Asus after watching the success of the mesh Wifi system;s today announced it’s own at CES. Currently, though, it’s unknown if buyers will be able to create a combination of both routers and have a certain amount of HiveSpot routers running alongside a certain number of HiveDot routers while all powering the same network. As well as a minimum of three routers, though, consumers must set one router up as the main router, with the other two acting as WiFi range extenders, allowing users to switch between the three routers automatically.
Finally, though, the main difference, and most likely the deciding factor for many, is the pricing of both routers. For those interested in acquiring the more expensive HiveSpot, three of these routers will cost $399, while the cheaper HiveDot will cost slightly less at $299 for three models. It is worth taking into account that, while the HiveDot is cheaper, it does not include the network protection that is included with the HiveSpot and it will also include signal loss due to the dual-band setup. Lastly, regarding the availability of the two models, ASUS has stated that both will be made available to consumers starting Q2 2017.