You'll need at least three HiveSpot or HiveDot nodes to get a system up and running, and ASUS notes that any of them can be configured as a "master" device connected to your modem over a gigabit LAN port. But if you're just looking to spread out WiFi around your home, you can also connect the master device to an existing router. ASUS says each system will support up to five separate nodes, which should allow them to cover large homes and offices. At this point, it's unclear if you can mix and match HiveSpot and HiveDot devices in a single home.
Under the hood, the HiveSpot packs in seven smart antennas. Both routers also use ASUS' "AiRadar" beam-forming technology to point wireless signals toward devices using them. On top of typical 802.11ac 5GHz and 2.4GHz networks, the HiveSpot also has a third 5GHz band that provides an 867-Mbps connection between its nodes.
We don't know how much the HiveSpot and HiveDot systems will cost, but hopefully, they'll be competitive with Eero, which costs $200 for a single node and $500 for three.Click here to catch up on the latest news from CES 2017.