ASUS Announces BRT-AC828 802.11AC AC2600 4×4 Wi-Fi router
I wasn’t able to run down price or exact availabilty, but this is still quite an interesting looking device, even though it’s not the latest wireless technology. As we can see from the photo above, the business oriented BRT-AC828 sports two WAN and eight LAN Gigabit Ethernet ports. Providing fail-over and enought connectivity that those of us who need a swtich next to the router should give this a once over. It’s also the first router I’m aware of that offers M.2 storage capability on device.
ASUS Announces BRT-AC828
Powerful AC2600-class Wi-Fi router offers fast, reliable networking, dual-WAN resilience and easy management tailored for SMB customers
- Fast, stable Wi-Fi: Up to 2534Mbps combined speeds, 4×4 MIMO design and ASUS AiRadar beamforming for stable coverage throughout the workplace
- Built-in resilience: Dual physical WAN ports for ultimate speed and reliability, with up to 2Gbps aggregated bandwidth and failover capability
- Improved network safety: AiProtection, VLAN and IPsec VPN with hardware-based encryption engine provide effective network protection
- Easy management: Captive Portal allows easy setup of customer Wi-Fi portal, while Device Grouping and RADIUS server enable easy device management
Taipei, Taiwan (1st December, 2016) —ASUS today announced BRT-AC828, an ultra-fast AC2600-class dual-band 802.11ac wireless router with a four-transmit, four-receive (4×4) antenna configuration.
BRT-AC828 is packed with all the networking features that are vital to growing companies, whether they are new start-ups or longer-established enterprises.
ASUS AiRadar combines beamforming with the four external antennas to ensure reliable, powerful and ultra-fast Wi-Fi — with combined speeds of up to 2534Mbps — throughout the workplace, allowing users to concentrate on growing their business.
For fast and resilient internet connectivity, BRT-AC828 features dual Gigabit WAN ports that offer up to 2Gbps aggregated bandwidth, with automatic failover in the case of interruption to one of the internet connections.
Other business-focused features include an easy-to-configure secure Wi-Fi portal for customers, simplified device management using Device Grouping, and a RADIUS server for secure authentication and easy user administration.
Fast, stable Wi-Fi
The high-performance, easy-to-use ASUS BRT-AC828 not only allows fast and stable connections to multiple devices, but also offers superb coverage. Even in complex office layouts, the powerful four-transmit, four-receive (4×4) MIMO design with four external antennas and fine-tuned power output ensures optimized reception for the best possible performance.
Supporting up to 250 simultaneous Wi-Fi connections, BRT-AC828 can handle even the heaviest usage requirements, and the revolutionary MU-MIMO technology allows multiple MU-MIMO-compatible clients to work at full speed.
For the ultimate high-speed internet connectivity, the two physical 1Gbps WAN ports on ASUS BRT-AC828 can deliver aggregated WAN bandwidth of up to 2Gbps. For non-stop internet access, these can also be configured as primary and secondary internet connections, with failover to the secondary connection if the primary fails. There is also the option of connecting a 4G LTE dongle to the USB 3.0 port for use as a primary or secondary WAN, adding even more versatility.
Efficient protection for your digital assets
ASUS BRT-AC828 can help businesses protect sensitive company information without sacrificing working efficiency. It incorporates the powerful ASUS AiProtection feature with exclusive Trend Micro™ technology, which uses real-time network monitoring to detect malware, viruses and other intrusions before it reaches the network devices.
The integrated IPsec virtual private network (VPN) — with its hardware encryption engine — is a secure and convenient way for employees to access the company’s internal network from home or from another remote location.
Virtual LAN (VLAN) support enables IT managers to manage the networks for different departments within a company, making for a more secure and seamless working environment.
With ASUS BRT-AC828’s easy and intuitive ASUSWRT graphical menu system, users do not have to worry about complex network settings. It is incredibly easy to manage all the company’s devices using Device Grouping and the RADIUS Wi-Fi server, or for business owners to set up, and customize, a free Wi-Fi welcome page for customers using the Captive Portal feature in order to grow their business.
The time-saving Device Grouping makes managing grouped devices — for example in different departments — more efficient by enabling IT managers to apply the same settings to all devices within the same group.
The convenient built-in RADIUS server not only saves space by eliminating the need for an external server, but also simplifies network management by providing secure, centralized authentication for devices and users.
For incredibly fast onboard storage, ASUS BRT-AC828 includes a built-in M.2 storage slot that accepts an ultra-fast M.2 SSD module. This can be configured as a powerful built-in mini-NAS for backup and file storage by plugging in a suitable M.2 SATA SSD. It is quick and easy to do a backup, and large files open in an instant. Compared to a traditional external USB port, the internal port makes storing data much more secure and it reduces the risk of being accidentally disconnected.
ASUS routers for business: The reliable choice
For the second straight year, ASUS has earned the Business Choice Award from PCMag.com readers for its routers, which they rated best for use at work. ASUS was also the most recommended brand in the survey.
AVAILABILITY & PRICING
ASUS BRT-AC828 will be available soon in the UK at leading retailers. Please contact your local ASUS representative for further information.
Concurrent dual-band 2.4GHz and 5GHz
802.11ac (5GHz): up to 1734Mbps
802.11n (2.4GHz): up to 800Mbps (256QAM)
1.7GHz dual-core IPQ8065 processor
256MB Flash / 512MB DDR3 RAM
2 x 10/100/1000Mbit/s Ethernet WAN
8 x 10/100/1000Mbit/s Ethernet LAN
2 x USB 3.0
1 x M.2 SATA (Socket 3)
4 x external antennas
ASUSWRT web-based admin console
System event log
IPS (Intrusion Prevention System)
Weight & Dimensions
190 x 300 x 49.5 mm
ASUS is a worldwide top-three consumer notebook vendor and maker of the world’s best-selling, most award-winning motherboards. A leading enterprise in the new digital era, ASUS designs and manufactures products that perfectly meet the needs of today’s digital home and office, with a broad portfolio that includes motherboards, graphics cards, optical drives, displays, desktop and all-in-one PCs, notebooks, netbooks, servers, multimedia devices, wireless solutions, networking devices, tablets, smartphones and wearables. Driven by innovation and committed to quality, ASUS won 4,368 awards in 2015 and is widely credited with revolutionizing the PC industry with its Eee PC™. ASUS has more than 17,000 employees around the globe with a world-class R&D team of over 5,500 engineers. Company revenue for 2015 was approximately US$14 billion.
1 Specifications, content and product availability are all subject to change without notice and may differ from country to country. Actual performance may vary depending on applications, usage, environment and other factors. Full specifications are available at http://www.asus.com