Ready to future-proof your entire home wireless network and also getting the speed that you have paid for (and not a router that sticks out like a sore thumb)? Well then, here’s a wireless router you may be interested: ARRIS SURFboard mAX Pro Mesh Wi-Fi System. Billed as the world’ most advanced solution for delivering Gigabit Wi-Fi performance to every device in every room, the ARRIS SURFboard mAX Pro Mesh Wi-Fi System employs tri-band, Wi-Fi 6 (AKA 802.11ax standard), 4×4, and Mesh, to achieve Gigabit service and ubiquitous coverage.
802.11ax is developed to cope with growing number devices connected to a single router at home, at work and in public venues. It is capable of dealing with dense environments, including places like stadiums, libraries et cetera. Wi-Fi 6 is said to be 400 percent faster in speeds, has 4x the range of the current 802.11ac standard, and promised efficient connection with devices that would result in saving battery on mobile devices.
Meanwhile, tri-band configuration allows a dedicated connection between the two routers in the system, freeing up the first two bands to communicate exclusively with devices in the home. ARRIS said tri-band system is up to 180 percent faster over dual-band system, and with Wi-Fi 6 and 4×4 across all three of its bands, it is also up to 180 percent faster than other tri-band devices “that cut corners with lesser technology.” Now, who are the heartless bastards that cut corners! We want to know! Nah, just kidding.
Quite amazingly, ARRIS has chose to incorporate four Wi-Fi 6 antennas (4×4) on each of its three bands which it says allow it to achieve the fastest Wi-Fi speeds on every device, simultaneously. Now, I must say that is quite a bold claim and a heck lot of antennas. Fortunately, you won’t be greeted with a router that looks like Pinhead from Hellraiser – thanks to ARRIS’s next-generation antenna technology that allows the antennas to be hidden away. I guess that’s a good news for those who those prefer not to have an alien spacecraft sitting in their home. But for the record, I am neutral with regard to router’s aesthetic.
Anywho… also onboard is ARRIS’s intelligent mesh technology that affords a seamless network “that actively and automatically detects every single device to the fastest possible connection.” A mesh setup would afford coverage of an area up to 6,000 square feet. But really, a single ARRIS SURFboard mAX Pro Router that can cover a up to 3,000 square feet should be suffice for most users.
Here are the key highlights:
• Quad-core 64-bit ARM processor @ 1.8 GHz • Three 4x4 Wi-Fi 6 radios, each with a 1.5 GHz ARM processor, AX11000 • 4-port Gigabit Ethernet hub • 2Gbps WAN link aggregation • Backwards compatible with 802.11a/b/g/n/ac • SURFboard mAX Manager app • Advanced AP and band steering • Compatible with Alexa • Sleek modern, design • 9.5" x 5" (height x diameter)
ARRIS SURFboard mAX Pro Mesh Wi-Fi System and SURFboard mAX Pro Mesh Wi-Fi Router are slated to be available in first half of 2019. No words on the pricing of the respective products at this point, though. In the mean time, you can learn more in the video below.
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All images courtesy of ARRIS.