Any time it comes to wi-fi routers, little businesses are typically faced with a choice among
two kinds of item: one that oﬀers the functions they need but the wireless efficiency they do not want; or a speedy,highly effective consumer router that’s totally unsuited to a business setting up.
Asus’ BRT-AC828 seems to oﬀer the finest of each worlds. It has no less than 8 Gigabit Ethernet ports. There is a hardware VPN server, a host of user and group accessibility permissions functions and a set of two of Gigabit WAN ports – so if you have a backup internet connection, you can arranged the router to instantly switch over to it if your primary line runs down.
The Asus BRT-AC828 can also set up and host a branded customer Wi-Fi hot-spot of the type you come across in resorts and more upmarket restaurants, total with captive portal username and password access.
The wizard in the router’s guest network segment takes you through it all, allowing you to set up several usernames and passwords, each with their own internet access timeout
restricts. It’s even possible to insert your personal company background image to the
captive portal page, so it doesn’t look generic. The router also oﬀers assist for Facebook Wi-Fi and common guest networks. The only thing missing is the ability to process payment: the feature is for setting up free of charge Wi-Fi hot-spots only.
This is a 4×4 stream 802.11ac Wave 2 device with a complete theoretical throughput
of 2,533Gbits/sec; that breaks down to 1,733Mbits/sec over 5GHz and 800Mbits/
sec over 2.4GHz. In practice, you will never hit all those kinds of speeds, but we found
the Asus BRT-AC828’s general performance was fantastic in our tests.
Up close, we registered average download throughput of 87MB/sec over 5GHz, which is not the fastest, but still plenty enough for most programs. It’s at long range the BRT-AC828 shines,providing average throughput over 5GHz in our kitchen area of 21.4MB/sec.
The Asus BRT-AC828 does not arrive cheap, although: consumers should think about investing in Google Wifi or BT’s system rather. But, for small businesses,looking to deliver well-performing Wi-Fi for their customers, without the hassle of buying a bespoke option, it’s a good solution.
Antenna-External 3 dBi dipole antenna x 4,Transmit/Receive-MIMO technology,2.4 GHz 4 x 4, 5 GHz 4 x 4; Encryption:64-bit WEP, 128-bit WEP, WPA2-PSK, WPA-PSK, WPA-Enterprise , WPA2-Enterprise , Radius with 802.1x, WPS support;
– User definable rules for IP/MAC/Port
– Upload and download bandwidth management
– ACK/SYN/FIN/RST/ICMP with highest priority
Guest Network :
VPN server : PPTP Server, OpenVPN Server, IPSec(Host-to-Net) server, IPSec(Net-to-Net) server
VPN client : PPTP client, L2TP client, OpenVPN client, IPSec(Net-to-Net) client, IPSec(Peer-to-Peer) client
3G/4G data sharing
AiDisk file server
– Samba and FTP server with account management