ASUS’ GT-AC5300 8-Antenna Router Will Let You Slay Packets With The Best

ASUS’ GT-AC5300 8-Antenna Router Will Let You Slay Packets With The Best

Is it awesome or awkward when your router has more grunt than your notebook? Well, depending on how old your laptop is and your fondness for $700 networking hardware, this unusual dream can be yours via ASUS’ upcoming Rapture GT-AC5300.

Packing a 1.8GHz, quad-core Broadcom BCM4908, it has more than enough power for all your Wi-Fi and ethernet needs… and then some.

Currently available for preorder for a June release, the GT-AC5300 supports all the expected standards: 802.11n and 802.11ac for Wi-Fi (and link aggregation via 802.3ad) with quadrature amplitude modulation over eight — yes, eight — antennas. A single 2.4GHz and a pair of 5GHz radios complement the setup.

The GT-AC5300 doesn’t skimp on ports either, with eight gigabit ethernet sockets and two USB 3.0 plugs just waiting to be used.

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The Australian RRP is $729, however a quick search on Staticice shows you can get it for $698. I think for the majority, a gadget like this is overkill for regular home networking loads.

But, if your current gear is running hot with torrents utterly honest streaming and downloading activities and you need a few extra milliseconds on your pings, the GT-AC5300 looks like it’ll handle it all without breaking a capacitor.

It also resembles some sort of futuristic bear trap, so in a pinch it’s good to know you can handle time-travelling dwarven cavalry.