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MSI has made a router with antennas that follow you around your house

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Few things annoy me more than a spotty home Wi-Fi connection, and it seems MSI would agree, as the company brought a pretty smart router to CES 2023 with antennas that dynamically track specific devices as you move through your house is running.

Dubbed the RadiX BE22000 Turbo, MSI’s top-spec Wi-Fi router is packed with pretty much every feature you can think of (and probably some you don’t have) to ensure you get the fastest wireless speeds possible. That’s because while the standard is still being finalized, it’s not just the RadiX that’s designed to support Wi-Fi 7 it also includes MSI’s AI QoS technology that can reduce your ping while gaming or prioritize different types of content, such as streaming video at the touch of a button. And with channel bandwidths of 320 MHz, MSI claims the BE22000 delivers 4x faster throughput compared to a typical Wi-Fi 6 router.

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But it’s clear that the RadiX’s standout party trick is its antennas, which unlike pretty much every other router out there, have the ability to automatically adjust their position to track a specific device as it passes through your home. moves to provide optimal wireless coverage at all times. And I can tell you, having seen the router in person, it’s quite fascinating.

Unfortunately, before anyone gets too excited, it’s important to note that even MSI doesn’t expect the BE22000 Turbo to go on sale until sometime in 2024. That’s because there are a few major hurdles, such as waiting for the Wi-Fi spec to be finalized, along with other challenges, such as making sure the motors for the router’s antennas can handle months and years of constant use. Even during the short time the RadiX was on display at CES, I noticed that the speed at which the antennas moved became a bit sluggish due to the increased heat.

For people who still care about wired internet connections, the RadiX BE22000 Turbo also includes two 10 gigabit Ethernet ports along with four 2.5 gigabit connections.
For people who still care about wired internet connections, the RadiX BE22000 Turbo also includes two 10 gigabit Ethernet ports along with four 2.5 gigabit connections.

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Plus, I have other questions like how does the router know which device (or devices) to prioritize in a house full of multiple gadgets. And what does the repair process look like if one of the antenna motors fails? After all, under ideal circumstances, routers should be something you can set and forget. And at this point, I’m sure some of you are wondering what kind of person this robo-router is actually for?

Is the BE22000 Turbo overdesigned? Sure. And while MSI hasn’t announced pricing for it either, rest assured that this thing won’t come cheap. But you can’t say MSI isn’t trying, and compared to competing products, a router with auto-adjustable antennas is exactly what I like to see at CES.

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