Asus’s ROG Rapture GT-AXE11000 Router Turns Wi-Fi 6E a Reality

GT AXE 11000 Top
Asus The ROG Rapture GT-AXE11000 is the very firs Wi-Fi 6E router on the market. Note the ROG Aura color-changing light on top.

Yes, the latest Wi-Fi 6E you’ve been holding your breath for is real! Asus announced today the ROG Rapture GT-AXE11000 — the very first router on the market that supports the new 6 GHz Wi-Fi standard — as part of its Meta Buffs product lines.  

Meta Buffs is an all-new line-up, within Asus’s Republic of Gamers (ROG) brand, of gaming that includes video cards, monitors, mice, headphones, and others. And of course, there’s this new router.

Similar design and specs

The details of the ROG GT-AXE11000 are still sketchy for now, but here are a few photos for you to get an idea:

GT AXE 11000 Button
Asus The ROG GT-AXE11000 is a square box with eight large antennas. OK, not exactly perfectly square since this corner is tapered off.

GT AXE 11000 Ports
Asus The new router, like its older brother, has four Gigabit LAN ports, one Gigabit WAN port and a 2.5 Gbps LAN/WAN port.

GT AXE 11000 Side
Asus It also comes with two USB 3.0 ports. Note how this corner here is also slightly beveled off. How creative!

But the name itself, GT-AXE11000, rings a bell. This router is clearly the next step from Asus’s existing GT-AX11000, which is currently the top Wi-Fi 6 tri-band gaming router.

And the new GT-AXE11000 is very similar to its older brother, including the design, which is — don’t hold your breath for it! — a square box with eight antennas sticking up from the sides. On top of that, it also has similar processing power, with a quad-core 1.8 GHz 64-bit CPU and 1 GB of RAM.

It has the same amount of ports, too. The GT-AXE11000 comes with a 2.5 Gbps LAN/WAN port, four Gigabit LANs, and one Gigabit WAN. It also supports Link Aggregation on both the WAN and LAN sides to deliver multi-gig speeds.

However, there’s one big difference. The GT-AXE11000’s third band is now a 6 GHz one. It’s a tri-band router of three frequency bands, including a 2.4 GHz, 5 GHz, and 6 GHz. As a result, it has access to an additional seven continuous 160 MHz channels or fourteen 80 MHz ones. This allows for super-fast Wi-Fi 6 speeds with ease.

In terms of capacity, though, the new router delivers the same as its predecessor. It has up to 11000 Mbps of combined theoretical bandwidth across all bands. The new 6 GHz band means you will likely enjoy its top speed when you use Wi-Fi 6E clients. Due to spectrum shortage, the 5 GHz band can hardly deliver Wi-Fi 6’s potential.

Availability

Asus says the GT-AXE11000 will be available for purchase comes December — you’ll likely find its full review here before that.

It’s unclear how much it will cost, but you can expect it to be more expensive than the GT-AX11000. There’s no rush in getting it, however. You’ll also need Wi-Fi 6E clients to enjoy the new standard’s speed. And those might take even longer, possibly sometimes in 2021, to be available.

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Nonetheless, this is an exciting development. With the introduction of the ROG Rapture GT-AXE11000, Asus has just made the Wi-Fi 6E standard official. My take is other networking vendors will soon follow suit. And that means the new era of hopefully much better wireless speeds is (almost) here.

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12 thoughts on “Asus’s ROG Rapture GT-AXE11000 Router Turns Wi-Fi 6E a Reality”

  1. This may be a stupid question but will we be seeing quad band routers in the future? Current routers offer tri-band with one 2.4GHz and two 5 GHz. The GT-AXE11000 offers one 2.4GHz, 5GHz and 6GHz band each and thus if you do upgrade your losing a 5GHz band.

    I currently own a TP-Link Archer C5400X and plan to upgrade sometime next year as I start acquiring more WiFi 6 devices. I am looking to upgrade to a WiFi 6E router (future proof) but do not one to lose a 5GHz band since I have many WiFi 5 devices that will remain in my ecosystem until we start slowly transition from WiFi 5 to WiFi 6 and WiFi 6E.

    Thanks

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  2. So, if I understand 6E correctly, if you live in an area that doesn’t have a lot of EM interface in the 5G range, or experience clogged bands from having a lot of people close by, the additional higher frequency 160 MHz bands in 6E don’t really offer any performance boost (and maybe performance loss due to shorter range). That, and the fact that there are no new features like what we saw in the generational jump from 5 to 6 means that someone like me who lives in a somewhat rural area would have no benefit from a 6E system over a 6 system. Correct?

    Well, maybe that isn’t totally true… maybe the introduction of the AXE-11000 will drive down the price of the AX-11000 even further so I won’t feel guilty about buying a second one to deploy in my mesh.

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  3. Hey Dong,

    I’m getting 1Gb Fiber installed soon so i’ll be replacing my R7000 Nighthawk with something like the ASUS RT-AX86U. However reading that WiFi6E is right around the corner, should i just rough it out a little longer and wait for an AX86UE or something? Currently the only WIFI 6 Devices we have are our new Note 20 Ultras.

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  4. If you use several of these in an AIMesh network, can you use the 6GHz band for wireless backhaul? Right now I use three GT-AX11000s in an AIMesh network, but the only way I can get 160MHz channels on my backhaul is to use DFS channels. Unfortunately, I frequently get kicked off of those because of radar interference. If the GT-AXE11000 allows the 6GHz band to be used as a dedicated backhaul, it’d solve my problems with DFS channels. Here’s hoping…

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      • Right – I knew that I wouldn’t be able to use the 6GHz band with existing hardware, but I am interested in replacing my three GT-AX11000 routers with three GT-AXE11000s. For reference, I want 4×4 160MHz channels for both the main (client) band and the backhaul…and the GT-AX11000 (and presumably the GT-AXE11000) are the only mesh-enabled routers I’ve found that support such a configuration. A dedicated 6GHz backhaul would be even better that what I have now (since my 160MHz 5GHz DFS backhaul routinely picks up interference), but it’s unclear to me whether the GT-AXE11000’s firmware will allow the router mesh to be configured that way. One would assume so, but I guess we won’t know for sure until the routers are released.

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