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Asus ROG Rapture GT-AX11000 Pro Router: A Beast of Wi-Fi 6’s “Final Frontier”

If you’re looking to have a Wi-Fi 6 router that can compete with a Wi-Fi 6E one to some extent, the ROG Rapture GT-AX11000 Pro that Asus announced today would be one of the options.

(That’s beside the RT6600AX that Synology announced late last year.)

In more ways than one, it’s a significant upgrade to Asus’s first and flagship Wi-Fi 6 router, the GT-AX11000, that came out two years ago. It has more than enough to deserve the “Pro” badge.

The new Asus GT-AX11000 PRO Wi-Fi router share the same design as the original GT-AX11000.
The new Asus GT-AX11000 PRO Wi-Fi router share the same design as the original GT-AX11000.

Asus GT-AX11000 Pro: The final frontier of the Wi-Fi 6 spectrum

The new GT-AX11000 is many things, but to understand one of its most significant features as a Wi-Fi broadcaster, we need to understand the messiness of Wi-Fi 6.

The 5GHz Wi-Fi channels and their positions on the spectrum.
Here’s the original 5GHz Wi-Fi 6 band and its channels. Note the space taken by DFS channels and how the band ends at 5.8GHz.

The controversial Expanded UNII4 Spectrum

I wrote about the standard in great detail in this post, but the gist is:

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  • Wi-Fi 6 needs 160MHz channel width to deliver top performance.
  • 160MHz is so wide, there is, so far, only enough space on this frequency band for two of them.
  • Both existing 160MHz channels encompass DFS air space. As a result, the router might have a brief disconnection when RADAR signals are present. To avoid that, a router might not use this channel width at all and has its speed cut in half at 80MHz.

In reality, the 5GHz spectrum has enough space for a third 160MHz channel that’s completely free of DFS. This portion is called the Expanded UNII4 Spectrum, often referred to as the 5.9GHz band.

For decades, this portion has been controversial because it was reserved for “other applications” — this is a long story. In late 2020, FCC approved it for Wi-Fi use and then made it available for unlicensed use sometime in 2021.

And that brings us to the GT-AX11000 Pro — it’s the first router from Asus to have the full 5GHz band. As a result, it will have three 160MHz channels, among which the last one is DFS-free.

The 5.9GHz portion of 5GHz Wi-Fi 6 Band
Here’s the 5GHz Wi-Fi 6 band with the newly available UNII-4 portion that includes the 5.9GHz section.

In other words, it can use this channel without having to deal with RADAR signals. As a result, the new router’s 5GHz band can deliver the same speed (4.8Gbps) and reliability as the 6GHz band of a Wi-Fi 6E router, but at a better range.

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A more powerful router, too

Other than the support for the 5.9GHz band, the GT-AX11000 Pro is also an all-around more powerful router.

Among other things, compared to the original GT-AX11000, it has a better 2.0GHz quad-core CPU, an additional 2.5Gbps LAN port, and two 10Gbps WAN/LAN ports. It’s a home router with the most Multi-Gig ports so far.

On top of that, apart from sharing everything the GT-AX11000 has, the GT-AX11000 Pro also gets the new ASUS RangeBoost Plus technology, as the case of the all-new GT-AXE16000 that was also announced today.

It’s worth noting, though, that Asus might add this new feature to existing Asus routers via firmware updates — the original GT-AX11000 might get it too.

Full Name Asus G 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 Technology Tri-band 4×4 802.11ax Tri-band 4×4 802.11ax
2.4GHz Wi-Fi Specs 4×4 AX: Up to 1148 Mbps 4×4 AX: Up to 1148 Mbps
5GHz Wi-Fi Specs 4×4 AX: Up to 4804 Mbps 4×4 AX: Up to 4804 Mbps
Expanded UNII4 SpectrumYesNo
ASUS RangeBoost PlusYesNo
(at launch)
Backward Compatibility 802.11a/b/g/n/ac 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
Gigabit Port4 x LAN4x LAN, 1x WAN/LAN
Link AggregationYesYes 
Multi-Gig Port1 x 2.5 Gbps WAN
2x 10Gbps LAN
1x 2.5Gbps LAN/WAN
Dual-WANYesYes
USB1x USB 3.0,
1x USB 2.0
2x USB 3.0
Processing Power2.0 GHz quad-core CPU, 
256 MB Flash, 1 GB RAM
1.8 GHz quad-core CPU, 
256 MB Flash, 1 GB RAM
DimensionsTBD9.5 x 9.5 x 2.4 in 
(241 x 241 x61 mm)
WeightTBD3.8 lbs (1.73 kg)
The Asus GT-AX1100’s hardware specifications

Availability and pricing

Like the case of the GT-AXE16000, the new GT-AX11000 Pro does not yet have the final release date or the retail cost. My guess is you’ll likely see it sometime this year.

The detail of the new routers is still sketchy. I’ll update this post as I learn more and do an in-depth review when that’s possible. Check back for more.

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2 thoughts on “Asus ROG Rapture GT-AX11000 Pro Router: A Beast of Wi-Fi 6’s “Final Frontier””

  1. 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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