(Pocket-lint) - Asus has announced at CES 2019 that it is getting into the Alexa game, adding a speaker and voice control to a Lyra mesh router.

While previous Lyra routers have provided enhanced mesh-based Wi-Fi for your home, the new Lyra Voice will expand its feature set to offer you a little more functionality - and give that boring router a little more purpose.

The new router will feature integrated 802.11ac (Wi-Fi 5), Amazon Alexa and Bluetooth stereo speakers.

Building on the company's previous offering in Wi-Fi routers, the Lyra Voice supports three Wi-Fi modes working as an AiMesh router or node, as a stand-alone router and as a universal Wi-Fi repeater giving you a wide choice of options for improving your wireless signal.

When you aren't benefiting from the improved Wi-Fi in your home, you can call on Alexa to power your smart devices or play music.

The speaker features a pair of microphones with 360-degree far-field voice detection, and two built-in stereo speakers with DTS surround sound technology.

When not streaming from the internet users will be able to connect via Bluetooth and the speaker also supports Spotify Connect.

In a move that Asus hopes will stand it out from the crowd, the speaker also features AiProtection Pro from Trend Micro. It promises to keep every connected smart device on the network safe from internet threats.

Asus Lyra Voice will be starting at $219.99. UK pricing and general availability has yet to be confirmed.

Writing by Stuart Miles.