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Multi-Gig Wi-Fi 6/6E Routers: Build the Fastest Home Network Today!

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Multi-Gig is a new wired network connection standard that can deliver faster-than-Gigabit throughputs. This standard has become more relevant in the past few years as 5G, Wi-Fi 6, and Wi-Fi 6E have become more commonplace. That’s not to mention the upcoming Wi-Fi 7.

Still, in most cases, there’s no real need for this type of speed at home. But we all want it. Multi-Gig is the only way to enjoy true Gigabit Internet or faster broadband, among other things.

You’ll find here a few dozen multi-Gigabit-capable consumer-grade Wi-Fi 6 and Wi-Fi 6E routers I’ve reviewed — almost all (*) Multi-Gig hardware available in the US. It’s a great place in case you need to grab one quickly.

(*) As time passes, there is more Multi-Gig hardware than I’ve had time to review. Here are the current suspects:

  1. eero Pro 6E: Not reviewed due to online privacy risks.
  2. TP-Link Deco XE75 Pro: Virtually the same as the XE75 plus a 2.5Gbps WAN port.
  3. RT-AX86U Pro: Basically, the RT-AX86U plus a faster CPU.
  4. TP-Link AX5400 Pro: Newly released.

Considering Multi-Gig has slowly become the norm, sometime in 2023, this post will include only the best routers supporting this wired connection standard.

Most of these can deliver at least one Multi-Gig wired connection when you have another similarly capable party, such as your super-fast broadband or a NAS server with a Multi-Gig port. Others have two or even more, allowing you to build a true Multi-Gig network (with the help of a switch.)

While they all are Wi-Fi broadcasters, it’s wired networking we’re talking about, so run network cables in your home first. Check out the related posts below if you’re unfamiliar with the Multi-Gig concept.

Dong’s note: I first published this post on December 13, 2020, and last updated it on April 6, 2023, to include more qualified broadcasters.

Best Multi-Gig Wi-Fi 6/6E Routers: Asus GT-AXE16000 vs Orbi RBRE960 Network Ports
The Asus GT-AXE16000‘s number of Multi-Gig ports and their flexibility is a significant reason why it’s so much superior to its currently only Quad-band counterpart, the Netgear Orbi RBRE960 (top).

Table of Contents

Wi-Fi 6/6E routers with Multi-Gigabit capability: The lists

There are three lists with many devices — the numbers can be overwhelming, but the Table of Contents will help.

The first is of routers with more than one Multi-Gig port; the second includes those with a single but flexible Multi-Gig port, and the last consists only of those with a single WAN-only Multi-Gig port.

I put these lists in the reviewed order with the latest on top. The number before a product’s name is just numerical and doesn’t mean the ranking.

You need to check each’s full review to see how they are as a Wi-Fi router. This list only takes the Multi-Gig notion into account. In other words, having the multi-Gigabit capability is not the end-all-be-all of a router.

Generally, a router with a USB and a Multi-Gig LAN port is excellent for NAS applications when hosting a storage device. However, that’s not always the case — more in this list of best mini NAS routers.

TRUE Multi-Gig: Wi-Fi 6/6E routers with TWO or more ports

This list includes routers with two or more Multi-Gig ports. Most have two, but there are a few with three ports.

With any of these, you can use one Multi-Gig port as a WAN and the other as a LAN. These routers can host at least two Multi-Gig connections out of the box. Add a Multi-Gig switch if you need more.

They are the routers to build a complete Multi-Gig network.

Extra: 10Gbps Ethernet on home routers

To deliver (close to) true 10Gbps, a router needs more than just a couple of 10Gbps Ethernet network ports. It also requires high processing power and applicable firmware to handle this type of bandwidth on top of its routing-related functions.

Generally, home routers, including top-tier ones, do not meet all the requirements for true 10Gbps (10,000Mbps) throughputs. After “overhead,” they sustain at around 6,500Mbps, give or take, on a good day. (A similar thing can be said about most 10Gbps switches though they tend to have better-sustained rates than routers.)

That’s partially why more home Wi-Fi routers support the lowest tier of Multi-Gig, 2.5Gbps, than those with 10Gbps ports. In this case, you can expect them to deliver close to 2,500Mbps in real-world speeds.


11. Asus RT-AX88U Pro: Two 2.5Gbps ports

(If you didn’t read the intro, this is the latest member on this list β€” the number is only numerical, not the ranking.)

Asus RT-AX88U Pro Wi-Fi 6 Router PortsAsus RT AX88U Pro Wi Fi 6 Router Has two Mult Gig Ports
The Asus RT-AX88U Pro has a 2.5Gbpe WAN port and a similar LAN port.

The RT-AX88U Pro is one of a few “Pro” versions of Asus’s standard routers. It’s the high-end replacement to the Gigabit RT-AX88U, the company’s first Wi-Fi 6 router.

Among other improvements, the new router has two 2.5Gbps Multi-Gig ports, making it an excellent Wi-Fi machine for a home or small office with Gigabit or faster broadband.

Asus RT-AX88U Pro's Rating

8.8 out of 10
Asus RT AX88U Pro Router
Performance
9 out of 10
Features
10 out of 10
Design and Setup
8 out of 10
Value
8 out of 10

Pros

Excellent Wi-Fi, wired, and network storage performance

Tons of useful features, including AiMesh 2.0 and Pro-only Guest Network Pro and VLAN

Two 2.5GbE Multi-Gig ports with Dual-WAN and Link Aggregation support

Universal setting backup and restoration

Merlin firmware support

Cons

Pro-enabled features are still in the Beta

Only 6 networks port (instead of 9 in the previous variant)

No Wi-Fi 6E, not wall-mount-ready


10. Asus GT-AX11000 Pro: One 10Gbps and one 2.5Gbps ports

Asus GT AX11000 Pro 1 2
The Asus GT-AX11000 Pro has two Multi-Gig ports, a 2.5Gbps WAN/LAN port and a 10Gbps LAN/WAN port.

The GT-AX11000 Pro is the upgrade version of the GT-AX11000 below. One of the improvements is the 10Gbps port that the older version doesn’t have.

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


9. TP-Link Archer AXE300: Two 10Gbps and one 2.5Gbps ports

TP Link AXE300 Wi Fi 6E Quad band Router has three Multi Gig ports
The TP-Link Archer AXE300 comes with a 2.5Gbps Multi-Gig LAN/WAN port and two 10Gbps Multi-Gig WAN/LAN ports, one of which can also work as an SFP+ port.

The TP-Link Archer AXE300 is the second home router with three Multi-Gig ports, besides its main competitor, the Asus GT-AXE16000 below.

Uniquely, though, one of its 10GbE Multi-Gig ports can also work as an SFP+ port. And all of its faster-than-Gigabit ports can work as a WAN or LAN.

TP-Link Archer AXE300's Rating

8.5 out of 10
TP Link AXE300 Wi Fi 6E Quad band Router other retail box
Performance
9 out of 10
Features
8 out of 10
Design and Setup
8 out of 10
Value
9 out of 10

Pros

Top-tier hardware with excellent performance; three flexible Multi-Gig ports and LAN Link Aggregation support

Robust web user interface; lots of network and Wi-Fi settings and a handful of valuable features for home users

Comparatively cheaper than competitors

Wall-mountable; useful optional mobile app; OneMesh-ready

Cons

No option for Gigabit WAN, Dual-WAN, or fast mesh with wired backhauling

HomeShield Pro requires a subscription, mobile app, and login account

Bulky design, the USB port's performance could be better


8. Asus ZenWiFi Pro XT12: Two 2.5Gbps ports

Asus ZenWiFi Pro XT12 Pair Standing and Laying
The Asus ZenWiFi Pro XT12 includes two identical mesh routers.

The ZenWiFi Pro XT12 is the Wi-Fi 6 variant of the Wi-Fi 6E ZenWifi Pro ET12 below.

It comes with two 2.5Gbps ports. One is a permanent WAN port, and the other can work as a LAN or a second WAN.

The hardware is available as a standalone router or a 2-pack mesh system and works well in either case. In the latter case, it supports Multi-Gig wired backhauling — you can daisy-chain the units via a network cable.

Asus ZenWiFi Pro XT12's Rating

9 out of 10
Asus ZenWiFi Pro XT12 out of Box
Performance
9 out of 10
Features
10 out of 10
Ease of Use
8 out of 10
Value
9 out of 10

Pros

Excellent Wi-Fi performance and coverage, UNII-4 support

Dual Multi-Gig pots with Multi-Gig wired backhaul, flexible port configurations

Tons of useful features and settings, flexible Wi-Fi customization

AiMesh 2.0 full support, helpful mobile app, no login account required

Cool design with pretty lighting

Cons

No 5Gbps or 10Gbps Multi-Gig, bulky, no USB, only four network ports

Buggy Dual-WAN, not wall-mountable


7. Asus GT-AXE16000: Two 10Gbps and one 2.5Gbps ports

Asus GT-AXE16000 Quad-band Wi Fi 6E Router's ports
The Asus GT-AXE16000 is the arguably best Multi-Gig Wi-Fi router to date, slightly edges out the TP-Link Archer AXE300 above, thanks to its three flexible Multi-Gig ports and an excellent set of features.

The Asus GT-AXE16000 is the only home Wi-Fi router with three Multi-Gig ports, including two 10Gbps and one 2.5Gbps. You can use any of them as WAN or LAN based on your need.

Asus ROG Rapture GT-AXE16000's Rating

9.1 out of 10
Asus GT AXE16000 Quad band Wi Fi 6E Router 3
Performance
9.5 out of 10
Features
10 out of 10
Ease of Use
9 out of 10
Value
8 out of 10

Pros

Powerful hardware, Quad-band with Wi-Fi 6E support, three Multi-Gig ports (one 2.5Gbps and two 10Gbps)

Stellar performance throughout

Excellent set of game-related, online protection and monitoring features, full AiMesh 2.0 support

Unmatched port flexibility, including interchangeable WAN, Dual-WAN, and LAN/WAN Link Aggregations

Beautiful ROG Aura lighting

Cons

Expensive, 10Gbps ports' sustained rates and NAS performance (when hosting a storage device) could be better

Awkward backhaul band design in a wireless AiMesh setup, no UNII4 (5.9GHz) support, no SFP+

Bulky design, not wall-mountable


6. Asus ZenWiFi Pro ET12: Two 2.5Gbps ports

Asus ZenWiFi Pro ET12
The Asus ZenWiFi Pro ET12, like the ET8 below, includes two identical Wi-Fi 6E routers.

The ZenWiFi Pro ET12 is the second Wi-Fi 6E purpose-built mesh system from Asus, besides the ET8 below. It comes in a 2-pack of two identical routers. You can use any as a standalone device.

The most remarkable thing about the ET12 is its two flexible 2.5Gbps ports. Consequently, you can use it out of the box with Multi-Gig wired backhauling. You can even daisy-chain multiple satellites that way without a switch.

Asus ZenWiFi Pro ET12's Rating

8.4 out of 10
Asus ZenWiFi Pro ET12
Performance
8.5 out of 10
Features
10 out of 10
Ease of Use
8 out of 10
Value
7 out of 10

Pros

Wi-Fi 6E-ready, extensive Wi-Fi coverage with top performance in specific setups with possible fas Wi-Fi performance in certain setups

Dual Multi-Gig ports with multi-Gigabit wired backhauling, flexible port configurations

Excellent performance and coverage as a standalone router

Tons of useful features and settings, flexible Wi-Fi customization

AiMesh 2.0 full support, helpful mobile app, no login account required

Cool design

Cons

Bulky, no USB, only four network ports

Fluctuating performance as a fully wireless mesh due to the lack of a dedicated backhaul band

Short 6GHz range

Expensive, not wall-mountable


5. Asus ROG Rapture GT-AX6000: Two 2.5Gbps ports

Asus ROG Rapture GT-AX6000
The Asus GT-AX6000 comes with two 2.5Gbps ports (blue).

The Asus GT-AX6000 is another Multi-Gig gaming router from Asus, replacing the RT-AX86U below.

The new router has everything to be the best Dual-band Wi-Fi 6 router. The included two flexible Multi-Gig 2.5Gbps ports — WAN and LAN by default — are part of its appeal.

Asus ROG Rapture GT-AX6000's Rating

9 out of 10
Asus ROG Rapture GT-AX6000
Performance
9.5 out of 10
Features
9.5 out of 10
Ease of Use
8 out of 10
Value
9 out of 10

Pros

Fast, reliable Wi-Fi with excellent coverage

Dual Multi-Gig ports with Dual-WAN, Link Aggregations, and more

Tons of helpful networking features and settings, including AiMesh 2.0 and gaming-related applications

Robust web UI, well-designed mobile app, no login account required

Multi-Gig, WAN/LAN Link Aggregation support

Excellent NAS performance when hosting a portable drive

Bold-looking design, no fan, runs cool

Cons

Lowest Multi-Gig grade (2.5Gbps), there could be more ports considering the router's massive physical size

A bit pricey

Impractical antenna design, bulky, not practically wall-mountable


4. Netgear Orbi RBKE960: One 10Gbps and one 2.5Gbps ports

Netgear Orbi RBKE960 Quad-band Mesh Wi-Fi 6E System
Netgear Orbi RBKE960 Series Quad-band Mesh Wi-Fi 6E system includes three identical-looking hardware units. One is a router, and the others are satellites. It’s also available as a single router, the RBRE960.

Available as a 3-pack — RBKE963 (white) or RBKE963B (black) — this insanely expensive mesh system comes with Multi-Gig on its router and satellite.

The former has a 10Gbps WAN port and a 2.5Gbps LAN port. The latter has one 2.5Gbps LAN.

Consequently, you can use the hardware in a Multi-Gig wired backhaul for one satellite right out of the box. You’d need a Multi-Gig switch to use more satellites via this super-fast wired backhaul.

Netgear Orbi RBKE960 Series' Rating

7.3 out of 10
Netgear Orbi RBKE960 Quad-band Mesh Wi-Fi 6E System
Performance
8.5 out of 10
Features
6 out of 10
Ease of Use
8.5 out of 10
Value
6 out of 10

Pros

Powerful hardware with Quad-band Wi-Fi and Multi-Gig wired backhaul support

Excellent Wi-Fi coverage, fast performance

Multiple Multi-Gig ports

More Wi-Fi networks than previous Orbis, including two additional virtual SSIDs

Easy to use

Cons

Expensive

No web-based Remote Management, few free features; mobile app (with a login account and even subscriptions) is required to be useful

Rigid Multi-Gig ports' roles, few Multi-Gig ports

The 2nd 5GHz band is unavailable to clients even with wired backhaul; no 160MHz channel width on 5GHz

Limited Wi-Fi customization, bulky design


3. QNAP QHora-301W: Two 10Gbps ports

QNAP QHora 301W Wi Fi 6 Router 4 1
The QNAP QHora-301W is one of a few Wi-Fi 6 routers with two 10Gbps BASE-T ports.

The QNAP QHora-301W is one of a few Wi-Fi 6 routers on the market with two 10Gbps ports, and both are BASE-T (RJ45). On top of that, it’s the only one that supports SD-WAN.

The router also comes with two USB 3.0 ports. Unfortunately, it has dismal support for external storage devices.

QNAP QHora-301W's Rating

7.6 out of 10
QNAP QHora 301W Wi Fi 6 Router
Performance
8 out of 10
Features
7.5 out of 10
Ease of Use
8 out of 10
Value
7 out of 10

Pros

Reliable Wi-Fi performance

SD-WAN and other enterprise-class features

Responsive web interface

Two 10Gbps network ports

Cons

Expensive for the modest Wi-Fi coverage

Some common settings are missing

No real Dynamic DNS, QoS, and Parental Controls

Useless USB-related features


2. Zyxel Armor G5: One 10Gbps and one 2.5Gbps ports

Zyxel Armor G5 3
The Zyxel Armor G5 has two Multi-Gig ports.

The Zyxel Armor G5 comes with two Multi-Gig ports with rigid designations. One is a 2.5Gbps WAN port, and the other is a 10Gbps LAN.

The Armor G5 also has terrible support for external storage devices, making its Multi-Gig LAN port less useful.

Zyxel Armor G5's Rating

7 out of 10
Zyxel Armor G5 4
Performance
8 out of 10
Features
6.5 out of 10
Ease of Use
7 out of 10
Value
6.5 out of 10

Pros

Fast Wi-Fi speeds

Two Multi-Gig network ports

Nice design

Cons

Overall buggy, especially the USB-related features

Severely lacking in features: Not mesh-ready, no Dual-WAN, no Link Aggregation, no QoS

Parental Control is a joke

Runs hot


1. Asus RT-AX89X: Two 10Gbps ports (one is SPF+)

(In case you didn’t read the intro: This is the first member on this list β€” the number is only numerical, not necessarily the ranking.)

Asus RT AX89X 10Gbps Ports
The Asus RT-AX89X has two flexible 10Gbps ports.

The Asus RT-AX89X is quite a particular router. It’s the only one on this list with two different 10Gbps ports. One is a traditional BASE-T (RJ45), and the other is an SFP+ port. And like all Asus routers, you can use them flexibly in the WAN or LAN role.

Asus RT-AX89X's Rating

9 out of 10
Asus RT AX89X Box
Performance
9.5 out of 10
Features
9 out of 10
Design and Setup
9 out of 10
Value
8.5 out of 10

Pros

Excellent Wi-Fi performance

Uniquely cool design with two 10Gbps network ports

Eight Gigabit network ports with Dual-WAN and Link Aggregation

Super-fast network-attached storage speed when coupled with an external drive

Tons of useful features, including free-for-life real-time online protection and AiMesh

Cons

A bit buggy at launch, relatively expensive

Bulky physical size with an internal fan — potential heat issue in hot environments

Web interface needs work

Not wall-mountable, no universal backup restoration


PSEUDO Multi-Gig: Wi-Fi 6/6E routers with ONE port

These lists include routers with just one Muti-Gig port.

In most cases, it’s their WAN port by default. In some, you can convert this port into a LAN by turning a Gigabit as the WAN.

And that’s the reason we have two lists in this section.

Wi-Fi 6/6E routers with a single FLEXIBLE WAN/LAN Multi-Gig port

These routers have a single Multi-Gig port that can work as a WAN or a LAN. They are more flexible than those above since they are suitable for both homes with an ultra-fast broadband connection and a sub-Gigabit one.

In the latter case, you can add a Multi-Gig switch to expand your Multi-Gig wired network.

15: MSI RadiX AXE6600 (and RadiX AX6600): One 2.5Gbps port

(In case you didn’t read the intro: This is the latest member on this list β€” the number is only numerical, not necessarily the ranking.)

MSI RadiX AXE6600 Tri band Wi Fi 6E Gaming Router Port
Both the RadiX AXE6600 and RadiX AX6600 share the same design and the number of network ports. The two are practically the same routers.

The RadiX AXE6600 and AX6600 are the two first Wi-Fi routers from MSI. They are practically the same, especially in terms of network ports. Both have a 2.5Gbps Mulit-Gig port that can work as a WAN or a LAN.

MSI Radix AXE6600's Rating

8 out of 10
MSI RadiX AXE6600 Tri band Wi Fi 6E Gaming Router
Performance
8 out of 10
Features
8 out of 10
Design and Setup
9 out of 10
Value
7 out of 10

Pros

Top Wi-Fi 6E specs; cool Mystic Light; Reliable Wi-Fi performance

Full, lightweight web user interface, helpful mobile app

Supports all standard home network settings, deep Wi-Fi customization

Nice design, low power consumption

Cons

Only one 2.5Gbps port; mediocre 5GHz specs

Thin on gaming and network protection features; no Dynamic DNS, Link Aggregation, or Dual-WAN

Mystic Light requires a PC app; Network storage requires SMBv1 with lackluster performance


14. Asus AXE7800: One 2.5Gbps port
Asus RT-AXE7800 Router Side with Ports
The Asus RT-AXE7800 has a 2.5Gbps port that works as a WAN or a LAN.

The Asus RT-AXE7800 is the lesser version of the GT-AXE11000 (below), but it’s the same as its older cousin on the Multi-Gig front.

Asus RT-AXE7800's Rating

8.6 out of 10
Asus RT AXE7800 Router Box Content
Performance
9 out of 10
Features
9 out of 10
Ease of Use
8 out of 10
Value
8.5 out of 10

Pros

Excellent performance with tons of network settings with an excellent feature set, free online protection, and Parental Controls

AiMesh 2.0 support with Mult-Gig wired backhauling as a satellite

Super-flexible network ports for Dual-WAN and LAN/WAN Link Aggregations

Compact and practical design; relatively affordable

Cons

Only one Multi-Gig port

Middling 6GHz band


13. TP-Link Deco XE200: One 10Gbps port
TP-Link Deco XE200 AXE11000 Whole Home Mesh Wi-Fi 6E System comes with two identical routers.
The TP-Link Deco XE200 includes two identical mesh routers, each having a 1Gpbs Multi-Gig auto-sensing (LAN or WAN) port.

The Deco XE200 is a Wi-Fi 6E canned mesh from TP-Link that includes two identical hardware units — similar to the case of the Deco AX5700 below. Each can work as a standalone router with a single 10GbE auto-sensing port.

TP-Link Deco XE200's Rating

8.1 out of 10
TP Link Deco XE200 AXE11000 Whole Home Mesh Wi Fi 6E System 2 Pack
Performance
8.5 out of 10
Features
6.5 out of 10
Design and Setup
9 out of 10
Value
8.5 out of 10

Pros

10Gbps port, 6GHz support, top-tier Wi-Fi, reliable Wi-Fi performance with extensive coverage

Easy to use; comparatively affordable

Good-looking

Cons

Single Multi-Gig port, spartan Wi-Fi, and network customization

Fluctuating Wi-Fi speeds, Mobile app, and login account required; HomeShield Pro costs money

No USB port, impractical design


12. Netgear Nighthawk RAXE300: One 2.5Gbps port
Netgear RAXE300 Nighthawk Wi Fi 6E router 1 2
The Netgear RAXE300 Nighthawk Wi-Fi 6E comes with a 2.5Gbps LAN/WAN port in addition to its default Gigabit WAN port and four Gigabit LAN ports.

The Netgear RAXE300 Nighthawk is the second Wi-Fi 6E router from Netgear and supposedly the lesser version of the RAXE500 (below). The excellent Wi-Fi performance and significantly lower cost make it a much better deal in real-world testing.

Netgear Nighthawk RAXE300's Rating

7.8 out of 10
Netgear RAXE300 Nighthawk Wi Fi 6E router 1 5
Performance
8 out of 10
Features
7 out of 10
Ease of Use
8 out of 10
Value
8 out of 10

Pros

Wi-Fi 6E-ready with excellent performance

Flexible 2.5Gbps LAN/WAN port, USB-C

Robust web interface, helpful (optional) mobile app

Cool fanless, wall-mountable design

Cons

Middling 6GHz specs, no standard Remote Management via Dynamic DNS

No 10Gbps port, only one 2.5Gbps port; not-well-thought-out Wi-Fi on/off button

Limited Wi-Fi settings and online protection/Parental Controls require a mobile app and subscription

Mediocre NAS performance when hosting a portable SSD; 100-120V power adapter


11. Synology RT6600ax: One 2.5Gbps port
Synology RT6600ax Wi Fi 6 Router 15
The Synology RT6600ax Wi-Fi 6 Router’s first LAN port is a 2.5Gbps that can also work as a WAN port but only in a Dual-WAN setup.

The RT6600ax is the first Wi-Fi 6 router from Synology, and it’s one of the best among its peers. In terms of Multi-Gig, though, it has just one 2.5Gbps port (LAN1).

While this port can work as a WAN port, that’s only the case in a Dual-WAN setup. Consequently, when you use this router with a Multi-Gig WAN connection, its original Gigabit WAN port is redundant — it can’t work as a LAN port.

In the case of all routers below, the default WAN port functions as another LAN when the Multi-Gig port is working as a WAN.

Synology RT6600ax's Rating

9 out of 10
Synology RT6600ax Wi-Fi 6 Router
Performance
9.5 out of 10
Features
9 out of 10
Design and Setup
8.5 out of 10
Value
9 out of 10

Pros

Fast and reliable Wi-Fi with support for 5.9GHz UNII-4 spectrum, mesh-ready

Robust, comprehensive yet user-friendly SRM 1.3 firmware with excellent web interface and DS Router app

Lots of useful built-in settings and networking features, helpful add-on packages with accompanying mobile apps

Can work as a full-featured NAS server

Practical design, wall-mountable

Cons

Only one 2.5Gbps port

No Link Aggregation, awkward Multi-Gig WAN, rigid default WAN port

Only client-based QoS, 5.9GHz clients are scarce


TP-Link Archer GX90 AX6600 Wi-Fi 6 Tri-Band Gaming Router
The TP-Link Archer GX90 is an excellent-looking AX6600 Wi-Fi 6 Tri-router.

The Archer GX90 is another “gaming” router from TP-Link. It replaces the Archer AX11000 above.

The router comes with a 2.5Gbps WAN/LAN port and another Gbps LAN/WAN port. By default, the former works as the WAN and the latter as a LAN, but you can reverse the order if you want to host a Multi-Gig local client.

TP-Link Archer GX90's Rating

8.6 out of 10
TP-Link Archer GX90 AX6600 Wi-Fi 6 Tri-Band Gaming Router
Performance
9 out of 10
Features
8.5 out of 10
Design and Setup
8.5 out of 10
Value
8.5 out of 10

Pros

Fast and reliable Wi-Fi performance

2.5 Gbps WAN/LAN

Excellent feature set and network settings

Robust full web user interface

Nice design and comparatively affordable

Cons

Thin on gaming

Single Multi-Gig port; no Dual-WAN or Link Aggregation

USB-based storage performance could be better


9. Netgear RAXE500: One 2.5Gbps port
The Netgear RAXE500 Routers ports
The Netgear RAXE500 comes with a 2.5Gbps port in addition to the usual 4 Gigabit LANs and one Gigabit WAN.

The Netgear RAXE500 is the rival of the Asus GT-AXE11000 below. And similarly, it’s the Wi-Fi 6E variant of the RAX200.

It comes with a single 2.5Gbps LAN/WAN port.

Netgear Nighthawk RAXE500's Rating

7.8 out of 10
The Netgear RAXE500 Router angle
Performance
8.5 out of 10
Features
7.5 out of 10
Ease of Use
8.5 out of 10
Value
6.5 out of 10

Pros

Wi-Fi 6E-ready

Collectively excellent Wi-Fi speeds and range

2.5Gbps LAN/WAN port, Dual-WAN, and LAN/WAN Link Aggregations

Robust web interface, helpful (optional) mobile app

Beautiful design

Fast network-attached storage when hosting a storage device

Cons

Expensive

Wi-Fi 6E is still in the early stage

No 10Gbps port, only one 2.5Gbps port

Limited Wi-Fi settings, no built-in QoS or Parental Controls

Online protection requires a subscription

Internal fan, a bit buggy (at launch)


The TP Link Archer AX90 Wi Fi 6 Routers Backside
The TP-Link Archer AX90 comes with a 2.5Gbps WAN/LAN port.

The TP-Link Archer AX90 is the souped-up version of the Archer AX3200 below, but it’s the same port-wise. It comes with a 2.5Gbps WAN/LAN port, a 1Gbps WAN/LAN port, and three Gigabit LAN ports.

TP-Link Archer AX90's Rating

8.4 out of 10
The TP Link Archer AX90 Wi Fi 6 Routers Top
Performance
9 out of 10
Features
7.5 out of 10
Ease of Use
8.5 out of 10
Value
8.5 out of 10

Pros

Reliable and fast Wi-Fi performance, excellent range

Tri-band, 160MHz, and a 2.5Gbps Multi-Gig port

Comparatively affordable

Standard web interface with optional mobile app

Wall-mountable

Cons

Slow 5GHz-1 band

Mobile app, login account, and a monthly subscription are required for advanced features

Relatively slow NAS performance when hosting a portable drive


7: Asus GT-AXE11000: One 2.5Gbps port
Asus GT AXE11000 Ports
The Asus GT-AXE11000’s network ports. Note the 2.5Gbps LAN/WAN.

The Asus GT-AXE11000 is the very first Wi-Fi 6E router on the market. In many ways, especially port-wise, it’s a variant of the GT-AX11000 below.

It includes one 2.5Gbps port that can work as a WAN or a LAN.

Asus ROG Rapture GT-AXE11000's Rating

8.4 out of 10
Asus GT AXE11000 Top View
Performance
8.5 out of 10
Features
9 out of 10
Ease of Use
8.5 out of 10
Value
7.5 out of 10

Pros

Tri-band with Wi-Fi 6E support

Excellent 5GHz and 2.4GHz performance

Excellent set of game-related, online protection and monitoring features, full AiMesh 2.0 support

2.5Gbps LAN/WAN port, Dual-WAN, and LAN/WAN Link Aggregations

Cons

Expensive

Wi-Fi 6E is not fully available

Only one 2.5Gbps port, no 10Gbps port

Bulky design, not wall-mountable, buggy firmware (at launch)


Wi-Fi speed test: TP Link Deco X5700 Single Ports
The TP-Link Deco X5700 has a 2.5Gbps port that works as a WAN or a LAN.

The Deco X5700 is the sensible version of the Deco X90. It’s a mesh router that includes two autosensing network ports, one of which is a 2.5Gbps port.

TP-Link Deco X5700's Rating

8 out of 10
TP Link Deco X5700 Box
Performance
8 out of 10
Features
7 out of 10
Design and Setup
8.5 out of 10
Value
8.5 out of 10

Pros

Excellent Wi-Fi performance and coverage

Tri-band with multi-gig port and 160MHz channel width support

User-friendly, comparatively affordable

Good-looking

Cons

Spartan Wi-Fi customization, network settings, and features

Only one Multi-Gig port per hardware unit

App and login account required — privacy risks

HomeShield Pro requires a monthly subscription, limited web interface, impractical design

No USB or additional Gigabit network ports


5. Asus RT-AX86U: One 2.5Gbps port
Asus RT AX86U
The Asus RT-AX86U comes with one 2.5Gbps LAN/WAN port.

The RT-AX86U has just one 2.5Gbps port that can work either as a LAN (default) or a WAN port.

Before the GT-AX6000 above, the RT-AX86U was considered the best Dual-band Wi-Fi 6 router. It still is among the best today.

If you have the RT-AX89X or the GT-AX6000 above, the RT-AX86U makes an excellent satellite node in a Multi-Gig wired backhaul AiMesh setup.

Asus RT-AX86U's Rating

9 out of 10
Asus RT AX86U 12
Performance
9 out of 10
Features
9.5 out of 10
Ease of Use
8.5 out of 10
Value
9 out of 10

Pros

Fast performance, excellent range, reliable

Tons of helpful networking features and settings

Useful settings for online gaming

Robust web UI, well-designed mobile app

Multi-Gig, WAN/LAN Link Aggregation support

Excellent NAS performance and features when hosting a storage device

Comparatively affordable

Cons

Single, low-speed (2.5Gbps) Multi-Gig port

Not wall-mountable

Gaming features turn Adaptive QoS off

No support for WTFast Gamer VPN


TP Link Archers AX3200 Hand
The TP-Link Archer AX3200’s network ports.

The Archer AX3200’s 2.5Gbps port can work as a WAN (default) or LAN port. It also has a USB 3.0 port (on its side). This port didn’t perform well in my testing when hosting a storage device, so the multi-gig port didn’t improve anything on the NAS front.


3. Netgear RAX120: One 5Gbps port
Netgear RAX120 Ports
The Netgear RAX120 is an all-around excellent router. Note the 5Gbps LAN/WAN port.

The RAX120 comes with a single 5Gbps port that works as a LAN out of the box. However, you can use the web interface to change its function into that of a WAN port.

Netgear Nighthawk RAX120's Rating

8.1 out of 10
Netgear RAX120 Router
Performance
8.5 out of 10
Features
7.5 out of 10
Design and Setup
9 out of 10
Value
7.5 out of 10

Pros

Powerful hardware, fast performance

Beautiful design

Multi-Gig network port (5Gbps)

Well-organized web user interface

Ultra-fast network storage performance

Cons

Expensive

No online protection, gaming, or mesh features

A bit bulky


2. Netgear RAX200: One 2.5Gbps port
Netgear RAX200 Ports
The Netgear RAX200 has a 2.5Gbps Multi-Gig port.

Despite being a higher-end (and more expensive) than the RAX120 above, the Netgear RAX200 comes with a 2.5Gbps port, not a 5Gbps.

This port works either as a LAN (default) or a WAN.

Netgear Nighthawk RAX200's Rating

8 out of 10
Netgear RAX200
Performance
9 out of 10
Features
7.5 out of 10
Design and Setup
8.5 out of 10
Value
7 out of 10

Pros

Reliable and fast performance

Eye-catching design

Helpful mobile app, robust web UI

Multi-Gig support (2.5Gbps)

Cons

Comparatively super-expensive with nothing extra

Shallow Wi-Fi customization, spartan feature set

Comparatively low CPU clock speed

No 5Gbps or 10Gbps LAN port, not wall-mountable


1. Asus GT-AX11000: One 2.5Gbps port

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Asus GT-AX11000 Ports
The Asus GT-AX11000 is a massive Wi-Fi 6 router. Note the 2.5Gbps LAN/WAN port.

The Asus GT-AX11000 is the first Wi-Fi 6 router on the market with a 2.5Gbps Multi-Gig port. Asus routers are pretty flexible in port use, and you can use this port as a LAN (default) or WAN.

Asus GT-AX11000's Rating

8.3 out of 10
Asus AX11000 Top
Performance
8 out of 10
Features
9.5 out of 10
Design and Setup
8 out of 10
Value
7.5 out of 10

Pros

Fast and reliable Wi-Fi performance with an excellent range

Lots of useful features for home users

Unique and effective settings for online gaming

Multi-Gig network port, Dual-WAN, Link Aggregation

Mesh ready

Cons

Expensive

Bulky design, loose antennas, non-wall-mountable

Fewer LAN ports than the previous model

Long boot-up time, buggy (at launch), fluctuating Wi-Fi throughputs


Wi-Fi 6 routers with a RIGID WAN-only Multi-Gig port

A router with a WAN-only Multi-Gig is suitable for those with a Gig+ or faster broadband connection. This port is only as good as a regular 1Gbps WAN port if you have a Gigabit or slower Internet.


8. Netgear Orbi RBK860: One 10Gbps port

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Netgear Orbi RBR860 vs RBS860 Ports
Only the Netgear Orbi RBK860 Series router unit, the RBR860, has a single 10Gbps WAN port.

The Orbi RBK860 Series is the latest Wi-Fi 6 mesh system from Netgear. Of which only the router unit has a 10Gbps WAN port.

Netgear Orbi 860 Series (RBK863S)'s Rating

6.8 out of 10
Netgear Orbi RBK860 Series 1
Performance
8 out of 10
Features
6 out of 10
Ease of Use
8 out of 10
Value
5 out of 10

Pros

Reliable Wi-Fi with extensive coverage; 10GbE WAN port on the router

Responsive local web interface with several standard network settings

A year of online protection included (mobile app required)

Cons

High cost; single WAN-only 10GbE port, no Multi-Gig port on satellites; useless WAN Link Aggregation

No 160MHz channel support, 2nd 5GHz band is never available to the client; limited Wi-Fi customization; neutered web user interface

Mobile app (and login account) required for remote management; many features require paid subscriptions

No Wi-Fi 6E, bulky design


7. Asus ZenWiFi ET8: One 2.5Gbps port
Asus ZenWiFi ET8 Tri band Wi Fi 6E Mesh System
The Asus ZenWiFi ET8 Tri-band Wi-Fi 6E router has a single 2.5Gbps Multi-Gig WAN port.

The ZenWiFi ET8 is the Wi-Fi 6E version of the ZenWiFi XT8 below. It comes in a 2-pack of identical routers; each has a 2.5Gbps WAN port.

In a mesh setup, though, the WAN port of the satellite can work as a LAN port unless you want to use it for the wired backhaul.

Asus ZenWiFi ET8's Rating

8 out of 10
Asus ZenWiFi ET8 Tri band Wi Fi 6E Mesh System 1
Performance
8 out of 10
Features
9.5 out of 10
Ease of Use
8 out of 10
Value
6.5 out of 10

Pros

Reliable and extensive coverage with possible fast Wi-Fi performance in specific setups

Wi-Fi 6E ready, Multi-Gig WAN, and Dual-WAN support

Excellent as a standalone router

Tons of useful features and settings, flexible Wi-Fi customization

AiMesh 2.0 support

Competitive pricing

Cons

Comparatively slow performance in most use cases

Modest 5GHz band specs

Short 6GHz range

No Link Aggregation or Multi-Gig LAN port

Only four network ports on each hardware unit


6. Linksys MX8500 AXE8400 Atlas Max 6E: One 5Gbps port
Linksys AXE8400 Atlas Max 6E with hand
The Linksys MX8500 Wi-Fi 6E comes with a 5Gbps WAN port.

The MX8500 is an interesting case. It’s part of the Linksys AXE8400 Wi-Fi 6E mesh system — the very first Wi-Fi 6E mesh on the market.

For this reason, if you get a single unit, it has just the single 5Gbps WAN port. However, in a mesh setup, the satellite unit’s WAN port now works as a LAN — a 3-pack system will give you two 5Gbps LAN ports.

Linksys AXE8400 Atlas Max's Rating

7.1 out of 10
Linksys AXE8400 Atlas Max 6E with power adapters
Performance
8 out of 10
Features
7 out of 10
Ease of Use
7.5 out of 10
Value
6 out of 10

Pros

Wi-Fi 6E-ready

Reliable performance, extensive coverage

5Gbps WAN port

Excellent NAS performance when hosting external storage device(s)

Separate SSID for each band

Cons

Expensive

Comparatively slow mesh Wi-Fi speeds in homes with walls

Limited Wi-Fi settings and features, mobile app coercion

No Multi-Gig LAN port (main router), Dual-WAN, or Link Aggregation

No setting backup and restore


5. Linksys MR7500: One 5Gbps port
Linksys MR7500 AXE6600 Hydra Pro 6E Routers Ports
The Linksys MR7500 AXE6600 Hydra Pro 6E router has a 5Gbps WAN port.

The Linksys MR7500 is the third Wi-Fi 6E router on the market, joining the ranks of the Asus GT-AXE11000 and Netgear RAXE500 below.

It’s pretty different from the other two, though, and among other things, its 5Gbps port can only work as its WAN.

Linksys MR7500 AXE6600 Hydra Pro's Rating

7.3 out of 10
Linksys MR7500 AXE6600 Hydra Pro 6E Routers Feature Photo
Performance
8.5 out of 10
Features
7.5 out of 10
Ease of Use
8 out of 10
Value
5 out of 10

Pros

Wi-Fi 6E-ready

Simple design with 5Gbps WAN port

Robust web interface, helpful (optional) mobile app

Wall-mountable

Cons

Hugely overpriced

6GHz band requires Gig+ or faster Internet to be useful

Slow 5GHz and 2.4GHz bands

Limited Wi-Fi settings, mobile app coercion

No Multi-Gig LAN port, Dual-WAN or Link Aggregation

Buggy and slow NAS performance when hosting a storage device


TP Link Archer 6000 Ports
The TP-Link Archer AX6000’s 2.5Gbps port is a WAN-only one.

The TP-Link AX6000 has one 2.5Gbps port that works as the WAN port. As a result, you won’t get faster than 1Gbps on the LAN side in a network hosted by this router.

TP-Link Archer AX6000's Rating