Network routers aren't exactly the most exciting devices on the planet. They help your multiple network devices send and receive data from a single internet connection, provide WiFi signals, and sometimes even provide a little mass storage. They are a silent, low power device, that whiles away the day doing these tasks with little recognition. So when ASRock announced the debut of the "ASRock Gaming - Make 'Em Pray" product series at COMPUTEX 2015, which included a router named G10, we were a little skeptical.
On paper, it looks like a perfectly competent high end WiFi router. The G10 will cover the basics, including Gigabit wired connections, support for 802.11 b/g/n/ac WiFi signals over 8 dipole high power antennas, and USB 3.0 ports for printer and storage support. There's a gaming mode, which is really just some advanced QoS to give priority to games. There's even some nifty add-ons. You'll find an HDMI dongle to project your mobile device onto an HDMI complaint screen using Miracast, and infrared transmitters to control your Internet of Things devices.
Will this reinvent the router though? That's hard to say. We'll have to see when the production units are released for review. Until then, all we have is the press release below.
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ASRock Gaming Reinvents Routers with G10
TAIPEI, Taiwan, June 4, 2015 - Routers, the woeful wallflowers of computer components that are usually forsaken after the initial setup, only to be brought out for some violent shaking or tapping whenever the WiFi signals are unstable. As a matter of fact, routers could be way interesting than you can imagine. For instance, the first router of ASRock Gaming - G10 is capable of doing much more than merely providing WiFi connections.
Basically speaking, ASRock Gaming’s G10 is a 4T4R router with 8 dipole high power antennas hidden inside the crimson colored irregular polygon. It adopts technologies such as 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, Beamforming, Multi-User MIMO and a lot more. You might be wondering, “but what does that all mean in plain English?” G10 provides the strongest and widest coverage of wireless internet with speeds up to 1733Mbps!
Aside from its remarkable performance as a router, it also has plenty of added touches. Firstly, it bears two USB 3.0 ports for connecting printers or building an easy network-attached storage system (NAS). Second of all, it comes with a detachable 2-in-1 dongle that may either serve as a travel access point (AP) or an HDMI dongle with 2T2R 11n WiFi for projecting your handheld device’s screen onto an HDMI compliant monitor, otherwise known as Miracasting.
To induce even heavier breathing, ASRock Gaming promises advanced IoT (Internet of Things) technology on the new G10 routers. Via the infrared transmitters and receivers hidden inside, it can learn the infrared codes of other devices such as televisions, air conditioners or video game consoles. Allowing users to remotely control those aforementioned devices using the ASRock Router APP on a mobile phone or tablet, or even simultaneously streaming and gaming on multiple devices. Lastly, this gaming router supports Gaming Boost natively, which identifies and intelligently manages your internet traffic. Allocating more bandwidth for your online games or video game consoles automatically, so that gamers may have a more stable and smoother gameplay.
ASRock Inc. was established in 2002, specializing in the field of motherboards. ASRock strives to build up its own brand. With 3C design concepts, “Creativity, Consideration, Cost-effectiveness”, the company explores the limits of motherboard manufacturing while paying attention to environmental issues at the same time, developing products with the consideration of being eco-friendly.
ASRock has been growing fast and has become one of the three largest motherboard brands with its headquarters in Taipei, Taiwan and branches in Europe and the USA. The young and vibrant company targets at the entry to mainstream segment of the MB business, owning reputation around the world market with its reliability and proficiency. For further information, please visit: http://www.asrock.com/