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ASUS HiveSpot & HiveDot Mesh Wi-Fi System Unwrapped at CES 2017

ASUS today took their turn at detailing their whole-home mesh Wi-Fi System. As we’ve seen with D-Link and other manufacturers at CES, the system comprises two individual components. ASUS HiveSpot is a tri-band AC2134 Wi-Fi device while ASUS HiveDot is a dual-band AC1300 device.

The system requires a minimum of three nodes, with a maximum of five nodes supported on a single network. While two different devices are supported on the network, any node – the HiveSpot or the HiveDot – can act as router, connecting to your Internet modem via Ethernet. The other nodes then serve as access points around the home. An alternative “bridge” configuration is also available: a node can be connected to an existing router via a Gigabit Ethernet LAN connection.

The ASUS HiveSpot incorporates seven smart antennas and supports the company’s AiRadar beamforming technology. Like NETGEAR Orbi, HiveSpot dedicates on of its three 5 GHz bands for inter-node communications (at 867 Mbps) leaving two bands available for client comms. ASUS is also including its AiProtection feature, seen on other devices in the company’s range, which offers real-time protection from viruses and other online nasties, courtesy of a commercial-grade network security suite powered by Trend Micro.

A dedicated mobile app, ASUS Hive, is used to manage setup and configuration of the network. It includes a Smart Family Insights feature with parental controls for monitoring and restricting web access.

ASUS HiveSpot will ship in the second quarter of the year, priced at $400 for three nodes.

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Terry Walsh is the founder of We Got Served. He started the community in February 2007 with a mission to help families, tech enthusiasts everywhere figure out the technology needed to run the modern home and small business. He's the author of a number of guides to Windows, Windows Server and OS X Server and runs his own successful publishing business. Born and raised in Liverpool, England, Terry has been awarded Microsoft's prestigious Most Valuable Professional Award each year since 2008 for his work on We Got Served.

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