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In light of the ongoing pandemic, as well as the Enhanced Community Quarantine in place, a lot of companies have shifted to a Work From Home approach. Some even let their staff bring home their equipment to facilitate the move.

With additional devices connected to a home network, routers can get pretty stretched with the workload, and may lead to degrading network performance.

As such, ASUS, with its lineup of multi-core CPU routers, can help solve this issue.

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Fast internet and a good router go hand in hand

With a ton of devices using the bandwidth, the connection would tend to slow down.

Internet speed may seem to be the problem, or it may be the router in use. With a 20Mbps and above connection on a single-router, people are bound to experience bottlenecks when a router is overloaded with work and cannot properly perform.

That’s why routers need powerful processors to ensure that all connected devices and the programs or tasks running in it are all taken care of appropriately.

Why the need for more CPU cores?

A multi-core router can do the following:

  • Handle more simultaneous connections – with more devices connected, a router with at least a dual-core CPU can allocate bandwidth properly to serve each client efficiently.
  • Open to advanced tasks – Select ASUS routers feature a USB port and 4 to 8 LAN ports depending on the model. While some routers will experience bottlenecking when all the ports are filled, that’s not the case with ASUS.
  • Special Features – Game Boost, AiProtection Pro, AiRadar Beamforming and AiMesh. These are just some of the features that make ASUS routers stand out.

Which router is for you?

RT-AC1300UHP and RT-AC59U

RT-AC1300UHPThese routers are good if you just need a simple upgrade from your ISP’s router/modem combo. These are perfect for small spaces such as studios or 1-bedroom apartments and condominium units.

RT-AC59UThe latter boasts a higher combined bandwidth of 1,500Mbps which is enough to sustain a buffer-free 4K video stream while the former has powerful antennas to penetrate walls. They also feature a quad-core and dual-core CPU.

RT-AC68U

RT-AC68UWith this model, it will be easy to start an AiMesh WiFi network to work anywhere at home. This 1,900Mbps dual-core router boosts WiFi signals to where your device is. It can also be paired with another AiMesh router to further cover your house with better WiFi signals.

RT-AX88U

RT-AX88UThe world’s first WiFi 6 router is powered by a quad-core processor and can accommodate Gigabit Internet speeds with ease. It also boasts up to 8 LAN ports to support clients that prefer a more stable network connection. It’s the perfect addition to a 2-tiered household.

ROG Rapture GT-AC5300

GT-AC5300Powered by a quad-core processor, this model should give work-at-home employees and gamers in one household good Internet speed on their devices. With ASUS Game Boost, gamers can say goodbye to in-game latency issues even if everyone is sending an email, watching hi-resolution videos, or streaming music.

ROG Rapture GT-AC2900

GT-AC2900This 2,900Mbps fast router features an RGB glow in front that goes well with any themed space. Under the hood is a dual-core CPU that can handle all network traffic an intelligently prioritize packets you set it to focus on. It can also create a VPN for each device, assuring you that your other devices won’t experience any slow down when your PC is connected to a private network.

ROG Rapture GT-AX11000

GT-AX11000ROG Rapture GT-AX11000 should be able to cover a wider home space with its high-power internals. Work-at-home users can work with uninterrupted WiFi speeds. The device runs on a quad-core CPU that powers its 2.5 Gbps port for fast transfer. It also has 8 antennas for MU-MIMO, and three WiFi bands for a dedicated band for office work. Users can throw in all their gaming, 4K resolution streams, and P2P downloads at it, and this router will hold its ground.

Pricing and Availability

All the routers mentioned above are available for purchase from stores with the following SRPs.

Model SRP
RT-AC1300UHP PHP 5,075.00
RT-AC59U PHP 4,300.00
RT-AC68U PHP 6,990.00
GT-AC2900 PHP 12,000.00
GT-AC5300 PHP 21,250.00
RT-AX88U PHP 20,690.00
GT-AX11000 PHP 26,700.00

 

Emman has been writing technical and feature articles since 2010. Prior to this, he became one of the instructors at Asia Pacific College in 2008, and eventually landed a job as Business Analyst and Technical Writer at Integrated Open Source Solutions for almost 3 years.