ASUS introduces antenna-less Wi-Fi router, Blue Cave at Computex 2017

By : |May 29, 2017 0

Though ASUS started unveiling devices way before the Computex 2017 conference began, the Taiwanese company still had new and exciting devices under its sleeve for the conference.

After launching laptops and tablets, ASUS announced the ZenBook Flip S – world’s thinnest convertible that lets you play around with its 4K display. The company also launched the new ZenBook Pro, featuring powerful hardware in a slim form factor, an Intel Core i7-7700HQ as well as a Nvidia GeForce GTX 1050 Ti. Asus also announced new VivoBook Pro that packs Intel’s seventh-generation processors and comes loaded with discrete graphics in the form of Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 1050.

However, the topic of discussion in this article is none of the above mentioned intriguing devices, but a new WiFi router from the company, which has a big hole in it.

CIOL ASUS introduces a stylish & antenna-less Wi-Fi router, Blue Cave at Computex 2017

The company also launched Blue Cave at the conference, “an elegantly designed AC2600-class dual-band Smart Wi-Fi router that combines superb performance, commercial-grade security and family-friendly features with stylish good looks.”

The smart router is powered by Intel technology featuring Intel Wi-Fi chipset. Asus claims Blue Cave delivers smooth 4K UHD video streaming, lag-free gaming and fast file downloads. It also supports IFTTT for automated tasks in the smart home.

The antenna-less Blue Cave also includes ASUS AiProtection solution “powered by” Trend Micro Smart Home Network that protects any device connected to the network, including IoT devices.

Obviously, the USP of this device is the hole which ASUS calls a “central aperture” is bathed in gentle blue light. However, it’s not just for style, but the hole directs the signal. With internal antennas, the motherboard is sat on the bottom, with the hole providing some useful distance between the two.

Moreover, ASUS is also allowing smartphone users to run the router from an app on their smartphone. Administrators can view network usage, set family time limits and control what apps can access the internet. The apps will also send a notification whenever a new device is added to the network, or AiProtection detects a possible hack.

Though the company is yet to comment on the availability of Blue Cave, according to the Engadget report, the device will cost $180.

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