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ASUS - AC2600 Dual-Band Wi-Fi Router - Blue/white

Model: BLUE CAVE AC2600SKU: 6238449

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Rating 4.2 out of 5 stars with 221 reviews

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent Security Features - Strong Wi-Fi

    Posted
    vrs99
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    ASUS had my attention with the looks and packaging of the Blue Cave, it is cool and aesthetically pleasing. Was jazzed before I even got the box open. But more importantly to me was the aspect of having a Hardened Router at the head of my network parade. This is my first ASUS router and I am impressed with the depth of the Front-Line Protection they have built into this box. Teaming up with TrendMicro was an exceptionally smart move on ASUS’s part, TrendMicro being a solid leader in Consumer and Enterprise Network protection. Having access to TrendMicro’s Black or White Lists is a Big Thumbs-up with the Blue Cave. Have not had access to Black Lists on a consumer router previously, last time I used Black lists was back in my Enterprise IT years. They are very helpful in avoiding pitfalls on the Internet, TrendMicro maintains a current Black List of Web-Sites found to be malicious and blocks access. In today’s environment this is particularly notable. Kudos. The Blue Cave is quite easy to get up and running, but I suggest if you pick one of these gems up to take some time and dig into the router’s settings, they are extensive for a consumer router. The options and settings are wide-ranging, a few that caught my eye are a highly customizable Traffic Manager (QoS) and a excellent Traffic Analyzer which tracks client and app usage graphically (love it). The Firewall is highly tunable and where you will find the Black List option. Wireless is unexpectedly stronger than I expected with the built-in antennas. Three rooms away from the Blue Cave my Signal Quality is running between 585 Mbps and up to 720 Mbps which surprisingly is the same rate that I am pulling off a larger router with Eight Large External Antennas from the same room! The Blue Cave is also pushing more Max Data Rate than my larger 802.11ac router at 346.7 vs 288.9 on the 2.4 GHz band and matching it on the 5 GHz band at 1733.3. Lot of juice in a small box. After running the Blue Cave for a couple weeks, it has blocked quite a few Web-Sites that two of my software systems did not catch. That is a warm and fuzzy feeling, in-depth protection for the network and my family. My network has enough routers, bridges and switches to light up a small city and the Blue Cave has earned a place at the head of my system with its brilliant set of technologies and capabilities. Managed large enterprise networks formerly and I am excited to find many of the technologies we employed in our networks, firewalls and routers in the Blue Cave. The cost for the Blue Cave makes it a remarkably good choice for anyone wanting to secure their home network. On top of that it is a good-looking piece of equipment with strong Wi-Fi and networking features. Big Thumbs Up.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A really nice smart router, has Trend AI onboard

    Posted
    stevefromtheburbs
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    It seems there are more routers out there today than ever before, and trying to understand which one to get/use and why becomes a more involved question and answer session. This is a SMART router, meaning it has the ability to monitor inbound/outbound activity looking for problems. If you like to program your router down to the finite level, you will be thrilled to know you can do that with this one! Really! It comes with protection for 4 devices, though I haven't used that part just yet. This is unrelated to the router, it is a bonus item. This router was by far the EASIEST one to set up, ever. Seriously easy. I hate to read directions, but usually you need them to setup a router. So I looked at the sheet. Plug it into your modem. Plug in the transformer. Turn on the power switch. Download the app. Connect to the router with WIFI of your phone or computer. Open the app and setup a user name and password to administer the router. Name your router WIFI broadcast name, setup a WIFI password. Done. It is that easy. And it worked the first time. There is a router reset button if you need it. There are 4 GIGABIT lan ports on board if you need/want them. You can use a USB port on the router for things like a thumb drive that can store files you could access via the cloud. Or a network printer. Or turn a hard drive into a backup device so devices can backup via the network. Lots of choices. As for doing the admin part, this is a full service router. You can monitor traffic going through the router, in general or by device. You can block a user. You can optimize the use of the router for gaming, web browsing, and more. Or you can customize the use. There is even an eco mode to reduce power and that is a nice touch. You can remotely admin the router if you want, or keep it local to your network. I'm just floored with the amount of amazing programming options you have available to you. As for signal strength, holding a signal, etc, there are no issues or problems to report. It has built in support for Amazon Alexa or Echo. There are parental controls as well, which can limit times that someone can be online with the WIFI or block all users at one time. The unit looks very cool and has a very unique look to it. It looks like a bladeless fan with a blue light in the center. It will be something you'll find yourself staring at for quite some time. And the light makes it easy to see everything is good to go. The distance is decent, and rivals my existing router with 2 extension units. I like not having to have little extenders around my house. Our house is only about 1500 square feet, a townhouse, so it isn't huge. But I was also able to get WIFI out in the car, where I usually take conference calls when working at home - so I was able to get good WIFI out there so I can have my laptop on and use WIFI calling. I typically use a MAC and an Iphone, and I'm pleased to say it works VERY well with these devices. Monitoring and administering the blue cave router was easy with these devices. I'm sure it will be equally easy when I get online with my work issued Windows computer. Grab this - it is inexpensive compared to a multiple unit solution. It is a smart router with the built in protection most routers don't have. With all of the routers out there making a decision can be difficult. Recent experience with a similar product was so frustrating that I wanted to pull my hair out. This allows for an easy deployment and with no drama. Buy it! If you don't like it you can return it with Best Buy's generous return policy. If you decide to keep it, you won't be disappointed.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Blue Cave Surprise

    Posted
    DCinNH
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    I was already using an ASUS router, not too old, with the sci-fi, bug-like antenna protruding in every direction. Recently moved that from an upstairs office to in our living room for better overall coverage. Mistake. Wife commented on the ugly bug at least weekly. We also still had deadspots. So I read a few reviews on the Blue Cave and thought it could hang out in the living room in full view without too much comment from the one I wish to please most. Setup was incredibly easy, I simply powered my old router down and created the networks using my old router's network names and passwords so I didn't have to change every device in the house. Considering my old router was only 2 years old, I didn't expect the Blue Cave to be significantly better than the Asus RT-AC3100. It is. It has better coverage throughout our home. I did add the RT-AC3100 as an AiMesh device about a month after getting the Blue Cave, simply to extend the range out into a detached garage. I literally have the routers at opposite ends of the house. PROS: Not alien-bug ugly. Looks cool with the blue circular glow. Is a damned fine router. Great coverage. Easy to setup, beautiful interface to use with the app. AiMesh capable. CONS: You cannot create a dedicated 2.4Ghz network except as a Guest Network. AIMesh does not extend the Guest Network. Your non-main AiMesh device, in my case the RT-AC3100, can not be firmware updated via the Asus App. You have to download the firmware update to a usb drive and manually install it. That is quite painful and I will probably just turn off my Blue Cave, make the RT-AC3100 the main, update the firmware, and then put things back. I have 31 devices online right now (have had as many as 42)- easy to see in the app. Many of them are home automation and while the Blue Cave is dual-band, I have found it easiest when bringing any new IoT devices online to have a dedicated 2.4Ghz network. They always connect on the 2.4Ghz. The dual-band where the Blue Cave tries to decide which (5Ghz or 2.5Ghz) is right for the device causes enough grief that all my home automation and even older devices are on the Guest Network. I like the Blue Cave so much, when I went to visit my brother who just moved into a new home in a rural setting outside of Cleveland I bought him one, too. We were outside at his fire pit and I was trying to follow my non-Cleveland football team on my tablet. His older router had no range. So off to Best Buy and another Blue Cave in the basket. The setup for his Blue Cave router was also extremely easy, the range was significantly improved, the speed within the house doubled. Now I did have to walk a non-techy through switching to the Guest network if he wanted better coverage on his phone or tablet outside at the fire pit or in his detached garage. I had to explain 5Ghz is faster and use that when he is in the house but it has less range, and the Guest network on 2.4Ghz will reach much further outside. I also made it easy to tech support him because I can pull up the exact same app for my Blue Cave and walk him through any issues he might need to fix. The Blue Cave has needed a few reboots, but fires right back up every time. I have also done 3 firmware updates with zero issues. Great product. Cool Look. Fantastic coverage. Awesome App.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great look, excellent all around performance

    Posted
    daytonadan
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    Here's a solution for all you folks out there who have never been very happy with the antenna-studded, blinking-light aesthetic of most wi-fi routers: The Asus Blue Cave. If someone didn't tell you, it's unlikely you would have any idea that this strangely named white box with an illuminated hole in the middle is actually a state-of-the-art router. There are no antennas in sight (4 are hidden inside) and no blinking lights. Just a steady soothing blue glow (you can adjust the brightness) from the "cave" in the middle. Some might even mistake this thing for a piece of art., asuming their artistic preferences run to such high tech designs. Despite its unorthodox name and appearance, the Blue Cave IS a very capable router, bringing most of the latest tech to the connected home. It comes with most of high-end specs you need, including full dual-band wireless AC support, built-in Trend Micro security, a guest channel, streaming mode prioritization, parental controls, Alexa support and more. Another nice bonus is a very comprehensive Web-based admin control, something rare in this era when many tech manufacturers prefer to do everything with smart phone apps. I hate that. For some people, this web interface feature alone may be worth the price because its much easier to navigate and adjust on the larger screen of a PC. But if you HAVE to have a smartphone app, Asus offers one of those too. The first thing you should do when you set up the Blue Cave, which is super simple, is to check out all the options available to you. It's pretty long list, and some settings are probably beyond the understanding of the average consumer. But you still need to go through everything to make sure all your wi-fi devices are connecting correctly (A map of all connected devices is provided) and that all the options you want turned on are on. That's important because many, including the built in Trend Micro AirProtect security system, are turned off by default. Ditto for the options that allows you to monitor network traffic and prioritize your wi-fi system for things like the media streaming, games or web surfing. On paper, the Blue Cave is not the fastest wi-fi router out there but I found it pretty impressive in real world usage. Connections were strong and fast throughout my 1500-square-foot home, which is bristling with wi-fi devices . There are 18 in all, from laptops, to smart lights and switches, to phones to mutiple Alexa devices, streaming video boxes and TVs. All of them connected and ran without a hitch. I even streamed a 4K movie to my TV with any delays or buffering. The Blue Cave comes with 1 year subscriptions to Trend Micro's mobile and PC anti virus software too, but I would skip that. I have never been a fan of that software because it always slows things down, in my experience. And if it's built into the router, why do a need another software layer on the PC? Windows Defender or some other free anti virus and malware software is a better option if you want extra protection on your PC or phone. And you don't have to worry about your subscription running out or paying an annual fee. On big plus on the Blue Cave is there is no annual subscription to keep the Trend Micro protection current in the hardware( ie, on the router itself) The same cannot be said for some competitors. Some routers with hardware protection cease to function if you don't buy keep paying an annual subscription fee. Forget that. Advantage Asus. When you consider the Blue Cave is also quite a bit less expensive than most of those competitors, and is much much easier to install, it's hard to find an argument not to buy one of these things -- if you in the market to upgrade your home wi-fi system. The only real downside I could find is that this is not a mesh system, and therefore perhaps is not the best choice for very large or multi story homes, which need the added reach extra mesh nodes provide. For everyone else, it's worth a look.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Everything you expect from Asus

    Posted
    Beradon
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    I will start this by saying I've owned Asus routers in the past. The fortunate thing about Asus routers is that you dont really feel the need to monkey around with the software because many of the more advanced features that you'd want are already there such as VPN server and client, without having to install something like DDWRT. The Blue Cave is no different. To start: Packaging was interesting. It comes in an cube-shaped box in which the router really only takes up about half of the space. Strangely, in order to keep the cube space there's actually a whole lot of dead space inside the box. I would have almost preferred a slimmer box than having a bunch of extra flaps to open only to find nothing in them (I was hunting for the power cable and opened one of the dead spaces first by mistake). The router itself is really quite slim and looks very stylish. The 'cave' has an LED in the middle that lights it up and whose brightness can be controlled. It's a very nice departure from the black monolithic spiders that most of the advanced routers look like these days. Setup: It has a decent wizard to guide you through initial setup, however it also has a more advanced mode if you know what you are doing. If you've been in an Asus router before it will all be familiar, however for those that havent it has all of the expected settings: port forwarding, various WAN and LAN settings, DDNS, firewall settings for both IPv4 and IPv6, a number of wireless settings, including some more advanced ones. Now for the things that are uncommon: It has Alexa integration so you can ask it to enable or disable the guest network, disable the internet or upgrade the firmware. It has a VPN server and client configuration if you wish it. It has Asus's AICloud to allow you to setup your own private cloud with a USB hard drive or remotely access your network. In the USB settings it supports a number of things such as 4G USB dongles, media and print services. As far as protection, it can integrate with Trend Micro to offer network level security for malicious sites and parental controls. Performance: Performance for me so far has been great. I can say that the range is slightly less than that of my previous (non-Asus) router, but the stability of the connection is phenominal. Asus has said they will be enabling the AIMess functionality on these routers soon, so you can build your own mess of Asus devices in the near future. Overall, I can easily recommend this router, especially for someone that wants advanced settings without the spidery look of most advanced home routers. The plethora of configuration options paired with a unique look and a decent price really lends itself to something that many people I think would not have originally considered.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Great Looks, Poor Functionality

    Posted
    patrickleeleep
    • My Best Buy® Member

    I will start off by saying I am an IT professional and have been in the field for 8+ years. I bought this router to replace my Netgear Nighthawk 1900 after years of use and it died. I was excited to get a router that had faster capabilities also very stylish. Upon unboxing and initial setup I was seeing very fast speeds that I didnt see with my previous router. Almost 100mbps jump in wifi download speeds. Fast forward to the next day while working from home and I lost connection so I look at the router and it had a red light meaning it lost connection to the internet. It resolved itself and connection was back. This continued to happen numerous times throughout the day and night. When this would happen it would also disconnect other things hardwired to the modem from the internet which is really odd. I opened a ticket with ASUS support, had to do a reset on the router and set it up specific to their settings which are no where listed in the installation guide. The issue continued to happened. I disconnected the router, and enabled the wifi on the Motorola surfboard modem even though its slow and the past two days have not seen a single drop in connection. I plugged in the ASUS once again and within an hour the connection dropped. I followed up with ASUS support and they provided me a long info sheet to fill out with everything from the model and firmware of my modem, model and firmware of the router, operating system and driver info from devices connecting to the router, log files from the router, network topology layout of my setup, and ISP info. This is a simple home router that should basically be plug and play for the average user and I imagine a lot of people wouldnt even know how to provide that info. Router will be returned in the next few days with hopefully something that works.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Nice looking router but issues with updates

    Posted
    ElectronicJunkie
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    The Asus Blue Cave, a very fitting name as I wanted to crawl into a cave getting this router setup. Does it work, yes, and does very well, but the initial setup was painful with multiple calls to Asus, which their call center is obviously not in the USA. So, starting at the unboxing, the packaging is easy to get apart and everything you need is included. I unplugged my other brand setup and started the install, the long install. The issues were prevalent right away. The latest software was not installed as expected, but the software was so behind, I had to make 3 updates to activate the MIMO feature. I started off with the first update and it took about 10 minutes, restarted it and went on to the second update....BIG ISSUE! It semi bricked the unit. First call to ASUS. After an hour and them having me download a program to unbrick it, I have it working. But wait, now it's back to the original shipping software. So, I call Asus back, they told me how to update the unit so I would not have an issue. Well, I get to the 3rd update this time, fingers crossed. Guess what, Failure again!! This time I was able to hard reset it, and get it back to the 2nd update and tried again. Finally, installed the latest update. What really sucked was the auto updates always said it was up to date, so this was always manually pushed with the latest from Asus' website. Now, I am up and running, I start adding devices, wait, nothing has internet. What is going on here? Call Asus, they have me hard reset it again. Now, I setup the entire Cave again, and bam, we have it working. Now, to the good stuff, does it work, heck yeah it does. Range is outstanding, especially from moving from my mesh system I had. I have the same range and it does it all very quickly with multiple devices running. The child features are amazing, I have already caught my kids going to sites they should not be going to and blocked them. I can also see many stats of usage from their devices. There are a lot of techy features that work great, but the DNLA option is just not there like old ASUS routers. It works, but not nearly as good as the old way. This makes for my movie server to have issues with file servers on devices. I wont get into the many options and addons but for a normal household, it will do well, as long as you do not have the issues I have. I recommend it but cannot give it more than 3 stars personally because of the issues with the setup and the DNLA.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Cool Looking and Cool Controls

    Posted
    CoolBoomer
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    The Asus Blue Cave is probably the coolest and most unique looking router I have ever seen. A blue glowing LED lamp lights the center hole of the Cave when it has internet connectivity. It's a roughly 8 inch by 8 inch by 4 inch deep "cube" of sorts, with the usual LAN ports and switches on the back. It's powered by a simple AC adapter which also plugs in the back. There's a power button, a reset button and a WPS button on the back also. The Cave takes up less space than the usual modern wireless router. This is an AC2600 router, which means it supports the 5Ghz band and up to 2600Mbps of data across it, measured by the sum of all the devices' usage that is accessing it. My PC was showing throughput of 443Mbps when I checked it, which is pretty good. For those that don't like messing with the DHCP functions of their internet equipment, the Blue Cave is ready for you. My DSL modem/router is already doing the job of assigning the IP addresses for my network and you can get into trouble with more than one device doing it--but the Cave was preset to assign a series of IP addresses far above in numerical order, so no worries of IP conflicts. The setup was simple, just a few instructions and connections and it was set to go. The user interface through the browser is really nice and has lots of features for managing internet access by user or device. But as nice and comprehensive as that is, the Android app for controlling and tweaking the Blue Cave is great. Far better and more fun to use than the stripped down apps of the competitors. You can sit there, phone in hand, and shut down your kids devices one by one when it's bed time. Or stem that bandwidth drain coming from someone watching a movie. The possibilities are endless for being the Bandwidth and Access King of your house. This would be a great tool for a small hotel or bed-n-breakfast. I walked outside with my phone connected and still had 80% signal 50 yards from the router. It had 100% everywhere inside my single-story house. Five stars for Asus on this one. I have set up other routers like this that were much more expensive and they can't touch the looks, features and fun of the Blue Cave.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Looks Fancy, Is Fancy

    Posted
    1ShadowFox1
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    Well, it looks like the age of "pretty" routers is upon us. I always liked the black box with antennas, but I could definitely get used to aesthetically pleasing wireless routers that are every bit at home as an accent piece as well as a more than capable internet device. This Blue Cave router looks very modern and takes the guesswork out of diagnosing blinking lights to see if everything is working. A pretty face is nice, but does it also put in the work? Yes, yes it does. I was a little nervous about the lack of external antennas when it came to wifi speed and range, but the hidden antennas work pretty well, and much better than a competitor that I have tried. My home is around 2000 sqft and there is not a place in my home that I don't get a good signal. I even have the router hooked up in one extreme corner of my house and I am currently writing this review while streaming Twitch while sitting outside on my deck on the opposite side of the house as the router without issue. My Nighthawk would struggle out here. This is a very pleasant surprise as I thought I would sacrifice coverage for looks. I do have to say that the wifi speeds on paper at distance seem to vary greatly. Using SpeedTest by Ookla, my speeds are all over the place. But in actual use (streaming multiple devices at great distance from the router, gaming, etc) I do not see a dip in performance. Other than the fact that this router lives up to every promise that it makes (Thank you ASUS!), my favorite feature is the ease of setup. Plug in, follow directions, use all the internets you wish! Literally that simple. The router even suggests setting for you if you aren't that familiar with setting up wireless technology. Worry free expedited product. I really don't have much negative to say about this router. The main complaint I have is the glowing lights inside the "cave". I wish they were more fluent as opposed to a few bulbs that just radiate from the inside. It subtly lights the inside, but doesn't flow as much as I would like. You can definitely tell where the interior bulbs are located. I also wish this would speed test a little higher, as it is about 30mbps slower than my Nighthawk, but until I feel that difference in performance, that gripe can stay on the back burner. Asus...thank you for a good product. Now don't settle. Keep the cool stuff coming!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Looks Aesthetically pleasing, but not good

    Posted
    Vedran
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus Member

    I bought this one to replace my older Netgear Nighthawk AC1900 that was a workhorse of a router. At any given moment, it would usually have about 20-25 devices hooked up (wifi or ethernet). Whether it be smart hubs or smart TV's, it was a trooper. I kept seeing good review for this router and decided to try it out since I liked the minimalist approach to the design.. Setup wise it was very straight forward...(name the SSID, password, etc.) after it did its firmware update though, it decided to go downhill. The GUI for the unit is nice looking, but not as easy to navigate since I was used to the Netgear GUI. Keep in mind, I do know a few things about routers since I work with them on a daily basis. I guess they want their users to do everything through a smartphone or tablet. The Internet connection was spotty at times and its only a 1400 sqft house. When I would run a speed test, it would get a burst of speed and slowly slow down. Anytime you would do a change to the router, it would take a few minutes for it to process the change, so that was a bit irritating. This router was supposed to be designed like a plug and play ready to go type router, but it seemed like this unit was a dud. It would have issues detecting my network switches that I have around the home or just plain drop them. My arlo Cameras kept disconnecting stating that the hub isn't connected to the internet. Same issue for my Wink 2 hub. I did find out the actual processor wasn't as powerful as the 4 year old Netgear AC1900s version. It only is a 800mhz processor. I honestly can't recommend this router at all, since I had a bit of a hard time using the GUI and overall, bad experience with wired/wireless connections. I didn't bother contacting the tech support line since they would have me do basic turn off and turn on and reset the router routine to see if that would fix it. Just would waste time. I will just be returning the router and getting another Nighthawk AC1900.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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      Dear Vedran,

      Thank you for taking the time to share your experience with us. I would like to offer our deepest apologies for the trouble you had with your ASUS product. I understand that the product didn't operate the way you expected and as such I sincerely and respectfully extend my willingness to assist you with it. Based on your description of the issue it seems that it may have been due to the firmware upgrade. Have you tried downgrading the firmware or checked for any later updates? You can also change the channel to get a stable signal, see here: https://www.asus.com/us/support/FAQ/1011431. As a last resort my recommendation would be to reset the device to factory defaults. We welcome the opportunity to assist you further with this, please contact our support: https://www.asus.com/us/support/CallUs/.
      For further inquiries please feel free to reach out to us at customerloyalty@asus.com and provide this link for reference. Our customer loyalty department is dedicated to bringing a resolution to all issues related to our products.


      Thank you for choosing ASUS

      Best Regards,
      Clayon,
      ASUS Customer Loyalty US Support Asus

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Looks Cool, Performs Great

    Posted
    Janine
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    The Asus Blue Cave AC2600 Dual-Band Wi-Fi Router has the appearance of a super cool, and modern, device. It may not look like your average router, but its performance does this brand justice. Asus is a name I’ve come to trust for electronics, specifically computers. Their brand of quality, well-made devices, boasting the latest technology, is why I not only have purchased their products myself, but have recommended them to others. I’ve used many different types and brands of routers. This Asus Blue Cave did all that was required to wirelessly connect my phone, tablets, computers, video game console, smart TV, security system, and misc other devices to my home network, quick and easily. Setting up my new router took hardly any time at all, and was a simple, standard procedure. I chose to get things set up via my PC, but there is an Asus Router App which you can use for the setup process, too. With the app, you can also customize Parental Controls, allowing you to monitor internet usage, schedule time limits and block content. Once everything was up and running, I found that streaming video content, playing my video games, surfing the web, downloading programs, etc. was smooth and lag free, even with all the devices I have connected to my home’s WiFi accessing the network at the same time. I was quite satisfied with how well this Asus router performed, comparably to previous routers I’ve owned. An added bonus worth mentioning is that this router also comes with a free 1-year subscription of TrendMicro antivirus protection, for up to 4 devices. If you’re in the market, I highly recommend this elegantly stylish, futuristic looking Asus Blue Cave WiFi Router. It’s definitely a conversation piece, in addition to being a high performance home networking device.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Artwork or appliance, the new ASUS Blue-Cave WiFi

    Posted
    JerryZ
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    Artwork or appliance, the new ASUS Blue-Cave WiFi high speed router no longer needs to be hidden from view. Besides being straight forward and easy to set up, the ASUS AC router comes with built in and free update-able AI security protection (provided by TREND.) Take a moment and check out the web software setup tools also available for free with ths router. Parental controls help protect the family (children) from unsafe websites as well as monitoring who (what device) is online and setting time limits to those who do. Allow children access only during certain times of the day as an example. The unit has a RJ45 connector for hooking up to your modem and additional high speed ports. WPS for easy linking of new devices. Recessed reset button for returning unit to original factory settings. I set up and then factory reset to see how simple the function worked. No problems. Wireless router mode - for most users Access point mode - for extending your existing router and SSID if needed Media bridge mode - Connect two (2) routers with the capability of sharing the network resources Use the router as an additional access point on an existing network Connect the router to a modem/router from your Internet Service Provider (ISP) Disable the router functionalities to work with third party devices I can now justify upgrading to a 32-up 16 down 1.6GB MODEM and my IPS's 175-mips high speed service.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    ASUS Blue Cave AC2600 Wireless Router

    Posted
    Mistabritt
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    Just received my ASUS Blue Cave AC2600 Wireless Router upon returning from my vacation. Inside the box comes the ASUS Blue Cave wireless router, power adapter, ethernet cable, and instruction manaul/warranty info. Connecting the router was pretty self-explanatory if you've ever connected or disconnected a router before. However, the instruction manual guides you step by step how to disconnect any pre-existing router and connect the Blue Cave. On the back of the router is the power button, power adapter port, 4 Ethernet ports, an Internet port, and WPS button. The factory default settings are listed on the bottom of the router itself like most routers out today. Now setting up your network you can go one of 2 ways: either on the WEB or via the 'ASUS Router' companion app like I did. The app is available in both the iPhone App Store or the Google Play Store for all those Android fans. Once I got my wireless network setup up I noticed great speed and coverage through out my apartment. It covered every inch of my apartment where other routers I've used struggled to cover. I was able to connect my Smart TV, Xbox One S, iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV to the network with no issues, and there was no lag. Along with the router comes 1-year free year of Trend Micro Titanium Antivrus+ protection for your mobile devices (laptops, tablets, or phones). It is limited to only 4 devices though. I must say aside from it being an outstanding router, this thing is very stylish and I love the blue lights, it goes well with my decor in my apartment. I recommend this for anyone looking for a new router with great coverage and speed.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good, just not for me

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    RandallFlagg
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    I received this router today and it looks like a piece of art. It has a lot to live up to as I currently love my Linksys EA9500. Right off the bat I see I have an issue. I have 8 gigaports in the Linksys and use 5. The Asus router only has 4 available slots. So I run over to the Victorville store and pick up a Linksys 5 port bridge. That should allow me to test the unit and connect all my wired connections. I get it up and running but I got to say it seems kind of slow and lagging. I have a number of wireless connections including a Roku tv and 3 additional Rokus. Also I'm a Cortana user and the Alexa functions don't work for me. I also run AVG ultimate, so the one year Trend Micro does me no good. AVG allows me to add as many devices as I want too. My understanding is Trend Micro only allows 4, that barely covers my desktops and laptops. What about my phone, tablets and gaming devices? As for the device other than the lag. It nice to look at and if I didn't have a decent/great router, this would probably be a winner. I'm spoiled with the Linksys. The Asus installed very easily but just didn't do it for me. I would recommend it to others, especially novices that could use the built in Trend Micro software on a small home network. I would have loved to love it and that's why I bought the bridge to give it a fair shake. It will definitely go in the closet as a back up should my current router start to flake. Seems most routers I've owned never have firmware updates as sooner or later they do the restarting thing everyday. So far, so good with the antennae tank.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Beautiful, smart & powerful

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    Networkgeek

    I was comparing the Blue Cave with the Netgear AC1750 on 7/22/2018 and ultimately, purchased the AC1750 due to it being $80 cheaper/on sale & since it was comparative to the Blue Cave in regards to performance - I thought "save the money"! Took it home & immediately tested my internet speed and it was strong (both were super easy to setup). But, since my router has to be next to my TV due to where the internet coax cable comes out of the wall.... it's really visible. The AC1750, with its buggy antennae's was hideous on top of my subwoofer. So naturally, after it bothering my wife and I for two days, I went back to B.Buy to return the Netgear & picked-up the ASUS Blue Cave. It matches, if not exceeds the performance of the AC1750 & is gorgeous anywhere out in the open. The user dashboard and app are super cool too! I tip my hat to ASUS for thinking outside of the box & bucking the antennae trend.... well done.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Stylish and feature rich

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    ILUVFREEWIFI
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    This is my first time out with an ASUS product. Used the website to set it up even tho I have the Android app installed. Noticed an immediate increase of internet speed on my Chromebook which runs on Wireless-AC. Old router was a single band N model. Blue Cave has the latest Wi-Fi features which includes AC. Had a hard time getting some of my LoT connected devices set up again. The Google stuff was the easiest. Note my two Geeni Wi-Fi light bulbs and power strip didn’t survive the switch to the new router. What I need to do next is to hook up my old single band N router to the ASUS Blue Cave and see what happens. It did help get one of my cameras going again. Firmware check shows I’m up to date. OG Pixel phone had no issues connecting to both 2.4 GHz and 5.0 bands. Same with gaming laptop PC and Chromebox. Printing on all PC’s OK as it was before. Must say this router does have an unusual appearance. Footprint takes up a bit less space than the conventional shaped router I was using. I did make sure I have separate SSID’s and passwords for both bands. Most LoT devices only run on the 2.4 band which sucks so if shopping for new devices, try to get dual band features. As for security features as they relate to LoT connected devices, only time will tell if I do have added protection against the bad guys.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Very Cool Looking With Lots of Stuff

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    KansasMeddlingMom
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    The Asus - AC2600 Dual-Band Wi-Fi Router, Blue Cave, is not your average looking router. It does not have the antennas sticking out and quite frankly, I wanted to try this because of the Trend Micro for life coverage. I have been one of those Trend Micro annual fee subscription users and the thought that this router would protect at that point then be loaded on the device was appealing. This router also protects all your mobile devices, too. I am not a tech nerd or guru. The package contains the Blue Wave router, a RJ-45 cable, a power adapter and quick setup guide. The new network can be set up through the downloadable app in about 5 minutes, but give yourself more time than that to do so because there are numerous options that you can include on how and what you want to protect within your network. Wifi speeds are good and I have a large home spread out over 3 levels, including the basement. While I do not have young children, this router does allow for parental control to keep your kids away from sites that you may not want them to be at. I guess the only thing I would say is it a problem when there are more options than a non-tech guru knows about. Maybe not if you take the time to investigate and understand what the options are and if you think it is something you may want or need for the future.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Looks and work great for mesh router setup

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    TBug
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    I purchased 2 of these routers instead of buying other brands of mesh routers, and I am very happy with the decision. I have one Blue Cave as the main router on the main floor and the second Blue Cave upstairs. The whole house is now covered, and it is fun to see at night that all our phones have automatically connected to the second router. You do have to download and install the latest firmware for the routers to have the AiMesh feature set. I would point out that you have to hardware reset both routers to get them to connect after updating (the Asus documentation only indicates resetting the remote node). Once the firmware has been updated, the setup is straightforward. In order to apply the firmware, initially setup the routers with dummy names as they will be reset afterward, but you need to enter basic setup to get into the web UI to apply the firmware. I would recommended this setup if you are looking for a mesh router option, and you want to be able to easily upgrade in the future as these routers can be added to with a new ASUS router in the future (even a different model) - not many other mesh products provide that level of flexibility. And they look great too - no longer hiding the router under the furniture

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Good looks, bad connectivity

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    enaybee
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    I bought this router because it looks cool and had decent reviews. What I forgot to check was lower rated reviews to see what kind of problems people are having. Setup was good and easy. I was able to set it up in a few mins and it was up and running in no time. Now previously I have used all kinds of routers (Cisco, Netgear, Asus etc). Never really had the problem that I am having with this router. It drops connection. Consistently. After a few days, 5 Ghz SSID, even though visible, doesn't allow me to connect to it. It is constantly looping between authenticating/connecting and then disconnecting. 2.4 Ghz has 2 Mbps speed (while my internet connection is 100/100). I tried to do what I saw in review and tried to change channels and reset the whole thing and reconfigured again but no good. Updated the router to latest firmware but it still drops connections. At this point I don't really know what to do other than to just simply take it back and get my money. I really wanted this to work as it is a really nice looking device. Too bad its all show but no go.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Fast WiFi Router that also looks great

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    teasten
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    There's 2 problems we have at home. 1. The default WiFi modem with Spectrum is awful and 2. my other half complains that the router looks ugly (it has to be next to our TV). I picked the ASUS as it looks more like a piece of decorative art and it's mostly white with the "blue cave'. Setup took about 30min using the Asus router app (iOS) but you can also setup on Android. App can be found here https://www.asus.com/asus-router-app/ If you get this before the end of 2018 it comes with a free Trend Micro subscription for your PC. I didn't redeem this, but it might be useful for you. The router has inbuilt Trend Micro AI which is free for the life of the router. If you're more technically include, the Asus Blue Cave can operate in Router, Access Point or Bridge Mode. It also has 4 LAN ports (so great for wired connections to my nearby Smart TV in my case, as well as my PS4), it also has a USB 3 port. The ASUS Blue Cave is close to perfect and I wish I could give it 4.5 stars but the review system doesn't let me. I deducted half a star because the router can be connected to Alexa so you can use Alexa commands to make it work, which seems useful but I disabled as I didn't want my family executing random commands via voice.

    I would recommend this to a friend