Soon your home network speed will get a considerable boost. Asus announced today a new lineup of ultra-fast 802.11ax Wi-Fi solutions, including the ROG Rapture GT-AX11000 router, the AiMesh AX6100 WiFi System, and the RT-AX88U router. All feature the next-generation 802.11ax Wi-Fi standard.
Asus ROG Rapture GT-AX11000: Gamers’ tri-band delight
The ROG Rapture GT-AX11000 is the upgrade to the GT-AC5300. It’s slated to be the world’s first tri-band 802.11ax gaming router. Asus says the router can deliver up to 1148Mbps on the 2.4Ghz frequency band and up to 4804Mbps on each of its two 5GHz bands. The router has a quad-core processor and plenty of system memory.
What’s more, the GT-AX11000 includes a 2.5Gbps Ethernet port for better local bandwidth. Like its predecessor, it includes Game Boost adaptive QoS feature that automatically analyzes network activity and prioritizes Internet bandwidth for online games. And for the first time, it has a new Turbo Key located on the outside on its case. Users can use this key to quickly toggle on or off various functions, instead of using the web interface.
Asus RT-AX88U: Top-tier dual-band router
The RT-AX88U is the upgrade to the existing RT-AC88U and shares the same design with eight Gigabit LAN ports. It’s a dual-band 802.11ax router with up to 1048Mbps on 2.4GHz and up to 4804Mbps on 5GHz. It uses the same processor as that of the GT-AX11000 above.
The router has two USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports to host a storage device and a printer. You can also use one of these ports with a 4G dongle as a backup WAN connection.
AX6100 WiFi System: First AiMesh system from the ground up
It comes in two relatively small identical tri-band units capable of delivering the aggregate throughput up to 6100Mbps. Its first 5GHz band features 802.11ax band has a top speed of 4804Mbps. The second 5GHz is a 2×2 802.11ac with up to 866Mbps. Finally, its 2.4GHz band uses 2×2 802.11n and with up to 400Mbps.
Asus says the RT-AX92U system is compatible with all existing AiMesh routers working as nodes. Also, all of the company’s ax routers will support AiMesh, either at launch or via firmware updates.
Asus’ new 802.11ax routers and Wi-Fi system will be available in the third quarter of the year. Their pricing will be announced then.