Review router ASRock G10

Review router ASRock G10

A new sound is welcome in almost every market. The vision of a hitherto outsider can work refreshing. So we were very curious about the ASRock G10 , a brand that we encounter quite often in these pages, but never before with a router. The Taiwanese company has for the ASRock G10, in any case all the stops pulled open. Read on if you want to know more.

The appearance of the ASRock G10 is in any case striking. ASRock has decided to put some depth into the design. The company continues with this design for a tower shaped stereoscopic ‘router, as we read on the website of ASRock. He indeed has something of a modern skyscraper. The version we tested is black, but we already have a red and white seen. In the Netherlands, only the black will be sold. Remarkable is the large blue LED strip that wraps around the top corner. If you’re not beautiful or otherwise undesirable find it, you can which are also off. The blue strip is also the only form of lighting. You have nowhere indicator LEDs on as you encounter in almost all other routers. It is also the intention that you place standing the ASRock G10. Hang up is not there.

Behind the ASRock G10 made all the connections and buttons. We obviously see 4x LAN and 1x WAN. For WPS is a frequency a button present. At the bottom we see something quite a little bit of the motherboard ASRock reveals pedigree. The two USB 3.0 connectors are in fact positioned side by side, just as you see frequently on motherboards. In routers, however, it is common to them to spread a little more about the device.

Another interesting feature of the appearance is that the antennas are not performed externally. We have in our tests can never find a definitive advantage of external antennas to domestic ones. In theory, it is of course true that with external antennas what more can play. In practice, most products that wirelessly connect to your router will be constantly moving through the house, so this is not a very good argument for external antennas. In addition, beamforming would anyway have to ensure that clients are well served.

ASRock G10 is currently still at any shop in our price comparison for sale, so a real retail we have not yet. Inquiries with ASRock shows that the MSRP for Netherlands 260-280 euro is going to be.

Review router ASRock G10

Innovative approach

One of the most special things of the ASRock G10 sits on top of the rear panel. There are even two IR sensors. This makes it possible to operate with the help of your (Android, iOS) smartphone devices. The router can learn commands from remote controls, after you select the device in the app and can operate via your router device. Whether this is a really useful addition, we incidentally doubt, if only because this surely makes the necessary requirements for the placement of the router. In addition, there have been quite a few smartphones on the market that can even be used as a universal remote control.

The most striking aspect of the ASRock G10 is shown at the top. A recess is an HDMI dongle attached. Which you can put into a TV or monitor, then you can duplicate via Mira Cast the screen of your mobile device. You send one another and with the EZCast® app. The dongle can be more than mere duplicate the image on your smartphone or tablet. You can for example also take play back files that are stored locally on your NAS via DLNA.

The dongle can not only serve as a streaming stick. There’s also a WAN port, meaning that it can act as a router. According to ASRock, we are dealing here with a 2T2R router, which can be connected wirelessly to an access point, incidentally. Really quickly it is not something we had not in itself expected given our experience with previous travel routers. The speed of 20-30 Mbps is perfectly usable as fast as you want or you want to view messages online, multiple full HD streams up is already difficult time.

Review router ASRock G10

Internally familiar face

Since ASRock had few available samples of the ASRock G10, we have not made open the device, because we did not destroy. We do know what has been used. At this time, Qualcomm is the only manufacturer AC2600 routers can provide chips. In fact, the intern same creature as the Archer C2600 TP-Link, so with a IPQ8064 as CPU and switch and two QCA9980 for both radios. At 2.4 GHz, all four data streams switched on and there is an available theoretical bandwidth of 800 Mbps. At 5 GHz is the maximum 1733Mbps. We finalize a few things off, then we arrive at the 2600 that can be found on the box (actually it would otherwise be in 2500).

Router manufacturers walk the last few years quite to the music when it comes to supporting bandwidths and technologies. Also for the AC2600-routers of this moment is that the four antenna connectors on both frequencies are not supported by clients. The same applies to MU MIMO. This makes them in practice in the area of ​​wireless performance is not very much more interesting than the 802.11ac routers of the first generation with two antenna connections or more, which are often offered at a much lower price.

There is further provided in 128 MB flash memory and up to 512 MB RAM. Via the USB 3.0 connections have speeds of up to 30MB / s (read) and achieve 25 MB / s (write). Not a bad scores, but certainly not the highest we’ve seen so far. In that respect, the Linksys WRT1900AC continues with 75 MB / s in solitary stand height.

Opportunities

ASRock has the G10 especially paid to offering many extras in terms of hardware, such as the IR-sensors and additional router / dongle. In terms of web interface, we see that there is clearly a home dressing ASRock has thrown over it. It’s just a shame that there is such a small part of the available screen space used. On the other hand ASRock is also on this relatively small area managed to create a fairly simple interface.

In terms of features we do not see the innovation that we saw on the outside of the device. Here colors ASRock some more within the lines of the conventions. A good addition with respect to the majority of the other routers on the market, is that it is possible to create three different guest networks per frequency. You can also give a certain amount of time. As far as we could see, it is currently not possible to determine the names of the guest network.

QoS enables the use of the ASRock G10 Stream Boost functionality that is integrated into Qualcomm chips, this function only calls the Gaming Boost. The network traffic is analyzed and issues that should be given priority, given that too. Traffic that has to do with gaming should of course always be unhindered, so it is almost at the top of the (invisible) priority of this technology. You can all connected devices however do provide a priority number and your complete uplink and downlink. To determine the latter there is a link to Speedtest.net included in this screen. Moves ASRock also joining in the trend of increasingly easier to set up QoS, detailed rules creation is not there. When Parental Control, you can really just a device to set a timetable, do not apply filters on domain or url.

Review router ASRock G10

The USB port allows you not only connect external hard drives, including USB printers can be made available with this for the users in your network. You can enable the media server to create the files found via DLNA.

Besides the appearance, both from the interface of the router itself, and renaming Stream Boost to Boost Gaming, we actually have no other business can discover the ‘Gaming’ scream. We honestly had secretly expected. Anyway, it is of course questionable what ASRock more could have done.

Conclusion

ASRock put the G10 is not just a dime-a-dozen router down. It is clearly the intention to elicit a response. These kinds of initiatives we welcome of course, if only because it is otherwise boring. The addition of the extra dongle at the top of the housing, we find a good extra. Not so much because of the fact that Mira Cast supported by the dongle, because we are generally not so fond of. However, because of the router functionality that has the dongle. You buy so essentially two routers instead of one, one for home and one for the road. That performance not be very high, it is to be expected and we have also been observed in other small trip routers. The average use while traveling, however, meet them in general though.

The addition of the IR-sensors on the rear of the ASRock G10, provides what we are concerned, somewhat less added value. If you are all in the same room, then it might be practical to operate all your devices through an app via your router, but for the most realistic scenarios, this is not the case.

The performance of the ASRock G10 in our tests with IxChariot are particularly convincing 802.11ac, 802.11n we find the device back in the middle. At our practice tests is that the signal on 802.11ac much trouble just seems to have the obstacle which it must pass, which would seem to indicate that in terms of signal strength still some things to be won. Mind you, MU MIMO we have obviously not been able to test, because we are there in any case not suitable for clients, who incidentally anyway virtually not.

All in all, we are positive about this effort from ASRock and we hope that more devices will follow. With a likely price of 260-280 euros, however, it is at the price of tri-band routers. You must really like to have the choice will then fall still on theASRock G10 an additional travel router.

Review router ASRock G10 updated: October 5, 2015 author: Jonathan Davis