Jan 06 2016

News - ASUS CES 2016 announcements

I think ASUS forgot to mention HTPC as a key use case for its recently announced mini-PCs. Looking at the spec's and product photos, they would slot right into the A/V cabinet Smile.

Dec 04 2015

News - ASUS Announces B150 Pro Gaming/Aura

When I go motherboard shopping, there is one thing that makes it first on the list of must-haves - Intel NIC. So it was awesome to see that the ASUS B150 Pro Gaming/Aura for Intel Skylake CPUs includes the I219-V. The price is right @ $129 and there's lots of good stuff like M.2, USB Type-C and DDR4 support, but there are two potential drawbacks depending on use: no DisplayPort, and it lights up.

Dec 03 2015

News - ASUS goes deep on their new RT-AC88U Wave 2 802.11AC router

I notice ASUS's RT-AC88U a while ago, but back then the exact specifications (beyond AC3100 and eight, yes eight, Gigabit Ethernet ports) weren't really available on the [probably unintentionally published] product page. There have been a few more tidbits since, but nothing that goes as in-depth as this YouTube video, which not only discusses the router, but provides a useful overview of many of the features that any modern Wave 2 802.11AC router will have. It does clock in at around 30 minutes, so make sure you’ve grabbed a beverage and allocated the time.

Nov 23 2015

News - SmallNetBuilder Reviews ASUS OnHub

If you like seeing routers taken apart, you will love SNB's review of the ASUS OnHub. This is a typical performance focused review, but I would have like to see more details on the UX (e.g. screenshots) as, at least from my understanding, it's the main selling point versus standard OEM Wi-Fi routers.

Nov 23 2015

News - Ars Technica Reviews ASUS Chromebit

ASUS launched the Chromebit a few days ago, but this is the first review I've seen of the device.  No surprises as far as I can tell from the review. Have a look if this sort of portable computing piques your interest. If you do buy one, get the orange - everything looks better in orange Smile.

Nov 18 2015

News - ASUS Chomebit HDMI Stick

I've never really seen the appeal of ChromeOS. My computing needs tend to run a bit more towards the power user end of the spectrum, but if you have a friend or family member who just wants to browse the web and do a bit of email $85/£90 + HDMI equipped monitor might just do the trick.

Nov 18 2015

News - TweakTown Reviews ASUS ROG Maximus VIII Impact Mini-ITX Motherboard

What is wrong with motherboard names these days!? Sometimes I feel like a frumpy old man reading these reviews Smile. Nomenclature asside, Skylake has me a bit excited, and with the recent outpouring of product, and reviews around the ecosystem it looks to have taken the OEMs and PC sites along as well.

After Intel left the motherboard market, I've more often than not ended up with ASUS powering my builds. So I was intrigued to see what their high-end ITX board had on offer. Overall looks solid, but the lack of DisplayPort and M.2 (OK, U.2 is there) kills it for me.

Nov 12 2015

News - ASUS Announces Zen AiO Pro

The $999 (starting) ASUS Zen AiO Pro looks like a reasonbly capable all-in-one (AiO) PC with Intel i7/i5, NVIDIA dGPU options, and up to 16GB RAM.

Full PR after the click.

Oct 13 2015

News - ASUS RT-AC88U AC3100 802.11AC Router With Eight Gigabit Ports

I haven't seen an official announcement, but there is a product page up for the ASUS RT-AC88U. This is a two radio (1x “1000Mbps” 2.4GHz + 1x “2167Mbps” 5GHz) model based on Broadcom’s hardware, with support for MU-MIMO. What makes it particularly interesting, besides the looks of course, is that that it includes eight Gigabit Ethernet ports and support for Link Aggregation (specific schemes weren’t listed). When official PR is available, we’ll definitely let you know.


Feb 18 2014

News - ASUS is not fixing a security flaw in their Router Automatically

ASUS is not fixing a problem that is considered a security flaw in any of their recent firmware Asus Logoupdates. Do you have any of the features enabled that help with remote access to your files? Do you have Samba enabled? You are also opening up yourself to this vulnerability. Security experts are trying to contact ASUS to see if they are planning on fixing the issue, but no response yet. The “hacker” can see the entire hard drive that is connected to the router, even if you don’t have it shared out publicly. This goes for a bunch of ASUS routers and ASUS is slowly coming out with some patches but they have to manually fix the issues. Check out the link below from CNET.

"These types of attacks could be prevented if security was a higher priority in the router manufacturers software development life cycle," Holcomb said. "At the end of the day, this is just the tip of the iceberg; with the amount of vulnerable network hardware comprising the internet infrastructure, people should count on more large scale attacks."


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