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:
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.
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.
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.