ASUS Announces ZenWiFi ET8: A WiFi 6E Mesh Networking System
The WiFi 6E Mesh Era Begins
ASUS has announced their latest mesh networking system, with the ZenWiFi ET8 offering a whole-home WiFi 6E experience. This may look innocent enough on the outside, but within those smooth white enclosures lurk more antennas and 160 MHz channels than you can shake a stick at.
Quoting the ASUS press release:
- Tomorrow’s mesh WiFi, today!: Twin-router WiFi 6E mesh system delivers speeds of up to 6600 Mbps, with seamless coverage across the entire home
- Powerful 6 GHz connectivity: New 6 GHz band with 7 extra 160 MHz channels delivers ultrafast, reliable backhaul connection and maximum network capacity
- Always secure, everywhere: ASUS Instant Guard protects any public WiFi connection; ASUS AiProtection Pro secures all connected devices
- Easy to set up, easy to manage: Simple 3-step setup via the ASUS Router app; choice of multiple SSIDs or single-SSID network naming
ASUS ZenWiFi ET8 is the mesh networking solution to today’s device-dense households, bandwidth-hungry content and over-congested frequency bands. ZenWiFi ET8 incorporates Broadcom WiFi 6E technology, featuring a new 6 GHz frequency band with up to seven extra 160 MHz channels that massively increases device capacity and reduces network latency. As the 6GHz band is exclusive to WiFi 6E devices, it’s ideal for an interference-free backhaul connection, and users also have the choice of using wired Ethernet for backhaul. This flexibility, along with easy setup and management, makes ZenWiFi ET8 the system of choice for discerning users looking for state-of-the-art whole-home WiFi.
I had to read the above paragraph again, and yes, it does say “up to seven extra 160 MHz channels”. Well then. Looking at the tech specs (available at this link) we find that there are 6x internal antennas, with transmit/receive capabilities of 2.4 GHz 2×2, 5 GHz 2×2, and 6 GHz 4×4. If you have the equipment to take advantage of it, this last option can provide a WiFi 6E connection of up to a ludicrous 4804 Mbps.
Rear ports include 1x 2.5GbE LAN/WAN, 3x 1GbE LAN, and 1x USB 3.1 Gen 1
As to price and availability, the ASUS ZenWiFi ET8 will be available here in the US for $529.99 beginning next month (July). For more details you can check out the ASUS product page, and full specs are available using this handy shortcut.