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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Life on the Cutting Edge

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    ryanmcv
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    Let's get this out of the way: This router is absolute overkill for most people. But if you like to live on the cutting edge of technology, or if you're a gamer looking for the absolute best wireless networking performance, then this router deserves your attention. Here's my take: === UNBOXING AND SETUP === - The router is packed inside a premium-looking black box that makes it quite clear that this is a high-end gaming router. Inside the box you'll find the router, eight antennas, power adapter, an Ethernet cable, and paperwork. - Asus borrowed this design from their previous flagship router, but it still looks great. Along the router and antenna edges is a sleek copper accent. The Asus RoG ("Republic of Gamers") logo sits atop the router, complete with customizable RGB lighting. If you have other Asus devices with RGB lighting, you can easily sync up your lighting effects using Aura Sync. Otherwise, you can simply customize the top logo to be virtually any color or turn it off completely. - The antennas look great, but they don't come pre-installed. Be sure to take your time when screwing them on, as the antennas don't seem overly durable (they are hollow in the center). - The actual set-up experience is quite easy, but there are a few questions/settings that might confuse average users. After connecting to the router and choosing your network name and password, you're asked whether you want to enable "HE frame support." This isn't well-explained on the set-up screen. It's basically asking whether you want to enable Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax), which is the main selling point of this router. Enable it, but make sure your wireless card drivers are up to date. - You can customize the action of the "boost key" on the side of the router. By default, it turns the RBG lighting on or off, but there are a handful of other options you can choose for this button during the set-up process. === FEATURES AND MANAGEMENT === - There is no doubt that the administration interface was designed with gamers and power-users in mind. In fact, it will probably be overwhelming and confusing for average users. But if you're like me and you like to fine-tune and have complete control of your network settings, you will love it. - Standout features include: Game Radar (check ping times to gaming servers); VPN Fusion (run a VPN and standard Internet connection simultaneously); and Traffic Analyzer (monitor bandwidth usage of individual devices). - For gamers, the Game Boost and Game Profile features ensure that all necessary ports are open for seamless multiplayer gaming and that you are automatically connecting to the fastest possible servers. In my testing, these features worked well and reduced my ping times to 20ms and under for most games. - There are too many other features to go through in this review. Simply put, every router setting you could possibly imagine is accounted for, and then some. - The router has 2 USB 3.0 ports for connecting external storage and accessing it via UPnP or network share. Once set up, it works well, but I had a very hard time getting the router to recognize my external hard drive. After finally connecting/disconnecting the drive four times, the router recognized it and it has worked fine since. - There are only four Ethernet ports on the back of the router, which is barely sufficient. For a router in this price range, I would have expected at least eight ports. There is also a 2.5G port, but none of my PCs support it. === PERFORMANCE === - Wireless performance dot not disappoint. I only have a 1,200 sq. ft. apartment, but I pick up full signal strength everywhere. My previous routers have struggled with interference due to the high density of an apartment building, but this one has no issues, at least on the 5 GHz bands. - When connecting via 5 GHz, I consistently max out my Internet download and upload speeds (180 mbps/15 mbps). Transferring files between two 802.11ac-equipped desktops on the network is astonishingly fast: I clocked one of the local transfers at nearly 650 mbps. - Performance on the 2.4 GHz band is surprisingly good given my environment. My Internet speed tests and file transfers unsurprisingly take a hit on 2.4 GHz (dropping to only 60 mbps), but the connection is stable and seems to power through any interference from other networks. - One of the two 5 GHz bands utilizes DFS, which allows access to channels normally reserved for radar. The result is significantly less interference and congestion for your devices. Unfortunately, some of my devices had trouble connecting to the 5 GHz band when it was utilizing a DFS channel. My newest gaming PC works fine, but my older laptop and tablet are unable to connect. - 802.11ax (or Wi-Fi 6) is a huge selling point of this router, but there are no devices on the market (yet) that support it. As such, I can't give any feedback on new 802.11ax features like faster throughput or congestion management. === SMALL QUIRKS === - IPv6 support is not enabled by default. If your ISP supports it, be sure to enable IPv6 in the settings page. - The iOS app needs a lot of work. You can manage some basic settings, but the UI is clunky and I don't see any way to adjust the RGB lighting via the app. === FINAL THOUGHTS === The GT-AX11000 is a total powerhouse packed with features and tech that should satisfy even the most hardcore users. If you're a gamer or power-user looking to upgrade your router, this should absolutely be at the top of your list. I've never seen a router with so many advanced options and features. As a gamer and tech enthusiast, I love it and I'm going to enjoy this for years to come. But for everyone else, this is absolutely overkill. Yes, it has the latest Wi-Fi standard, but at this point, no one can even take advantage of it. And those advanced options and features are likely confusing or useless to most. So for the average users: hold off for 802.11ax/Wi-Fi 6 to become more established. For gamers and enthusiasts: this could be the holy grail of routers.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Real-world performance gains alone & AiMesh config

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    WyldeBlue
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    PROs: - After having just moved up to a competitor's mesh solution requiring its own special hardware for node expansion, I was totally pumped at the thought that I could reuse my old RT-68U for an even faster AiMesh configuration--but the AX11000 is SO powerful and and SO-over engineered for speed and signal coverage that I ended up not really needing to bother! -- If you have a modest to smallish sized house/dwelling, one of these alone is likely all you're going to need (more below in the summary review) - If you're even CONSIDERING investing in a router like this, you clearly want to take your game to 11--on both features and an explicitly over-the-top gamer aesthetic, this router goes to 15 with even more room on the dial! -- A tweaker's/gamer's/power-user's dream--you have total control over so many aspects of its operation and network configuration it's frankly bewildering at first...more than 20 functions greet you just on the main landing page (that's before going into the advanced settings) and the companion app has over 30 primary features that open for further control/refinement from your phone or tablet at home or on-the-go -- In a very handy bit of usability engineering, the network map can be customized to rename clients to your liking and you can add some pre-fab icons or even your own photos to give you a visual snapshot of your network -- Asus packed in a number of gamer-specific features like Game Boost (adaptive QoS), Game Profiles w/customized forwarding rules for a number of popular titles, WTFast GPN (paid service for full access) for using game-optimized VPNs, and Game Radar which sniffs out ping and availability of popular game servers -- Unless you're just in for bragging rights (and let's be honest, there are those of us who are!), this router will give you just about the ultimate in control, administration, and configuration for a secure and gamer/streamer/whatever traffic-optimized network - Alexa integration was quick and actually provides some useful functionality--unlike some competitor Alexa skills that will spit out your password to anyone who asks, ASUS's Alexa skills allow you to activate or schedule the guest network, pause the Internet entirely, give you a summary of online clients, pair new devices, upgrade the firmware, etc. - Yeah, it looks like a Transformer unfolded on your desktop/shelf and the RGB color and animation customization is definitely a fine touch for the gamer who simply must have it ALL! - AiMesh worked like a champ--3 minutes (almost to the second) of unattended configuration of factory-reset RT-68U and I had a mesh client ready to extend network coverage anywhere I wanted--just be aware that the AX11000 is SO powerful you have to be mindful of where you place your node--my first attempt to put the 68U in a 'convenient' location ended up hurting network performance - Short of a few more Ethernet ports to load up for a LAN party or max out some other high-speed wired clients, I can't imagine anyone truly outgrowing this router for the near-term to foreseeable future...2.5Gbps Ethernet port--check; two high-speed USB ports--check; got an older ASUS router you want to use to build a mesh network--check; and, oh yeah...a WiFi standard so new you're not likely to find clients/adapters for it yet...rest assured you shouldn't NEED to invest in a newer/faster router for many years to come! CONs: - Despite being virtually plug-and-play in initial setup, this router is ultimately not for the timid or "typical" household user--I suspect you already know that if you're flirting with the idea of buying a ROG-branded router, but it's value proposition is nevertheless diminished somewhat by more pocketbook-friendly options (even by ASUS) that offer nearly identical 2.4/5Ghz performance...sans 802.11ax of course...but how much that draft wireless standard, the RGB lighting, and gamer-oriented optimizations/customizations mean to YOU is something between you and your bank account - No escaping it, this thing is HUGE, so keep that in mind when you consider just where you're going to put it...I've got a picture of it below next to my other ASUS AC1900 router...the horizontal profile and ornate, but ultimately bulky, antennae illustrate just how much room this will take up in use - Speaking of the antennae...the extra design flourishes in the antenna shape means you can't just grab one by the top and rotate it downwards--it's not a big deal, but the bulbous backside on the housings means you have to rotate the antenna and lay them down "sideways" after about 50-60 degrees of straight decline...it's just a tad awkward in practice and I kept forgetting about it at first while I was optimizing for reception upstairs and down and continually knocked the antenna housings against the tabletop - I don't know why, but the network map didn't seem very stable for me--I would often have to wait several minutes watching multiple refreshes on the screen before a client I knew was already on the network (even the one I was using AT THAT TIME! to log into the router itself) would actually show up on the network client list...this made customizing the network map troublesome because clients would show up and then drop off the list seemingly at random (not go into "offline" status, but disappear from the screen entirely), even while I was in the middle of customizing their device "profile" onscreen - Given that this router touts draft 802.11ax support as part of its selling points, there aren't (as of now) consumer-level clients/adapters available to effectively test this capability anyway...given that we're about a year ahead of the power curve, maybe a USB-C port would have been a nice inclusion in the meantime to really future-proof your investment??? - Unlike some competitor mesh solutions, re-using an existing router here also means you need the real-estate to put another router on a table/shelf--not a drawback of this router per se, but a plug-in style node from ASUS would actually be appreciated as I don't always have the surface area (or spousal approval) to accommodate another piece of networking hardware in just the right spot in our home... Summary review As I just finished one mesh upgrade from my lone RT-68U, the experience was fresh in my mind as were the details I gathered in preparing that other review. I'll hit the high points here to give you context for my observations and then get to the summary stats. We have a 3-story, 4500 sq-foot house. I have a relatively extensive home network with 60+ wireless clients and counting, including at least 30 smart home devices, multiple smart TVs and 4K media streamers, and a family who is routinely gaming, streaming, and otherwise engaged online. I pay for 200 mbps class cable service and get roughly 288 mbps at the router. From the RT-AC68U, I was running a 1.2 Gbps Powerline adapter to a separate Wireless N router to cover a very small portion of the basement and help isolate some of my daughter's LAN party traffic. Given that reusing an older ASUS router for AiMesh was a pretty attractive feature for me, I re-installed my original 68U to prepare for this review. The following readings were all obtained within roughly 2-3 hours of each other (so keep that variability in mind) using the fastest of 3 sequential trials from the same Speedtest server: RT-AC68U: - Main floor, same room as router: 174 mbps down/28.7 up - Main floor, 1 room away: 169 mbps down/28.9 up - Main floor, 3 rooms away: 132 mbps down/28.4 up - Top floor bedroom: 161 mbp down/27.9 up - Basement rec room (directly below 1st floor router): 172 mbps down/28.8 up - Back of unfinished basement: 88.6 mbps down/6.50 up - Basement bathroom: no service GT-AX11000: - Main floor, same room as router: 286 mbps down/29.1 up - Main floor, 1 room away: 271 mbps down/29.1 up - Main floor, 3 rooms away: 173 mbps down/28.9 up - Top floor bedroom: 287 mbp down/28.9 up - Basement rec room (directly below 1st floor router): 273 mbps down/28.8 up - Back of unfinished basement: 171 mbps down/28.7 up - Basement bathroom: 23.6 mbps down/8.56 up The GT-AX1100 delivered near wired speeds within close proximity and simply CRUSHED the throughput of the AC2200 mesh router (with a basement node for coverage!) I just recently installed, even delivering usable performance to that troublesome basement bathroom area. Then I added the 68U as a mesh node in the rec room in large part because I had a convenient end table for it to rest. I was puzzled when the rec room's readings dropped from 273 to 171 mbps. Then I remembered that performance near the node would be capped by whatever equipment I was reusing whenever that signal was stronger than the GT-AX11000's--even if the AX11000 could still provide better performance. Once I moved the 68U to the back of the bedroom next to the bathroom, these were the readings I obtained: AiMesh GT-AX1100 + RT-AC68U: - Basement rec room (directly below 1st floor router): 284 mbps down/28.8 up - Back of unfinished basement: 182 mbps down/28.6 up - Basement bathroom: 125 mbps down/28.2 up Bottom line, it's hard to be any happier than I already am with this router (maybe if I had two???). Sure, there are probably better values out there, and for many users, this thing is WAY over-engineered and WAY more capable than anything you're likely to need or even want to bother to configure and manage. But that isn't at all what this thing is about...it's about MORE...more coverage, more features, more control, and more unapologetic "in-your-face-ness" for the gamer/power/super users who simply want MORE from their online/networking experience. In virtually every way, this router delivers that bleeding edge, so-much-MORE experience in spades. If you've got the means, take the plunge--you won't be sorry!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    This is Where You Want to Be!

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    vrs99
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    When the ASUS ROG GT-AX11000 arrived Kid grabs the box, WOW RGB with AURA, Cool Design, I want the gaming port! Me, Wow Commercial Quality Firewall!!! When we opened and unpacked the router, I could sense the ASUS ROG GT-AX11000 was a Beast. The ROG GT-AX11000 is impressive and sitting on the desk quietly it appears to bristle with Power. Fact is this router not only appears to look powerful it is by far the best designed, engineered and executed Gaming/Home networking device I have ever had the pleasure of getting my hands on. And yes, it is without a doubt the fastest Router I have ever had sitting on my desk. First wanted a look inside before getting into the setup routine. Powered up the GT-AX11000 and turned on my laptop to look for the wi-fi which came up shortly and connected to the router, could not have been simpler. Setup is straight forward and had the router up and running quickly. For me it is like giving candy to a kid when I looked at the display of settings and options. The features settings are the most comprehensive of any Gaming/Home router I have ever seen, and I have had many top tier network systems over the years. When I moved the ASUS ROG GT-AX11000 into my network I simply took the settings from my previous router popped them into the ASUS ROG GT-AX11000, plugged in and was on-line. Couldn’t be easier. For those who require a bit of an assist getting the router up and running ASUS has included Quick Internet Setup to get you on line quickly and easily. Quick Start Guide is only five pages long. If you use this option and then decide to start making changes to your router you can make a Router Settings backup under the Administration Settings before you start having fun and experimenting. Note: If you need any assistance setting up your router you can simply call ASUS and they will walk you through the complete setup procedure. Easy as 1-2-3. One option I would like is access to external managed/supported Blacklist. Using the built in “Feedback” selection (located at the bottom of each page of the system interface) I have sent a suggestion to ASUS. ASUS takes these inputs seriously. Fact is as I sit here looking at the screen deciding what to write about, I find the task a bit overwhelming, as there are so many wonderful techie goodies I can describe. So, I will bring up some of my favorites and then suggest you visit the ASUS ROG GT-AX11000 web-site which I will note below in the review. Number one on my hit parade is the Commercial Quality Firewall and AiProtection that is built into the system. Never, aside from Commercial Corporate Level routers (which are quite expensive) have I seen such an exhaustive array of protection technologies. The AiProtection is Powered by Trend Micro, a leader in Internet Protection, Kudos to ASUS for bringing Trend Micro onboard. Know that many will list Game/Home Network Speed, but for me having a better half who daily watches Movies/Videos from China and a Young Gun conquering the universe on his system I look for all the protection I can deploy. ASUS is the only company that has given my that Warm and Fuzzy feeling of security in a router. Gaming – Speed brought to you by 802.11AX (believe that is now called Wi-Fi 6). Hands down the fastest router I believe that has ever been on the market, speeds up to 10GB Wi-Fi. That is 11000Mbps compared to the last standard 802.11ac at 4266Mbps – that’s ten times faster than wired gigabit! There is a dedicated 2.5G Gaming Port, which will provide up to 25GB Game Download speeds. There are so many options for enhancing your gaming experience there seriously isn’t enough space to add it all in the review. Again, visit the web-site posted below for the full picture. Few thoughts: - There are five user ethernet ports. For me having eight ports previously I had to add a switch to handle my wires. - Excellent Traffic Analyzer – by system or individual computers, tv streaming, etc. - Mesh Wi-Fi Support – this is very nice. - Excellent Documentation! Which is becoming difficult to find with Tech Products. Thanks ASUS. - If you need it the Kid Protection is Top-Notch. Have other ROG equipment in my system, like my motherboard and it is all high quality and built for gaming and network speed. Good Stuff. If you are looking for the most cutting-edge Gaming, Home, or small business router with a Real Firewall and Speed Baked in that you can find, stop take a long hard look at the ASUS ROG GT-AX11000. You will be glad you did, it is a Winner! As promised: https://www.asus.com/us/Networking/ROG-Rapture-GT-AX11000/

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Very Fast, Very Expensive, Very Half-Baked

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    Jaron
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    PRO -AX Wireless support -Great wireless coverage -Can operate as router, bridge, access point, or mesh node with dedicated backtalk channel -Two USB 3.0 ports -Lots of network customization options ( device filtering, parental controls, time allocation ) -Dedicated game server monitoring -Doesn't require mobile app to setup/manage CON -Expensive -Only 4 wired LAN ports -No 10 Gbps port -Packaged cable is only Cat 5E -Huge footprint -Not wall mountable -You likely won't have wireless AX devices until 2020 -Sluggish web interface ( on current firmware ) -Some network settings not where you expect them -Documentation is lacking -Most QoS & smart routing features require sending info to Trend Micro TL/DR The Rapture AX11000 is the fastest router you probably don't need. It's ridiculously expensive, has a massive footprint that can't be mounted to a wall, and won't give any noticeable performance boost to most consumers. Plenty of $100-$200 routers, including Asus' venerable RT-AC68, will serve most single-family homes quite well. But if you demand speed no matter the price, and the bragging rights that comes with that, the Rapture may be to your liking. THE GOOD Yes, this thing has massive wireless bandwidth. The AX specs claim each 5 GHz band can support its own 4.8 Gbps of bandwidth and the 2.4 GHz can still go up to 1.1 Gbps. Even factoring in the difference between theoretical and real-world performance, that's still very fast. Unfortunately, I don't have an AX wireless device to test what you can expect. But even on normal AC wireless, the Rapture still beats my current router. Coverage is strong throughout my entire house and all my current devices are maxing out their individual network controllers. I haven't noticed any problems with dropped connections. The Rapture also sports 4x4 antennas and wireless techniques like OFDM and QAM, meaning it'll be ready to support more advanced wireless devices when they finally become available. The Rapture has all the network routing controls and features you'd expect ( DHCP server, port forwarding, network device filtering, parental controls, firewall, URL/port blocking, guest network, etc ) and a few that aren't as common on consumer routers ( device operation time limits, Alexa/IFTTT integration, excellent VPN support, and multiple guest wireless networks on both the 2.4 and 5 GHz bands ). It can operate as a router, access point, bridge, and mesh node with other Asus AIMesh routers. When operating in mesh, the router can be hardwired to other nodes or use one 5 GHz band as a dedicated backtalk channel so you don't lose effective wireless bandwidth. On top of this, the Rapture of course includes a lot of gaming-centric features, like a real-time server latency monitor for many popular games, dedicating one 5 GHz band for gaming traffic, QoS settings for prioritizing game traffic, and some free trial time for WTFast Gamers Private Network. If you want to be fancy, the router also has customizable RGB lighting. Apart from the four gigabit Ethernet jacks you get one 2.5 Gigabit jack and two USB 3.0 ports that can be used for external hard drives ( as network share, media server, and/or download manager ), sharing printers, or even tethering a cellular data dongle. The 2.5G port can be used for a WAN uplink if you have really fast internet service or used as a dedicated high-priority line, say to your gaming computer or as the previously mentioned mesh link between nodes. The side has three buttons, one for turning the wireless on/off, one for WPS pairing, and a Boost button. The latter can be configured for turn on/off the port status LEDs, RGB lights, and gaming traffic boost system. The antennas use standard connectors, so you can swap them out for aftermarket parts if you want. The back also has a power on/off button, something I appreciate, so you can power cycle the router without needing to unplug it. All in all, this is pretty impressive stuff, so what's the downside? THE BAD The first, and most obvious, is the price. Asus charges a premium for their ROG products and $450 for a router is more than most people are willing to spend. For such an expensive product, it skimps in some of the weirdest places. For starters, having only four wired gigabit ports ( five, if you count the 2.5 port ) on a router like this is a total head scratcher. Considering the massive size of this thing ( and no, it doesn't have any kind of mounting bracket for walls or ceilings ), it should have at least six ports, preferably eight. Considering the advertised "10 Gbps" wireless bandwidth, at least one of those ports should be 10 Gbps. Only four gigabit ports and one 2.5 Gbps jack greatly limits home office power users who want to use teaming for higher bandwidth connections to multiple servers. And despite the 2.5 jack, the network cable bundled in the box is also only Cat5e, not Cat6. The documentation is thorough in listing the Rapture's many features, but doesn't give a lot of info about how to use and configure them ( case in point, the manual mentions the 2.5G network port and what it can be used for, but not how to configure it for those uses ). Also, most of the QoS, firewall, game boost, and advanced traffic analyzer features are somehow managed by Trend Micro and can't be enabled unless you agree to allow some of your networking data to be sent to them. I also found the web interface to be quite slow, at least on the firmware as of this writing. On my previous Asus RT-AC68, navigating to the different pages and setting groups was quick and snappy. Here, you click on the link and wait for a few seconds until the new page loads. The network client list also was erratic and didn't always list all connected devices, even if that device was currently in use. Though the Boost button on the side is programmable, it has only three options, none of which are "turn guest wireless network on/off," like I would prefer. With so many different settings and features, the web interface has dozens of pages and tabs to organize them, which is understandable. For the most part the organization is logical, but some are buried, which means digging through lots of pages to find them. You can configure the various SSIDs in the basic wireless setup section, but the option to disable a particular radio is in another place entirely. The router does not save or commit a change when you move from one section to another. Again, with so many pages and tabs, this means making many small changes and hitting the save button before moving on. But each save usually requires a full router reboot, which slows down the configuration process a lot. It would be helpful if some configuration pages were expanded to include more related settings, allowing fewer reboot delays. Or perhaps Asus can do a similar thing they do on their motherboards, where changes are temporarily saved across all pages and when you hit the save button you see the full list of changes and then asked to confirm. The upside is that firmware updates could ( hopefully ) fix most of these complaints. THE UGLY As said above, the Rapture is complete overkill of a router for most people. They simply won't be able to use a lot of its features. The 2.5 Gbps port will only reach those speeds when it's connected to another 2.5G device. That's usually either a high-end desktop or home server, another router if you're setting up a large linked network system, or your modem if you have faster than gigabit internet service. The crazy wireless speeds are only realized when using high-end computers that have the antenna arrays, AX wireless controllers, and internal storage fast enough to keep up. Even when you finally hove those laptops and wireless desktops, you'd need to move a lot of data around your network to notice and appreciate the speed difference. That's not to say it's a bad idea to plan ahead and start building up your home network infrastructure. The Rapture will give you great wireless coverage in your home, will probably give you faster AC speeds than you have now, will be able to handle more devices more stably, and will set you up to handle those new AX devices when you finally get them. So you'll get a few small but immediate benefits, but it might take a year, maybe more, before you enjoy the other benefits. As with most new technologies, jumping in early costs you extra. For most people, I'd say the cost is too high at this point. Having only four LAN ports and no 10 Gbps jack severely limits the Rapture's appeal to the power user crowd. Those that have solid, even if aging, routers are probably better served waiting a year until AX support filters down to the mid-range consumer products and prices come down overall. For average consumers that need a new router right now because their current one is simply too old and slow, the Rapture is an expensive but forward-thinking bit of home networking, and hopefully new firmware can patch the interface problems soon.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Powerful WiFi 6 Desk Spider

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    Keyan
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    The ASUS ROG Rapture GT-AX11000 is the latest and greatest home router from ASUS. It features the latest WiFi standard, 802.11ax, or WiFi 6 as it is being branded now to simplify WiFi generations for consumers. It is a router geared towards gamers and power users who want the fastest wireless performance as well as some new wired LAN features that are less commonly seen in consumer devices. To get the obvious out of the way, it’s huge. With antenna it is about 11 inches square and looks like a dead cyborg spider from your favorite dystopian sci-if movie. It is a matte black with satin metallic copper accents. Many of the pictures make it look like the accents are a red or orange color, but they aren’t. Given those possibilities the copper looks better….for a dead cyborg spider. On top is a big heat vent and a full RGB backlit ROG logo that you can customize in the UI. It’s OK, but I would really have liked to have the colors be sensitive to system load or something instead of 6 options that are just colors and flashing patterns and don’t relate to system activity. Personally, I’m not a huge RGB fan, so I turned it off. After a short assembly project to attach all 8 antennas, plug it in, push the power button, and it’s ready to go… After powering up, it advertises the default wireless networks. Connect to them with just about any device, head to the address listed in the quick start paperwork, and you are off to the races. I actually did the initial setup using an iPhone…. For some reason my PC on a wired connection using Edge just pulled up a blank screen. Chrome worked fine, but something to keep in mind if using Edge that it might not work and the router is fine, it’s just the Edge browser. Mine used an odd private IP range out of the box of 192.168.50.0/24. You may want to change that to match your old home network if you have any devices that had static IPs. After changing that and matching the SSIDs and pass phrases to my previous router, everything started connecting. I did have to reboot my ISP’s modem to get it to play nice and work with the router. For wired connectivity, there are interesting options. 4 local 1 gigabit ports, one 1 gigabit WAN port, and one 2.5 multigigabit port are on the back. In addition, there are two USB 3 ports that can be used to connect a hard drive to use as a NAS, a USB printer, or a cell data USB modem to provide WAN redundancy. The multigigabit port is interesting for things like a high performance NAS. Unless you are into custom building PCs though you may not find a lot of uses for it. If you are a gamer who is really picky about ping times, this router has some interesting options. For one, it will ping servers for some of the major games for you and let you know which ones are the best right now. It is also constantly running a ping and giving you general internet latency (the time it takes for a packet to go round trip) and jitter (the difference in round trip times between pings). Another feature is that you can set a single device on your network to having gaming traffic sent through a “GPN” that provides an optimized path to the servers for some games. For a fee you can enable it for more than one device. Finally, the wireless connectivity. With 8 antennas this router offers 1 2.4ghz 4x4, and 2 5ghz 4x4 Wifi 6 or 802.11ax radios. It can use the array for universal and explicit beam forming, and also supports the latest tricks in WiFi frequency manipulation that allows for multiple hosts to use the same channel at the same time instead of only allowing one host to communicate at a time….provided you have end hosts that support it. Coverage is about the same as the ASUS RT-3100 it replaced and it covers the inside of a 5000 sqft home with three levels well despite being located in a den near an outside wall instead of centrally located. Signal stability seems to be good as many of my smaller 2.4ghz only devices work well in random areas of the house. The two 5ghz bands give you the flexibility to have one channel only used by devices that are latency sensitive like gaming consoles, while having other devices that might be streaming on another channel. Another advantage is that you can have one channel for your WiFi 6 (ax) clients, allowing them to operate at full speed with all of their advanced features while relegating older clients to the other channel. This does bring up a point though about this router – it is a premium device at a premium price as it supports the latest WiFi standard, but most if not all of your devices are not likely to support it when the standard is still new and some smaller devices like WiFi plugs and sensors may not put in WiFi 6 radios for years, opting for older and cheaper technologies. Since WiFi 6 requires a hardware radio change, only through replacement of older devices will you be able to take full advantage of this router. ASUS has also gotten into the WiFi mesh system trend in home wireless where multiple wireless routers (or access points in they would be as mesh nodes) are chained to each other wirelessly to extend WiFi coverage in large homes or homes that structurally are difficult for a single router to cover. Since this router has 2 5ghz bands it can manage a mesh even more effectively, especially if the other nodes also have tri-band radios, although that can get very costly. I do like that ASUS has extended this “AiMesh” feature into almost their entire product line, even older routers now can be part of the mesh, giving life to older devices when a new one is put into the mix. Of course, mixing older access points and radios with new ones will result in an impact to performance for your devices. For security, this ASUS router has many of the features that the top tier ASUS routers have had for a while, including built in IPS and malicious site blocking. The site blocking is a very useful feature that will block bad links you (or a family member) might get in an email, or if you mistype a common URL and there is a malicious server camping out on the misspelled site name. It can also do some DoS attack mitigation and detect if there is malware on one of your devices that is trying to reach back to its command and control server or send out your data. It also supports several guest networks so you can give your guests access to your internet connection but not the rest of your network. Overall, this is a feature rich router that has excellent coverage and supports the latest WiFi standard, making it a solid choice for gamers and enthusiasts who want the very latest. For the average home user, many of the features are probably overkill and with consumer WiFi 6 (ax) clients only starting to come to market, it will be a while until most users can leverage everything this router has to offer. With the new WiFi 6 routers hitting the selves, the price on the older WiFi 5 (ac) routers are likely to fall, providing a good chance to pick up a very capable router at a lower price that will be more than enough for most users and homes. If you want an ultra high performance router that will support the latest standard well into the future and can convince your significant other (if you have one to convince) into accepting a cyborg desk spider, this is a solid choice.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Great features, poor firmware at moment

    Posted
    blah
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

    Feature rich router, but I believe there are still a lot of issues with the firm router. Unfortunately have had a lot of problems with this router, from dropping the speed of local ethernet clients, to randomly dropping it’s wifi signal on the 5G networks (both of them at least once a day). There are networking forums with others having similar issues, not just with this router, but the router model just under this one. It appears to be a firmware issue. My first issue was that while I am rated to get a 200Mbps download speed from my ISP, I would, from time to time, get only 15 - 30 Mbps, on a wired ethernet connection. Speaking with tech support solved nothing, as the router was so new they didn’t know what to do, other than for me to return the router to the store which it came. I then figured out that unplugging the ethernet port on the back of the router into another one of the ports, fixed it, but only temporarily. I then also then realized what seems to trigger the issue with wired ethernet clients dropping speed is having the router admin site open for long periods of time. My bigger issue with this router, is that for the very high price, I should not be having an even weaker 5g signal, which drops about once a day to all my devices. My house is not even that big, and my router is not even 50 feet away from the device that loses it’s 5g connection the most, my NVIDIA shield. When the NVIDIA Shield loses it’s 5g connection to this router, it usually cannot find it again, it just shows up as out of range, even after a reboot of the Nvidia shield itself. I literally need to reboot the router from the router login page. This router will be overkill for about 99 percent of home users, including gamers. It is great that the router does have so many features, but most people will totally be lost on what to do with them. They are far better served by getting a less expensive router, that has a more reliable firmware. This product is still relatively new, and there is currently a beta firmware that is being tested in the community right now, but only time will tell if ASUS has fixed the issues I have had with a firmware update. My last router did not have as much range of a connection, either on wireless N/B/G, or wireless AC (aka 5g). But it never randomly dropped it’s connections, either wired or wireless clients, like this router does. Also, as others have mentioned, this thing is HUGE. I mean it is massive. Make sure you have space for it if you do decide to get it, because ASUS did not include a way to mount it on a wall, like many other routers. Feature rich router, but I believe there are still a lot of issues with the firmware, that will hopefully be addressed via future updates. When it works, which is most the time, it is great, but otherwise, it is very annoying to have to reboot it to regain your wireless 5g networks.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    EASY INSTALLATION AND BOOSTED SPEEDS!

    Posted
    veritech13
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

    I have had this router for about 2 weeks and I have noticeable noticed the increased speeds. I had a good router before and the areas that already experienced good speeds only showed a slight/moderate increase in speeds and signal strength. I will focus my review on the 2 areas where my signal/strength was horrible. I have a decent size lot by city standards and I had a terrible signal in the rear yard, during the summer I had a speaker connected to my wifi and I had a wifi projector that always had a buffering issue when streaming. Prior to installing the ROG ASUS router my distance was 44 feet from the router and it travelled the thru the residential structure and download speed was 18mb and 28% strength and after the ROG router it went up to 46mb and 66% strength. It alone doesn't look like great numbers but thats a huge increase and im FAR from the router and my projector and streaming speaker works great now. The second area that suffered was the garage, I have a wifi camera that was pretty much useless. I could never connect and it had the ability to rotate the camera as it was motorized. It would hardly ever connect and it would never work when needed. My signal strength in the garage was 4.06mb download 15% strength and 55 ft and the signal has already gone thru the residential structure and one wall of the garage structure. After the ASUS ROG router installed it went to a whopping 59mb and 70% strength. I can now sue the camera and actually use the touchscreen to move the camera via the motorized option in real time! This router has fixed both of my major issues so that in itself is worth it for me. The installation was very simple and the dashboard that shows all my connected devices is very easy to navigate and manage. Overall It was a great addition to my home and I am very happy with this router. I may still add my old router as it is compatable ASUS and use the AI mesh feature that will increase my internet coverage...there seems to be a nice new feature discovered every day!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fast and powerful router!

    Posted
    JamexRZ
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network
    • Top 250 ContributorTop 250 Contributor

    Excellent router. The 8 antennas give it great penetration and range on my home. No need for extenders anymore, at least for my home. If you still wish to use extenders, the router supports Asus's Ai Mesh, which you can use to add additional routers as a mesh for total coverage. It has great gaming and streaming features, ie. it has adaptive QOS, you can choose what to prioritize, like gaming, streaming, surfing. It also has integrated WTfast network, which chooses the fastest path to your gaming servers automatically, you can configure it per game and per device (ie pc, consoles etc), most of the more known online games are there, like rainbowsix, overwatch, fortnite, etc. Only caveat is the router only gives you a 30 day trial, you have to purchase a subscription from Wtfast after that if you wish. It has configurable button on the side, you can configure it to boost games, or to switch off the LED lights and the lighted up logo (I use it for that, as can be annoying at night). Has many features, if you're a tinkerer with settings you will be in heaven, however if you're not technically inclined, it may be too overwhelming. A few caveats, I could not get it to work with my Pihole raspberry adblocker. No matter what I did to setup the DNS to my Pihole server, it will not block ads. For some reason the router seems to skip the manual DNS settings. Also, it lets you monitor traffic/bandwith used, but does not allow you to configure it to ie block all internet access once certain bandwidth is consumed (good for ISP's that have data caps, com...st I'm talking about you). I had different brand router that allowed me to monitor total bandwidth used within a month and then stop all data once a certain amount configurable by me was used, so no overage charges on data caps.. I hope Asus ads this feature. I tried to use the submit feedback feature, but I got a return email saying that the email inbox was full, I guess they get a lot of requests!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    It's a behemoth but it keeps a solid connection

    Posted
    JKinSYR
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

    This is my first ASUS ROG type router and it's an impressive unit to lay eyes upon. The footprint of this router is large and be sure you can accommodate the space for it. I compare it to almost the size of a Nintendo WII laid down on it's side, and then with the antennas factored in it looks like a spider with all 8 legs up in the air. Overall this router kept a solid connection in my 1800 square foot home and I was able to get the same speeds I was getting with my previous Netgear modem/router. I have a Verizon FIOS 100/100 connection and my speeds have been the same with the old router and the new ASUS Rapture. This is a router that can be customized with the RGB color if you choose and that's a really cool feature to have. I'm excited about this router for future proofing myself. This router is capable of Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax), and currently I don't have anything that is able to maximize this but I'll be ready for it in the future. The speeds this router is capable of are off the charts and I hope to take it to the max later when I upgrade my FIOS to gigabit service. For me the installation can be a bit challenging even though it comes with a cheat sheet and quick setup guide. I had a harder time than expected, which was unusual as I am up and running within minutes usually. Overall it's an amazing router and will most likely keep up with the newer technology and speeds that come out in the future. My only word of caution on this is that it is not an inconspicuous router and will need a big footprint area to have a place to sit. Not ideal for a home office, but meant mainly for an extreme gamer with hardwired and wireless connections. This baby is a beast and you already know it since you're reading up on these reviews. The price tag is high for this item, but you're going to buy this if you know you need that solid and strong connection for doing what you do. Buy this and enjoy.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Mixed Um, Emotions?

    Posted
    ScottLaRoc
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

    The ASUS - ROG Rapture AX11000 Tri-Band Wi-Fi 6 Router is the a great device in its own right, if you are upgrading from old hardware. I usually list my Pros and Cons, discuss those but this time around I’m so on the fence about this product, I’ll just talk about my experiences and findings. The AX11000 looks amazing, menacing even. I love the style, the lighting, the packaging and overall feel of the device, although a bit big and heavy. If you’re going to put in on a desk, you’ll need some space. It is well made and feels sturdy, not like it will break with handling it or the antennae. I have read a few reviews were some antennae were broken upon arrival, I did not encounter this as it is well packaged. When installing the antennae, I did not feel like I could completely tighten them as I felt I might strip or break the nut. This however did not cause them to move downward in any way. Let’s get down to the nitty, gritty, performance. Performance is great just as expected. Now that being said, I have a 1GB AT&T Gateway 5268AC. Using the AX11000 in conjunction with the Gateway, there is really not a speed difference. I was obtaining the same speeds from the Gateway and AX11000, using wireless or hardwired. I tried different setting on the AX11000, bridge mode versus, stand alone mode. Downloading speeds from an Xbox One X and two different PCs. Each connected to the Gateway or the AX11000. As said, speeds were nearly identical no matter which device or mode I rand the AX11000 from. The only speed difference I saw was using a hardwired connection on an Xbox and the rate of download for updates on either the console or game. This nearly doubled. Using a wireless connection was the slowest rate of under 100Mbps. Using a wired connection was nearly 200Mbps 3 out of 4 times. If you are updating an older router and are looking for something newer that will increase speeds overall from your current equipment and is dedicated for gaming, I’m sure there are less expensive ways to go. Don’t get me wrong, this is a great looking and performing device, I think in my setup it didn’t really bring anything new to the table. You’ll have to consider that if you’re looking at this device as a possible upgrade to your current network.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic Router Ahead of its Time

    Posted
    TravisJ
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

    I’m always blown away with the features ASUS packs into their routers. This one is no different. If you don’t mind the dead spider look of this awesome router, you shouldn’t need to shop for anything more for several years. This router has a lot of features, so I’ll focus on the ones that really stand out. Pros: - Aesthetically, I love it. It’s a power house router and it displays that very loudly. My wife however hates the looks and can’t wait to relocate it. Through the web-app you can control different features of the RGB logo on top. ASUS didn’t get lazy with the antennas either. They have a great design and really make this router look high end. - Speed of this router is blazing fast. My wireless AC negotiates at 866 mbps. That’s nearly gigabit speeds over the air. 108 MB/s transfer speeds. Perfect if you want to set up a media server, connect and backup to your NAS wirelessly, transfer files between devices over the network quickly. With wireless AX on the forefront, its speed has yet to reach its potential. - Gameboost / QOS feature is a must have if you game online. We do a lot of streaming in our home and knowing someone watching a video isn’t going to impact my game is reassuring. You can even set a dedicated button on the router to turn this on or off, depending on your bandwidth needs. - The auto port forwarding is very nice for someone who is used to going through the trouble to find the ports and manually forward them. - Traffic analyzer allows you to see what devices are using your network. This can be useful if you’re on a metered connection or want to see what devices are using the network at what times. - AiMesh Node was easy to set up. I have another ASUS router that was compatible with AiMesh. Once I changed the operation mode of the older router, the setup on the GT-AX11000 went smooth as butter. The router dedicates a band to maximize the throughput of the mesh node. Other Thoughts: It’s hard to find any real cons, maybe a couple of small improvements that could be made. - There’s no bottom mounting for this router. It would be nice to have a wall or ceiling option should I decide to clear up some desk space. - The router is big with all the antennas. This could be a problem for some who have a limited amount of space for networking hardware. - I did sign up for the Gamer Private Network through WTFast. Signup was easy enough, but I personally didn’t see a significant difference. I typically do pretty good on pings anyways, but I’ll be keeping an eye to see if I notice improvement. Final Thoughts: This is the router you want to complete the ultimate gaming setup accompanied by the ultimate gaming router. Theirs nothing subtle about this router and no compromises. It’s easily ahead of its time and will finally be able to fully stretch it’s legs later this year. I’m definitely looking forward to wireless gigabit networking.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fast Performance with Gaming and Everything!

    Posted
    Samrio
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

    I'm a huge fan of this router. I didn't know what to expect from the device, compared to my current Mesh Network, but went ahead with the setup. Once setup, I took down my current mesh network. Mind you, I had to use at least 4 of the eero nodes and beacons to get full coverage of my 2100 sq ft house (2 story). This thing was able to cover about 80% of my entire home, losing coverage in one of the farthest rooms, and about half my backyard. However, that's the great part. If you have one of the compatible Asus router's, there is a feature that allows you to use that router to create a mesh network. So, you have the option of re-using your existing Asus router, and expanding that coverage. I didn't have another one, so I wasn't able to test the feature, but will likely purchase one in the future. This best part about this, is the wired gigabit ports, and the in-network speeds! I have an HDHomeRun Prime DVR setup with a PC, CableCard, and Xbox One's for tuners to view. With my previous mesh network, there would be points of delay in connection to my tuner, or the recordings for viewing. I never thought about that delay, until I used this Asus router. The delay was pretty much gone. Within a couple of seconds, the app was up and connected. Changing channels was instantaneous. I was amazed, with this, as I'd never received that kind of performance on my mesh network. Overall, this was a big win for sharing media across rooms, over a WiFi connection, with just the one router. I only wish I had something that supported the newer WiFi standard. However, on AC, I was easily getting 300 to 400 Mb/s speeds on in network file transfers. WiFi devices were connecting a bit quicker, and playing games yielded no lag. Not one bit. My WiFi speeds were always close to my ISP offering of 300Mbps (speedtest.net tests), and buffering was fairly minimal. I'm extremely happy with this router. It's aggressive styling might not be for everyone, and you'll need to free up some counter space for it to sit on. However, it's great coverage, fast performance, easy setup (with some great advanced settings/features (like VPN)., and the price this is an easy win. Especially, if you have a previous generation Asus router.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent router, will age like an asgardian.

    Posted
    hasaad
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® MemberMember

    To start off with let’s address the elephant in the room: it’s expensive. Now let’s be honest, if you’re buying this you either need it or want it and either way you understand this is one if the few wireless ax routers announced and will therefore cost a bit money. Installation went smoothly, antennas screwed in without a hitch, device powered on instantly (I think ASUS includes the same charger they use on their lower end laptops which is hilarious). Keep in mind that the wireless ax standard can conflict with certain devices until you update the driver, if the manufacturer hasn’t updated it yet you’ll have to turn off wireless ax (don’t worry you won’t sacrifice performance on your other devices). I have 25+ devices connected to our network around the clock, I have kids playing fortnite, overwatch, battlefield, streaming netflix/Hulu/YouTube, streaming multiple tv shows and movies over our home network off our media server, live dvr recordings via plex+hd homerun, and generic browsing and college homework. It takes all that without a problem and keeps chugging along, no decrease in network speed or ping. Our house has brick and concrete walls so I flashed dd-wrt on our old nighthawk r7000 and set that up as a repeater but I knew I’d be doing something like that before I even ordered this router. The gui is is heavy in the “gamer” look that the rest of the ROG products sport which really isn’t a surprise. I’m excited to see updates to the firmware as time goes on as that is what ASUS is known for, not that the current firmware is bad but I’d like to see what’s in store for us down the road (see other ASUS router reviews over time). If I had to come up with cons I’d go with the relative lack of Ethernet ports (compared to the previous rog router), and (I’m really nitpicking now) the copper finish would have looked better as red or an RGB option like the RGB ROG logo would have been outstanding.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Future Proof Router for Gamers or Experts

    Posted
    teasten
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network
    • Top 500 ContributorTop 500 Contributor

    This router is not for amateurs. It seriously should have that as a warning on the box. The ASUS ROG Rapture AX11000 is a tri-band, 10GB beast that supports up to 802.11.ax yes! 802.11ax. You'd be hard pressed to have any WiFi equipment that needs this yet. Out of the box the ROG Rapture AX11000 is impressive. It's big, heavy, and it makes a statement that "I want everyone who sees this to know I care about WiFi". 8 antennas may seem like a lot, but it's done away with my need to have a MESH system as there's not a part of the house (and probably my neighbors) that doesn't get a penetrating WiFi signal from the ROG Rapture. Setup is easy for the basics but you can get lost in the details as there's every option you could possible want as a user if you're looking to optimize for gaming. There's some good guides on YouTube and I expect there will be more as time goes on. FYI the UI has a heavy gamer aesthetic, which isn't needed and while not a flaw, just makes it look a bit over hyped when you're going through options. I hope they offer a vanilla mode with the next firmware update. I also wish the ASUS ROG Rapture AX11000 had 8 ethernet ports the GT-AC5300 series but that's just me nitpicking and I haven't deducted a star (the ASUS ROG Rapture AX11000 has 4 ethernet ports, offers 2 USB 3.0 ports and a dedicated ethernet port for gaming (you can also run a second 5G network just for gaming). I'll be honest the ASUS ROG Rapture AX11000 is NOT for everyone. If you're reading this review and you're technical and want to have a top-end router, you can't go past this. I would love to test it with another ASUS router to see how the AI.Mesh side of things works (Asus' own mesh standard). Final tip - with so many options to customize your network settings, you could use the ASUS ROG Rapture AX11000 for a week and still not use 1/10th of what it's capable of - so if you're obsessed with tweaks and details, the ASUS ROG Rapture AX11000 is a lot of hard core tech fun as well as being a great router.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    The weapon of choice if you know what you're doing

    Posted
    BillnMish
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

    Straight out of the box you're likely to be a little intimidated by this thing. It's massive, looks ominous, dark...foreboding...a bunch of things that are the exact opposite of how you'll be feeling once you get it up and running. Can it do the basics? Yes, in spades. If you just want coverage (and lots of it) this will provide it. But, that would be like owning a Ferrari and using it to drive to the end of your driveway to check your mail, then turning around and parking it back in the garage. The Rapture needs to stretch it's legs so throw a couple track days at it. There are a plethora of options, add-ons (included) and security back-ups that help with virus protection, prioritization of what it doing what and when, nearly limitless connectivity, etc etc -- it's nearly overwhelming when you first sit down and start to *really* go through the setup of fine tuning this for your specific home/needs. And this is where it becomes the weapon of choice, *if* you know what you're doing. This is where the price tag doesn't scare you off -- once you realize alllllll that the Rapture is capable of the price tag starts to become a little more warranted. I was finding myself Googling and Youtubing setting after setting just to make sure I was understanding and selecting the right things. Is that time consuming? YES. Is it worth it? YES. It's the difference between something working (or not working at all) adequately and it working AMAZINGLY well. Some of these features are simple button clicks and completely alter the performance of your speed and connectivity. Do. The. Research. Now, if that isn't what you're after (you just want a plug n' play device) - the price tag on this alone likely scared you off. But, if you really want to delve into making your network bullet *and* future proofed for the next few years, this is definitely worth your consideration.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    The Beast of Wireless Routers

    Posted
    IronHorseGPS
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network
    • Top 1000 ContributorTop 1000 Contributor

    The ASUS - ROG Rapture AX11000 Tri-Band Wi-Fi 6 Router is by far the beast of all wireless routers and worth the cash drop for the most serious of gamers and streamers alike... IF you are willing to spend the time getting everything set up and if you have a broadband signal that warrants this beast. When we finally go this router running, it was amazing... Fast, powerful, far-reaching signal that made my mesh-network look weak. Biggest issue I faced is that it took over an hour to finally get the internet signal to fire up. All the Wi-Fi signals and ethernet signals we on and live in less than 30-second, but the internet signal remained red continuously. It took much effort and tech support calls to finally get it running, but when it did it was awesome! PROS - RAW Wireless Power! - Zero signal lose or blind spots - Massive range - over 1/4 mile for us... Seriously! - Quick start up and signal broadcast - Gaming boost CONS - Huge footpring compared to other routers - Difficult set up for us (See above), may be easier for other Rating is only for the set up process (3-star). Once it was finally set up it was a 5-star!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Rapture - A feeling of intense pleasure or joy.

    Posted
    ZBMILLER
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

    The ASUS ROG Rapture AX11000 is a hulking beast! This Wi-Fi Router is an amazing piece of hardware, the device is heavy and very well built. The 8 antennas show those who see it that you mean business, if the size and antennas don't gain it enough attention, you can always use the RGB ROG logo to draw their eye in! I had replaced a previous Tri-Band Wi-Fi router in place but would get an occasional comment that streaming in the master bedroom would buffer from time to time. Since I have installed this Router, in the same spot as the previous, I have not heard a peep! I have also noticed a huge spike in download speeds over wireless. The setup of this Wi-Fi router can be easily done on a mobile app, you can plug it all in and jump on the wireless being broadcasted, download the ASUS Router app on your phone and follow the step by step to set up your login and wireless IDs (2.4GHZ and two 5GHZ are available). There is also a very robust configuration page for this, there are a TON of options that you can set up, as others have mentioned, there are a lot of setting that are not for beginners. I took the time to poke around, also played with the RGB settings for a little bit until I settled on my preferred static color. you can set up Alexa commands for this router also set up IFTTT within the router. To sum it up, I am really happy with the AX11000! The cost of the router may scare some, however the features, build quality and reliability I have experienced so far makes it more than worth it! I would recommend this to anyone that wants a serious gaming wireless router!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    ASUS doesn't disappoint with this router

    Posted
    Andyj
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

    I am currently using this in place of my ISP router on my FIOS Gigabit connection and it has yet to disappoint me in terms of speed, customization, range and WIFI performance and speeds. Essentially, the AX11000 is a custom built computer, with a 64-bit quad core CPU and 1GB of RAM to handle everything that this router is capable of. I still haven't had the chance to read the owner's manual or dig through every last setting on this router yet, but having built a few computers myself and currently have an ASUS ROG Maximus VIII Hero Alpha in my case, the sheer amount of customizable features will be familiar to those that like to look through their UEFI BIOS settings on ASUS higher end boards. If you are looking for the best, this is it. I have had it about a month and it has worked flawlessly as my primary router. If you have near Gigabit internet speeds and have many wired and WIFI devices connected, the AX11000 does an excellent job of balancing out the network load, while pushing the WAN port to its limits. Don't rent your router. Don't settle for your ISPs so-so router. Buy this, because it has many of the features you would expect of a router in this price range, and then plenty more that may surprise you.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    It has Problems

    Posted
    Packerman8
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    I run my own IT business out of my house, and I currently have the Linksys Velop System in my house. I have no problems with the VELOP system but I just recently upgrade to 1 Gig Service was only getting about 600 megs through the VELOP system. After reading about the new technology involved in AX I wanted to give this device a try since it is one of the first on the market and ASUS has been known to make great wireless routers in the past. This router is not one of the great ones. MY wireless router dropped connection about every 24 hours and showed a ton of errors in the logs. The only want to fix this was to reboot the router manually or wait about 3 to 4 hours and it would reconnect on its own. I have sent those logs to ASUS to check out. I also wouldn't get over 30 megs being about 10 feet from the router on 2.4 ghz. I would get over 300 on 5 ghz. It was much slower than my VELOP system. I took speedtests from multiple devices in my house and ASUS was slower on every one of them - sometimes 50% slower. I wouldn't recommend this router at this time. It is a good possibility in the next few months that a firmware update with fix this. At $450, It is highly overpriced and doesn't do what it promises.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Brand response

      Asus_Answers

      Dear Packerman8,

      We appreciate your feedback on this matter and please accept our apologies for any inconvenience. Your satisfaction is important to us and we'd like to provide you with additional support to help resolve any issues with your ASUS networking device. Please send any feedback via ASUSWRT(ASUS router Web UI) or ASUS Router App, or send email to router_feedback@asus.com. Your case for reference is N190556281.

      Thank you for choosing ASUS!

      Best Regards,
      Adrian
      ASUS Customer Loyalty – US Support Asus

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Impressive router that is WIFI 6 ready

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    buckbabes
    • Tech Insider NetworkTech Insider Network

    In my network I have a multitude of devices within a 3000 sqft area that need consistent stable connectivity. A few examples of the devices on my network are WiFi cameras, smart TVs, smart lights, smart garage, computers, media server, gaming systems, WiFi speakers and phones. This week I was testing the ASUS ROG Rapture 11000, which comes with the newest WiFi standard to see if it fits my needs. Ill start by saying that it has a nice small, plug friendly, power adapter and there is a little assembly required. It comes with 8 pretty large antennas that you have to install yourself. Once the antennas were installed and the router was connected to the modem, it immediately detected the internet. **note - The blue Ethernet port is the one for internet** After my week of testing I found that the router had no problem in supporting the 32 devices that were connected to it. It provided excellent signal (between 32db and 61db.) excellent bandwidth and a stable connection. At the furthest point of my house the signal was a little low but it still managed to give me great bandwidth. Luckily, this router also supports Mesh WiFi so if I wanted, I can add a node to cover the undeserved area. Overall I was impressed by this router and would highly recommend it.

    I would recommend this to a friend