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Quantenna: Home router for 4K over Wi-Fi

As the number of wireless devices in the home increases, so does the importance of reliable, fast Wi-Fi to stream bandwidth-intensive data.

Enter the ASUS RT-AC87, claimed as the world’s first Wave 2 802.11ac consumer router and the fastest5GHz model with speeds up to 1.73Gbps.

It is powered by Quantenna’s QSR1000 4×4 Multi-User Multiple Input Multiple Output (MU-MIMO) chipset and uses four external antennas and Universal Beamforming to maximise range throughout the home or office, improving signal strength and performance even to older 802.11a/b/g/n clients. Previous 802.11n and 802.11ac routers can stream to only one device at a time.

The router, retailing for $270 in the US, is capable of reaching speeds up to 1.73Gbps, ideal for HD video, ultra-low-latency gaming and heavy file sharing. Its breakthrough MU-MIMO technology enables it to stream rich content to multiple devices in every corner of a home, in full 1080p or 4K Ultra HD.

The ASUS AiCloud 2.0 is an exclusive application that turns the router into a powerful personal cloud server. Files stored on the network, on attached USB storage devices or on ASUS WebStorage are synchronized for file sharing by sending a link via email, text message or social-networking apps.