ASUS has entered this new arena with a system called ASUS Lyra. The approach these systems take is different from traditional wireless routers that work in conjunction with repeaters and range extenders.
What is a Wi-Fi Mesh Network or whole-home WiFi system?
A mesh wireless network is a system of stations/hubs that work together to provide a WiFi network in a given area. All the hubs communicate with each other to establish the best path to send the data between the different clients that are connected to the network. Each Lyra hub has four integrated smart antennas. When you add a new hub to your existing Lyra network, it checks the strength and quality of each antenna’s connection and uses the best two. So if there’s more than one other hub on the network, Lyra will automatically connect to the hub with the best signal.
Hardware specifications and design
ASUS Lyra is a three band home Wi-Fi system that’s made of three devices. Each of these three devices includes a quad-core Qualcomm IPQ4019 System on a Chip (SoC), running at 717 MHz, that handles two wireless frequencies: one on 2.4 GHz and one on 5 GHz. There’s also a secondary Qualcomm QCA9886 SoC for a third operating frequency of 5GHz, on each of the three devices. One of the two 5GHz bands is dedicated to the communication between the ASUS Lyra devices, so that they distribute the best connection possible, at the highest available speed. Therefore, out of the three bands, only two of them can be used by client devices: one on 2.4 GHz and another on 5 GHz.
ASUS Lyra offers 2×2 MU-MIMO wireless connections, which is perfect for most wireless clients. It offers support for all the wireless networking standards including 802.11n and the latest 802.11ac Wave 2. On each Lyra, you have two 1 Gbps Ethernet ports. On the main Lyra, one of them must be used to connect it to the wireless router or the modem that your Internet Service Provider has offered.
One App for All
With the ASUS Lyra app you can set up, manage, and diagnose your network — even without a PC! To get started, you only have to turn on your Lyra hub and connect it using the ASUS Lyra app. Complete your Lyra network details, then click Connect. After about a minute you’ll be up and running! It is simple as that.
Adding an extra Lyra hub to your network is easy. Simply follow the on-screen guidance in the ASUS Lyra app: Tap Add Lyra to Current Network; turn on the hub; choose your network, and assign a location. That’s all there is to it!
Wireless network performance
Our testing was done using a fast 1 Gigabit Internet connection that’s capable of uploads on the internet of up to 1 Gbps. We used a desktop PC with an ASUS PCE-AC88 (check out our review) for our measurements on the 5GHz frequency; an Apple iPhone 6 for measurements on the 5GHz frequency. Both devices were in the same room where the main connected Lyra was. Basically, in all areas, we measure the same speed without any exceptions. Our top result was 424 Mbps download and 220 Mbps upload (which is our ISP limit), and with the iPhone, we could reach around 250 Mbps download and 184-190 Mbps upload (which is probably the device limitation).
ASUS Lyra is the first device of its kind launched by ASUS. It offers stable wireless network coverage on large areas. To get the same quality coverage, you would need to invest in a router and several repeaters and range extenders. However, their administration and setup would be much harder and the results less predictable.
ASUS Lyra UNBOXING Video
The product can be purchased here:
|Antenna||Internal antenna x 7|
|Product Segment||400+867+867 Mbps|
|Coverage||Very large homes|
2.4 GHz 2 x 2
5 GHz-1 2 x 2
5 GHz-2 2 x 2
|Operating Frequency||2.4G Hz, 5 GHz-1, 5 GHz-2|
|Encryption||64-bit WEP, 128-bit WEP, WPA2-PSK, WPA-PSK, WPA-Enterprise , WPS support|
|Ports||RJ45 for 10/100/1000/Gigabits BaseT for WAN x 1, RJ45 for 10/100/1000/Gigabits BaseT for LAN x 1|