Asus’ newest router is the ROG Rapture GT-AXE16000, and it says it’s the “world’s first quad-band Wi-Fi 6E gaming router.” That doesn’t fairly make it the world’s first quad-band Wi-Fi 6E router total (Netgear introduced a quad-band Orbi system final October which you’ll be able to already purchase), however this is the first such system to particularly goal avid gamers, and as a standalone router its beginning worth is cheaper than comparable mesh methods.
Quad-band routers, as their identify suggests, broadcast a complete of 4 wi-fi bands for connectivity. Asus’ newest router has a 2.4GHz band, two 5GHz bands, and a flowery new 6GHz band. The three highest frequency bands every provide a theoretical most pace of 4,804Mbps, which drops to 1,148Mbps for the two.4GHz band for as much as 16Gbps of combination throughput (although, as at all times, real-world speeds will probably be considerably slower). You have the selection of both utilizing the legacy 5GHz or new 6GHz bands as a backhaul if you wish to arrange a whole-home mesh community with one other appropriate Asus AiMesh router.
Of course, you even have the choice of going wired, and in the event you accomplish that you’ve the selection of two speedy 10Gbps LAN ports or 4 1Gbps LAN ports. Its WAN port is rated at 2.5Gbps, and there are additionally a few USB ports for good measure. Did I point out it additionally seems to be like a creepy spider robotic? Because after all it does.
Given how uncommon quad-band 6E routers nonetheless are, the Asus ROG Rapture GT-AXE16000 is maybe unsurprisingly on the costly facet, and is set to value $649 when it goes on sale later this quarter. But in comparison with Netgear’s quad-band Orbi system, which prices the higher a part of $1,500 for a three-pack of the mesh routers, Asus’ router seems to be virtually reasonably priced.