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GT-AX11000 Pro Review (vs GT-AX11000): Asus’s Ultimate Tri-band Wi-Fi 6 Router

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In many ways, the ROG Rapture GT-AX11000 Pro is the upgrade to Asus’s GT-AX11000 that came out more than three years ago.

If the latter is Asus’s first step into Wi-Fi 6, the new router is its final hardware in this Wi-Fi standard. It seems that way, anyway.

And to add another angle to the “final” notion, the GT-AX11000 Pro supports the last portion of the 5GHz spectrum, the UNII-4 section.

However, it’s still very much the previous version at heart, albeit with some significant changes. This brief review will highlight those differences between the two — in a way, it’s a GT-AX11000 vs GT-AX11000 matchup.

Here’s the bottom line: The new GT-AX11000 Pro has everything to earn its “Pro” badge, worth its current street price of $450. In fact, it even has enough for you to pick it as the GT-AX11000’s immediate replacement.

But considering Wi-Fi 6E is ubiquitous, Wi-Fi 7 is around the corner, and 5.9GHz-enabled clients are nonexistent, I’m not sure if it makes the best sense to do this router today.

Dong’s note: I first published this post on January 4, 2022, as a new piece and updated it on December 17 to an in-depth review after hands-on testing. In case you’re wondering about the large time gap, the router didn’t become available for purchase in the US until late 2022.

The Asus GT-AX11000 Pro is another powerful gaming router.
The Asus GT-AX11000 Pro is another powerful gaming router.

Asus GT-AX11000 Pro: Everything you’d want in a Tri-band Wi-Fi 6 router

The Asus GT-AX11000 Pro is a Tri-band Wi-Fi 6 router — as opposed to a Tri-band Wi-Fi 6E, which is quite different. As such, it has everything you’d look for in one. Well, almost.

But one thing is clear, it’s much better than the non-Pro older cousin. Let’s take a closer look.

Asus GT-AX11000 Pro vs GT-AX11000: The UNII-4 support

In terms of Wi-Fi, the GT-AX11000 Pro joins a short list of Wi-Fi 6 routers that have access to the 5.9GHz UNII-4 portion or the 5GHz frequency band.

Consequently, it will have three 160MHz channels (instead of two), with the last being DFS-free. In other words, it can use this third 160MHz channel without dealing with RADAR signals.

Without this 5.9GHz portion, existing 160MHz channels on the 5GHz frequency band need to include at least one of the DFS sub-channels.

DFS shares airspace with radar signals, which have priority. Using DFS for Wi-Fi, therefore, can cause intermittent disconnections.

UNII4: Why the 5.9GHz portion is exciting

The use of the 5.9GHz only removes the need for these potentially problematic sub-channels in delivering Wi-Fi 6’s top performance via the 160MHz channel width.

And that means the GT-AX11000 Pro’s 5GHz band can deliver the same speed (4.8Gbps) and reliability as the 6GHz band of a Wi-Fi 6E router, but likely at a better range.

But, on the flip side, that doesn’t mean much since this portion of the band is not currently supported by any client.

Until such clients are available — and they might never be — the UNII-4 portion is only useful when you use the GT-AX11000 Pro in a fully wireless AiMesh configuration via multiple units or a mix of supported broadcasters.

And on this front, Asus currently has the most UNII-4-ready hardware combos, as shown in the list below.

The list: Current Wi-Fi 6 solutions that support UNII-4

You can use a mix of any of them to form an AiMesh system. Generally, if you pick the GT-AX11000 Pro, use it as the primary router of your mesh.

Asus’s AiMesh: Everything you’d need to know

Considering using wired backhauling is generally the best if you want a true Gigabit or a faster (Multi-Gig) network, the use of UNII-4 is not significant or even necessary in a wired home. But the support for this portion never hurts.

Extra: Fronthauling vs backhauling

When you use multiple Wi-Fi broadcasters — in a mesh network or a combo of a router and an extender — there are two types of connections: fronthaul and backhaul.

A Wi-Fi connection between two direct parties occurs in a single band, using one fixed channel, at any given time. This principle applies to all existing Wi-Fi standards, at least up to Wi-Fi 6E.

Fronthaul is the Wi-Fi signals broadcast outward for clients or the network ports for wired devices. It’s what we generally expect from a Wi-Fi broadcaster.

Backhaul (a.k.a backbone,) on the other hand, is the link between one satellite broadcaster and another, which can be the network’s primary router, a switch, or another satellite unit.

This link works behind the scene to keep the hardware units together as a system. It also determines the ceiling bandwidth (and speed) of all devices connected to the particular broadcaster.

The connection type, a Wi-Fi band or a network port, used for the backhaul is often referred to as the uplink. A Wi-Fi broadcaster might use one of its bands (2.4GHz, 5GHz, or 6GHz) or a network port for the uplink.

Dual-WAN: Where the distinction between bandwidth vs speed is clear

When a Wi-Fi band handles backhaul and fronthaul simultaneously, only half of its bandwidth is available to either end. From the perspective of a connected client, that phenomenon is called signal loss.

When a Wi-Fi band functions solely for backhauling, it’s called the dedicated backhaul.

In a mesh system, only traditional Tri-band hardware — those with an additional 5GHz band — can have a dedicated backhaul band without ostracizing clients of the same band.

Generally, it’s best to use a network cable for backhauling — wired backhauling. And that’s an advantage of mesh hardware with network ports. In this case, a satellite broadcaster can use its entire Wi-Fi bandwidth for front-hauling.

In networking, network cables are always much better than wireless in speed and reliability.

Asus GT-AX11000 Pro vs GT-AX11000: A more powerful router with multiple Multi-Gig ports

Other than the support for the 5.9GHz band, the GT-AX11000 Pro is also an all-around more powerful router. Compared to the original GT-AX11000, it has a better 2.0GHz quad-core CPU.

The GT-AX11000 Pro also gets Asus’s new RangeBoost Plus technology, as in the case of the GT-AXE16000. In reality, though, this is mostly marketing hype. With the new firmware, all Asus routers get better efficiency, and the original GT-AX11000 will get this “RangeBoost Plus” when you put the latest firmware on it.

But there’s one thing you can’t add to the old router: The new GT-AX11000 Pro now has an additional 10Gbps LAN port. And that makes a huge difference for those wanting to go full Multi-Gig. (It would be much better, though, if it has two 10GbE ports, like the case of the GT-AXE16000.)

The hardware specification table below will show more of the similarity and differences between the new router and its older cousin. For comparison, I also put the GT-AXE11000 in the mix.

Asus GT-AX11000 Pro vs GT-AX11000 vs GT-AXE11000: Hadware speciciations

Asus GT AXE11000 Top ViewAsus GT AX11000 Pro 1 3Asus AX11000 Top
Full NameAsus ROG Rapture GT-AXE11000 Tri-band Wi-Fi 6E Gaming Router Asus ROG Rapture GT-AX11000 Pro
Tri-band Wi-Fi 6 Gaming Router
Asus ROG Rapture GT-AX11000 Tri-band Wi-Fi 6 Gaming Router
Wi-Fi BandwidthTri-band AXE11000Tri-band AX11000Tri-band AX11000
1st Band
(channel width)
4×4 2.4GHz AX: Up to 1148 Mbps
(20/40MHz)
4×4 2.4GHz AX: Up to 1148 Mbps
(20/40MHz)
4×4 2.4GHz AX: Up to 1148 Mbps
(20/40MHz)
2nd Band
(channel width)
4×4 5GHz AX: Up to 4804 Mbps
(20/40/80/160MHz)
4×4 5GHz-1 AX: Up to 4804 Mbps
(20/40/80/160MHz)
4×4 5GHz-1 AX: Up to 4804 Mbps
(20/40/80/160MHz)
3rd Band
(channel width)
4×4 6GHz AXE: Up to 4804 Mbps
(20/40/80/160MHz)
x4 5GHz-2 AX: Up to 4804 Mbps
(20/40/80/160MHz)
x4 5GHz-2 AX: Up to 4804 Mbps
(20/40/80/160MHz)
UNII-4 SupportNoYesNo
ASUS RangeBoost PlusYesYesNo
(at launch)
Gaming FeaturesAll except for gaming VPNAll with OutfoxAll with WTFast
Backward Compatibility802.11a/b/g/n/ac/ax 802.11a/b/g/n/ac 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
Gigabit Port4x LAN,
1x WAN/LAN
4 x LAN4x LAN,
1x WAN/LAN
Link AggregationYes
(LAN and WAN)
Yes
(LAN and WAN)
Yes
(LAN and WAN) 
Multi-Gig PortYes
(LAN and WAN)
1 x 2.5 Gbps WAN/LAN
1x 10Gbps LAN/WAN
1x 2.5Gbps LAN/WAN
Dual-WANYesYesYes
USB2x USB 3.01x USB 3.0,
1x USB 2.0
2x USB 3.0
Processing Power1.8 GHz quad-core CPU, 
256MB Flash, 1GB RAM
2.0 GHz quad-core CPU, 
256 MB Flash, 1 GB RAM
1.8 GHz quad-core CPU, 
256 MB Flash, 1 GB RAM
Power Adapter100-240V100-240V100-240V
Power Consumption
(per 24 hours)
≈ 310 Wh≈ 370 Whnot measured
Dimensions10.4 x 10.4 x 2.9 in 
(26.4 x 26.4x 7.4 cm)
10.4 x 10.4 x 2.9 in 
(26.4 x 26.4x 7.4 cm)
9.5 x 9.5 x 2.4 in 
(241 x 241 x61 mm)
Weight3.94 lbs (1.79 kg)3.94 lbs (1.79 kg)3.8 lbs (1.73 kg)
Release DateApril 2021December 2022June 2019
Firmware
(at review)
3.0.0.4.386_420263.0.0.4.388_212243.0.0.4.384_9165
US Price
(at launch — follow the link for the latest)
$550$450$450
Hardware specifications: Asus GT-AX11000 Pro vs GT-AX11000 vs GT-AXE11000

Asus GT-AX11000 Pro vs GT-AX11000 vs GT-AXE11000: A more sensible design

The new GT-AXE11000 Pro shares the same square design as the GT-AX11000 and GT-AXE11000 and improves over the two.

Asus GT AX11000 Pro vs GT AXE11000Asus GT AX11000 Pro vs GT AXE11000 Ports
Asus GT-AX11000 Pro vs GT-AXE11000: The former (top) shares the same shape as the latter but now with a different top design and port arrangement. It also has an additional 10Gbps port. Note how the new router’s antennas can’t be open all the way outward.

Specifically, it uses non-removable antennas that can rotate around but can only open about 300 outward. Its Aura RGB light on top now has more exciting and eye-catching patterns.

And finally, it has its ports and button moved around a bit to be more practical.

Asus GT AX1100 Pro Wi Fi 6 RouterAsus GT AX11000 Router
Asus GT-AX11000 Pro vs GT-AX11000: The former (left) is totally different from the latter in terms of design. Note that the GT-AX11000’s antennas are removable.

Overall, I like the GT-AX1100 Pro’s design much better than the GT-AX11000. The antennas alone are enough to make things easier to deal with. (It was a pain to keep the little poles of the previous model stay in their place.)

Asus GT-AX11000 Pro: Detail photos

Out of the box, the Asus GT-AX11000 Pro includes a large power adapter and a network cable.
Out of the box, the Asus GT-AX11000 Pro includes a large power adapter and a network cable.

The Asus GT-AX11000 Pro is massive and has a good heft.
The Asus GT-AX11000 Pro is massive and has a good heft. The router has eight external antennas that only open about 30 degrees outward, but you can swivel them around 360 degrees.

The Asus GT-AX11000 Pro has eight external antennas that only open about 30 degrees outward, but you can swivel them around 360 degrees.The Asus GT-AX11000 Pro has one USB 3.0 and one USB 2.0 port.
The front and back of the Asus GT-AX11000 Pro. Note its USB ports.

Asus GT AX11000 Pro 1 2
The Asus GT-AX11000 Pro has a 10Gbps port, in addition to its 2.5Gbps WAN port and four Gigabit LAN ports.

Asus GT AX11000 Pro UndersideAsus GT AX1100 Pro Wi Fi 6 Router Power Adapter
The Asus GT AX1100 Pro is not wall-mountable (as seen on its underside) and comes with a relatively large power adapter.

Asus GT AX11000 Pro Status LEDsAsus GT AX11000 Pro Aura RGB Lights
Here’s the Asus GT AX11000 Pro’s Aura RBG lighting during day time and when it’s lit up at night.

A familiar Asus experience

The GT-AX11000 Pro shares the same firmware and, therefore, the feature set as the rest of the Asus routers.

I detailed all of these features in the primer post on Asus routers. But overall, if you have an Asus router before, you’ll find yourself right at home with this one.

As for a gaming router, it supports every features collectively available in the Asus router, as you’ll note in the table below.

Model/NameMulti-Gig
Port
Gaming Private NetworkGame First/ROG FirstVPN
Fusion
Game BoostGaming PortOpen NATMobile Game BoostGear AcceleratorGeForce NowAura RGB LED Lights
GT-AXE160001×2.5Gbps
2x10Gbps
WTFastYesYesYesYesYesYesYesNoYes
GT-AX11000 Pro1×2.5Gbps
1x10Gbps
WTFastYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYesYes
GT-AXE110001×2.5GbpsOutfox YesYesYesYesYesYesYesNo Yes
GT-AX110001×2.5GbpsWTFast YesYesYesYesYesYesYesNo Yes
GT-AX60002×2.5GbpsNoYesYesYesYesYesYesYesNoYes
GT-AC5300NoneWTFast YesYesYesYesYesYesYesNoNo
GS-AX5400NoneNoNoYesYesYesYesYesYesNoYes
GS-AX3000NoneNoNoYesYesYesYesYesYesNo Yes
RT-AX88UNoneWTFast NoNoNoNoYesYesYesNoNo
RT-AX89X1x10Gbps
1xSFP+
NoNoNoNoNoYesYesYesNoNo
RT-AC88UNoneWTFast NoNoNoNoYesYesYesNoNo
RT-AX86U 1×2.5GbpsNoNoNoYesYesYesYesYes YesNo
RT-AX86SNoneNoNoNoYesYesYesYesYesYesNo
RT-AX82UNoneNoNoNoYesYesYesYesYesNoYes
RT-AX92UNoneWTFast NoNoNoNoYesYesYesNoNo
RT-AC86UNoneNoNoNoNoNoYesYesYesNoNo
RT-AC68UNoneNoNoNoNoNoYesYesYesNoNo
TUF-AX5400NoneNoNoYes YesYes Yes Yes Yes NoYes
The gamering of Asus’ existing gaming routers

In other words, the GT-AX11000 Pro is essentially the GT-AXE11000 plus a 10Gbps LAN port and the support for the 5.9GHz portion of the 5GHz spectrum.

On top of that, it uses the look of the GT-AXE11000 with minor esthetical improvements. And it has all the good stuff afforded by the Asuswrt firmware. And for advanced users and geeks, the router also supports Merlin firmware.

Speaking of firmware, the router also supports the latest 388 firmware release. I tested it mostly with the version but also tried it out with the previous 386 version — both Asuswrt. With either, the GT-AX11000 proved to be reliable as a single router. In a mesh setup, things can be tricky depending on the combo.

Asus GT AX11000 Pro VPN x.386.xfirmawreAsus GT AX11000 Pro VPN x.388.xfirmawre
With the 388 firmware (right), the GT-AX11000 Pro has additional features, such as WireGuard VPN support. However, this version might be buggy in an AiMesh setup.

Asus GT-AX11000 Pro: Excellent performance (as a standalone router)

As mentioned, I tested the Asus GT-AX11000 Pro extensively as a standalone router, and it performed well. The router proved to be fast and reliable with no random disconnection.

Asus GT AX11000 Pro Wi Fi AX Performance Long RangeAsus GT AX11000 Pro Wi Fi AX Performance Short Range
The Asus GT-AX11000 Pro’s Wi-Fi performance with a 5GHz Wi-Fi 6 client

It’s worth noting that the UNII-4 portion of its 5GHz-2 band was useless in my trial since there was no supported client.

That band will come in handy, though, if you couple the router with other supported broadcasters, such as the ZenWifi XT8 or XT9, to form a fully wireless AiMesh.

Asus GT AX11000 Pro Wi Fi AC Performance Long RangeAsus GT AX11000 Pro Wi Fi AC Performance Close Range
The Asus GT-AX11000 Pro’s Wi-Fi performance with 5GHz Wi-Fi 5 clients

However, considering the 388 firmware is relatively new — and it has shown to be buggy in my experience in other non-UNII-4 mesh setups — I’d not recommend using this router in such a setup just yet. It’s a good idea to wait for a few minor updates first.

An important note on Asus routers and firmware

Asus is notorious for breaking its hardware’s function via new releases of the firmware, which is Linux-based, likely because the company tries to do so much with its routers.

In an AiMesh system, especially one of mixed hardware units — there are so many possible hardware combinations — keep the following three items in mind on the firmware front:

  1. Generally, it would be best if you used AiMesh hardware with the firmware of the same major release. (*)
  2. Avoid the initial major release: This is the first firmware version of a model where the 3xx number change, such as from 384 to 386 or from 386 to 388, etc.
  3. Avoid turning on Auto-Update for firmware.

(*) As shown below, in a particular firmware version, such as 3.0.0.4.386_47629, the 3xx number in the middle denotes an Asus’s home-grown major release — the following number (often includes five digits) indicates a minor update.

The part before that (3.0.0.4) is the Linux kernel version that will also change though much less frequently. It’s even more significant and should also be taken into consideration.

Asus firmwaremajor minor release
The major release (3 digits) and minor update (5 digits) in an Asus router firmware version.

On the one hand, moving between major releases might break your AiMesh. On the other, new hardware comes with a specific initial version out of the box — you have no option to downgrade it — and some old models won’t get the latest release. So depending on the combo, your luck will vary.

AiMesh started as an add-on feature with firmware version 384 in early 2018 — represented by the RT-AC86U — and was stable by the latest minor update of this version. In early 2020, Asus released version 386, buggy in the early stages, to add AiMesh 2.0 via the introduction of the ZenWifi product line. By late 2022, version 386 became fully mature, and Asus started releasing version 388, and the history repeated itself. So on and so forth.

As a rule, it’s best to wait for a few minor updates of a major release before upgrading. Depending on the combo, you might need to rebuild the system from scratch or reset and re-add a satellite node if you change the major firmware version (in one or all hardware units involved.)

At the time of this review, the GT-AX11000 Pro’s 388 firmware, version 3.0.0.4.388.21224, was the first of this release that replaced the generally more stable 386 revision.

Asus GT AX11000 Pro Wi Fi 2.4GHz Performance Long RangeAsus GT AX11000 Pro Wi Fi 2.4GHz Performance Short Range
The Asus GT-AX11000 Pro’s Wi-Fi performance with a 2.4GHz Wi-Fi 6 client

Regarding range, the GT-AX11000 Pro shared the same excellent coverage as other high-end Wi-Fi 6 routers I’ve tested.

It’s impossible to put this in numbers, but I’d say if you live in a home of 2000 ft2 (186 m2) or 2500 ft2 (232 m2), place it in the center, and chances are your game. Keep in mind that your mileage will vary depending on the layout of your home.

Good NAS performance when hosting a portable drive

The GT-AX1100 Pro worked well as a mini NAS server when hosting a portable SSD — the WD My Passport, in my case.

Its performance wasn’t the fastest, nor as fast as I’d hoped, from a 10GbE connect, but it was speedy enough nonetheless, as shown in the charts below.

Asus GT AX11000 Pro NAS Write PerformanceAsus GT AX11000 Pro NAS Read Performance
The Asus GT-AX11000 Pro’s Network storage performance when hosting a USB portable SSD

If you’re serious about network storage, I’d always recommend getting a real NAS server. But until then, couple this router with a decent portable drive, and you’ll have a viable solution for everyday needs, including as a Time Capsule alternative.

Asus ROG Rapture GT-AX11000 Pro's Rating

8.8 out of 10
Asus GT AX11000 Pro Close up
Performance
9 out of 10
Features
9 out of 10
Ease of Use
8.5 out of 10
Value
8.5 out of 10

Pros

Excellent Wi-F performance; UNII-4 support

Lots of free and useful networking features and settings, including all gaming features collectively found in Asus routers

Two Multi-Gig ports with excelling port configuration; supports LAN/WAN port, Dual-WAN, and LAN/WAN Link Aggregations

No vendor required login account; improved design

Cons

UNII-4 clients are nonexistent; no 6GHz band

Only one 10Gbps port

Bulky design, not wall-mountable

Conclusion

The Asus ROG Rapture GT-AX11000 Pro is an excellent router and a clear winner if your other option is the older GT-AX11000.

However, remember that it’s still a Tri-band Wi-Fi 6 router — it doesn’t have a 6GHz band. And while the support for UNII-4 doesn’t hurt, it doesn’t mean much, considering there’s no supported client.

So if you’re comfortable with Wi-Fi 6 for the foreseeable future, the GT-AX11000 Pro is an easy recommendation — it’s among the best of its type and will work well, at least for those needing a single broadcaster at home.

But if you’re looking to the future, it might already be a bit dated at the release time. So, to buy or not to buy is the question.

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58 thoughts on “GT-AX11000 Pro Review (vs GT-AX11000): Asus’s Ultimate Tri-band Wi-Fi 6 Router”

  1. Hi Dong –

    I have a 2 story home, with my office in the finished basement, and WiFi needs that span the 60 ft length of the house, plus the garage (WiFi garage door openers / cameras) and past that to the driveway (light / camera). Each floor is about 1600 sq ft and the basement is about the same. I’ve been through several versions of WiFi devices here over many years, from the early fairly awful ones through MoCa adapters / APs to extend the range of my ISP’s modem / gateway / AP. When Google WiFi came out, I took a chance, and while it was limited and never spectacular, it was the first solid experience I had with WiFi in the house in about 20 years. I added nodes over the years, wound up replacing the “Google” nodes with Nest nodes, and for a few months it was good (again – not “great”), with WiFi speeds anywhere from 250 to 350 Mbps around most of the house. (My ISP service is nominally 1 Gbps, actual seems to hover at 850 to 900). Down in the basement I have a Nest router functioning as a mesh node, with a CAT5e cable from one of the LAN ports going to my desktop hub. For a couple of months, I was seeing speeds on my laptop (at my desk) in the range of 650 Mbps. Google pushed a slew of firmware updates though in what I believe to be an attempt to resolve other issues, but resulting in speeds reliability significantly reduced. I finally gave up, and am looking for an “adult” WiFi mesh at this point…

    As I started considering alternatives I came across your site and have been soaking up articles as I have time to read them. Fantastic resource – thank you!

    I appreciate your perspective re: wired backhaul. I had ruled out wiring the house years ago (still have a huge backlog of other projects to tackle), but will revisit this as a possibility. I’m somewhat skeptical though that I’ll get to that this year (or next). So I’m looking for the best completely wireless mesh setup, and if that hits the right performance, it should hold me for the next couple of years (or more). With that in mind, after reading many of your posts, I had homed in on the Asus pro XT12, but was also considering adding a 3rd unit to the mesh (might try the pair first – but would like to think ahead to an addition if warranted).

    First thought was to plan on getting a 3rd XT12. But then I wondered what difference, if any, I might see if I used a GT-AX11000 Pro as the base until, and a pair of XT12’s as satellites instead.

    I still may bite the bullet and revisit wired backhaul (and different units, e.g., the ET12, instead) but I suspect wireless will win out this year.

    I’d be curious to get your thoughts on the two different combos above: 1) GT-AX11000 Pro plus two XT12’s, or 2) three XT12’s.

    Thanks in advance…

    Reply
    • I think you’re right on the money as to how things should be, Jon. I bit the bullet a while back and wired my home — yes, I did it myself — and everything has been great. For reference, we have a large yard with an office at the far end where I’m right now. All get 10Gbps throughout. All it takes is a single CAT6 cable. Your combo (either one) will likely work — the GT only gives you more features. How well that works, though, depends on how things are at your place, and only you can tell. But you can start with them wirelessly and use wired backhauling later (not ideal hardware but still great.) Good luck!

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      • Thanks Dong! Food for thought (and a bit of a personal challenge!). When I can find the time away from my “real” job I like to tackle as many DIY projects as I can – carpentry, plumbing, gas, electric. Torn with the choice now…if I can find the time, I really ought to run CAT 6. In the meantime as I ponder this, I’ll be reading through a lot more of your site. Fantastically valuable, and frankly one of incredibly few sources of thorough, fact- and experienced-based perspective, amidst a sea of “review sites” that exist pretty much just to earn referral commissions from links to products on e-commerce sites. Refreshing – and most appreciated. Thanks again!

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  2. I’m split between purchasing the rapture GT-AX11000 Pro vs the GT-AXE16000. I have 3 desktop PCs (used primarily for work and gaming) that will be wired into the LAN ports on the router. My home has 3 floors, so I will need to purchase additional AiMesh compatible nodes to ensure I have complete coverage in the case the router does not cover my entire home. I will need to use wireless backhauling for the node connections.

    The GT-AXE16000 sounds awesome, however you mentioned in the review for that it wouldn’t be a good idea to use it in a wireless mesh system.

    The GT-AX11000 doesn’t support WiFi 6e, however it sounds like it would work really well in a wireless mesh setup due to UNII-4 (I would then purchase additional compatible nodes if needed, most likely the ZenWifi XT8).

    Which of the 2 would you recommend based on my scenario?

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  3. I recently came across your site while looking to upgrade my existing router to take advantage of my new (to me) 5Gps speed and I I really appreciate the in-depth review of these devices.
    I saw in your GT-AXE16000 review you had a screenshot that showed how to change one of the 10Gbps ports from LAN to WAN. Is that an option with the GT-AX11000 Pro? I tried comparing screenshots to look at the menus but didn’t see an option. The AXE16000 seems to be a great router but I can’t justify an extra $200 for another 10Gbps port I won’t use.

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  4. Thanks for the wonderfull content. I’m trying to find information on the best wifi 6 router for console remote play. I love gaming on my Xbox and PlayStation via their remote play features but I can’t find any router recommendations. Would you happen to know which wifi 6 routers are best for this?

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  5. Thank you for the thorough review. I especially appreciate the list of UNII-4 compliant existing routers. I currently use a set of ZenWiFi-XT8 in a mesh network. It actually works quite well. However, I recently upgraded my ISP plan to 1.2Gbps, and I wish to slowly upgrade to a multi-gigabit home network. I am a novice, but from reading many of your in-depth guides and reviews, I believe I understand one of the goals for a mesh architecture is to match the components as closely as possible, thereby not sacrificing as many features available.

    A ROG Rapture GT-AX11000 Pro as my primary router in a mesh network (re-purposing the XT8s as wired nodes) in a 3200ft2 home is probably overkill. But, one of my goals is to also “future proof”. While I do not totally understand the implications of the roll out of WiFi 7, my house is fully wired, and only a few phones, tablets and IoT devices connect wirelessly. My primary focus is on a wired multi-gigabit network.

    I will continue to monitor your site for updates, as I slowly upgrade to a multi-gig wired infrastructure as funding is available. Meanwhile, I will hold off on the GT-AX11000 Pro for a few more months to see if the price may fall some.

    Thank you again for the insight you’ve provided for me to embark on this endeavor.

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    • Your assessment is on point, Keith. Generally, I’d get whatever I need at the present time, but if your existing setup still suffices, it makes sense to wait.

      Cheers! 🙂

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  6. I just received my GT-AX11000 Pro today from a European storefront. I’m currently running a GT-AX11000 with four ZenWifi XT8s in a wireless mesh configuration, and I have gigaspeed internet with a fiber gateway that has a 2.5/10 WAN connection.

    I’m going to setup the GT-AX11000 Pro in the same configuration and try to employ the 5.9 ghz band for my wireless backhaul on the XT8s, which are also UNII-4 compliant. I’ll get back with the results this weekend!

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      • I’m hoping you can help me with this. I got the GT-AX11000 Pro up and running, along with all four XT8s—and to your comment, they are all running the 388 firmware version at the moment. Odd thing is that there is no option to select the UNII-4 channels in my GUI as there were on the screen shot you posted—it only offers 160 ghz with DFS channels as a selectable choice.

        This is a product I purchased from a European storefront, but the firmwares are from the US website. Can you think of any reason it isn’t giving me the option for the UNII-4 channels please?

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          • How do I find out if Texas has it available? And what firmware were you using for your screenshot that showed it available to select under the 5ghz band for the XT9 and the ZenWifi AX11000?

          • The portion is available in the US. My guess is you got an European version of the hardware which doesn’t have it.

            The firmware version is generally noted in the hardware specs table of each review and should be shown on the screenshot itself.

            Make sure you pay attention when reading this site. 🙂

          • So I discovered that the model I bought online was from an international seller (a corrupt one) that sold me a unit that was pre-programmed for the UK, where the U-NII-4 band is not legal to use. I should have known because the GUI gave me the option to select channels 12 & 13 on the 2.4 GHx band. You were right!

            So I returned it and ordered a new one from Amazon that is set for the US. Now the U-NII-4 option shows up! (the 12-13 channels did not this time).

            Despite the 388 concerns, I installed the latest stock 388 versions on my ZenWifi XT8s, then installed RMerlin’s latest 388.1 firmware on the AX11000 pro. I turned on the U-NII-4 channels, chose 160 mhz for the backhaul and selected channel 177 (only 169, 173 and 177 are available—181 is not). I figured any of them should suffice since no one around me is using any of these channels according to my Wi-Fi radar.

            My setup has been rock solid for three days. The nodes haven’t budged from the main router connection and are showing no less than -60 dBm RSSI. All of my 61 clients have remained steadily connected to my network since setup with no dropouts. UPnP port forwarding is working flawlessly.

            I’m using 40 channel width for 2.4 and 160 for 5GHz (with DFS channels allowed)—2.4 GHz is using channel 5 and 5GHz-1 is using 48, and I’m getting download speeds of 600 mbps on my iPhone 14 Pro Max near the furthest node from my AX11000 Pro.

            I’m extraordinarily impressed—the upgrade from the AX11000 is working exactly as I hoped it would. I’ve never had such a seamless node configuration and stability than I’ve seen with this AX11000 Pro, and for the first time in ages I have zero network issues. I’ll be sure to follow up if anything changes. Thanks so much for this great tip!

          • Sure, Alan. And thanks for the update. That’s great news!

            And the router’s latest 388 firmware already includes minor updates, and that helped. But yeah, keep in mind the firmware issue in the future.

            Cheers!

      • Hi Dong,

        Great content and reviews. I have been given an option by my ISP for a AX11000 for my 1Gbps line.

        Should I take this option for about $300 and but 2 compatible AiMesh routers or just go with the line only and get a better mesh setup. Is so, which is a better mesh setup?

        I live in a 2 storey apartment of about 1800 sqft with my primary WIFI point downstairs and almost all my WIFI hungry stuff upstairs and no option to do wired.

        Thank you.

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  7. Hello Dong,

    is there any chance for the review in the close future or you don’t plan to get the router anytime soon?

    {…}

    Regards!

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    • I currently have no plan to review it — it’s not even available where I am. But this post on UNII-4 will give you more info.

      I also don’t comment on stuff you’ve seen elsewhere unless it’s from the vendor. Please don’t post links to other sources.

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  8. This unit is finally showing as available from a U.S. storefront. I have a GT-AX11000 now with several ZenWifi XT8 mesh nodes. If the nodes don’t support the UNII 4 spectrum then there’s really no advantage to this pro version, correct? I won’t be able to take advantage of the extended spectrum for my wireless backhaul anyway, from the way it sounds…

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    • That’s correct, Allan. It’s kinda pointless as a standalone router and you’ll need to use multiple units or the XT8 or XT12 with it — I haven’t tried either case.

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      • Hi, Dong – You do a great job of reviewing and explaining! I’ve learned a tremendous amount from you by reading your articles in the last few weeks. Thank you!

        Would you agree with this conclusion concerning GT-AX11000 Pro vs. GT-AXE11000? It seems to me that much of the Pro model’s second 5GHz band would still be compatible and useful for existing WiFi clients to connect to, since the new 5GHz UII-4 segments are just part of the 5-2 GHz band, which is the third band of this tri-band router. In contrast, the AXE model’s 6GHz band, which is that router’s third band, has almost no compatibility or connectivity to most existing clients. Therefore, without upgraded clients, the AX11000 Pro will provide more useful 5GHz band connectivity today than the one 5GHz band on the AXE11000.

        (Also, note that the AX11000 Pro has newer and faster CPU and memory and WiFi chips than the original AX11000. Further, the original AX11000 will not be upgraded to the 2022 ASUSWRT firmware, but both the AX11000 Pro and AXE11000 will be supported.)

        My bottom line conclusion is that the GT-AX11000 Pro is a more practical choice than the GT-AXE11000 for better immediate WiFi LAN speed and bandwidth for existing clients.

        (All of the above disregards any mesh use unless fully wired backhaul is used.)

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        • Yeap, Mick, the Pro is definitely better and you can always opt to NOT use the UNII-4 portion of the band. The extra Multi-Gig ports alone already make it a much better choice.

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      • Ah! So with my four XT8 mesh nodes, which are UNII-4 capable after all, I will be able to improve my existing wireless mesh with the GT-AX11000 (non pro version) I have now, since I will be able to assign my 5G-2 band to the 160/5.9 channel, instead of the 80 channel width setting I’m using now?

        I assume with UNII-4 the 5.9 ghz channel is user-selectable on the 5G-2 band?

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          • I’m sorry, I’m not getting you. UNII-4 is a radio bandwidth—if I get this GT-AX11000 Pro (which is on the way), and all my mesh routers support it for the backhaul (not for device clients), then what “broadcaster” are you referring to?

          • “Broadcasters,” in this case, means a Wi-Fi routers or Wi-Fi access points, Alan.

            Here’s the post on UNII-4, please read it. It should answer ALL the questions you might have. As for my previous answer that you didn’t get, I only replied to your question before that. The GT-AX11000 (non-pro) has nothing to do with UNII-4, and it will not work with it.

  9. I have, at times, upwards of 30 devices on WiFi, and we randomly loose connections (old Pace 5268AC I believe.) I have no clients that could use the AXE 6 GHz band, so it seems like I’d be better off with the AX11000 Pro, with three radios to support all my devices…? As a side question, I have six Nest smoke detectors and a Carrier WiFi thermostat – should those be isolated from the rest of our numerous iPhones, iPads, and computers somehow? Thanks for any help – the constant dropped connections are driving me nuts, and the last time I asked AT&T about the Pace unit, I was told “it is still currently in use.” Right, and I still have an old transistor radio from the 1960’s I sometimes use, but anyway 🙂

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  10. I just got 2.5gbps internet. I opted to pass on 5gbps plan from at&t for now because it’s more expensive and I need new network gear! I hear sonic is testing 10gbps so I might switch to that when available.

    So that leaves me in a spot. Should I wait on wifi router you think? Or upgrade my Asus router (I can’t remember model but it’s an 802.11ac that I put Merlin WRT on) to something like this?

    I now find myself in need of two multi gig ports and there’s not many with that.

    Mikrotik has a new router with all 10gbe. No wifi. About $600. Maybe that and add wifi to that? Ugh. Multigig is expensive. Im just looking for the best wifi range and speed at the most cost effective price. I hard wire like two or three machines otherwise (for now, kids one day will too I guess and I wired every room cat6a).

    Any suggestions?

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  11. So many great new routers! Huge Asus fan since I loaded Tomato on my RT-N10 and didn’t look back! Sadly, I have spent a couple years now trying to choose something to upgrade from my RT-N66U. Problem is, with our awful 14Mbps max rural satellite (Wavedirect.. ugh) internet, it’s a tough thing to know what to choose and spend the cash on when you are using it hardwired for gaming on PC (Lost Ark) & PS5 with Alexa & a few other smart plugs and bulbs along with an older Night Owl analog camera system. Luckily it’s just my husband & I here but I need something to maximize the paltry pipe we get in our small 2 bd/1 bath home on 3 acres. Our Starlink application put in 1.5 years ago just got released for us 3 days ago but we cannot get an unobstructed area until we cut more massive trees so just cancelled for now and will just have to keep suffering Canada’s terrible rural “infrastructure” and just choose a new Router without waiting for a better pipe. Maybe the RT-AX88U,AX82U, AX86U or the RT-AX92U but honestly I really don’t know with this terrible connection what would be the best bet and I keep casting envious eyes at the new Asus models. *sigh*

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      • Thanks so much for your reply! As we don’t really use our wifi outside of our smaller 1200 sqft home (wifi is only used for a couple extra Wyze cams in the garage and around 12 assorted 2.4 Ghz plugs and smartbulbs) and are primarily gamers who game at the same time (hubby on hardwired PS5 and me on Hardwired PC), would this still be the best solution for us and the RT-AX56U the best router purchase for our application? Thanks so much! I really appreciate your time and all of the fabulous content you have provided on this site!

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        • For the speed, Miz, there’s not much you can do to improve the online experience. So yes, the hardware I recommended should be as good as can be. Pick the number of hardware units that can blanket your area, and that’s about it. You can start with one and scale it up later. This post might help. Good luck! 🙂

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          • Thanks Again for the reply! I have read that article a couple of times now and will definitely read it again now! The incredible amount of work and in depth reviewing you have done here, and advice you have given is indeed amazing and you deserve to be lauded for all your hard work, long hours and care put into this site! This evening I am going to order the AX56U and an XD4 or XD6 as the XD6 is only $20 more at our BestBuy atm. I will have to search the site now and read what you may have written about the XD4 vs XD6 to see for sure! Again, much Thanks!

  12. ##In late 2020, FCC approved it for Wi-Fi use and then made it available for unlicensed use sometime in 2021.#
    is this availability also applied to all other world countries or only USA? i mean, this router released in all other world countries will have also this range improvement? will it be capped by the local regulations?

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    • What range improvement? Make sure you pay attention to the details. And I can only speak for the US region, the FCC is a US organization.

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  13. Is it really possible the original GT-AX11000 could get the extra 5.9 Ghz 160 support? or is the radio hardware different ?

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    • Highly unlikely. Almost a hard no. Among other things, the hardware needs to be certified by the government, for the portion and chances are vendors don’t do that retrospectively.

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  14. This one looks more (slightly) budget friendly than that ridiculous 4 Bands GT-AXE16000. This one certainly ticks all areas when it comes to multi-gigabit connectivity. However allowing one 10Gbe port to work as WAN would be super. I might upgrade to this model and use two of these in mesh mode. My current RT-AX88U is really hampered by 1 GIgabit LAN and WAN.

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