At CES 2014 in January, Quantenna Communications revealed that the first consumer product to include its new QSR1000 4x4 Multi-User Multiple Input Multiple Output (MU-MIMO) chipset would be the Asus RT-AC87 home router. The second generation (or Wave 2) 802.11ac Wi-Fi device, which promises potential throughput of up to 1.73 Gbps, is now being readied for shipping.
Asus says that, as well as being a good fit for HD resolution (or better) video streams, low-latency gaming and large file sharing, the RT-AC87 is able to use the MU-MIMO chipset to serve different wireless devices simultaneously. This will allow for more efficient use of the available bandwidth than was possible with Wireless-N or Wave 1 routers. The router's four external antennas and advanced spatial streaming should also reduce the transmission's signal-to-noise ratio and improve the Wi-Fi signal's reliability.
The company promises quick setup via a pre-installed, web-based user interface. An exclusive application called AiCloud 2.0 that can transform the router into a personal cloud server has been included, which caters for syncing, sharing and streaming of content stored on the network, attached USB storage devices or Asus WebStorage via a web-based interface.
The RT-AC87 will also include real-time protection from external attacks from malware and other intrusions in the form of AiProtection with Trend Micro.
Asus says that the new router will be available shortly for a suggested retail price of US$269.99.