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ASRock G10 AC2600 Gaming Wireless Router Review

By: Tyler Bernath | Routers & Access Points in Networking | Posted: Oct 21, 2015 2:06 pm
TweakTown Rating: 88%Manufacturer: ASRock

External Storage Testing

 

In our external storage performance test, we map the USB 3.0 storage port on each router as a network drive, then run ATTO Disk benchmark and record the best results over three runs.

 

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External storage performance for the ASRock G10 was able to reach 43 MB/s read and 40 MB/s write.

 

 

Final Thoughts

 

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The ASRock G10 router is truly a unique solution for both external design as well as its internal functionality. While this router certainly won't be for everyone underneath its gaming skin, the G10 is a solid AC2600 Wave 2 solution. While we don't yet have a chipset capable of taking advantage of the performance this router is capable of, it does offer a future-proof path for consumers looking to upgrade. The build quality of this platform seems to be quite good, and the plastics are durable enough to handle a few drops but at the same time are glossy and will attract fingerprints, dirt and scratches.

 

 

The performance of this router was quite good with 5GHz performance with 80MHz reaching 409Mbps while 20 and 40MHz touched 136MBps and 249MBps, respectfully. LAN to LAN was equally good reaching 937Mbps. On the other hand, the G10 produced lower than expected results with WAN to LAN reaching just 863 Mbps, nearly 100 Mbps under the average throughput for routers on the market currently. Additionally, 2.4GHz wireless performance wasn't up to par as the 20MHz band touched just 82Mbps, and the 40MHz came in at 169Mbps. Comparably the average for routers on the current market is nearly 60 to 100MBps quicker in each band.

 

With all of that said, the user interface can certainly be the make or break feature of a wireless router and as such the ASRock does do a good job at keeping things simple. Each of the eight menu items break things down allowing quick access to changing settings. On the downside for this router, ASRock still has one single issue with their interface. As simple as it is to change a setting with the G10 after doing so, the router requires a reboot, no matter what. You have to stop what everyone in your house is doing on the internet and reboot the router. This feature hasn't been on a router since I reviewed the D-Link DIR-858L nearly five years ago, and I'm not quite sure why ASRock has designed their firmware in this manner. Let's hope they can change it.

 

On the upside, the G10 does have quite a bit going for it including MU-MIMO technology allowing simultaneous access to the router instead of queuing users connections, in addition, the H2R and mobile application add to this solution with Airplay access and the ability to control IR devices via your smartphone. All of these features we will detail in another article coming soon.

Product Summary Breakdown

TweakTown award
Performance83%
Quality including Design and Build86%
General Features92%
Bundle and Packaging90%
Value for Money89%
Overall TweakTown Rating88%

The Bottom Line: ASRock's G10 while not being the highest performing solution we have tested, offers high-end features including a 4x4 Mu-MIMO capable router that can control IR devices with your smartphone with an additional 2x2 travel router that doubles as an Airplay device, all at a very competitive price point.

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