Amped Wireless is beginning to integrate touch functionality into its home networking devices. We saw it first with the TAP-EX, a high-power Wi-Fi range extender with a built-in touchscreen, and now there's the TAP-R2, an AC750 Wi-Fi router with touch display. This isn't the first router with a touchscreen we've seen, though Amped Wireless is billing it as the industry's first high power touch screen Wi-Fi router.
Granted, Maximum PC readers are not the type to mind having to grapple with some ornery hardware every once in a while — ah, the thrill of taming such devices — but it’s no fun when an entire device class is a royal pain the derriere. One such class of devices is that of wireless networking equipment.
TP-Link is pitching its new Archer C8 AC1750 Wireless Dual Band Gigabit Router as its first premium model in its 802.11ac family of networking gear. Aimed at digitally connected homes with multiple devices, the Archer C8 offers up to 1.3Gbps of transfer performance over the 5GHz channel and up to 450Mbps over the 2.4GHz channel. That's a combined 1.75Gbps of total bandwidth over the two channels, hence the AC1750 rating, though you can't actually morph the two connections into one.
It's getting a bit difficult to keep up with the fast evolving wireless router market, as newer and faster models built around the Wireless-AC standard keep coming out a furious pace. One of the most active players in the high-end router game is Linksys, which just announced two new models -- the Linksys AC3200 Tri-Band Smart Wi-Fi Router (EA9200) and the Linksys AC2400 Dual-Band Wi-Fi Router (E8350).
Want faster Wi-Fi? Well hang onto your shorts because Samsung just announced the development of a 60GHz Wi-Fi technology that it claims will improve today's speeds by a factor of five. Under ideal conditions, you would be able to transfer a 1GB movie between devices in under three seconds. The technology would also allow for uncompressed high-definition videos to stream from mobile devices to TVs in real-time.
The transition from 802.11n to 802.11ac is bringing about a fast and furious stream of new wireless routers, including new flagship models that continue to take advantage of today's streaming landscape. Netgear, a familiar name in the high-end router market, just launched its new Nighthawk X4 AC2350 Smart Wi-Fi Router (R7500) with a quad-stream Wi-Fi architecture (4x4).
After teasing the industry with a preview earlier this year at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Asus today officially launched its RT-AC87 dual-band wireless router. It's the first Wave 2 802.11ac router for consumers and it's powered by Quantenna's QSR1000 4x4 Multi-User Multiple Input Multiple Output (MU-MIMO) chipset, which gives your home network a bit of future-proofing.
We're a connected society, and if you let your kids run rampant on the Internet, they might just spend the whole day on there. There are parental controls that can help make sure little Billy and Suzi aren't spending too much time on the web or visiting sites they shouldn't be, but the Kudoso router that's now on Kickstarter is a first. The Kudoso router lets you assign chores and activities to let your kids unlock Internet time on approved sites.
This is the fastest rated consumer Wi-Fi router yet
Router makers aren't messing around these days. Taking full advantage of the 802.11ac spec, which incidentally is no longer in draft form, Asus today announced the RT-AC3200 wireless router. Asus is billing the RT-AC3200 as the world's fastest Wi-Fi router, and as far as we're privy to, that's an accurate claim. Of course, like all other high-speed routers, Asus is taking liberties with nomenclature to describe the speed.
Both Broadcom and Quantenna are working on chips to dramatically increase 802.11ac Wi-Fi speeds
We hate to be the ones to break it to you, but in the true sense of the term, there's simply no such thing as "future proofing." Take for example the draft 802.11ac standard. You can go out and buy the fastest consumer router avaiable today (a tossup between the Asus RT-AC66U/AC68U and Netgear R7000) and by this time next year, we'll likely have a new speed king. In fact, the efforts of two competing companies -- Broadcom and Quantenna -- all but ensure it. Both companies recently announced new chipsets that will make today's routers look pokey by comparison.