ASUS EA N66 Asus announces unusual looking 450Mbps Ethernet to Wi Fi bridge

You've most likely already read our preview of Asus' just launched RT-N66U router, at least if you're the least bit interested in wireless networking or are planning on getting a new router. Until 802.11ac devices start appearing later this year, dual band 450Mbps 802.11n Wi-Fi will be as fast as you can get and during CES Asus also announced another dual band 802.11n device, the EA-N66 Ethernet to Wi-Fi bridge.

You've most likely already read our preview of Asus' just launched RT-N66U router, at least if you're the least bit interested in wireless networking or are planning on getting a new router. Until 802.11ac devices start appearing later this year, dual band 450Mbps 802.11n Wi-Fi will be as fast as you can get and during CES Asus also announced another dual band 802.11n device, the EA-N66 Ethernet to Wi-Fi bridge.

There aren't a huge amount of devices out there that support 450Mbps 802.11n Wi-Fi at either 2.4 or 5GHz beyond some recently announced routers and this makes it hard to actually connect anything to the routers at full speed. In all fairness, some of Apple's most recent MacBook's support 450Mbps and so does a few of Intel's high-end mini PCI Express Wi-Fi cards and we've even seen the odd USB adapter. However, what do you do if you have a device that doesn't have a USB port and want to connect it to your router at full speed?

ASUS EA N66 Asus announces unusual looking 450Mbps Ethernet to Wi Fi bridge

Well, Asus' EA-N66 is one of less than a handful of 450Mbps Ethernet to Wi-Fi bridges that we've seen so far and Asus has come up with a design that you don't really need to hide away in a corner. In fact, if the final product will look anything like the PR photo, this will be one of the most interesting looking Wi-Fi devices made so far. In reality it's a very simple device with an Ethernet port and a power connector hidden away somewhere out of sight in the only picture Asus has shared so far.

However, the EA-N66 can also act as a Wi-Fi repeater if you need to extend the range of your Wi-Fi network and Asus has even added an access point mode which can come in handy for those that have an Internet connection that doesn't require a router. No word on pricing or availability, but we'd expect the EA-N66 to be reasonably price when it arrives, although less so than the RT-N66U router.