With an announced bandwidth of 4804 Mbit/s at a frequency of 5 GHz, this device is capable of outperforming all other available WiFi routers. The only problem is that no terminals are currently compatible with it.
This announcement went somewhat unnoticed during the IFA trade show, but it is still very much worth looking into. During this show, the manufacturer, Asus, presented its RT-AS88U, an ultra-fast WiFi router – probably even the fastest in the world. This new device is indeed the first to comply with the 802.11ax standard which will revolutionize WiFi connectivity within our homes.
If fact, this new standard should be able to exceed the 10 Gbit/s theoretical bandwidth limit thanks to its modulation and reception technologies derived from the domain of 4G connectivity, such as OFDMA (Orthogonal Frequency-division multiple access), MU-MIMO (Multiple Users Multiple In Multiple Out) and Uplink Resource Scheduler. These new technologies should be able to ensure that connections remain fast even when a Hotspot is under heavy load.
A Broadcom chipset
The RT-AS88U – which makes use of a Broadcom chipset – promises to deliver a 4804 Mbit/s bandwidth at a frequency of 5 GHz, which is around three times faster than what the best commercially available 802.11ac routers are able to deliver. At a frequency of 2.4 GHz, the difference with the competition is less spectacular. Asus’s device claims to provide a 1148 Mbit/s bandwidth, whereas other currently available 802.11ac devices can already provide 1000 Mbit/s.
Asus did not announce a release date for its device. At any rate, there is no hurry since for the moment, there are currently no terminals which use the 802.11ax standard and Broadcom’s 802.11ax chipsets have only been around since mid August. Furthermore, the standard has not even been finalized yet, and will not be finalized until 2019. So, this technology is still a few years away, but this presentation was a good opportunity for Asus to showcase its technical ability.