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Asus Unveils ExpertWiFi for SMB: AiMesh Now Turned 100% Professional

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If you’re looking to use Asus standard routers or an AiMesh system in a business environment, that works. But there’s now a better choice.

The networking vendor today announced its all-new ExpertWiFi series of routers and access points geared toward small and medium business applications.

The new product line is built based on the company’s existing AiMesh hardware.

ASUS ExpertWiFi EBM68 3
The all-new Asus ExpertWiFi EBM68 2-pack mesh system includes two identical routers.

Asus ExpertWiFi: The familiar AiMesh hardware with a twist

Asus says the new product line includes new Wi-Fi broadcasters (routers and access points) that can work together using its well-known AiMesh feature to scale up Wi-Fi coverage.

Furthermore, ExpertWiFi hardware supports up to 12 mesh nodes — up from 10 of the existing consumer-grade hardware.

At launch, the new ExpertWiFi family includes three options: The EBM68 2-pack mesh set, the EBR63 standalone router, and the EBA63 business access point.

You can get any of these to use as a standalone device of their default role, or you can use them all together to create a sizeable seamless Wi-Fi mesh system.

But, just like the case of any AiMesh hardware, it’s best to use multiple units of the same device in a system. In the case of the EBA63, a router is required, and the EBR63 will be a good choice initially.

ASUS ExpertWiFi EBM68 1ASUS ExpertWiFi EBM68 2
The front and back of an Asus ExpertWiFi EBM68 mesh router

ExpertWiFi’s initial hardware: Preliminary specifications

Of the three, the EBM68 is tri-band Wi-Fi 6 mesh hardware. Most importantly, its 5GHz-2 band features UNII-4 (5.9GHz) to work better as the backhaul band — similar to the case of the ZenWifi XT8 or ZenWiFi Pro XT12.

ASUS ExpertWiFi EBR63ASUS ExpertWiFi EBM68 4ASUS ExpertWiFi EBA63 Copy
ASUS ExpertWiFi EBR63ASUS ExpertWiFi EBM68ASUS ExpertWiFi EBA63
AvailabilityStandalone router2-pack mesh setStandalone
access point
Antennas4 x external antennas6 x internal antennas4 x internal antennas
Operating Frequency2.4 GHz, 
5 GHz
2.4 GHz, 
5 GHz (5.9 GHz supported)
2.4 GHz, 
5 GHz
WiFi Data Rate2.4 GHz: up to 574 Mbps
5 GHz: up to 2402 Mbps
2.4 GHz: up to 574 Mbps
5 GHz-1: up to 2402 Mbps
5 GHz-2: up to 4804 Mbps
2.4 GHz: up to 574 Mbps
5 GHz: up to 2402 Mbps
Network StandardsIEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n, IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11ax, IPv4, IPv6IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n, IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11ax, IPv4, IPv6IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n, IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11ax, IPv4, IPv6
Memory256 MB Flash, 512 MB DDR3 RAM256 MB Flash, 1 GB DDR4 RAM256 MB Flash, 512 MB DDR4 RAM
I/O Ports1 x Gbps WAN,
4 x 1 Gbps LAN,
1 x USB 3.0,
1 x USB 2.0
1 x 2.5 Gbps WAN, 3 x 1 Gbps
LAN, 1 x USB 3.0
1 Gbps LAN
ButtonsPower Switch, Reset Button, WPS ButtonPower Switch, Reset Button, WPS ButtonReset Button
DC Power AdapterAC Input: 100~240 V (50~60 Hz) 
DC Output: 12 V with max 2 A current
AC Input: 100~240V (50~60 Hz)
DC Output: 12 V with max 3 A current
AC Input: 100~240V (50~60 Hz) 
DC Output: 12 V with max 1.5 A current
Package ContentsASUS ExpertWiFi EBR63
RJ-45 cable 
Power adapter 
Quick Start guide 
Warranty card 
ASUS ExpertWiFi EBM68
RJ-45 cable 
Power adapter 
Quick Start guide 
Warranty card 
ASUS ExpertWiFi EBA63
RJ-45 cable 
Power adapter 
Quick Start guide 
Warranty card 
Dimensions8.86 x 4.16 x 6.04 in
(225 x 105.7 x 153.5 mm)
(with antennas)
6.57 x 3.03 x 7.32 in
(167 x 77 x 186 mm)
6.3 x 6.3 x 16.53
160 x 160 x 420 mm
Weight
(each unit)
TBD1.78 lbs (808 g)TBK
Specifications: Asus ExpertWiFi series’ launch hardware

Professional “pristine white” design and built-in VLAN and captive portal

Asus says its new “ExpertWiFi series features a minimalistic and professional aesthetic, with a “pristine white exterior” designed to blend into a business environment” to give the users more preferences in terms of hardware placement.

ASUS ExpertWiFi EBR63 RightASUS ExpertWiFi EBR63 Stand
The Asus ExpertWiFi EBR63 router has a clever design to meet placement preferences better.

For example, these devices are designed to be wall and ceiling mountable out of the box. The ExpertWiFi EBR63 router can transform from a typical horizontal position to a vertical one, making it fit better on any surface.

Most importantly, per Asus, all ExperWiFi hardware has a “self-defined network feature” — each network port can be assigned to a virtual LAN (VLAN) for different business scenarios.

Additionally, the Guest Wi-Fi network feature now supports a captive login portal with social media integration — similar to the case of TP-Link’s Omada access point — with a customizable logo for brand awareness.

Finally, Asus says the ExpertWiFi series includes a robust web interface and a mobile app. All hardware features similar premium yet free features available in Asus’s home routers, including AiProtection and Safe Browsing features.

ASUS ExpertWiFi EBA63
The ASUS ExpertWiFi EBA63 business access point

Availability and pricing

Asus says the ExpertWiFi series will be available in North America in the first quarter of 2023, with the pricing being unveiled then.

This new series seems to be Asus’s AiMesh hardware with some business-oriented features. And that only helps.

Check back later for more information, among other things, on how it works against Asus’s consumer-grade counterparts.

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6 thoughts on “Asus Unveils ExpertWiFi for SMB: AiMesh Now Turned 100% Professional”

  1. Hi
    As ASUS is a very open platform its new “business range” will certainly attract those users which enjoy a lot of time a tinkering with incremental updates and configuration. For those that enjoy to focus on other business activities my recommendation would, in the light of having owned two sets of ASUS mesh systems (XT8 and 12) be to look elsewhere (Aruba, Meraki Go and similar) for business grade equipment.

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  2. Until very recently I have been an avid ASUS user, but in the last 6 months I have seen abysmal performance for a 2 * RT AX89X mesh system, and in the last few days a B1 version of the RT AX89X continually dropped a wired backhaul.
    I replaced this device with a ROG GT AC5300 and things have been better.

    However I can’t see any business user putting up with ASUS hardware issues, I have had (2 * Zen Wifi XT8 fail + RT AX89X) and the offhand attitude of ASUS support

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    • I think the RT-AX89X has some AiMesh issues with the latest firmware due to the fact it runs on a different chip. As a single router, though, it’s still great.

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