As the performance of these devices improves, greater demand is being placed on networks for video and other high-bandwidth applications. This puts tremendous stress on legacy 802.11a/b/g/n networks, resulting in noticeably deteriorated performance, choppy videos and slower load times.

5G WiFi dramatically improves home wireless range, providing faster video streaming, the ability to connect multiple devices to the network simultaneously, broader coverage, and longer battery life. By incorporating 5G WiFi into its new access point, PC and motherboard, ASUS is one of the first companies to introduce an ecosystem of products that will deliver the benefits of 5G WiFi and further propel the this next wave of wireless innovation.

ASUS Rolls out 5G WiFi Dual-Band Router

ASUS, the Taiwan-based maker of PCs, laptops, mobile phones and servers, rolled out several new products at COMPUTEX today, including a new dual-band, Gigabit router featuring 5th generation WiFi (5G WiFi) technology, enabling wireless speeds up to three times faster than existing routers.

The new ASUS RT-AC66U router uses combined 2.4GHz/5GHz bandwidths, coupled with exclusive ASUS AiRadar signal amplification and shaping technology, to achieve 1.75 Gigabits per second – a massive data rate increase that makes it an excellent choice for demanding online applications.

One of the world’s first dual-band wireless routers to support the advanced 802.11ac wireless protocol, and among the first to achieve Gigabit wireless speeds, the RT-AC66U maintains the ASUS tradition of networking excellence established by previous ASUS high speed routers. It allows for easy and fast setup in just three steps with the ASUSWRT dashboard, and upholds strict QoS standards for the most reliable networking and download multitasking available. With QoS, the RT-AC66U has better bandwidth optimization and offers Download Master capabilities, which mean fast background downloading even post-shutdown. Up to eight SSIDs are supported, so users can easily setup distinct networks with different access privileges and levels of security without having to compromise passwords. The RT-AC66U supports the new IPv6 standard for better packet transmission and addressing.

USB applications extend router versatility

With its twin USB ports, the RT-AC66U becomes a true multi-role device. Attaching a 3G dongle allows it to share 3G connections among several users on different devices, while full DLNA compatibility affords smooth connectivity with a variety of entertainment platforms, including game consoles, Blu-ray players, smart TVs, and set-top boxes. The RT-AC66U can also serve as a dedicated FTP server and printer server, letting users share resources for greater productivity while reducing costs as there is no need to buy standalone server hardware.

Full 5G WiFi product lineup

In addition to the RT-AC66U router, ASUS has also released the PCE-AC66 and USB-AC53 clients, both 5G WiFi capable. The dual-band PCE-AC66 offers a PCI Express client card for desktops, with 3 x 3 high-powered transmission. It can sustain 1.3Gbps in 5GHz and up to 450Mbps in the 2.4GHz band. For easy USB upgrades to 802.11ac, the USB-AC53 compact dongle plugs into any USB port, with 2 x 2 802.11ac. In 5GHz, the attachment can maintain 867Mbps, while in 2.4GHz it works at 300Mbps, achieving a total throughput of around 1.3Gbps. The PCE-AC66 and USB-AC53 are enabled by Broadcom’s 5G WiFi chips, and demonstrate ASUS technology leadership in bringing an 802.11ac ecosystem to consumers.

Further information on 5G WiFi can be found at www.5GWiFi.org