I've been using the Lyra in my own home for a slight bit over a month now, and I must say it's really one of the most stable mesh platforms I have used. That's saying a lot because we have had nearly all platforms come through at some point, albeit most were tested within days of launch.
Build quality is superb and what I would expect from ASUS or any notable vendor for that matter. The plastics fit tight together, and the small form factor allows you to tuck them away with ease. Adding to that, ASUS made Lyra wall mountable, so you can take things a bit further and set up your home with nodes on the ceiling or wall, wherever you have power. The only drawback I found during my testing was I couldn't turn off the LED on all nodes, just the base node.
The performance was some of the highest we have seen from a mesh platform too - it's right up at the top with Netgear Orbi from earlier in the year. In LAN, we topped out at 939 Mbps, WAN reached 919, and Wi-Fi 211 Mbps and 553 Mbps, respectively.
Moving into range and mobile throughput, I found equally pleasing results with Lyra holding its 2.4GHz throughput the full 30ft run we test in. 5GHz did lose some performance down to 434 Mbps, but in a full node environment, it would be less.
The app is one of the cleanest I have seen, offering a simple setup procedure and modern dashboard feel. The Lyra does lack many of the advanced features you would find on a typical single node router, but ASUS was sure to keep Ai Protection, and port forwarding along with a slimmed down version of QoS with Traffic Manager.
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The Bottom Line: With so many mesh platforms on the market, the ASUS Lyra stands out as a top three solution for those that want an easy to set up and very quick mesh platform for their home network.
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