EDIFIER R12U USB Speaker, worth or not? | REVIEW

Recently, I sold out my Logitech Z313 since I already bought a new gaming PC. But, I still need to use my old PC for testing purposes, by doing so, I need a medium to convert the electrical energy to mechanical energy (motion) from computer via speaker. After conducting few google searches, I came across with a 2.0 speaker powered by USB, it seems. Well, without taking time to think, I rush to a shop, Nxygen at Jusco Equine Park and bought a pair of EDIFIER R12U, a USB powered 2.0 speaker.


If you’re planning to buy this speaker, then you can directly buy from their official website as, they’re having a discount from the actual price of the speaker for a limited amount of time.

OVERVIEW

The box is quite handy and cute. EDIFIER R12U is a 2.0 USB powered speaker, they’re so handy until, they can even fit in the smallest place or desk of yours either beside the laptop or your computer monitor. This speaker is suitable for PC’s and laptops.

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Figure 1: The speaker.

Currently, they’re offering three main colors, red, black and white. For this speaker review, I’ve chosen the white color.

PACKAGING’S

Before Un-Boxing

The box is not too big and able to fit into my motorcycle basket like a charm. So, you don’t really need a car to buy this speaker if you decided to buy directly from the authorized dealer of your choice.

After Un-Boxing

Believe or not, this speaker feels heavy. Trust me, when I hold the box, I don’t feel much weight, but after I unbox the speaker, the speaker feels solid and slightly heavy. I’ve used a pair of Creative SBS 245 before, but, this speaker feels heavier than them.

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Figure 6: The speaker w/ a USB cable and a 3.5mm audio jack attached.

The casing of the speaker feels premium, perhaps, one of the reasons why, this speaker feels solid.

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Figure 7: The closer look of the given input cable.

SETTING UP THE SPEAKER

The setting up process of the speaker is not hard. It is very easy as the speaker comes with a single USB cable and a 3.5mm audio jack. To fully use this speaker, plug in the USB cable to any USB port(s) in your computer to powered it on, and, plug in the 3.5mm audio cable to the audio jack of your computer.

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Figure 8: The speaker I/O control.

AUDIO QUALITY

Well, in general my first impression towards the speaker is, this speaker might have a weak bass. So, I decided to buy the speaker for a test. After all the proper process was done, I powered up the speaker using the USB cable attached to the USB 3.0 port back in my second PC. I will divide this section for bass, clarity and balance audio.

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Figure 9: The driver.

Bass

The bass is decent for a USB powered speaker. Not the best so far when compared with other 2.0 speakers out there, but, simply outclassed USB powered speakers out there. The driver really punches some basses and there is air that flows out of the bass reflex port.

Clarity

The clarity of the speaker wins here. The vocal quality from the speaker is absolutely good. I just like it whenever I powered on the speaker. For such speaker, I am amazed at how such small speaker can produce such vocal clarity.

Balance

When both bass and clarity was played at the same time, well, it is slightly decent. I must say, though this is a cheap speaker, but, it does present a good amount audio quality to me.

Earbuds & Headset / Headphone Experience

It is really easy to plug into the available audio jack port that located at the left of the volume knob. For this, you don’t really need to be powered up the speaker. An audio jack of your earbuds or headset can be directly plugged into the port and can be used immediately.

The test was done via a pair of EDIFIER H180 and EDIFIER H850 Hi-Fi headphone. The audio quality was nice, along with a solid bass and vocal clarity.

Okay, now, some respective individuals might questioning me, yes, the audio quality sure will be nice by directly plugged into the PC as well. But, to solve the riddle, I tested by myself by plug in directly to PC audio port and the speaker audio port. I will explain in the analysis of the differences between these two methods.

The differences:

  • Plugged directly to the PC audio jack: The audio quality is terrible.
  • Plugged into the audio jack of the speaker: The audio quality is superb.

Overall Analysis of the Audio Quality

I turned to speaker to its maximum volume, and, amazed at how good the drivers of the speaker do the work. The bass was slightly distorted for some songs, but, overall, the music is playable even at the maximum volume.

For movie users, this speaker may not made for you as, it only gives the decent vocal and slightly distorted bass, and at some point, the vocal can’t be heard clearly and I need to increase the volume slightly higher to solve the problem.

This will be a common question from the end users. Do this speaker suitable if, I am using the on-board soundcard. Well, here is the answer. This speaker did a good job in my second PC powered by the onboard soundcard. Here is a simple tip, “If you wish for a good audio quality, you should tweak your equalizer settings of your respective soundboard manufacturer“.

ADVANTAGES AND DISADVANTAGES

Advantages

  • Cheap and affordable
  • Excellent quality for its price range
  • Good driver quality (feels solid and premium)
  • Loud audio playable
  • Solid volume button
  • Having a single 3.5mm audio jack port for headphone users.

Disadvantages

  • As the volume goes up, the bass seems to be slightly distorted but, not much.
  • Only three color options were given.

CONCLUSION

Being a bass head personally, I accept this speaker with an open heart and will be using this speaker for my second PC. I must kindly remind that, this speaker won’t fit for gamers as, the bass outcome from the speaker is not up to other standard 2.0 speakers.

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Figure 10: The left-driver of the speaker.

If you’re a student by any chance or working in a office, well, this speaker, definitely for you.

My recommendations (For USB powered speakers): 9/10

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10X Speed Upgrade from TM & What you should know? | An Early Reminder

Yesterday, was a day which brings the smile and sorrow to TM users, as, the new speed upgrade has been updated by the company itself. So, this post will be discussing on what you should know / need to prepare to fully utilize the upcoming new speed for most Lite, Advance and Pro users.

OVERVIEW

Let us recap the earlier stage of UniFi back in the year 2010. Back in the year of 2010, we move towards a high speed broadband internet at blazing “fast” speed during that time. Hence, the router supplied by the ISP is more than enough. By the year of 2012 and above, user can opt for third party router from ASUS, TP-LINK and D-LINK.

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Figure 1: The packages w/ price back in the 2010 of UniFi glory.

During the time, almost most router’s available in Malaysia comes with Fast Ethernet port along with the supplied ISP router and modem. “So, what is the point of this post?”, you may ask me. Allow me to explain the objective this post.

ENGAGEMENT OF NEW PACKAGES

What you should know? Here is the description of Fast Ethernet and Gigabit Ethernet before, I explain in detail.

  • Fast Ethernet = 10 / 100 Mbps
  • Gigabit Ethernet = 10 / 100 / 1000 Mbps

fast Ethernet card can run on bandwidths at 100 Mbps while a gigabit Ethernet can run at ten times of that speed, 1000 Mbps.

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Figure 2: The stock equipment that comes with your package(s).

Most UniFi users will get standard equipment, a modem, a residential gateway (wireless router), a STB box and a dect phone. In this post, we will ignore the dect phone and STB box, instead, we will focus on TM’s modem and wireless router.

Let us analyse it in very detail.

Modem

Here is the known existence of Modem supplied by TM UniFi:

  • Huawei HG655a (Fast)
  • Huawei HG850A (Fast) – UPDATED!
  • Huawei HG824Qw (Gigabit)
  • Alcatel Lucent I240G (Gigabit)

If you’re using an Alcatel Lucent or HG824Qw modem, congrats, you’re using a modem that capable of handling speed of more than 100 Mbps.

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Figure 3: UniFi user gets ‘TM’ badged version.

If you’re using neither two, then, TM will automatically upgrade your modem as they have their own record of the item supplied by them to the end user.

Residential Gateway (Wireless Router)

  • D-Link DIR615 (Fast)
  • D-Link L7-N-R2000 (DIR614) (Fast)
  • TM R&D Router (Fast)
  • Innacom / Innatech (Gigabit)
  • D-Link DIR850L (Gigabit)
  • TP-LINK Archer C5 / C1200 / C7 (business) (Gigabit)

The stock supplied router by TM is considered decent. They are not perfect mind you, but, for basic home users and students (not heavy users), it is more than enough. Recently, some users raged to UniFi as the current supplied router, Archer C1200v1 causing random freeze (disconnection) after heavy usage.

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Figure 4: The D-Link DIR850L (Retail version w/ TM Badge).

Okay, this is the most important part that, y’all must remember. After the announcement of new speed upgrades, the only package available that below 100 Mbps is UniFi Basic with a 60 GB quota. For Basic users, you can keep this as a friendly remember as well.

First of all, let us analyze the upgrades to be done for respective packages.

  • 10 Mbps to 100 Mbps
  • 30 Mbps to 300 Mbps
  • 50 Mbps to 500 Mbps
  • 100 Mbps to 800 Mbps

Based on the given information of the speed upgrades, it is clearly seen that, there will be no packages offered to existing user that, comes with speed below than 100 Mbps after the upgrade process begins by coming August 15, 2018.

In general, nowadays most routers are coming with 802.11ac router to cope up with current needs. Hence, all the AC routers do come with gigabit ports. It is very important to know this as, you need to know if, someday, you decided to throw away your ISP supplied router and use a 802.11n router.

  • 802.11ac = Dual Band Wireless Router (AC)
  • 802.11n = Single Band Wireless Router (N)

If, you’re using the router that comes with single band feature, you’re most probably using a router that comes with Fast Ethernet port. However, if you’re using a router that comes with dual band feature, you’re most likely using a router that comes with Gigabit Ethernet port.

I will divide the further details along with the suitable router for each package below. Do remember that, some models can support the subscribed package and, I divide the group according to their best performance in the package range.

100 Mbps, 300 Mbps, 500 Mbps and 800 Mbps 

ASUS

D-Link

TP-LINK

800 Mbps (If you’re opting for a higher end router for best performance.)

ASUS

D-Link

TP-LINK

For network experts, you can try the Mikrotik RB750Gr3 hEX Gigabit wired router. This router specially for those who don’t need wireless connection or, having a network room to operate the network in your house. I personally used this router before, and I can say that, this router works well. This router not only capable of handling 100 Mbps connection, but even 1 Gbps connection as well.

Currently, this router is under special promotion where, you can get this router at the SRP of RM240 at lelong. You can click the below link if you’re interested to buy this router.

For 800 Mbps user, you most likely have to upgrade your existing router for a best both for wired and wireless performance. But, I would advise, that, give a try on your existing router a try before opting a better wireless router for packages mentioned.

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Figure 5: Netgear R8000 Nighthawk X6 AC3200 Tri-Band Wi-Fi Router

CONCLUSION

Each router does come with an AC configuration that suitable for specific packages. If you buy a low end router, you can’t fully optimize the wireless experience from your 800 Mbps connection, same goes to buying an overpriced router for a 100 Mbps connection.

There you go, by doing a proper research before buying a router, you able to save some bucks from wrongly buy a router. In order to fully optimize the upcoming speed upgrades, your router by default, should be able to transfer the subscribed bandwidth not only via wired, but, wireless-ly in both bands.

UPDATED!

This is my rough sketch of TM’s equipment for their end user. This will be a great time if, TM come with their own mesh network for user whose live in a larger house.

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Figure 6: The suggestion of the sketch of TM’s equipment.

Friendly remarks:

I would like to kindly to share that, this post were not a sponsored post by any of the router manufacturing company. If at some point, you feel that, there might be a biased review on specific brands, do kindly note that, I only give my review of the router on the router’s I’ve tested so far. The main objective of this post is to enlightened users, so that, as the speed upgrade were rolled over to the user, they know on what to do next without having to call to UniFi CSC by wasting credits, time and energy.


Enjoy your free speed upgrade dear readers.

 

ASUS ROG RAPTURE GT – AC5300 | Ultimate Gaming Router Currently Available in the Market | REVIEW

Today, I about to present the outcome of the review on the powerful router that, I’ve ever tested so far.

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Figure 1: The router from the top view. Love the ROG badge there.

OVERVIEW

The ASUS ROG Rapture GT-AC5300 Tri Band Wireless Router is the most powerful router that, available in our Malaysian market, currently. However, the comparable router with Rapture are, the TP-LINK Archer C5400X Gaming Tri Band wireless router, that comes same CPU as the Rapture.

PACKAGING’S

The box is huge for a router. This is acceptable, though, as, it is the ultimate gaming router for gamers out there.

Before Unboxing

 

 

After Unboxing

The router comes with the standard items.

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Figure 6: The item that comes with the router.

Kindly note that, this is a demo unit. Actual unit may vary from this.

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Figure 7: The rear of the router.

The rear view of the router comes with a single on/off button, an ac in port, 2 ports of USB 3.0, a single gigabit WAN port and 8 gigabit LAN port with two of them are reserved for gaming and another two reserved for link aggregation.

Let’s see what is the term Gaming Port and Link Aggregation stands for.

Gaming Port:

ROG Rapture GT-AC5300 provides two gaming LAN ports that are optimized for gaming devices. All traffic on these ports is given top priority, so your gaming devices or any other devices you want to connect to these ports are always at the head of the internet queue.

Link Aggregation:

The Link Aggregation feature that lets you team two LAN ports together into a single blisteringly fast 2Gbps connection. An additional information, Link aggregation requires a client with 802.3ad support.

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Figure 8: The right-hand side of the router.

On the right hand side of the router, there are three buttons given. A physical LED on/off button, a physical WPS button and a Wi-Fi on/off button.

SPECIFICATIONS

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Figure 9: ROG Rapture GT-AC5300 Router Specifications.

This router comes with the most powerful CPU for a router itself in Malaysian market. Despite of being powered by a powerful processor, the router comes with 1 GiB RAM, by which, this is the first time, I’ve ever tested a router with such RAM capacity. As mentioned in the overview section, the Rapture can be compared with TP-LINK Archer C5400X. However, the Archer C5400X haven’t released yet in the market. But, do not worry as, the Rapture offers tons of awesome features for gamers and heaviest users.

SETTING UP FOR FIRST USE

The setting up process of the router is similar to AC68U.

 

Once your setup is completed, you will be automatically directed to the login screen.

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Figure 18: The login page (Love the ROG fierce login page).

I personally like this login screen, by which, it is unique compared with other typical ASUS router. However, I am not sure, if, the RT-AC5300 having the similar login screen or vice versa.

INTERFACE WALK-THROUGH

There are tons of features that, awaits to be fully explored. I must say, this is the first time in my life, I have to spend some time to browse through the unique feature that makes this router to be the ultimate router for gamers.

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Figure 19: The dashboard view of the router.
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Figure 20: The Network Map of the router.
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Figure 21: The AiCloud.
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Figure 22: The Alexa and IFTTT feature.

GAME IPS (AiProtection)

The Game IPS is the famous AiProtection itself. Hence, the functions are the same. It does well when it comes to protecting the connected devices to it, from getting infected by the hovering malware in a website.

 

I must say, all ASUS’s high end router does comes with an AiProtection feature. Some individuals always ask this question to me as, “Why Asus routers are expensive compared to other router brands?”. My answer is simple, you pay the money for the service they offer. In other word, when the user purchase the router, the user will get the firmware support until the router reaches its EOL (End of Life). Besides that, ASUS will introduce few new features in future for their upcoming routers. I do not make a marketing strategy as, I am using AC68U it-self. The router still has received firmware upgrades until now. This is very important as, whenever there is a breach in the firmware discovered by the hackers out there, the manufacturer should issue an update / patch to overcome the issue. Currently, only brands such as ASUS and Mikrotik are issuing an update for their routers.

GAME PROFILE

This feature is something new for me, as, I’ve never seen a router that offers features like this. I am pretty sure gamers will like this feature a lot. You have to open the port (port forwarding) in order to do this. You can select the local IP which refers to, your current connected device.

 

You can select the given the game profile, or, you can customize profile by entering the required fields.

GAME BOOST

The Game Boost feature is a feature to maximize the performance of your gaming sessions by giving more priorities for games in order to reduce the ping and ensures a stable gaming performance.

 

You can select the given profile of the usage type or, a custom option were given to be set by the user according to your network usage. You also can choose whether to use a traditional QoS or an Adaptive QoS.

GAME PRIVATE NETWORK

One of the best things for gamers is, the built-in WTFast technology. This is a special feature which will enable you to fully optimize your gaming performance.

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Figure 31: The GPN of the router.

However, when good things come, you will have to lose other things as well. For game boost feature, you will lose the LAN Boost.

GAME RADAR

Game radar scans your current game profile and displays the ping of the game according to their respective serves in a specific region. This is a very good feature as, whenever you wish to connect to the server, hence, you know which server to be used / picked.

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Figure 32: The Game Radar.

IPTV

By default, the LAN 1 or LAN 2 port was reserved for IPTV. You can change the IPTV port to LAN port 5 / 6.

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Figure 33: The IPTV settings.

NETWORK MAP

Usually, the standard landing page of the most ASUS router will be the Network Map, an overall view of the activity of your router. But, mind you, this router, lands on the Dash Board instead of Network Map. So it is normal for gaming router.

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Figure 34: The Network Map of the router.

WIRELESS PERFORMANCE

The ROG Rapture GT-AC5300 is a tri-band router. Hence, it comes with a single 2.4 GHz band and two 5 GHz bands. Hereby, I attach the settings of each respective band.

Wireless Settings

2.4 GHz Wireless Band Settings:

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Figure 35: The 2.4GHz wireless settings.

Remarks:

For 2.4 GHz wireless band settings, I used the recommended way of my settings.

5 GHz Wireless Band Settings for both 5 GHz-1 and 5GHz-2:

 

Remarks:

For 5 GHz_1 wireless band settings, I used the recommended way of my settings. However, for the 5 GHz_2 wireless band settings, I kept the channel width to auto and the channel selection to be automatic. This was done purposely to test out if, there will be differences in terms of wireless performance of both 5 GHz_1 and 5 GHz_2.

Wireless Analysis

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Figure 38: The wireless speed of download test.

Analysis of Download

2.4 GHz

Despite of the band having wide coverage compared to the newer 5 GHz band(s), it promises the delivery of the bandwidth right to the connected device. In other word, similar with Mesh Router before, I able to achieve over 80% subscribed bandwidth even when I was away from the router.

5 GHz

The 5 GHz band lives up to its name as, it gives full network bandwidth delivery, but, the speed of the subscribed bandwidth reduces once, the distance was increased. But, due to the settings were set as a custom settings, hence, there is different in terms of the reading of the speedtest of the connected 5 GHz and 5 GHz_2 band.

5 GHz_2

The outcome of the 5 GHz_2 band, shows the speedtest fluctuates due to, the settings were set to automatic mode for both, wireless channel and channel width.

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Figure 39: The wireless speed of upload test.

Analysis of Upload

2.4 GHz

The upload speed seems to be stable and I able to achieve over 80% of subscribed upload bandwidth.

5 GHz

The result shows the upload speed test shows the speed remains constant at the upstairs until the veranda located in the upstairs. When it comes to downstairs, the upload speed fluctuates.

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The upload speed seems to be slightly  unstable compared to the customized settings done for 5 GHz wireless bands.

Iperf3 Test

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Figure 40: The iperf3 test.

According to the Iperf3 test, I able to achieve over 95 MB/s.

ALEXA AND IFTTT

If you are planning to build a smart-home in the future, hence, this router does give the option to control the Alexa and IFTTT. Since, smart-home runs on the internet, this will be a useful feature.

 

USB SHARING

I’ve conducted two different tests on the writing speed of the file into the attached thumb-drive over a wireless connection.

For the first test, I attached a single USB stick to the USB 3.0 Port 1.

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Figure 43: The single stick writing process.

Analysis of Test 1

From the analysis 1, I able to achieve over 11 MB/s of writing speed.

For the second test, I’ve attached two USB stick to their respective USB 3.0 Ports.

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Figure 44: The dual stick writing process.

Analysis of Test 2

From the analysis 2, I able to achieve over 12 MB/s each separated with priorities on writing on the attached USB stick.

AiMESH

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Figure 45: The AiMesh feature of the router.

Being the most high end router from ASUS, this router definitely supports AiMesh feature. For more information on the AiMesh, please refer here.

ADVANTAGES AND DISADVANTAGES

Advantages

  1. Straight-forward setup.
  2. High capacity of RAM, suitable for ultimate gaming performances.
  3. Game profile given according to the pre-configured game (You also can add the game of your own.
  4. Game IPS (commonly known as AiProtection).
  5. Game Radar.
  6. Wi-Fi Radar.
  7. Alexa & IFTTT.
  8. Striking User Interface.
  9. AiMesh

Disadvantages

  1. No Captive Portal (Should be an advantage for business organizations).
  2. Overkill router in reality for normal home users whose, their main activity is browsing, streaming and file sharing.
  3. Expensive.

FINAL VERDICT

I’ve been testing the router for the past 12 days. I must say, until now, I haven’t fully explore the entire feature available in this router. I wish to applause towards ASUS’s developers for developing such firmware that offers tons of features. This shows that, the creation of this router has undergone a proper requirement engineering process before released to the market.

The major plus point is the design of the router. At some point, the Rapture looks like a giant tarantula spider hovers on the table I allocate specially for the routers.

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Figure 46: The antenna of the ROG Rapture.

The antennas build quality is nice. To justify my points, the price of the router is expensive, so does the firmware that offers tons of features. In order to fully optimize this router, the wireless coverage and strength is the major plus point of the router. The wireless coverage was nice, so does the wireless strength. Although as the network bandwidth transfer to the device reduces when the distance was increased, it enlightened us that, this router not only were built for heavy users such as gamers, but, this router does reduce your cost by preventing you from buying a third party equipment such as a repeater or a power-line in order to extend your wireless coverage throughout your house.

Next, the Game IPS feature is similar to the AiProtection, and, they just renamed it. Good news for the gamers. You now can choose the game profile of your game or, customize the game that, is not offered in the profile for better gaming performance.

Finally, with tons of the feature, I am pretty sure that, this router will satisfy your cravings to have a LAN party at your home and a good gaming experience with your friends and family. In other word, this router, definitely….worth of your money.

My Recommendations: 10 / 10


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Good News UniFi (TM) users! Existing subscriber gets 10X Free Speed Upgrade from Existing Plans

So, Thursday begins with a good news by our main ISP provider in our country, Telekom Malaysia in the name of UniFi. It is happily announced that, the existing customer will get free speed upgrade up to 10 times (10x) from their existing plans at zero cost.

The existing plans will be upgraded to a new speed upgrades as below:

  • 10 Mbps to 100 Mbps
  • 30 Mbps to 300 Mbps
  • 50 Mbps to 500 Mbps
  • 100 Mbps to 800 Mbps

All the given plans above are unlimited currently. Users able to enjoy their speed upgrade by August 15, 2018 (done in phases just like the Thank You Surprise event by TM).

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Figure 1: Beta testers tested the UniFi Turbo 800 Mbps plan. (The image doesn’t belong to me).

Added by Telekom Malaysia, newly registered users before 31 December 2018 only able to enjoy the speed upgrade done in phases in the year of 2019.

As for the SRP of the current price of UniFi packages, new user might/might not get the promotional price of the packages offered by TM. In addition, for B40 segment (household income < RM 4500/month), they able to enjoy UniFi Basic plan with 30 Mbps download and 10 Mbps of uploads, with 60GB monthly quota (huge disadvantage if you’re a student) at the subscription price of RM 79/month. As for current streamyx users, they also able to enjoy speed upgrades soon (to be announced by TM).

Remarks:

For UniFi Pro users, they might feel uncomfortable as their existing plans will be upgraded at the rate of 8 times to 800 Mbps and not 1 Gbps. Let us wait and see from TM for their future upgrade plans.


Respected readers, here is a friendly reminder from me. In order to fully enjoy the upgraded speed, your router should be capable to handle more than 100 Mbps connection. If you’re using the old generation 802.11n router (w/out gigabit port), then, it is time to upgrade your existing router to a new router.

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Figure 2: The old generation router that comes with 802.11n generation along with Fast Ethernet Port.

By default, TM will provide a new router for the users whose in the package of UniFi Lite and Advance. For UniFi Pro users, perhaps, it is time to upgrade to better router that is capable of handling more than 500 Mbps connection.

ASUS Lyra Trio Mesh Wi-Fi System – Expand your network in equal subscribed bandwidth | REVIEW

OVERVIEW

The Mesh Wireless Routers aren’t considered as a new technology. Reason? When we used to visit the hospitals, universities, government offices used these technologies as well to enlarge their wireless access to the public.  

Imagine, you’ve purchased a bungalow or a Semi-D houses, and you wish to cover your entire house with the wireless coverage, and in general, most of the consumer routers available couldn’t even do that. But, as the solution for the people with big houses, Mesh Routers was introduced. By using these routers, you actually can cover up your whole houses with wireless coverage, thus, enabling you to access to the internet no matter at which spot you’re currently located in your house. Mesh routers actually solves your Wi-Fi dead-zones. However, with many mesh routers currently in the market, the price plays an important role. Today, we are going to have a look at the ASUS Lyra Trio Wireless Mesh Router.

PACKAGING’S

Before un-boxing

The packaging of the Mesh Wi-Fi router were of the best material quality. The box feels classy at its price.

After un-boxing

The Mesh nodes were arranged in a creative way and all the items were placed under the solid board that holds the router.

Final view of the mesh system

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Figure 8: The front view of the router.

The front look of the router is awesome. It looks like a mini UFO spaceship landed on my table.

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Figure 9: The rear view of the router.

All the Mesh Wi-Fi system comes with a single gigabit WAN and a gigabit LAN port.

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Figure 10: The rear view of the router (closer look).

SPECIFICATIONS

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Figure 11: The specification of ASUS Lyra Trio.

SETTING UP FOR FIRST USE

The setting up process is slightly similar to Blue-Cave and AC86U, but, with a green-white interface. The set-up process is easy and, all you have to do, is to follow the given instructions.

Disclaimer: It is highly advisable to upgrade the firmware before you set up this router.

Firmware Version: 3.0.0.4.382.20096

It is easy to set up for most novice users.

How to connect the Mesh Nodes?.

Step 1: Turn on the secondary node and wait for 3 minutes.

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Figure 24: The “RED” led indicates that, the secondary node haven’t connected yet.

Step 2: Press the “Pair” button on the main node and the secondary node. The “Blue” light will blink for a few minutes as the router’s are communicating with each other. After few moments, the dark “Blue” light will turn to solid “Blue light”, indicates that, the secondary node has successfully connected to the main node.

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Figure 25: The blinking dark “BLUE” led will blink for 2 minutes before successfully connected.

Step 3: Repeat the process for the third node. Always remember, the mesh pairing feature only works for main node.

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Figure 26: The light “BLUE” stays solid indicating the secondary mesh node successfully connected.

Now you can fully access to each nearest node according to your location with fully subscribed bandwidth.

INTERFACE WALK-THROUGH

Desktop Version:

The interface seems normal as most ASUS router’s out there. This router does offer pretty basic feature of a router, in addition of AiProtection. For its small flash size, I am amazed that, this router does come with AiProtection, although it loses the CPU and Memory usage graph.

Mobile Version (IOS):

In this case, I used an Apple phone and I find the apps were well developed. I like the green-color theme here.

AppStore:

Go to AppStore and search for “ASUS Lyra” app. Install it.

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Figure 34: The Asus Lyra Trio apps.

Next, login to your apps by entering your router login access using the username and password you’ve set earlier during the router setting up process.

How do this Mesh actually router works? As an example:

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Figure 46: The connected devices in each node(s).

The first node was located at the location of my previous router. The second node was located in the front room in the upstairs. The last node was placed at the downstairs where the three devices connected at the third node. You actually can see the number of devices connected at the each node(s). In a simpler term, your device will connect to the nearest node available for you.

WIRELESS PERFORMANCE

Upstairs Floor Plan:

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Figure 47: Floor plan of upstairs.

Downstairs Floor Plan:

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Figure 48: Floor Plan of Downstairs.

Wireless Settings

There is no wireless setting in Mesh Wi-Fi router. Your device will be automatically assigned to the best bands available for your device.

Wireless Analysis

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Figure 49: The download speedtest result.

Analysis of Downloads:

This is a different test compared to the other router’s I tested so far. The output of the download speed-test shows the best result for my entire house. Although, some of my previous tested routers, the dead-spots in the house seems to be covered, but, I only able to get 55% of the subscribed speed. With Lyra Trio, not only the dead-spot has been covered, but, I able to get over 95% subscribed bandwidth. From the graph, I able to achieve full speed with this Asus Lyra Trio.

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Figure 50: The upload speedtest result.

Analysis of Uploads:

Similar to download speed, I able to achieve over 95% of subscribed bandwidth.

Remarks:

The wireless result was above 95% subscribed bandwidth as, the device connected to the nearest node w/out even lose any single connection.

Iperf3 Testing

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Figure 51: The iperf3 test result.

I able to achieve over 90 Mbit/s through my laptop.

ADVANTAGES AND DISADVANTAGES

Advantages:

  1. Great wireless coverage.
  2. Suitable for large house.
  3. Ceiling mountable.
  4. Can be made as a deco.
  5. AiProtection
  6. Large amount of RAM
  7. Excellent design.
  8. This Mesh router comes with its own smartphone applications.
  9. Easy to understand setting up process.
  10. Can be used as an access point (AP) of your main router for better performance.
  11. Suitable for business organizations.

Disadvantages:

  1. Not suitable for gamers.
  2. Not suitable for heavy usage.
  3. No CPU and Memory usage graph.
  4. No wireless set-up interface (You can’t change the channel as it chose the band automatically).

FINAL VERDICT

Here is my summarized review on the Lyra Trio.

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Figure 52: The main mesh node (router mode).

First of all, I physically prefer to use a physical connection due to its stability, less ping and security purposes. However, based on the testing of the mesh router, I can personally say, by far, Lyra Trio is a beast when comes to wireless coverage.

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Figure 53: The mesh node were placed at the dining area (downstairs).

Next, the router comes with built-in AiProtection. It does its protection as usual by detecting the malware infected websites. However, due to its small flash size, this feature seems to have less “feeling” compared with the solid router that comes with AiProtection such as Blue-Cave, AC86U, AC68U and other high end ASUS router. As I said, the mesh router only functioned as to wider your wireless coverage throughout your home.

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Figure 54: An example of the AiProtection feature on the Lyra Trio.

Last but not least, if you’re running a very high end router at your home, then, this Mesh Wi-Fi router can be used as an access point. Although it is not same as the AiMesh feature offered in other high end ASUS routers, but, I personally feel that, this Mesh Wi-Fi router worth of your pennies.

My Recommendations: 10/10


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ASUS AiMesh – Mesh Wi-Fi Router alternative | Review

OVERVIEW

Living in a huge house, but less wireless coverage does really concern most users. Some, may, overcome the weak wireless coverage by purchasing a power line or a repeater as a solution. However, some, may not satisfy with the performance of the wireless, as the dead-spots still available at their houses. In order to overcome this, ASUS created an alternative way by making their own high-end routers to support AiMesh feature. An AiMesh is a feature to turn your ASUS router to become the nodes in addition to your main routers. AiMesh is an alternative to Mesh Wi-Fi routers.

Supported AiMesh Models (Malaysia):

RT-AC68U, RT-AC86U, RT-AC88U, RT-AC5300 and ROG Rapture GT-AC5300

ROUTER’S USED

I used two router’s I tested previously. Their models are respective as below:

RT-AC68U and RT-AC86U

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Figure 1: AC68U (Right) and AC86U (Left) – Front View.

The AC68U comes with the standard diamond pattern design like the most ASUS routers while, the AC86U comes with a futuristic cyber-looking design with two red stripes carved at the front cover.

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Figure 2: AC68U (Right) and AC86U (Left) – Rear View.

The rear view of the both routers is identical except for the antenna’s used. The AC86U have more thicker solid antenna’s with “ASUS” leathering carved in each antenna’s while, AC68U comes with a standard dual band antenna’s.

SETTING UP AIMESH

Disclaimer:

Both of the router’s are running on the stock firmware(s).

Main Router: AC68U

Secondary AiMesh Node: AC87U

The setting up of the AiMesh is pretty straightforward. In order to use this feature, you have to turn on the WPS feature of your main router.

Step 1: Click on the AiMesh Node button. Click on the “Search” button on the given panel on the right.

Step 2: Turn on your WPS feature, or, the main router will turn on the feature automatically for you.

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Figure 3: WPS feature.

Remarks:

Figure 3 shows the WPS feature was turned on in order to use the AiMesh feature. If you disable the WPS, then you can’t use the AiMesh properly.

Step 3:  Once your router identified the AiMesh node, the system will display the secondary router. Click on the given node (Just like in the picture below).

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Figure 4: The AiMesh identified by main router.

Step 4: The system will add the node in your router. This will take around 2 to 3 minutes.

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Figure 5: The system is adding a new Mesh node.

Step 5: Once the process successfully, you will get the success message popup’s, indicating that, the secondary router successfully added as a node in your router system.

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Figure 6: The success message displayed.

Step 6: You’ve added the AiMesh node in your router. Now you can place the secondary router at any place you wish to put.

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Figure 7: The AiMesh node in the displayed in the AC68U system.

WIRELESS PERFORMANCE

Similar to Mesh Wi-Fi routers out there, AiMesh features an advance version of it.

Wireless Settings

The settings of the wireless only can be done with the main router, thus, the connected nodes will follow the rules defined in the main router.

For this test, I placed the AC86U at the downstairs while, the main router, AC68U at the upstairs.

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Figure 8: The download analysis.

Analysis of Downloads:

I able to achieve over 90% of subscribed bandwidth both on upstairs and the downstairs. By using a single router previously, I encounter problems such as slow wireless coverage, few attempts of failed wireless network test and some old devices couldn’t even get connected to the router. But, with the added AiMesh node, now, I able to access to the internet from anywhere in my house.

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Figure 9: The upload analysis.

Analysis of Uploads:

The upload speed seems to be similar to the download analysis. However, during the test, not even a single test was failed. In other word, the test was done continuously.

Iperf3 Testing

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Figure 10: The iperf3 test.

ADVANTAGES AND DISADVANTAGES

Part 1: Compare with the other products.

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Figure 11: The comparison between AiMesh Router(s), O-Mesh Wi-Fi and Commercial Routers.

Part 2: Within the AiMesh feature.

Advantages:

  1. Easy to setup within the main router.
  2. Less time taken to complete the setting up process.
  3. Wireless settings can be changed in the main router.
  4. Achievable subscribed bandwidth.
  5. Nodes can be added up to 5 inclusive the router itself.
  6. Excellent wireless coverage.
  7. Stable wireless experience and wired (when get connected to the secondary mesh node).
  8. Stable firmware and offered feature are awesome.

Disadvantages:

  1. The wireless settings only can be done at the main router.
  2. WPS feature has to be turned on (security).
  3. Only high end ASUS router has this feature currently.

FINAL VERDICT

Although the technologies move fast as the newer technology were introduced, the manufacturer of the technology eases our task by minimizing the time taken by the consumer to setting the things up.

As for the AiMesh feature, you don’t really need to waste time, unlike setting the routers as a repeater or bridge in an old school way. The setting up process of this were pretty straightforward and easy to understand, even for novice users.

Next, the good thing about the AiMesh is, you get the subscribed bandwidth even if you place the router further than the main router. You also can plug your laptops or PC to the secondary nodes as well.

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Figure 15: The AC86U placed at the downstairs.

Finally, if you’re looking for a Mesh Wi-Fi router alternative, why not give a try to the ASUS router’s that supports AiMesh? I can say that, from my experience using this feature, I feel satisfied and it’s definitely worth for your pennies.

My Recommendations: 10/10


In case if you wanted to temporarily or permanently to remove the AiMesh, it is easy. 

Step 1: Click on the AiMesh button.

Step 2: Click on the “Minus” button. The system will show a message.

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Figure 16: The removal process of the AiMesh nodes from the main router.

Step 3: Click on the “Apply” button, thus, resulting the AiMesh node will be automatically set to the factory settings. By doing so, your current router settings won’t be affected.

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Figure 17: The AiMesh node successfully removed.

Friendly Reminder:

Immediately turn off the WPS feature in your main router once you removed the AiMesh from your main router.


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ASUS RT-AC68U AC1900 Wireless Router | Review

Before proceeding to the review:

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OVERVIEW

Previously, I’ve reviewed the AC86U wireless router, which is, the big brother of our today’s hero, AC68U. In general, AC68 have a standard ASUS router’s design, while, AC86U appears to have more cyber-sporty look design. AC68U is the entry level of the high end router’s of ASUS. As for the test, I will be using the standard Asuswrt firmware. For most home users, the stock firmware is sufficient.

PACKAGING’S

Disclaimer: This is the original version of AC68U and please do not confuse with the TM-AC1900 version.

Before un-boxing:

After un-boxing:

Final view of the router:

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Figure 7: The front view of the router w/out antenna.

The router, comes with three detachable antenna’s.

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Figure 8: The front view of the router w/ antenna.

The router comes with the standard ASUS’s diamond shape cover along with the LED indicator of each physical feature. The LED’s can be turned off by clicking the button at the rear of the router.

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Figure 9: The rear view of the router.

As for the rear side of the router, this router comes with a single gigabit WAN port, four gigabit LAN port, an on/off LED button, a single USB 3.0 & 2.0 ports, an AC in port, an on/off button and a reset pin located at the above of the on/off button on the router.

SPECIFICATIONS

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Figure 10: The specifications of the ASUS AC68U.

SETTING UP FOR FIRST USE

The setting up process is pretty straight forward, just like most ASUS routers.

INTERFACE WALK-THROUGH

As for this router, it sames the similar traits of its family.

WIRELESS PERFORMANCE

The test was conducted under stock Asuswrt firmware.

Wireless settings

My standard wireless settings are as follows:

Wireless Analysis

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Figure 17: The download speedtest result.

Analysis of Downloads:

At the upstairs, I always get over 90% of subscribed bandwidth. Well, most of the time, I able to achieve full speed on 5GHz wireless channel and through the LAN cable. As the distance increased, the wireless speed for 5GHz band tends to lesser compared to the 2.4GHz wireless band.

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Figure 18: The upload speedtest result.

Analysis of Uploads:

The upload speed seems to be fluctuates compared to its big brother even the distance was increased.

Iperf3 Testing

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Figure 19: The Iperf3 analysis result.

I able to achieve over 95 Mbit/s on my laptop, which, surprisingly, performs slightly better than its bigger bro. Nice.

ADVANTAGES AND DISADVANTAGES

Advantages:

  1. Stylish look.
  2. Router stays cool.
  3. Stable stock firmware.
  4. Presence of two USB 2.0 and 3.0 ports.
  5. Supports Asus-Merlin firmware.
  6. AiProtection.
  7. A physical button to turn off the wireless functionality.
  8. A physical button to turn off the LED’s.
  9. Excellent wireless coverage.
  10. Able to handle up to 10 devices at a time, if not, more.
  11. Stock firmware supports AiMesh (Can be paired with the routers that supports AiMesh from ASUS).

Disadvantages:

  1. Doesn’t comes with Captive Portal.

FINAL VERDICT

As a small brother of AC86U, the router cope up with the user’s need. As far as running on the stock firmware, the firmware seems to be stable, and the wireless coverage is excellent. Besides that, the router comes with halve RAM of AC86U, but, excel on handling multiple connected devices at a time. As an example, I’ve put a test on streaming to 4K videos at a time both on my PC (LAN cable) and my laptop (5GHz wireless band), the router seems to give equal amount of bandwidth to stream towards the same videos.

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Figure 20: The wireless router.

Finally, I am using this router currently, and, as for my needs, this router perfectly suits me well. It doesn’t just secure my house with its powerful AiProtection, it keeps me cool by working well for my needs. One thing I liked about this router is, this model still receives firmware upgrades, which is cool.

My Recommendations: 8.9 / 10


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