ASUS today launched Blue Cave, a high-performance AC2600 Wi-Fi router based on Intel's latest connected home technology that's built to meet the demanding needs of modern smart homes. Blue Cave is an easy-to-use, innovatively designed router featuring family-friendly features like easy PC-free network setup and control, via the intuitive ASUS Router App for Android and iOS devices.
It's built to cope easily with the increasingly complex and bandwidth-heavy demands of smart home networks, offering superb multi-device performance powered by the Intel Home WiFi chipset, comprehensive commercial-grade security with ASUS AiProtection, and out-of-the-box IoT integration with Amazon Alexa and IFTTT.
"Combining years of ASUS experience in wireless innovation and Intel's connected home technology, Blue Cave delivers ultrafast WiFi speeds throughout your home," said Tenlong Deng, General Manager, ASUS Networking and Wireless Devices Business Unit. "Not only is it powerful with easy to use control features, its eye-catching design without external antennas blends perfectly with any décor."
Elegantly Designed WiFi for Smart Homes
Blue Cave combines ASUS engineering expertise and Intel's home Wi-Fi technology to deliver ultrafast AC2600-class concurrent dual-band WiFi speeds throughout the home, ensuring smooth 4K UHD video streaming and gaming, and fast file downloads. With Intel's latest technology, the router has more than enough capacity to handle the simultaneous data demands of multiple devices found in today's smart homes plus dedicated bandwidth for software and security features.
"Consumers are bringing more connected devices into their homes and need a network that can keep up now and in the future," said Dan Artusi, Vice President and General Manager, Intel's Connected Home Division. "We are collaborating with the industry to transform home connectivity and unleash a new era of smart home experiences. With a unique, eye-catching design, ASUS Blue Cave is a great example of an innovative solution based on Intel technology that fits into lifestyle aesthetics while delivering top performance."
Blue Cave has a strikingly compact design that fits anywhere. Blue Cave's unique styling and powerful performance are both made possible by ASUS' sophisticated WiFi engineering. Internal antennas are often a compromise: they allow a cleaner external design, but they can be prone to performance-sapping interference. In Blue Cave, the location and orientation of the four fully-optimized antennas relative to each other and to the internal circuitry was engineered to deliver the best possible WiFi signal in all directions.
Ultimate Protection for the Whole Family
Blue Cave incorporates ASUS AiProtection, the first commercial-grade security for home networks. AiProtection, powered by Trend Micro, is free for the life of the product, and protects every connected smart device on the network, including IoT devices.
Blue Cave incorporates Advanced Parental Controls, allowing users to keep a watchful eye on the family's internet usage, and decide how much internet time or what apps each family member is allowed. State-of-the-art parental controls let users block specific categories of mobile apps and websites - and apply these settings to all devices belonging to a family member - while allowing free access to the rest of the internet.
ASUS even expands that protection to other devices as Blue Cave includes a year's free Trend Micro Mobile Security package for two mobile devices and Trend Micro Titanium Antivirus+ for two Windows based PCs. Redemption instructions are included in the box. This offer is available until December 31, 2018.
Smart Home Ready
Blue Cave is a smart router for smart homes. It offers out-of-the-box support for IFTTT and Amazon Alexa, so users can easily integrate Blue Cave into a smart home to make their lives easier. For example, a user could just tell Alexa to suspend the Wi-Fi during a family dinner to prevent interruptions, or use IFTTT to get an automatic email notification when children arrive home. Blue Cave enables endless possibilities for smart living.
AVAILABILITY & PRICING
ASUS Blue Cave is available now at a suggested MSRP of $179.99 USD at Amazon, Fry's, Newegg and other leading retailers in North America.