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ASRock shows off its X10 IoT router at Computex 2016

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A year ago, ASRock launched its odd looking G10 gaming router at Computex and this year the company is back with yet another router, the X10. This time around the overall design is a lot more subdued, although it shares a similar design language with a blue LED stripe across the top.


Judging by the three antennas at the back, you’d be forgiven for thinking that this is a 3x3 router, but alas, that’s not the case. That said, it’s not entirely clear as to what the rear antennas are for, since as you can see from the spec sheet provided by ASRock, the router has four internal antennas for the Wi-Fi. The X10 is based on Qualcomm’s recently launched IPQ4019 SoC and it supports up to 400Mbps on the 2.4GHz band and 867Mbps on the 5GHz band and is as such an AC1300 2x2 router.


ASRock is promising features such MU-MIMO, Beamforming, Self-Healing and other buzzwords without really going into any detail. As far as hardware features goes, this is fairly run-of-the-mill router with four Gigabit LAN ports and one Gigabit WAN port, one USB 3.0 port and one USB 2.0 port. Unfortunately we didn’t get to see the local web UI and the promised “ASRock Router APP for IoT” is still under development.

What ASRock did have working was a basic ZigBee demo, as this is after all an IoT router and they have it working with the Philips Hue bulbs without the need for a Philips hub, as well as some basic ZigBee sensors. It’ll be interesting to see how well the automation will be implemented and what sensors will be supported at launch.

In addition to ZigBee, ASRock will offer a second version of the X10 that comes with LoRa support, but there was no demo of this as the show. The representative I chatted to said that the X10 has a target price point of around $200 and it should launch later this year.
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