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What does a $550 ASUS ROG router get you? Wi-Fi 6E support and incredible bandwidth

Asus ROG Rapture GT AXE Router
Asus ROG Rapture GT AXE Router (Image credit: ASUS)

What you need to know

  • ASUS announced the ROG Rapture GT-AXE11000 router.
  • The router is among the first to support Wi-Fi 6E.
  • The router will be available this month starting at $550 (opens in new tab).

ASUS announced the availability of the ROG Rapture GT-AXE11000 router today. According to ASUS, it's the world's first router to use the Wi-Fi 6E (802.11ax) networking standard. Wi-Fi 6E is an extension of Wi-Fi 6 and is based on Wi-Fi 6 technology, which is backward-compatible with previous Wi-Fi standards. The new router will be available in North America in January starting at $550 (opens in new tab).

The router's Wi-Fi 6E technology takes advantage of the 6 GHz radio band. As a result, it has three times more bandwidth than the 5 GHz band. The technology also adds up to seven 160 MHz frequency bands to the already existing Wi-Fi 6 standards.

To take advantage of the router's tech, you'll have to have a device that supports Wi-Fi 6E, but ASUS points out that several of those are on the way.

The tri-band router supports combined concurrent Wi-Fi speeds of up to almost 11,000 Mbps. That combination consists of 1,148 on the 2.4 GHz band, 4,804 Mbps on the 5 GHz band, and 4,804 Mbps on the 6 GHz band. The router also supports WAN aggregation for connection speeds of up to 2 Gbps. This can be combined with 4x4 Wi-Fi 6 and its 2.5 Gbps WAN/LAN port to provide multi-gigabit networking speeds.

To help make sure that its signal is strong and stable, the GT-AXE11000 has a 6 GHz power amplifier. It runs on a 1.8 GHz 64-bit quad-core CPU with 1GB of RAM.

As the ROG branding suggests, this router is built with gamers in mind. The router has a dedicated gaming port that prioritizes a connected wired device. It also supports Game Boost, which lets people prioritize gaming packets within a network.

If you have a larger home or want to extend your connection, the GT-AXE11000 supports ASUS AiMesh.

Sean Endicott
Sean Endicott

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6 Comments
  • Intel's new AX210 WiFi 6E/BT5.2 pcie card should be out soon for this. Should be about $35 when it debuts. It's relatively easy to replace the existing WiFi PCIE module in most laptops. You just need patience (and remember to download the new drivers for it BEFORE you replace the module as you MUST install the new drivers for it to work correctly!) I put an Intel AX200 WiFi 6/BT 5 PCIE in my 5-year old Dell laptop and it was easy (and about $16) and now I have WiFi 6 speeds (to my ASUS AX3000 router) AND more importantly, WPA3 encryption.
    All fully backwards compatible with all older WiFi standards. The hardest part is detaching and re-attaching the antenna wires to the module. It just takes patience as they are fiddly little connectors.
  • You don't need this.
    If you want faster and better speeds, use a wired connection.
    The switch support is lacklustre at best, 2.5Gbit port... so you're going to have to buy a switch anyway if you want faster LAN speeds. Spend the extra on an additional AP, and pay someone to hardwire your home, or do it yourself with the $500 left over.
  • This thing has how many LAN ports? 3? I remember I considered waiting for it when looking for a new router but the number of LAN ports was a deal breaker. How could you build a $550 device that is also significant in size and not give it ports?
  • What are you talking about?
    It has 4 x 1 GB ethernet ports, plus a 1 GB WAN port, AND a 2.5 GB port that can WAN or LAN (your choice) AND you can use port aggregation if you want to.
    Geesh. Go buy some 1 GB switches, they are about $15 for a 6-port unmanaged switch.
    You can even buy switches with the 2.5 GB uplink ports now to connect to the 2.5 GB port on the router.
    Get a grip people. This is your EDGE device in your network, not your main switch, especially if you have a NAS, you should segregate that to a separate switch to mange your traffic. Only your WiFi and OUTBOUND traffic should go through the router. Otherwise you are overloading it's switches (which really are not meant for that kind of traffic load.)
  • people that they're targeting with this will spend that money only if it's their primary router. just like the guy above talking about spending $550 for a device with 3 ports.
  • Link aggregation with what? Useless on Windows 10 for home and pro editions since you can't enable it.
    Sure you can use a uplink to another switch that supports that, but then you're already in the realm of just buying 10gbe switch if you went with a regular gigabit router just for the internet connection and wifi. The pricing and features used on these routers are silly, mainly just marketing and of no real use to anyone at home or in a small home office.