CES 2017: ASUS Announces HiveSpot and HiveDot Mesh WiFi

Subject: Networking | January 4, 2017 - 07:40 PM |
Tagged: wifi, router, mesh, hivespot, hivedot, gigabit router, asus, 802.11ac

ASUS has just announced the HiveSpot and HiveDot Mesh WiFi systems, which both combine multiple access points into a single network. Any individual node could be configured as either a router or a repeater, but the system is designed around one acting as a router and the rest, repeaters. The main difference between the two models is the higher-end set, the HiveSpot, utilize an extra, 5 GHz band, running 867 megabit, that’s dedicated to communication between the access points.

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Because of this, the HiveSpot is listed as AC2134 while the HiveDot is AC1300, but devices that connect to this network will see two, 650 megabit bands in either case. What the HiveSpot will get you is higher performance (and maybe stability) should multiple devices be communicating with different nodes at the same time. With the HiveDot, the routers will be sharing the same bandwidth as the devices connecting to them.

ASUS wasn’t too clear about pricing in their press release, but CNet is reporting that they will be sold in bundles of three, which is the minimum for the mesh network. Three HiveSpot devices will carry an MSRP of $399 USD, while three HiveDots, $299. In other words, it will cost you $100 if you want the high-bandwidth, dedicated link between the nodes.

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Source: ASUS

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January 4, 2017 | 08:34 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Dr. Asus is giving Hives

January 4, 2017 | 09:03 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

your NVidia sponsorship ad placement is very effective. I keep clicking the link below thinking it's a "read more" as usual.

January 4, 2017 | 10:02 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Hes being sponsored by Nvidia but hes NOT BIAS!!!

January 5, 2017 | 01:50 AM - Posted by Scott Michaud

o.o Are you really making that argument in a post about ASUS routers?

January 5, 2017 | 05:49 PM - Posted by collie

just give in to the saddness and end it bro, the world doesnt need you

January 5, 2017 | 06:43 PM - Posted by Scott Michaud

Whoa whoa whoa whoa. Keep it classy, Collie.

January 5, 2017 | 10:32 PM - Posted by collie

yea, I gota stop posting drunk.

January 5, 2017 | 11:26 AM - Posted by Mike S. (not verified)

I'm still not interested in any vendor's mesh networking until it's open source from top to bottom.

Then if they screw up security, or discontinue the product, there's a decent chance it will continue with community support. And it should also mean you can mix and match devices. Why should I have to shut off or sell my Netgear R7000 when I buy this?

January 5, 2017 | 12:04 PM - Posted by Anonymous (not verified)

Are their routers still spying on users and forwarding data to Trend Micro with no opt-out?


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