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

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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 Asus unveiled today would be one of the options, besides the RT6600AX that Synology announced late last year.

In more ways than one, it’s a significant upgrade to Asus’s first 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 the most important is the fact it supports the entire 5GHz band, including the 5.9GHz UNII-4 portion.

As a result, it will have three 160MHz channels, among which the last one is DFS-free. In other words, it can use this third 160MHz channel without having to deal with RADAR signals.

UNII4: Why the 5.9GHz portion is exciting

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 likely at a better range.

Clearly, to take advantage of this new band, we need support from the client’s side. And that’s a good question — we only know the answer when this router itself and its peers are available.

Without supported clients, the UNII-4 portion is only useful when you use multiple GT-AX11000 Pro units in a fully wireless configuration.

Without this 5.9GHz portion, both existing 160MHz channels on the 5GHz frequency band need to include at least one DFS sub-channel, which shares airspace with radar signals and, therefore, can cause intermittent disconnections.

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

Wi-Fi 6 in layman’s terms: The real speed, range, and more

Technically, and as confirmed by Synology, existing clients, such as the Intel AX2xx, can support this wireless portion via driver updates. It’s just a matter of time.

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. Compared to the original GT-AX11000, it has a better 2.0GHz quad-core CPU and an additional 10Gbps Multi-Gig LAN port.

The GT-AX11000 Pro also gets Asus’s new RangeBoost Plus technology, as in the case of the all-new GT-AXE16000 that was also announced today. Asus often make new features available retrospectively via firmware updates — the original GT-AX11000 might RangeBoost Plus, 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/LAN
1x 10Gbps LAN/WAN
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

Familiar features and design

From the look, it’s clear that the GT-AXE11000 Pro looks similar to the older non-Pro model. What’s also likely, though, is the fact it will have the same feature set as other Asus routers, including gaming-related ones of the ROG Rapture family, as I detailed in this primer post on Asus routers.

Asus home Wi-Fi: The common feature set and naming conventions.

In other words, it will be very essentially the GT-AXE11000 plus a 10Gbps LAN port and the support for the 5.9GHz portion of the 5GHz spectrum. But those are enough to make it an exciting Wi-Fi broadcaster.

Availability and pricing

Like the case of the GT-AXE16000, the new GT-AX11000 Pro does not yet have the final release date or 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. For other AiMesh routers from Asus, check out this link.

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

  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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!

  6. ##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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  7. 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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  8. 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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