With ASUS’ Wi-Fi 6 routers, you’ll be safe and secure online.
Internet usage today is vastly different from what it was even a few decades ago. Because of how quickly and widely the digital world is growing, the types of cyberthreats that threaten it have changed and evolved to keep pace.
Protecting ourselves begins with putting up a solid defense in our personal and professional lives and places of work. We’re referring to the most essential piece of technology in today’s homes and workplaces: the Wi-Fi router.
How secure is your Internet connection?
The CLS rating of your router is important before we get into the specifics.If this is your first time hearing about it, don’t worry. We know it’s a lot of information to take in with acronyms like CLS and CSA, so let’s break down what these terms mean and how they protect you from cybersecurity risks.
Singapore’s Cybersecurity Labelling Scheme (CLS) was recently created by the Cyber Security Agency (CSA) to cover and rate consumer smart gadgets based on specified levels of cybersecurity protection. The CLS ranks the security of your common smart devices (such as Wi-Fi routers and IP cameras) according to multiple standards, allowing users to get a sense of the most cyber-secure smart gadgets currently on the market. When it comes to the Internet of Things (IoT), having a sense of security is of the utmost importance.
The fact that it is the first of its sort in the Asia Pacific region is astounding enough, but it is even more so given how widely available the Internet has become. Regardless, we’ve broken out the four CLS standards below to give you an understanding of how the certifications are awarded.
There is no need to worry about security at this level because the product ensures that the default passwords are all unique and provide regular software updates.
- As a result, the product has met all of the requirements for Level 1 and has been built in accordance with the principles of Security-by-Design.
- Level 3 – The product has been tested by third-party test labs and has met all of the requirements of Level 2.
- Level 4 – The product has passed rigorous third-party penetration tests and has met all of the requirements of Level 3.
With a Level 4 certification in cybersecurity, a smart device not only shows it has survived penetration tests but has also passed software binary analysis, numerous lifecycle criteria, and the basic security procedures as well. Devices holding a Level 4 certification can be assumed to have met the requirements for Levels 1 through 3 because these benchmarks are cumulative in nature.
There is no “meshing” going on at ASUS.
ASUS is here to help you improve your security, so let’s get started. The ROG Rapture GT-AX11000 and RT-AX88U Wi-Fi 6 routers are the first to be awarded CLS’ coveted Level 4 rating for Wi-Fi 6 routers, as evidenced above. Those who are thinking about upgrading to Wi-Fi 6 will find these to be an excellent choice.
In terms of why you would want to upgrade, if you’ve recently searched for routers and other smart devices online, you may have come across the term “Mesh Wi-Fi.” A “mesh” of Wi-Fi connectivity can be achieved by putting additional router nodes around “blind spots” in regions with limited Wi-Fi reception, thereby forming a “mesh” of connectivity in your house or workplace. Check out our guide for more information on this subject.
ASUS routers are equipped with AiMesh, an ASUS technology that enables their individual routers to be’meshed’ together, hence this relates back to ASUS. There is no limit to how you can utilize the nodes in conjunction with other ASUS routers or even use them as the primary Wi-Fi network if your primary router fails. You may see an example of our testing in action by visiting this page. AiProtection protocols, for example, are included in their products as an added layer of protection.
This useful piece of software includes an intrusion prevention system (IPS) of commercial quality that can scan inbound and outbound internet data in great detail. Using this, in addition to traditional firewalls, WPA2 encryption, TLS protocols, and URL filters, it is able to detect and block all prevalent cybersecurity threats. The icing on the cake is that AiProtection can keep itself up to current 24 hours a day, seven days a week, thanks to Trend Micro’s cloud data center, so you and your loved ones may surf the web and watch your favorite media content worry-free.
As a result, the AiProtection Classic or Pro version will depend on whatever ASUS router you choose. The IPS, Internet Activity Dashboard, and Content Filters for websites and apps are only available in the Pro edition, which has all of the other features.
So, what can we expect from the ASUS product line?
The routers themselves are the final item on this checklist, as you would have anticipated. ASUS also has ten routers that have received Level 2 CLS certification, in addition to the two routers having Level 4 CLS certification.
To be specific, these include the RT-AX53U, RT-AX55, RT-AX56U, RT-AX86S, RT-AX86U, RT-AX89X, RT-AX92U, and ZenWiFi XP4 and ZenWiFi XT8 routers. But even while they aren’t quite as well-equipped as their two older siblings, they can nevertheless fend off the majority of today’s cyber threats quite effectively.
However, if you can afford it, don’t hesitate to put up the strongest possible defense. If that’s the case, the ROG Rapture GT-AX11000 and RT-AX88U are the best gaming routers to go with, with the former being the better choice due to its helpful LED indicators that make troubleshooting a snap. In addition, the ROG Boost function allows players to automatically activate or disable Aura RGB or QoS settings that can affect gameplay experiences. Please check out our evaluation for a more in-depth look at it.
When it comes to common tasks like streaming your favorite shows or performing research for school or work, the RT-AX88U is certainly a better choice. According to our assessment, it offers up to 70 percent faster speeds at a 5 meter range compared to some of the other alternatives available on the market. As if that wasn’t impressive enough, it has also been proved to outperform rival mesh Wi-Fi systems.