ASUS RT-AC5300 Wire­less-AC5300 Tri-Band Gi­ga­bit Router

HWM (Malaysia) - - THINK -

While cam­era man­u­fac­tur­ers duke out over sen­sor sizes and megapix­els counts, router man­u­fac­tur­ers are try­ing to outdo each other with more ex­ter­nal an­ten­nas. And the router that is cur­rently sit­ting on the throne of an­ten­nas is the new RT-AC5300 tri-band router from ASUS. It has eight an­ten­nas! Now let that fact soak that in for a while. Eight an­ten­nas aside, it also has a body that looks more like a space­ship. Taken as a whole, the new RT-AC5300 router does look like some piece of weird alien tech­nol­ogy.

How­ever, what the RT-AC5300 router re­ally is a tri-band router that sup­ports a max­i­mum com­bined data trans­fer rate of 5,300Mbps. How is this num­ber de­rived? Thanks to Broad­com’ss new NitroQAM tech­nol­ogy, to­tal through­put on the sin­gle 2.4GHz band is now 1,000Mbps, whereas each 5GHz band can sup­port up to 2,167Mbps. Add it al all up and you get 5,334Mbps.bps. Star Wars fans, here’s some­thing to tide you over till the De­cem­ber re­lease of The Force Awak­ens. First spot­ted in Dis­ney’s first trailer for Episode VII, BB-8 is a ro­tund, rolling droid that re­sem­bles that other fan-fa­vorite droid with a dome­shaped head – R2-D2. The Sphero BB-8 is a minia­tur­ized ver­sion of the adorable ball-shaped droid, and it’s more than just a prop. At its core is the Sphero ro­bot ball, a self-bal­anc­ing ball driven by an in­ter­nal gy­ro­scope. With­out go­ing into the de­tails, the head in­ter­faces with the body with the help of mag­nets, and it’s de­signed such that the droid al­ways knows which way is for­ward. The droid can even rec­og­nize and re­spond to your voice, and you can con­trol it re­motely via a smart­phone app or even pro­gram a route for it! It’s also ca­pa­ble of au­ton­o­mous be­hav­ior, so you can ex­plore the uni­verse to­gether with a ball-shaped buddy.

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