Asus GT-AX11000 Wi-Fi 6 Router Review: A Pro Gamer’s Delight

Dong Ngo | Dong Knows Tech The Asus GT-AX11000 is a massive router.

The new Asus ROG Rapture GT-AX11000 router looks so similar to the GT-AC5300 — if you think Asus has run out of design creativity with this one, that will make two of us!

Indeed, this router is a bulky box with eight massive removable antennas sticking out around the sides — it’s either an eyesore or a badass depending on your questionable taste. (I’m on the eyesore camp, in case you haven’t noticed). But if you can look past the appearance and dig deeper, you’ll probably love this piece of networking hardware, especially if you’re into online gaming.

So, here’s the endgame: For hardcore gamers and geeks, the Asus GT-AX11000 is a nice upgrade, even at the hefty cost of some $450. Everyone else, who is not drowning in cash, should wait.

Note: Initially, at its launch early this year, the GT-AX11000 was quite buggy. After a few rounds of the firmware updates, it now seems ready for prime time. And that’s good timing since I’ve just been able to acquire some Wi-Fi 6 clients to put it to the test.

ASUS ROG Rapture GT-AX11000 Gaming Router

8.3

Performance

8.0/10

Features

9.5/10

Design and Setup

8.0/10

Value

7.5/10

Pros

  • Fast and reliable Wi-Fi performance with excellent range
  • Lots of useful features for home users
  • Unique and effective settings for online gaming
  • Multi-Gig network port, Dual-WAN, Link Aggregation
  • Mesh ready

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Bulky design, loose antennas, non-wall-mountable
  • Fewer LAN ports than previous model
  • Long boot-up time, buggy firmware, fluctuating Wi-Fi throughputs

Asus GT-AX1100: A massively bulky box of power

Again, the GT-AX11000 resembles the GT-AC5300, and that means it’s huge — a square that measures 9.5-inch (241 mm) wide, without antennas, and 2.4-inch (61 mm) tall. It’s also heavy at 3.8 pounds (1.73 kg).

The router looks even more massive with the antennas attached. By the way, I found it quite hard to screw the antennas in tight. They tend to stay loose and might droop to a side instead of staying up straight. That doesn’t affect the performance but sure is an eyesore.

Powerful hardware

The GT-AX1100 is enormous for a reason. This device has enough processing power to rival a storage server. As for Wi-Fi, it’s one of a few 4×4 tri-band Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) routers on the market with two 5GHz bands and one 2.4GHz band — details in the specs table below.

Considering Wi-Fi 6 is currently in the early state with a lot of backward compatibility issues, having two 5GHz bands, apart from the ability to host more concurrent clients, translates into some extra advantages. Stuff that dual-band routers, like the Netgear RAX120 or even the Asus RT-AX88U, can’t deliver.

Specifically, you can use one band in compatibility mode to support the legacy clients and the other in high-performance mode. Also, since the GT-AX11000 supports AiMesh, one of the 5GHz can work as a backhaul to increase performance when you use it in a mesh.

Most noticeably, though, the new router includes lots of handy features tailored to online gaming. Its huge ROG logo light on top is self-evident — the light syncs its color with other ROG gears that support Asus’s Aura RGB. By the way, ROG stands for Republic of Gamers — a brand Asus founded in 2006 to dedicate to gaming equipment.

The Asus GT-AX1100’s hardware specification

But what if I’m not a gamer?

For regular home users, the GT-AX11000 is overkill. It doesn’t hurt to get it, but you won’t get much more out of it than other less pricey alternatives, such as the RT-AX88U, the RT-AC86U, or even the much older RT-AC88U. And that’s because, at the core, the GT-AX11000 is a familiar Asus router.

Dong Ngo | Dong Knows Tech The router has the usual 4 Gigabit LAN ports and one Gigabit WAN port. Plus, it has a 2.5Gbps port that can work either as a LAN or a WAN port.

Still a familiar router with universal setting restoration

If you’ve used an Asus router before, you’ll feel right at home with the GT-AX1100. To get it up and going, connect a computer to one of its LAN port, fire up a browser and go to router.asus.com (or the router’s default IP which is 192.168.50.1), and the rest is self-explanatory. Generally, you can treat it like any router with a web interface.

By the way, in my testing, the GT-AX11000 could accept a setting file from any Asus router. So if you’re upgrading, just backup your old router and upload the settings to it — your network setup will remain the same. This universal restoration saves you a lot of time, especially if you have an AiMesh system. In this case, you won’t need to re-setup your nodes when you use the GT-AX11000 as the new router unit.

Robust interface, generous feature set

The GT-AX1100’s web user interface features the ROG theme like the case of the GT-AC5300. The UI is responsive — most responsive among Asus routers I’ve worked with — and organized, making setting it up and managing its features a pleasure. The router is not hard to use, but you do need to know the basics before you can get the most out of it.

And this router has so much to offer. There are all the settings you can ask for, including but not limited to an interactive network map, convenient IP reservation, port forwarding, Dynamic DNS, IPv6, Guest networks (one for each band), Traffic Analyzer, so on and so forth. And for the Wi-Fi networks, there is a lot of customization, including using Smart Connect where you choose to use all of the bands as a single Wi-Fi network.

On top of that, the GT-AX11000 has a lot of useful features for any home users. And I’m not talking about the support for gaming yet. The following are those you sure will appreciate.

Dong Ngo | Dong Knows Tech The Asus GT-AX11000 can work as the primary router or a node in an AiMesh setup.

The Asus GT-AX1100’s prominent for-everyone features

2.5Gbps port: Apart from the usual four Gigabit LAN ports and one Gigabit WAN port, the router has a 2.5Gbps port to work either as a LAN port or a WAN port. However, it’s a bit disappointing that there’s no faster (5Gbps) LAN port, as the case of the Netgear RAX120.

AiMesh: An effective way Asus turns Wi-Fi awesome. The GT-AX11000 can work either as the primary router as well as an AiMesh node. Note that, in my testing, the GT-AX11000, as well as other Asus Wi-Fi 6 routers, proved to be quite buggy in an AiMesh setup. You might need to restart it once in a while. Hopefully, future firmware will work out the kinks.

AiProtection: Powered by TrendMicro, this feature keeps bad things at bay and blocks infected devices within the network from dialing to a malicious server, in real-time. AiProtection also includes a comprehensive Parental Control feature.

Dual-WAN: You can turn one of the LAN ports into a second WAN port if you want to use two Internet connections at a time.

Link Aggregation: You can combine the first two LAN ports into a single 2Gbps connection for supported devices, such as a NAS server. Link aggregation worked very well in my tests with the Synology DS1019+.

USB applications: When hosting a storage device, the GT-AX11000 can work as a robust NAS server with so many storage-related features. But there’s more; you can also use a USB port to host a cellular dongle as a backup Internet connection, or a printer.

VPN: Apart from working as a VPN server (supporting PPTP, OpenVPN, and IPsec VPN protocols), the GT-AX11000 also uniquely features VPN Fusion where you can link multiple VPN servers together and assign clients to different tunnels. Among other things, it allows clients that don’t support VPN natively — like IoT devices — to be part of a VPN network.

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Wi-Fi Radar: A complete set of tools for users to diagnose their Wi-Fi, including site survey, Channel Statistics, and more.

Other features

Other than those, there are even more things you can do with the GT-AX11000. For example, you can use it to wake up other network devices via the Wake-on-LAN tool. There’s also Alexa and IFTTT integrations for the router to work with other SmartHome devices.

In short, the GT-AX11000 can do more than I have time or space to list them all here.

Asus GT-AX11000’s detail photos

It’s hard to take pictures of the GT-AX11000. Partly because the router is so big but mostly, since it’s is a square, it looks the same from any angle. Again, from my point of view, appearance is the least exciting thing about this piece of hardware.

Dong Ngo | Dong Knows Tech The Asus GT-AX11000’s box. The router itself, since it’s square, looks pretty much the same from any angle.

Dong Ngo | Dong Knows Tech The Asus GT-AX11000 has all of its network and USB ports on one of its sides. 

Dong Ngo | Dong Knows Tech On the opposite side, the GT-AX11000 has an array of status lights corresponding with the ports.

Dong Ngo | Dong Knows Tech On another side, there’s an array of tiny buttons for its WPS and other functions.

Dong Ngo | Dong Knows Tech The router’s 4th side has nothing on it at all.

Dong Ngo | Dong Knows Tech The GT-AX11000 is massive, looking from the top.

Asus GT-AX1100: Why gamers will love it

I’ve reviewed several different gaming routers before, and the GT-AX11000 ups the ante on this front. It has everything the GT-AC5300 had to offer and then a lot more.

When you log into its web user interface, you’ll immediately realize how this router is all about gaming. For example, on the dashboard, there is a display of real-time ping and jitter (ping variation) values of your Internet connection and a long list of popular games. Clicking on a game icon will bring you to the Game Radar, one of a few features mentioned below.

You can also customize the router’s ROG light on top to make it sync with other ROG gears. And then, of course, there is a slew of game-related features.

Game Acceleration

This feature is the includes Game Boost and Gamer Private Network found in the GT-AC5300. The former is a QoS engine that quickly prioritizes Internet traffic for different services, including online gaming (default). You can quickly select one of the pre-programmed options via a click. Or you can customize an alternative to your liking.

Gamer Private Network, on the other hand, allows the router to connect to a game-centric private network powered by WTFast. Generally, you need a WTFast account for each gaming client, but with the router supporting this, all connected devices will be part of the private network, without you having to configure WFTfast on each game console.

Game Radar

This feature, also available to the GT-AC5300 (via firmware update), allows you to pick a game (on a regularly updated list) to find out its servers’ locations (on a world map) and their ping values in real-time. You can use that information to pick the best server to use.

Dong Ngo | Dong Knows Tech Open NAT is a super convenient way to add a port forwarding for a game console.

Open NAT

This feature is my favorite. Open NAT allows for quickly setting up port forwarding for up to 32 clients on the network based on a particular game and the type of game console, be it an Xbox, a PlayStation, or a computer. It’s much more convenient than manually setting up a port forwarding, where you need to figure out and enter all different values.

I’m not exactly a hardcore gamer, but I tried out all these features with a couple of games, and they worked. It’s always fun to see how the experience changes according to different network settings, and the GT-AX11000 makes it easy to do so.

Asus GT-AX11000: An excellent performer

I tested the GT-AX11000 the way I did the Netgear RAX120, and the router proved to be a formidable contender — both in Wi-Fi and network storage performance.

By the way, I used the router’s 2.5Gbps port for the testing. For a Wi-Fi 6 router, a Multi-Gig port makes a huge difference. It ensures the wired connection is not the bottleneck. And this is where the GT-AX11000 is decidedly better than the RT-AX88U.

Fast and (almost) reliable Wi-Fi

In Wi-Fi tests, I used both Wi-Fi 5 and the new Wi-Fi 6 clients for the testing.

On the 5GHz band, at a close range of 10 feet (3 m), via the 2×2 Intel AX200 client, the GT-AX11000 had the sustained speed of some 1333 Mbps, a tad faster than the Netgear RAX120. When I increased the distance to 40 feet (12 m), it now averaged more than 960 Mbps, clearly faster than the Netgear.

Keep in mind that this is a 4×4 Wi-Fi 6 router. Consequently, when used with 4×4 clients (there are none now), it can deliver double the speed. Also, I had a bit of a hard time getting my clients to connect at the full 2.4Gbps speed consistently. Hopefully, this will change via firmware updates.

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When used with Wi-Fi 5 clients, the GT-AX11000 was, as expected, slower but still quite fast, averaging some 905 Mbps and 800 Mbps for close and long-range, respectively.

On the 2.4GHz band, like other routers I’ve tested, the GT-AX11000 performance fluctuated a lot. Also, there was no difference between Wi-Fi 5 and Wi-Fi 6 clients. In the end, the router registered some 420 Mbps for close-range and some 125 Mbps for long-range.

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As for range, the GT-AX11000 has about the same coverage as a high-end Wi-Fi 5 router. If you have a house of 2000 ft² (186 m²) or smaller, it can take care of every corner if placed in the middle. The router also proved to be reliable in my testing.

For three days straight with lots of heavy tasks, the router didn’t disconnect once. However, I also noted that its speeds fluctuated a lot.

The router never slowed down to the point of not able to deliver my Internet in full, but if you expect top Wi-Fi 6 speeds at all times, you might get disappointed. Again, likely future firmware will make it work better.

Excellent NAS speed

Considering the 2.5 Gbps port, I expected the GT-AX11000 to perform well as a network-attached (NAS) server when hosting a portable drive via one of its two USB 3.0 ports. And it did.

I tested this feature using a WD My Passport SSD and got the averaged sustained copy speed of around 150 MB/s, one of the fastest I’ve seen. It was slower than that of the Netgear RAX12, which has a speedier 5Gbps LAN port and beefier CPU.

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When I switched to use a regular Gigabit LAN port, the GT-AX11000 still did quite well. It averaged some 90 MB/s for writing and some 112 MB/s for reading.

At these speeds, you can probably use the router as a NAS server. Keep in mind, though, when you use the USB ports in USB 3.0 mode (fast), they might adversely interfere with the router’s 2.4GHz Wi-Fi performance. To avoid that, you can use them in the USB 2.0 mode, which caps at some 35 MB/s. So, if you want to enjoy network storage, it’s a good idea to get a real NAS server instead.

Minor shortcomings

The GT-AX11000 is not perfect. Here are a few things to keep in mind.

  • Long boot time, buggy firmware: Other than the speed issues above, the GT-AX11000 can sometimes — not consistently — take quite a long time to apply specific changes that require a reboot. For example, when I changed its Wi-Fi settings, the router took almost five minutes before the wireless network become available again. Generally, it’s good to give it some time before you think something is wrong. Overall, the router seems buggy though to the point that causes concerns.
  • Only four LAN ports: That’s an average amount, but compared to the GT-AC5300, it’s a 50% reduction. Yes, the GT-AX11000 does have an extra 2.5Gbps port. But that means it still has three fewer LAN ports than its older brother.
  • SMBv1 required for the NAS feature: When hosting an external drive, the router’s NAS function only works with SMB version 1, which is old and not secure.
  • Not wall mountable: The router is enormous, and the fact that you can’t mount it means it’s going to be tough to find a place to put it.
  • No support for WPA3: Like the case of the RT-AX88U, the GT-AX11000 doesn’t currently support WPA3 — this might change with future firmware updates. Considering the majority of clients on the market don’t support this new encryption method yet, this is not a huge deal.

Conclusion

With Wi-Fi 6 clients still scarce, the new Asus ROG Rapture GT-AX11000 is not a must-have. It will take a while before more clients are readily available, and the Wi-Fi standard itself gets to the current popularity of Wi-Fi 5. So generally, you should wait before upgrading to Wi-Fi 6. The GT-AX11000 will get better with new firmware anyway.

However, if you’re a hardcore gamer, the GT-AX11000 delivers a lot more than just fast Wi-Fi speeds. Among other things, its excellent support for online gaming and the well-deserved bragging right it brings will make the hefty investment worthwhile.

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74 Comments

  1. Hi Dong! Wow! What an incredible contribution you are making here! I discovered you yesterday by coincidence and I’ve just spent 2 days reading through your many reviews. It has been an education and an honour. Well, after being a Netgear customer for as long as I can remember, I have just made the leap to ASUS. Yesterday my Netgear X10 R9000 decided it did not want to transmit any WIFI signal anymore, which put me in the market for a new Router. I normally purchase as close to the Top Model, so I immediately assumed I’d be getting Netgear Nighthawk RAX120. But after reading your info, I’ve now jumped ship to ASUS GT-AX11000. I’ll definitely be getting back to you with my experience! THANKING YOU KINDLY, dear Sir! LOL

  2. Hi Dong!

    I read and love all your reviews for your routers.

    I’m having an enquiry and would love your feedback on this. At this point I’m deciding between the AX11000 or the Zen XT8 as an upgrade to my RT-AX58U. I enjoy the ease of setting up with the Asus mobile app and general ease of use of the Asus brand.

    Currently, I’m living in an apartment that’s probably around 100~120sqm, probably less than 1500 feet overall. I usually game and work in my room. (My PC that is a build in progress is Wifi 6 enabled, but my other devices are not). I am receiving -74/80 db in my work room due to obstructions (Wardrobes etc.)

    I was wondering, for my situation, would you recommend the AX11000 or the Zen XT8 for a Mesh System (No wired backhaul available)?

  3. Hey Dong thank you for the review, just a question i’m deciding to get either Asus GT AX11000 or Netgear Ax11000 and I would like to your opinion on those two for security, gaming , communication , and speed. is it good time to buy them. Did they improve with latest software.

  4. I just got this router and I had a questions. I have a Media Server set up but for some reason it constantly is going idle and then I can’t access the hard drive to transfer files over to it. I have used this same hard drive on multiple routers and never has this problem. Is there a setting I have to change? I have tried to contact ASUS in their app through chat and it never connects to anybody.

    1. Try a different USB port and make sure you have USB 3.0 turned on. Also, make sure you choose to turn off the USB hibernation feature: Administration -> System -> USB Setting

  5. Hi, I thought I would come here to mention that I bought a new asus ax11000 which arrived today. I noticed on the bottom it said it was hardware version 1.1 instead of just 1, like on my old one. I decided to set this one up in the same location as the old one to see if there was any difference, and I can say there is with regards to connection quality. My pc used to connect at -52dbm but is now 44dbm. Also my outdoor wireless camera was -78dbm and has improved to -68dbm. Even the xt8 node has improved from -40dbm to -37dbm.

    I know connection quality can vary with the same batch of routers so it might be my old one was a poor sample or the new one is a good one (although the differences are outside of the margin of error in my opinion). I just thought I would share this as there doesn’t seem to be much discussion on the internet about what the improved hardware actually is on the updated model.

    While I’m here I might as well ask a question about an issue I haven’t been able to resolve with my ax11000’s. My xbox one x NAT is permanently strict, but only with this model of router. Using wired or wireless makes no difference. When I connect to the xbox live app on my pc it’s says the NAT is open. I have turned on “optimised for xbox”, game mode, gear acceleration but nothing works. On the open NAT menu there is no pre set profile for xbox live. Any ideas?

  6. Your review page was referred to in a post about a deal on this router on slickdeals. I have to say I appreciate the reviews and I am even more impressed that you take the time to everyone’s comments.

  7. Thanks thats very helpful, just to clarify it is to be expected to have fluctuant speeds on the 2.4ghz band? I am not achieving 200 mbps down on, rather I will occasionally reach 100 Mbps but most of the time seems to stagnate at the sub 10 Mbps speeds, which I was far surpassing on my old router. Is that range and inconsistency to be expected in the 2.4ghz band, or is there something I can do to produce a more reliable speed nearer my old average of around 80-100 Mbps?

    1. I feel you, Guy. New routers don’t support old clients well. A couple things you can try:

      1. Make sure you upgrade the firmware/driver of the clients to the latest.
      2. Change the channel bandwidth of the band to 20/40MHz.
      3. Pick a clean channel for it.
      4. Use 802.11n as the value Modulation Scheme (In the Professional tab)

      You can check out this post for more.

  8. Hi Dong,

    I recently purchased and install the ASUS AX11000, upgrading from a Asus AC66U. The two 5ghz bands are faster or the same as the old router, which I am happy with. However my 2.4ghz band seems to be really inconsistent with speeds ranging from 100mbps down to 1-2mpbs or even less. I have tried turning of AX mode, setting a fixed channel (thats not congested) and ever setting the router the N mode for this band. Typically after I make these changes speeds may increase briefly back to normal speeds I would be expecting, however if i run speed tests an hour later the speed tends to have slowed right down to single digits again.

    Therefore, I was wondering if you encountered this problem during your testing and if you are aware of any fixes for said problem. Furthermore, if this may be a faulty router or more likely a settings or firmware problem. I have tried calling Asus support and have not managed to get through or I missed them to day, I will be trying again tomorrow but thought that it couldn’t hurt to ask you! As I am wondering if I should return the router or even swap it for another router such as the ASUS AX88U.

    Thanks

    GP

    P.S. one of my 5ghz bands seems to be faster then the other, is there any reason for this?

    1. That’s VERY normal, Guy. I haven’t seen a router released in the past 3 years or so that’s actually fast on the 2.4GHz band. My take is this band is kinda just a backup for now so if you can get 200 Mbps out of it, that’s about the best. For the other questions, the 5GHz include lower and higher bands, each has different characteristics. The speed can vary from one channel to another, let alone different parts of a band. Again, what you’re having is very normal. Don’t expect Wi-Fi to be as consistent as wired connections. More on that here.

  9. Great reviews! I have been waiting for Comcast to roll out the new XB7 Gateway for WiFi 6 in my area, but I am also thinking about getting a GT-AX11000, RT-AX90X, or RAX120. I am primarily a gamer. I have a PC with WiFi6 and a 2.5G Ethernet port built in, and a Synology Diskstation 718+ NAS in my office (where the cable comes into the house), and then a 4K TV and various consoles/streaming devices in a nearby living room. My thinking was that if the XB7 is good, I can use it as my primary router (and keep using the XFi mesh pods I have for it), and use this router as an access point / switch in the living room to have a speedy WiFi 6 connection to the devices in the living room. If the XB7 is bad (or just while I am waiting), I can use the GT-AX11000, RT-AX90X or RAX120 as my primary router, and wait until WiFi 6 access points are more available or maybe run a coax network to the living room. Thoughts on my strategy? I am getting “decent” internet speed now in the living room (around 90 Mbs) running an Ethernet cable from a Comcast XFi pod, but that is where I am most worried about bottlenecks.

  10. Thanks, Dong. Am I replying in the right place? Seeing it above your response.

    My internet down speed is about 400Mbps- and likely to go up before I buy another router.

    I don’t use AiMesh – I have a bunch of wireless IOT devices connecting to a guest network at the access point. Since there is no guest network support at Aimesh nodes, many devices failed to connect at all when I tried it. (I saw your comments in other posts that having IOT devices on guest network provides no extra security – if they are isolated from the computers on the main network, doesn’t that mean that malware in them could not affect those computers?) Learning a lot!
    Joe

    1. Even when they are in the same network, it’s not necessarily they can infect your computers as longs as your computers have their security set properly, like having password for each account, not turning on sharing to everyone, and keeping them up to date with patches. Also, turn on your router’s AiProtection.

  11. Hi Dong,
    Thanks for all you do!
    I have a large house, and have used two Asus RT-AC68U routers, one as main router and the other as an access point with a wired backhaul. It has worked well except for an area of poor wi-fi coverage downstairs, which I just solved with a Netgear EX8000 triband extender. It fills the dead area, but the wireless backhaul between the router and extender is only reaching 526 MB/s. I was thinking of upgrading my venerable RT-AC68 u with newer technology. Am I correct that if I bought a triband router with 4×4 5G, I could double the theoretical backhaul speed from 867 Mbs to 1733 Mbs? And maybe the stronger router signal at the extender site would get me closer to full backhaul connection speed?
    I stream TV on my laptop downstairs, and the continuous buffering glitches I used to have are nearly gone. I’m actually OK as is, but I would like to see a nicer number than 526Mbps.
    I like the Asus interface, and so I am looking at the GT-AX11000. I am not a crazy gamer, but Asus doesn’t seem to have many options for higher end triband routers. (The RT-AC68u access point shouldn’t be an issue since it has wired backhaul – it is working well).
    Am I missing stuff? What do you think? Thanks!

    1. I’d say you’re in a pretty good spot right now, Joe. 526Mbps backhaul means you’ll get the same on the front-haul out of the extender, and that’s faster than your Internet speed, I’d assume. Yes, getting a tri-band router will improve that speed, but it might not translate into any meaningful result. The buffering issue might be your Internet speed. Also, the EX8000 an extender, so it’s not super good with latency. Maybe you should tweak it a bit. Btw, if you choose the GT-AX11000 (or RT-AC5300) and use AiMesh, you’ll need to create a separate backhaul band for the 5GHz-2. More on that here. And manually connect the extender to the 5GHz-2 band.

  12. Dong I am in the market for a new router and would prefer a Tri-band model so I can isolate both kids activity to independent 5GHz bands (less complaining hopefully). I plan to purchase an ax11000 model since they have the most features but I am having a hard time deciding between the Asus and TP-link models. I know its not included in your review here but the only major differences I can see is the TP-link has larger flash memory and more LAN ports. I am hoping to go down to just a single router with some WiFi 6 adapters to uncomplicated my setup a bit (currently using an RT-AC87 and some Lyra in AP mode). Both the AX11000 routers I find seem to be priced similarly and beyond the 2 features I mentioned don’t appear much different. Depending on who is reviewing which one they are both labelled the most bestest super-dooperest ever. Can you help me decide?

  13. Hello,
    i am thinking about upgrading wifi. I only would need a Access point, but a router would work as well.
    Do you know if the Wifi Issues are still present? Fluctuation and so.
    My options are this one, the Netgear RX200 or a real access point like the Cisco 9117.
    Have you ever testet a cisco AP? Is it possible to use it in a private environment? I dont hae all the Cisco support plans and so on…
    Thanks for the advice

    1. The GT-AX11000 is much better now than when I tested it, Cuco, but it’s never going to be perfect. The RAX200 works well, too. Both are very different from the Cisco 9117, which will work out just fine for any environment if you know how to configure it (and don’t mind the cost.)

    1. Either will work, but you shouldn’t use them together since one is a dual-band router and the other is a tri-band. You’ll waste a band in a wireless setup and there’s no dedicated backhaul band.

    1. Link Aggregation (also known as NIC Teaming) only works when both the router (or switch) and the end-device (like a NAS server) support the feature. This means the device itself also needs to use two Gigabit ports. Now, you just connect them using two network cables and, then, turn on the feature on both sides. On the router side, you can find Link Aggregation in the LAN section (Switch Control) within its web interface.

      LA is not available in Windows 10 (or older, you can probably hack it but it’s not easy), but only Windows Server (starting with server 2012 I believe). On a MAC, it works, you can create a virtual interface in the network setting area.

      In your case, you should use the 10Gbps NIC on your computer and use LA with your media server (if it supports it). If not, here’s a hint: Most NAS servers that have 2 or more network ports support LA.

  14. While I would agree that most wifi routers provide PPPoE the more important question is whether they’ll “also” provide that over a VLAN. That is what CenturyLink does with their HSI service. So far I’m not seeing reviews that are specific enough to answer that question.

    Typically you’ll find people, in discussion forums, getting a managed switch to un-trunk the Ethernet service before handing it off to the WiFi router so it can negotiate PPPoE. It’s a kludge to do this if you end up with a router that cannot combine these two protocols on the WAN port. Make sense?

    1. It totally makes sense, Derek. The thing is what you want in this case is a bit non-standard and it’s hard to put that to the test with all routers. I think, though I’m not sure, I can make most routers work, one way or another if I had a chance to test them with CenturyLink.

  15. I usually find myself looking for a new router when I need to eliminate renting a router from my ISP. Recently for my use case I don’t see any WiFi router reviews including configurations where the ISP expects the WAN port to have PPPoE over a VLAN. I’ve had to combine a Netgear X10 (R9000) router with a TP-Link switch so I could return Century Link’s router.

    It would be nice to see whether this capability is covered in WiFi router I may be interested in.

  16. Dong Ngothanks for having answered but i got some information on the internet but i never got a clearer information, what suggests is that i use that hardware on my mac and behind the router connect a modem cable to port 2.5g and another one from lan port to mac and in the UI change the primary port to 2.5g?

    1. I’m a bit confused but here’s the deal with the router’s 2.5Gbps port: You can use it as either a WAN (Internet) or a LAN port (default). If you want to use it as a WAN port, you’ll need to configure dual-WAN and change it to be either the main WAN or the secondary WAN. By default, it works as a LAN port.

  17. It will be possible to explain how I can make the 2.5g connection on this router on the ports behind the router and how to make the correct connections in the software, I would be grateful, thanks

  18. Hi Dong, have you tested a couple of these ax11000s in mesh? I’m debating between this and the Amplifi Alien. I would like to get one now and add another later in mesh mode. I like that the ax11000 has a dedicated backhaul and allows a lot more tweaking than the Alien but I do appreciate the ease and out-of-the-box reliability and performance of the Alien. Not to mention the looks. But in the end I do prioritize performance and reliability over everything else, even if I have to do some initial tweaking.

    Would you recommend two ax11000 over two Alien for a mesh system?

    Thanks!

  19. Just bought one of these and I must say I am a bit disappointed. I am upgrading from the GT-AC5300. The biggest issue is with the 5Ghz bands. The signal drop off is so high just 10 feet from the router that it is slower than the AC-5300. From my basement where the router is to the first floor bedroom the signal drop is so significant that I can only get 300Mbps where the AC5300 would get 600Mbps. Within 5 feet of the router the signal strength sits around -35 to -40 DB but upstairs it is just -60 DB even right above the router. I have moved the router around as much as I can but it doesn’t seem to change anything at all.
    Also, can you tell me which antennas on the unit are for which band or are there no dedicated antenna for any one band.

    1. I hear you, Ron. Asus Wi-Fi 6 routers need quite a bit of tweaking. I do use one same unit myself and it’s been quite good. Try upgrading the firmware to the latest (google and download the firmware manually), reset the router and set it up again. That will likely help. All antennas are used for all bands, you can’t separate them.

  20. Hello Dong,
    I’m looking for a new router and can’t decide for the ax88 or ax11000 and wanted to check with you one option that I’m looking for:
    I read that the ax11000 VPN features and option that allow you to select if a client can use or bypass the VPN, do you know if the ax88u have this option?

    Thanks!

  21. Hey Dong. Any suggestion for stability on either the 88u or the ax11000? Everything is on the latest firmware. With the ax11000 I get bad range for signal and the 88u has great signal but keeps dropping Wi-Fi. Any suggestions? I have to keep one or the other unfortunately

    1. The RT-AC88U is generally more stable than the GT-AX11000. But I’ve had no problem with either. You might want to back up the settings, reset the router to default and restore the settings. That might help. Better yet, re-setup the whole thing. There might be a setting somewhere that messes things up.

  22. Hey man. Hoping you can help. I currently have an ac88u with two ac68us in a mesh set up in my house. The ac88u is downstairs in my office, one ac68unis directly above me upstairs and we have the last node in our bedroom about 30-35 feet away. This setup is great for coverage but our phones and my wife’s pc constantly drops off WiFi.

    I thought it was the main ac88u so I bought the ax11000 thinking it would solve my problem. That’s been even worse. My wife’s PC can’t connect at all to the 2.4ghz band and the 5g band gets garbage speed. I tried setting up the 68us as mesh units thinking that would help and those units hit about 5mbs a second where as I’d hit 60-70 with the ac88u and the mesh setup. I thought the ax11000 would be better since it has an entire channel for the wireless back haul But the coverage and speed is WORSE with the ax11000.

    We have gigabit internet btw so speed shouldn’t be a problem. When I’m in my office I can hit 300mbs easily with either router on the 5ghz band.

    At this point I’m losing my mind. I just want my wife’s internet and the internet for our home to be stable when on Wi-Fi. Any suggestions for settings for either router to increase stability?

    1. The GT-AX11000 won’t help in your case base. You need the dedicated backhaul band on the side of the nodes more than the side of the router. It’s a bit wasteful but if you use the GT-AX11000 as a node and he RT-AC88U as the router, that might help. Also, best is you use a wired to connect them (wired backhaul) and make sure you use the latest firmware on every router.

  23. Picked this one up and I’m disappointed that the SAMBA is stuck in SMB v1, deprecated in 2014 and now no longer default with Windows 10. Any reason you didn’t comment on this one? I saw the speed for file transfers on external USB drives. Was that tested via FTP?

    1. I agreed. Many other routers are also stuck with SMBv1 though. I didn’t mention that in this post. I didn’t test the FTP performance since I don’t recommend opening up the router’s USB storage to the Internet, either. Also, since it is more a review of a router than one of a NAS device, I can’t cover everything. 🙂

  24. Hi, I’m not sure if my other comment on another review of yours went through. If so, disregard answering on both. I would like to know what is the best router on the market to hold the most wifi phones streaming? I have this Asus AX11000, but is there anything that is better at multiple device streaming?

    1. Streaming is generally NOT an issue with a router, but your Internet connection. For more on that check out this post. So you know for sure your broadband speed is good, then maybe just tune the router’s QoS feature to prioritize streaming. In most cases though, that is not necessary. If you have a fast enough Internet connection for the number of concurrent devices, your streaming should be OK.

  25. Hi Dong- I am not a gamer, but heavy on streaming, and my wife and I both work from home, so we have have a lot of network traffic in our house. Is this router still overkill considering 10-13 devices could be connected at any given time and a few of them streaming? Also, with all those antennas, is there advice on what direction they should be pointing?

    1. It’s hard for me to answer this question, man. The GT-AX11000 will work but it might need a bit of TLC in terms of settings (if you have a lot of Wi-Fi 6 clients, that is). It’s mostly because Wi-Fi 6 is still really new. If you want something more stable, get the RAX200, but it’s too expensive. Bottom-line is, the amount of devices you have there is not enough to justify the need for a tri-band router (a dual-band will do just fine). So, any router you get will take care of your situation, it’s just a matter of $$.

  26. Hi Dong, Are the AX6100 2pack units supposed to be the wifi 6 AP/extender units for the AX11000 or are we still waiting for dedicated devices that would presumably be cheaper as they are not actual routers?

  27. Hi, Thanks for the reply! I thought there was some utility in keeping IOT off the same network as the actual computers you use to make them less able to compromise your computers? Are the Asus guest networks are also behind the same firewall and have the same Trendmicro AIprotection as the local network?

    1. Having them in a separate network doesn’t help and some of them won’t work since they can’t talk to your computer, for example. Yes, Guest Network is behind firewall and Trendmicro protection.

  28. Hi Dong! Great info as usual; decided to go with the AX11000, but had a question about IoT devices. I’ve read that you should put them on a “guest network” as this would make it somehow more secure. Is this the case with the AX11000? Or does the firewall+Trendmirco make it so you don’t really need to put IoT on a guest network? Or does it depend on what IoT devices you are talking about (a cheapo off brand security camera vs a roku or ecobee, etc?) It makes it much more difficult to always have to switch between networks to control a bunch of smart speakers, etc. Also, with the guest network, then you can’t use the AiMesh for IoT setup? Also (sorry one more)… is UPnP really that dangerous? I’ve heard you need to enable it to get stuff like an Xbox One to work correctly; is this the case, or should it always be turned off?

    1. No putting IoT devices on the guest network doesn’t make them more secure. Doing so will just isolate them from your local network and, depending on the type, they might not work as expected. So, the Guest network is only for guests, not your devices. UPnP is not dangerous, but it does allow other devices to change certain settings of the router without having to know the admin password. If you’re not sure, just turn it off. In this case, you might need to manually change some settings, like port-forwarding, (which you should know how to do anyway) for certain setups to work. Personally, I turn UPnP off mostly because I want to have full control of the router.

  29. Dong your a star I have sat for 6 hrs reviewing these two routers. You have answered the question very comprehensively. The AX12 (bar the 5GHZ port) is expensive and from other reviewers it came across as a work in progress. Only plus side was the Qualcomm chipset. (Do you know if the ROG has a Broadcom or Qualcomm chipset? Most likely Broadcom) It’s bulky and ugly and the Netgear has that Star Wars thing about it.. but something tells me I will regret the Netgear. Asus are usually great for fimware updates. I still have my RT-N56U 🙂 ?Do you recommend a fibre modem to go with this router ?

    1. You’re right and right throughout, including the chipset, Reghar. As for the modem, I’m not sure since I don’t have a lot of experience with them. Where I live, we’re still stuck with cable and generally must use provider-supplied modems when it comes to fiber-optic.

  30. Should I go for this router or the Netgear AX12 if I want the best router out there?

    The question is perhaps difficult to answer but my by far highest priority is to have trouble free Wi-Fi in a house with many nodes (phones, tablets, laptops, Hue, Nest, Z-Wave). Both routers seem to be competent but I couldn’t quite make the conclusion which one is better from reading the two reviews. Is the faster CPU in the AX12 an indication that it would be better in an congested environment? I should also add that I’m only a casual gamer.

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