The ASRock G10 gaming router, initially announced at Computex earlier this year, hit store shelves. Finally available in stores, gamers can now get their hands on an AC2600 router that is technically suitable for gaming, and at the same time, looks the part.
The ASRock G10 AC2600 Gaming Router is ASRock's first major step into the networking market. The G10 is 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac-compliant, with 5 GHz band speeds of up to 1733 Mbps and 2.4 GHz band speeds of up to 800 Mbps. The G10 includes eight internal high performance antennas, adjustable output power, a guest wireless network, parental controls, beamforming technology, MU-MIMO capability and easy NAS setup.
The G10's I/O port includes WPS buttons for 5 GHz band and 2.4 GHz band, four Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports, a Gigabit WAN port, two USB 3.0 ports, a reset switch, a power on/off switch, a DC 12V power input and an infrared sensor, which I'll cover later. At the top of the rear I/O is a port that holds ASRock's H2R Wireless-N access point/HDMI casting device, which will be included with certain models of the G10.
However, besides the H2R dongle, many of the G10's features are standard for an enthusiast-targeted router. ASRock included several unique features to make the G10 a definite "gamer" router. The G10's Gaming Boost technology, for example, recognizes gaming network traffic; the G10 allocates bandwidth towards consoles and gaming PCs during high-bandwidth gaming sessions. Gaming Boost, along with MU-MIMO, should decrease the amount of network hiccups during gaming without hindering performance on other mobile devices.
Speaking of other devices, ASRock also aims to make the G10 a multimedia hub with its Infrared Learning technology. The previously-mentioned infrared sensor can detect infrared signals from devices such as TV remotes and gaming consoles. ASRock's Router app allows users to send infrared codes to their devices through their phones, effectively unifying their consoles and entertainment centers under a single remote.
The ASRock G10 AC2600 Gaming Router is now available in stores.