We thought we saw the last of extraordinary long rabbit ears when flat panel televisions supplanted bulky CRTs and cable/satellite service became ubiquitous. Boy, were we wrong. They're back, and they're the secret sauce in Asus
' recipe for a wireless router, access point, and range extender all rolled into one device.
The new Asus RT-N12HP is that device, and it purportedly offers up to 300 percent wider wireless coverage compared to standard N300 routers. Getting that kind of range required a custom hardware architecture augmented with detachable 9dBi high-gain antennas and a discrete signal power amplifier, Asus says.
Setup is supposedly "super easy" and takes all of 30 seconds to complete. Once the device is up and running, Asus says you can you can toggle between router, repeater, and AP modes with one-touch via a software EZ switch.
This is a single band router operating on the 2.4GHz frequency. It has four 10/100 BaseT LAN ports on the back and supports various security protocols, such as 64-bit/128-bit WEP, WPA2-PSK, WPA-PSK, WPA-Enterprice, WPA2-Enterprise, and WPS.
No word yet on price or availability.