ASRock has announced its first forray into networking products with a cutting-edge gaming router, the ASRock G10.
Packing the latest second-generation wave2 802.11 ac Wi-Fi, with two Qualcomm chipsets, 512MB RAM and 4×4 antennae, it can do multi-use MIMO (MU-MIMO).
It also incorporates a quality of service (QoS) type of optimisation to ensure that gaming traffic is always prioritised over other transfers, much like on Killer LAN networking cards. Speeds on the new router are 800 Mbps for the 2.4 GHz band and 1733 Mbps on the 5 GHz band.
The most intriguing part of this router, though, is the grey dongle that docks into the device.
It doesn’t actually plug into the router, but rather uses it as a convenient storage place. Instead, it serves two uses.
The first is that it can be plugged into a TV via its HDMI port where it acts as a DLNA/Miracast media receiver.
Alternatively you can plug in a network cable to the other end and use it as a Wi-Fi hotspot – ideal for hotels where it’s either cheaper or more reliable to use the wired connection.
Details on pricing and release date were not forthcoming but given that most similar class routers retail for around £150, we suspect the G10 will push £200.