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Asus Unveils ROG Rapture GT6, 1st UNII-4 Supporting Gaming Purpose-built Mesh

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Asus today announced its Republic of Gamers (ROG) Rapture GT6 as “the first ROG mesh WiFi system optimized for gamers.”

If you know Asus routers, this is not its first Wi-Fi hardware designed for gamers, far from it. But the GT6 does have a few things to stand out from the company’s existing crowded gaming pool.

In all, the ROG Rapture GT6 seems a natural progression.

ROG Rapture GT6 BlackROG Rapture GT6 White
The new ROG Rapture GT6 comes in black and special “Moonlight White” versions.

ROG Rapture GT6: A new class of hardware

You can quickly build a gaming mesh system today using existing Asus hardware.

(This post was originally and exclusively published at Dong Knows Tech.)

All you need is a gaming router, such as the latest GT-AXE16000, or any in the chart below, and build an AiMesh system by adding more hardware.

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
WTFastYesYesYesYesYesYesYesNo
GT-AXE110001×2.5GbpsOutfoxYesYesYesYesYesYesYesNo 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
Asus’ existing gaming routers

However, gaming is not an explicit offer among the company’s purpose-built mesh system, namely the ZenWiFi product line. You can still play games with them, but some features are not there, and the hardware might not have the bling to match.

That’s where the new Rapture GT6 fits in. It’s the first canned mesh system that comes with the signature ROG design and features made to arouse gamers specifically. It’s supposed to be a legit gaming system, however way you define “legit” in this case.

ROG Rapture GT6: Designed to be bold yet functional

Like most ZenWiFi mesh sets, the new ROG Rapture GT6 includes two identical mesh-ready units. Use one as the primary router, and the other will work as a satellite to extend the coverage.

In the appearance department, though, Asus says the new kid on the block is “built with premium form and function in mind.”

Specifically, each GT6 has no external antennas — similar to the case of all existing ZenWiFi hardware — and adopts a “futuristic style highlighted by an Aura RGB logo, slashed vents, and the ROG tagline For Those Who Dare etched into one side.”

Additionally, top and bottom ventilation grills are aligned with the heatsinks inside to create “convective effects and heat dissipation.”

Finally, the router’s top is transparent, revealing the component on the inside. My guess is it’ll also have some cool lighting to match, similar to the case of the ZenWiFi Pro ET2 or XT12.

While all the new design touches above might amount to pure bling, there’s something the GT6 has on the inside that will make a significant impact as a mesh system: the support for the UNII-4.

ROG Rapture GT6: First purpose-built mesh with UNII-4

UNII-4, also known as the 5.9GHz band or the final frontier of Wi-Fi 6, is the newly available portion of the 5GHz band. It allows for a third and only clean 160MHz channel which works excellently as the backhaul in a fully wireless mesh system.

UNII-4: What 5.9GHz band is, and why it’s hot

The GT6 is not Asus’s first UNII-4 supporting hardware. The company has recently enabled this on the ZenWiFi XT8 via firmware, and its upcoming ZenWiFi Pro XT12 and GT-AX11000 Pro also have it.

However, as a purpose-built mesh set, the GT6 is the first announced so far to have the support for the 5.9GHz portion.

When it comes to gaming, nothing beats network cables — you should get your home wired — but for homes that must use a fully wireless mesh, UNII-4 is the best wireless alternative.

ROG Rapture GT6: Hardware specifications

ModelROG Rapture GT6ZenWiFi XT8
Mesh-ReadyYes (2-pack)
AiMesh
Yes (2-pack)
AiMesh
Dedicated Backhaul Band5GHz-25GHz-2
Wired BackhaulYesYes
Dimensions6.78 x 3.1 x 6.96 in
(17.23 x 7.81 x 17.68 cm)
6.29 x 2.95 x 6.35 in  
(16 x 7.5 x 16.15 cm)
Weight1.94 lbs (880 g)1.56 lb (716 g)
1st Band
(channel width)
4×4 5GHz-1 AX
Up to 4804Mbs
(20/40/80/160MHz)
2×2 5GHz-1 AX
Up to 1200 Mbps
(20/40/80MHz)
2nd Band
(channel width)
4×4 5GHz-2 AX
Up to 4804Mbs
(20/40/80/160MHz)
4×4 5GHz-1 AX
Up to 4804Mbs
(20/40/80/160MHz)
3rd Band
(channel width)
2×2 2.4GHz AX
up to 574 Mbps
(20/40MHz)
2×2 2.4GHz AX
up to 574 Mbps
(20/40MHz)
Backward Compatibility802.11ac/n/g/a/b802.11ac/n/g/a/b
Data Rates
(up to)
802.11a/g: 54Mbps
802.11b: 11Mbps
Wi-Fi 4: 300Mbps
Wi-Fi 5: 1733Mbps
Wi-Fi 6 (2.4 GHz): 574Mbps
Wi-Fi 6 (5 GHz-1): 4804Mbps
Wi-Fi 6 (5 GHz-2): 4804 Mbps
802.11a/g: 54Mbps
802.11b: 11Mbps
Wi-Fi 4: 300Mbps
Wi-Fi 5: 867Mbps
Wi-Fi 6 (2.4GHz): 574Mbps
Wi-Fi 6 (5GHz-1): 1201Mbps
Wi-Fi 6 (5GHz-2): 4804Mbps
Mobile AppAsus RouterAsus Router
Web User InterfaceYes Yes 
AP ModeYesYes
USB Port1 x USB 3.2 Gen 11 x USB 3.2 Gen 1
Gigabit Port3 x LAN 3 x LAN
Multi-Gig Port1x 2.5 Gpbs WAN1x 2.5 Gpbs WAN
Link AggregationYesNo
Dual-WANYesYes
Processing PowerTBD CPU,
256MB Flash,
512MB DDR 4 RAM
1.5GHz quad-core CPU, 
256MB Flash, 512MB DDR 3 RAM
Release DateTBDJanuary 2020
US Retail Price
(at launch)
$599.99 (2-pack)$450 (2-pack)
$250 (single router)
Hardware specifications: Asus ROG Rapture GT6 vs Asus ZenWiFi XT8

Single 2.5Gbps port. Familiar features and settings

Besides that, Asus says the ROG Rapture GT6 has smart antennas and RangeBoost Plus to supposedly increase its Wi-Fi coverage. The networking company claims a 2-pack can handle up to 5800 ft2 (539 m2).

The GT6 comes with a single 2.5Gbps Multi-Gig port, like the case of the ZenWiFi XT8, and supports Link Aggregation. So it’s a bit tight on the port department — by now, I’d hope that all new routers have at least two Multi-Gig ports, like the case of the GT-AX6000 or ZenWiFi Pro ET12.

One thing is for sure: the ROG Rapture GT6 will share all the standard features and settings found in all Asus routers, plus those available in the company’s gaming hardware.

As mesh hardware, the GT6 uses AiMesh, meaning it’ll also work with other supported hardware, such as the privacy router or a satellite node.

So it’s going to be a familiar beast.

Asus Wi-Fi hardware: All you need to know

Availability and pricing

Asus says the ROG Rapture GT6 will be available in the last quarter of 2022 with a $599.99 price tag.

Overall, the new gaming hardware seems to be a souped version of the ZenWiFi XT8, which, as mentioned above, also recently got the UNII-4 treatment.

I’ll update this post as I learn more. So check back if you want to find out how this new gaming mesh pans out when it’s available for purchase.

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15 thoughts on “Asus Unveils ROG Rapture GT6, 1st UNII-4 Supporting Gaming Purpose-built Mesh”

  1. Lol cheap SoC but dedicated gen 2 radios supporting unii-4

    Don’t think its worth 599.99, but it will certainly perform well due to unii4 power output..

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    • It’s something else, like your assumption that you know what you’re talking about. What does the number of antennas have to do with this? πŸ™‚

      More on antennas in this post.

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      • Wow! You are literally the rudest blogger I have come across. Time and time again you insult your readers. You could have answered Layne way less snarky, and been so much more polite in your response. Instead, you continue to be rude to your readers to the point where you push them away. Just stop it, Dong. You’re so rude and a complete a$$.

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        • Thanks for the message, Richard. Hope it made you feel good about yourself.

          I think Layne could have defended themselves if need be. I was writing with tongue in cheek. Most importantly, I answered the question the way it was asked. And, by the way, Layne was a return reader, and I’m pretty sure I wasn’t kissing their ass the last time or times.

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        • You’re such a judgemental di*ck, Richard, and impolite, too. What an irony.

          Dong’s initial response was fine, considering the questioning. I’d say the same thing. And to your comment, I’d say, “f*ck off!”

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          • It was not fine. Go read most of Dong’s responses to his readers. Every week I’m reading smart a$$ remarks back to his readers. It’s like he berates his readers on a weekly basis. I’ve never seen a blogger treat his readers this way. It’s so uncalled for.

          • @Richard

            I couldn’t reply directly to your last comment. But I’d like you to hear this:

            Why are you still here, Dick? Didn’t you mention that Dong β€œpush”ed your kind away with his style? Why did you return? Who do you think you are to say something is fine or not?

            I’ve followed Dong for almost two decades, and he’s the ONLY tech reviewer who doesn’t pander to bullshit, the type you’d like to eat.

            It’s not my place to say this but seriously, f*ck off! There’s NOTHING wrong with how he answers any efing comment because he simply could have just ignored them.
            If you ask a stupid question, then you deserve whatever comes after.

            Get a life!

          • Gents,

            Before things get out of hand, I’d like to have the last word in this thread.

            I appreciate your input, but let’s put an end to this.

            Keep your opinion about me to yourself, or bring it elsewhere. I didn’t make this website to talk about myself or to address folks’ feelings.

            If you think this is me “berating” you, so be it! But if you leave any more comment here on the matter, it’ll be your very last comment on this website.

            Thank you!

        • @Richard, you’re such a hypocrite! Even if Dong wasn’t joking, Layne’s question was flippant at best.

          Why do you think Dong has to be “polite” when you’re clearly incapable of being nice, yourself? Just read your comment again!

          Just for the record, you’re the only one who’s rude.

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  2. Fail after fail after fail with just single 2.5 gbe port. It seems like Asus will go bankrupt if they include a 2nd 2.5 gbe port. This goes into my auto-ignore list. Dong you should really come down harshly on devices which feature single when you review them.

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  3. would be great to see how it compares in terms of performance (like the range, signal strength, quantity of supported users, etc.) with the GT-AXE16000.

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    • This one is a mesh — it’s a 2-pack. The GT-AXE16000 is a standalone router. But I’ll test a single unit, too, to see how it pans out. It’ll be a while till it’s out, though.

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