Sunday, July 21, 2024

ASUS Releases Powerful ZenWiFi BQ16 Pro & ZenWiFi BT10

ZenWiFi BQ16 Pro

The premium WiFi 7 mesh systems ZenWiFi BQ16 Pro and ZenWiFi BT10, which include strong 6 GHz WiFi and 2-pack variants with speeds of up to 30 Gbps (BQ16 Pro) and coverage of up to 8,000 square feet (2-pack BQ16 Pro), are now available, according to ASUS. Future-ready 10 Gbps Internet and 10 Gbps wired backhaul are made possible by the dual 10 Gbps Ethernet connections, which also provide fast, dependable, seamless whole-house WiFi for next-generation smart home entertainment and home studio work.

ASUS ZenWiFi BQ16 Pro

In order to effectively utilise WiFi 7 Multi-Link Operation (MLO) and AI for both fronthaul and backhaul, the ZenWiFi BQ16 Pro and ZenWiFi BT10 feature exclusive ASUS Smart AiMesh technology. Multi-Link Operation automatically aggregates or switches across multiple bands for reduced latency and efficient transmission.

Using MLO, the Smart AiMesh MLO fronthaul and backhaul automatically switch to the fastest band and intelligently prioritise packets that are demanding in order to maximise efficiency and connectivity. In addition, Smart AiMesh offers complete interoperability with all ASUS AiMesh-compatible ZenWiFi and standalone routers, enabling a plethora of sophisticated network features like parental controls, VPNs, and security in the expandable network.

By utilising two 6 GHz bands, the ZenWiFi BQ16 Pro fully utilises WiFi 7, enabling dedicated 6 GHz wireless backhaul to fully realise WiFi 7. The ZenWiFi BT10, which has a dedicated wired backhaul, is the perfect mesh solution for smart homes with wired Ethernet. For those looking for a basic standalone router without external antennas, a single unit can provide 4,000 square feet (BQ16 Pro) and 3,000 square feet (BT10). These premium mesh routers offer ultra-wide coverage up to 8,000 square feet (BQ16 Pro) and 6,000 square feet (BT10) for a 2-pack set.

ZenWiFi BQ16 Pro
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ZenWiFi BT10

Excellent dual 10 Gbps Ethernet connections are a characteristic of both the ZenWiFi BT10 and BQ16 Pro. This design is future-ready for cutting-edge 10 Gbps Internet and allows 10 Gbps wired backhaul for a stable, scalable 10 Gbps mesh network. In addition to instantaneous 4G LTE and 5G mobile tethering, which guarantee that smart homes stay online even in the event of a network failure, ZenWiFi BQ16 Pro and ZenWiFi BT10 employ several WAN designs, including a practical USB 3.0 WAN.

These mesh routers are equipped with next-generation WiFi chipsets, RAM, and potent quad-core 2.6 GHz (BQ16 Pro) or 2.0 GHz (BT10) CPUs, making them capable of handling even the most demanding scenarios at next-generation high-speeds. The inbuilt antennae and high-power front-end modules of the ZenWiFi BQ16 Pro and ZenWiFi BT10, backed by ASUS’s renowned engineering, eliminate WiFi dead zones for reliable coverage in all directions. Reliable and silent operation is also preserved by effective heat dissipation.

End-to-end smart home safety that is always secure

The ZenWiFi BT10 and BQ16 Pro network security suite was also unveiled by ASUS. With the help of ASUS-only technologies, Trend Micro’s AI/ML cloud database and AiProtection Pro, together with other commercial-grade security features, make sure smart homes are safe from the internet to the router to every connected device. Security scans, automatic security upgrades, and real-time alerts make robust router protection easy.

Furthermore, customers can establish sophisticated subnetworks with up to three SSIDs using the powerful and user-friendly Smart Home Master. The IoT Network provides better security with commercial-grade protection by configuring and managing all these IoT devices under a single protected SSID. To help kids simply monitor their screen time without having to configure each device individually, The Kid’s Network provides a special SSID exclusively for them.

Without the need for monthly subscriptions, users can give their children a balanced digital life with the help of built-in sophisticated parental controls. With an easy-to-use dashboard and highly customisable features like age-level profiles and the ability to schedule internet access to give your kids more screen time, ASUS parental controls give parents insightful information about their child’s online activities. Not to mention, the VPN Network offers quicker access to the user’s chosen VPN provider.

With their extensive VPN capabilities and support for multiple VPN protocols, including the state-of-the-art WireGuard, ZenWiFi BQ16 Pro and ZenWiFi BT10 offer superior privacy over encrypted connections.

ASUS ZenWiFi BQ16 Pro release date

ASUS ZenWiFi BQ16 Pro was introduced on July , 2024, and is now available. This high-end WiFi 7 mesh system improves your home network with fast speeds, wide coverage, and many functions.

ASUS ZenWiFi BQ16 Pro price

The ASUS ZenWiFi BQ16 Pro comes in 2-pack and 3-pack variants, with a single unit coming soon. A breakdown of prices:

  • The most popular option is the 2-pack (BQ16 Pro(W-2-PK)) for $1299.99. Street prices may vary. Find it on Amazon.
  • The Best Buy-exclusive 3-pack (ZenWiFi BE33000) costs $1699.99.
  • In a few months, a single ZenWiFi BQ16 Pro will cost $699.99.

This is a high-end Wi-Fi 7 mesh system, thus its pricing reflects its power. Some vendors, including B&H Photo, provide financing for a single unit at $59 per month for 12 months.

ASUS ZenWiFi BQ16 Pro Specs

Antennas 12 x internal antennas  
Operating Frequency 2.4 GHz, 5 GHz, 6 GHz-1, 6 GHz-2 
Wi-Fi Data Rate 802.11be (2.4 GHz): up to 1376 Mbps802.11be (5 GHz): up to 5764 Mbps802.11be (6 GHz-1): up to 11529 Mbps802.11be (6 GHz-2): up to 11529 Mbps
Network Standards IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n, IEEE 802.11ac,   IEEE 802.11ax, IEEE 802.11be, IPv4, IPv6  
Memory 256 MB Flash, 2 GB RAM  
I/O Ports 1 x 10 Gbps WAN/LAN port1 x 10 Gbps LAN port1 x 1 Gbps WAN/LAN port1 x USB 3.2 Gen 1
Buttons Power Switch, Reset Button, WPS Button 
DC Power Adapter AC Input: 100V~240V(50~60Hz)  DC Output: 19.5V with max. 3.3A current or 12V with max. 5A current  
Package Contents ASUS ZenWiFi BQ16 ProRJ-45 cable  Power adapter  Quick Start guide  Warranty card  
Dimensions / weight 217.9 x 176.6 x 72mm / 1431 g  

ASUS ZenWiFi BT10 Specs

Antennas 8 x internal antennas  
Operating Frequency 2.4 GHz, 5 GHz, 6 GHz 
Wi-Fi Data Rate 802.11be (2.4 GHz): up to 688 Mbps802.11be (5 GHz): up to 5764 Mbps802.11be (6 GHz): up to 11529 Mbps
Network Standards IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n, IEEE 802.11ac,   IEEE 802.11ax, IEEE 802.11be, IPv4, IPv6  
Memory 256 MB Flash, 2 GB RAM  
I/O Ports 1 x 10 Gbps WAN/LAN port1 x 10 Gbps LAN port1 x 1 Gbps WAN/LAN port1 x USB 3.2 Gen 1
Buttons Power Switch, Reset Button, WPS Button 
DC Power Adapter AC Input: 100V~240V(50~60Hz)  DC Output: 12V with max. 3A current  
Package Contents ASUS ZenWiFi BT10 RJ-45 cable  Power adapter  Quick Start guide  Warranty card  
Dimensions / weight 158.8 x 71.8 x 186.4 mm / 855 g  
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