ASUS CM-32 AC2600 Wireless Cable Modem Router

ASUS CM-32 AC2600 Wireless Cable Modem Router

ASUS CM-32 AC2600 Wireless Cable Modem Router

B&H # ASCM32 MFR # CM-32
Back-Ordered
Expected availability: Sep 21, 2018

Product Highlights

  • 802.11ac Wi-Fi
  • Up to 2600 Mbps
  • 2.4 GHz / 5 GHz (Dual-Band)
  • 4 x External Antennas
  • 4 x 10/100/1000 Mbps LAN Ports
  • 1 x 10/100/1000 Mbps WAN Port
  • 2 x USB 2.0 Type-A Ports
  • 1 x Coaxial Port
  • Multi-User MIMO Technology
  • 32 x 8 CableLabs DOCSIS 3.0 Certified
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  • 1Description

Certified for use on Comcast XFINITY and Spectrum, the ASUS CM-32 AC2600 Wireless Cable Modem Router combines a DOCSIS 3.0-compatible cable modem and 802.11ac Wi-Fi router in a single, easy-to-manage device that lets you avoid monthly modem rental fees.

The CM-32 implements DOCSIS 3.0 to bond 32 parallel channels to push downstream bandwidth to 1372 Mbps. Eight upstream channels deliver peak throughput of 245 Mbps to provide plenty of bandwidth to broadcast your own content.

The 802.11ac Wi-Fi is spread across dual bands as well as four antennas. There's 1734 Mbps of bandwidth on the 5 GHz band while the 2.4 GHz band provides 800 Mbps of bandwidth. MU-MIMO support improves wireless performance across multiple devices, while ASUS AiRadar beamforming technology focuses signals to improve reception at greater distances.

The CM-32 will work with Comcast XFINITY and Spectrum networks right out of the box. The CM-32 is also certified for legacy Charter and Time Warner Cable networks.

Features

MU-MIMO Technology
ASUS AiRadar Beamforming technology
Network Map: At-a-glance view of connected devices
Guest Network: Separate and temporary Wi-Fi network for your visitors
AiCloud: Your personal cloud space at home
SmartQoS: Optimizes bandwidth and prioritizes your favorite devices and activities
Parental Controls: Monitor and restrict Internet activities of your children
Download Master: 24/7 PC-off downloads to attached USB storage
Traffic Monitor: At-a-glance view of real-time traffic for diagnostics
VPN Server & Client: MAC, Keyword, & URL Filter
Printer Server: Share your printer and scanner wirelessly
Roaming Assist: Automatically switches a device to the strongest AP
MAC, Keyword, & URL Filter: Block unwanted devices and inappropriate websites
Media Server: Centralize and stream media wirelessly
Mac OS Backup Support: Back up your Mac to attached USB storage
UPC: 889349133002
In the Box
ASUS CM-32 AC2600 Wireless Cable Modem Router
  • Power Adapter
  • Support CD
  • Limited 2-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description
    Wireless
    Wireless Frequency Bands 2.4 GHz, 5 GHz
    Number of Antennas 4
    WLAN Mode 802.11ac
    Supported Protocols IPv4
    IPv6
    Antenna Placement External
    Interface
    Ports 1 x Ethernet (RJ45) (Uplink)
    4 x 10/100/1000 Mb/s Gigabit Ethernet (RJ45)
    2 x 480 Mb/s USB Type-A
    1 x RF Coax
    Performance
    Throughput 2.4 GHz: 800 Mb/s
    5 GHz: 1734 Mb/s
    Security
    Wireless Security WEP, WPA, WPA2
    Hardware
    DOCSIS Support 3
    Electrical
    AC Input Power 110 to 240 VAC, 50 / 60 Hz
    DC Input Power 19 VDC at 3.42 A
    General
    Dimensions 11.81 x 7.4 x 2.36" / 30 x 18.8 x 6 cm
    Weight 2.09 lb / 0.95 kg
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 4.45 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 14.8 x 9.4 x 4.4"
    CM-32 AC2600 Wireless Cable Modem Router is rated 1.0 out of 5 by 1.
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from HAD TO SEND IT BACK! This review will be divided into three parts: a. B&H Customer Service b. The DSL side of this device c. The wireless router side of this device. First, a little about me: I am a retired network manager for Uncle Sam. I know a little about these things. Enough said. a. I have been doing business with B&H for over 30 years. There is a reason for that. They are simply the best at what they do. You need it? They got it! You need it tomorrow? No problem. Doesn't work and you want to return it? No problem! They are my 'go-to' place, and if you get the chance you should visit any of their locations in person. It's a treat. b. The DSL side. Hey, it's a DSL modem. It either works or it doesn't. After I got it hooked up, Spectrum provisioned it in less then 10 minutes, and it just started working, no problem. It should be noted that there was no IP address provided to enable the end user to access the DSL side of this device. I personally would have liked to have that information. c. The Wireless side. In a word: It stinks. So hold on for some info. 1. The wireless side of this device has two networks: one on the 2.4GHz side and one on the 5GHz side. You can also set up four 'guest' networks, on either frequency. What I discovered was that this device has a very, very poor 'network footprint'. I couldn't reach it from my master bedroom, which is upstairs and two rooms away. I could not reach it from my 'sun room' where the NVR is located for my security cameras. I found this to be quite disconcerting, because my previous router, a Trendnet model TEW-633GR which is at least nine years old, has a better foot print and better range. I went back and forth between this ASUS and my old device on a different DSL modem just to test this. I could not believe that this ASUS device performed this poorly, regardless of how I set up or pointed the four on-board antennas. Very disappointing. 2. Wireless Security - this is gonna get complicated. I have an HP printer model HP7401i that is about 9 years old, cost about $600.00, still works perfectly and has builtin wireless. Absolutely no problems with it and no reason to get rid of it. The wireless on it operates on the 2.4GHz frequency and uses the WEP encryption system. Not as secure or convenient as WPS, but it does work. All I did was come up with a 10-digit key, put it into the Trendnet and into the printer, and just as advertised, they connected. No problem. Then I installed the new router (and disconnected my old DSL modem and router) and tried it with the ASUS. PROBLEM! For starters, the ASUS uses WPS by default. If you want to use WEP, you have to disable WPS. And when you disable WPS, this unit disables WPS on ALL FREQUENCIES AND ALL NETWORKS! What? That is about the stupidest thing I ever heard of. There are at least two transmitters on this device, so why kill WPS on all frequencies? Why can't I choose the frequency and/or network to kill WPS on and enable WEP? This is just a very pitiful state of affairs for a company such as ASUS. So if I disable WPS, then I have to manually set up EACH wireless device on my network. And I paid money for this option? Nope. Next step: I bought an Arris DSL modem so that I could get the speed that I am paying Spectrum for (I love Spectrum!). I bought that DSL modem, hooked it up and had it provisioned and within about 10 minutes it was working fine. I then hooked up my previous Trendnet wireless router to this new Arris. Everything came back online, even the IOGear Wireless Network adapter, and now life is peace, love and hope. I got an RMA from B&H (thank you!) and the ASUS is on its way back to New York. It will cost me $11.51 for the return shipping so in other words I paid for the privilege of telling ASUS the shortcomings of this piece of equipment. One or two more minor considerations: there is no CDROM with the owner's manual for this ASUS. You have to go online, find it and download. Tech support is not hard to get on the telephone, but for the most part they are clueless. I asked one technician what IP stood for and he could not tell me. On one of my 'tests' on the ASUS, I disabled WPS, enabled WEP and put my HP printer online. But, I could not find it listed as a device on the network. I went to the printer and printed the network info page. That page showed me that the ASUS had assigned my printer an IP address of 0.0.0.1. What? Absolutely pitiful. Summation: keep shopping. This unit is definitely not worth the money, IMHO
    Date published: 2018-06-26
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