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Asus blue a hole in the router market with Blue CaveThe Asus Blue Cave smart router is the whole package, with style, speed, security and all the customization options you could want.
[MUSIC] Asus got a hole in one of their routers. The Blue Cave isn't your average router in any way, with its sleek, all-white square design, featuring a blue-rimmed hole in the middle. In fact, the router is just about everything you could want, with its affordable price. Extra security features and top speeds. You could even say it's the whole package. But seriously, I was most impressed by it's web interface, which is seemingly ever setting imaginable, all organized in an easy to use manner. I can't say enough about the features It supports Time Machine backup, VPN, and even Amazon Alexa. Its in-depth QOS options let you easily prioritize your devices so everything gets the bandwidth it needs, and AI protection offers effective parental controls to keep tabs on your network. The Asus Blue Cave's speed is what really blew my mind. It maxed out around 900 mega bits per second on 5 giga hertz and it stayed consistent around 165 mega bits per second at 2.4 giga hertz up to 50 feet away. That should give you pretty reliable coverage in a medium to large size home. If I had to poke any metaphorical holes in the Blue Cave. It would be that the network storage transfer speeds were a little slow, and the router doesn't support [UNKNOWN] for fast simultaneous connections. Asus did say that [UNKNOWN] will be available in June of 2018 though, and in July, the blue cable will support AI mesh, which will allow you to wirelessly connect multiple Asus routers together to create a mesh network for wider coverage. You can't go wrong with the Asus It has speed style and security for your entire network. You can even display it out in the open to get better coverage without worrying about ruining your home decor. Just get ready for every time someone sees it to have to explain what it is until you are blue in the face. [MUSIC]