Asus Blue Cave

Sta­lac-tight se­cu­rity and de­sign

Mac|Life - - CONTENTS - Alex Cox

$180 From Asus, asus.com Fea­tures AC2600 ra­dios, Gi­ga­bit Eth­er­net, Asus AiPro­tec­tion de­vice se­cu­rity, parental con­trols, file and print server

The Blue Cave, with its toroidal cav­ern gouged through the mid­dle, is a pretty unique router. As far as we can tell there’s no prac­ti­cal rea­son for this de­sign, but it does give the Blue Cave a vis­ual edge.

Around the back, thank­fully, the de­sign isn’t as rad­i­cal. There’s a Gi­ga­bit eth­er­net port to hook up to your mo­dem, four Gi­ga­bit ports for other con­nected de­vices, and a USB 3.0 port used for ad­di­tional ex­pan­sion. You’ll also find a phys­i­cal off switch and a hid­den WPS but­ton for easy de­vice con­nec­tion.

In terms of per­for­mance, we’ve tested routers with more pow­er­ful dis­tance cov­er­age, but its dual ra­dios, which broad­cast on dis­tinct 2.4GHz and 5GHz chan­nels rather than mesh­ing the two to­gether, are no­tably snappy. We had no trouble stream­ing 4K video over Wi-Fi, nor with gam­ing.

Blue Cave has the edge over its com­peti­tors with its straight­for­ward setup process via an iOS app. Fam­ily man­age­ment is an­other strong point, with Asus’ AiPro­tec­tion en­abling you to col­lect de­vices into groups, then apply us­age re­stric­tions to man­age what those groups are able to ac­cess and when. You can also add per-de­vice band­width lim­it­ing, if some­one’s hog­ging all the data. In ad­di­tion, there’s se­cu­rity built in from TrendMi­cro which adds a layer of pro­tec­tion to ev­ery­thing on your net­work, and the Blue Cave makes the most of the var­i­ous func­tions of that afore­men­tioned USB port with built-in FTP and Samba file shar­ing, and its own print server. Neat.

the bot­tom line. All the ex­tra gim­micks are a nice touch, and make the Blue Cave more than the sum of its parts.

Asus Blue Cave is an aes­thetic marvel, it’s also ex­tremely se­cure.

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