Posted by Tom Gagliardi on April 14, 2019 at 07:38:07 A couple of weeks ago we looked at the Asus router, the 6500.
We were quite impressed with the performance and features of the router, and with the fact that it was a 2-year-old model, it had a lot of potential to become a great router.
It was a bit pricey, but we really liked the fact it was built around a quad-core CPU, and the fact we had a really good 2.5GHz wireless connection.
If you wanted to stream 4K videos from Netflix, YouTube or the like, you could do it with the 6400, but if you wanted 4K streams, you needed a 2.7GHz processor.
We did notice that the router would get a bit sluggish when streaming 4K content, especially with HDR content, so it wasn’t exactly blazing fast.
The 5GHz wireless band seemed a bit better, and we also liked the wireless card that came with the router.
However, the 5GHz band was very much the bottleneck, and even with the 5G network coming online in the next couple of months, the Asus routers performance wouldn’t change much in the way of being competitive.
That said, the router could be used as a media center, for home theater and other gaming purposes, so the performance could definitely improve.
The 6500 has a 4K display, but you can use a 720p or 1080p display if you need it.
The processor is a quad core 1.2GHz Cortex A7.
The network is 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, so you can have two networks connected to it at once.
Asus has included a built-in USB hub, so if you have a tablet or smartphone that has a built in hub, you can hook it up and connect it to the router for media playback.
Asus did include a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse, and it does have a USB port, so for more media playback you can plug a smartphone or tablet into the router and have it connect to the tablet.
If the router had a 5G radio, we’d have expected a bit more power, but it seems like a decent value if you’re looking for a media server.
However it doesn’t have an HDMI port, which makes the 6300 a better option if you don’t need that type of video output.
If your home theater setup is going to use the 6200 or 6300 as a hub, then the 6700 is probably a better choice.
The price is a little high at $449, but at least you get a 2TB hard drive, a USB 3.0 port, 802.15.4 Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, and a 2×4 Gigabit Ethernet port.
Asus also offers the 6100 and 6300 in 16GB and 64GB configurations, which is a nice range of storage options for a router.