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Best Multi-Gig Wi-Fi 6/E Routers of 2021: Get Ahead of the Speed Curve Today!

Together with 5G, Wi-Fi 6, and especially the latest Wi-Fi 6E, is the new area of faster-than-Gigabit connections, the Multi-Gigabit (or Multi-Gig for short.)

While it’ll be a long while before you need this type of network throughput, this roundup helps you get (well) ahead of the curve.

You’ll find here more than a dozen multi-Gigabit-capable Wi-Fi 6 routers I’ve reviewed — they are about all you can find on the market right now.

Any of these can deliver at least one Multi-Gig wired connection when you have another similarly capable party — you need a Multi-Gig switch to add more on the LAN side. And get your home wired first.

By the way, if you don’t know what Multi-Gig really means, I talked about that in this post.

See also  Multi-Gig Explained: Why You Should Start Caring about It

Dong’s note: I first published this post on December 13, 2020, and last updated it on September 28, 2021, to include more qualified broadcasters.

Best among Multi-Gigabit Routers: The Asus RT AX89X 10Gbps
The Asus RT-AX89X router comes with two 10Gbps network ports.

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

There are two lists — one of the routers with more than one Multi-Gig port and those with a single port.

The latter includes two sub-lists of those of which the port can work only as WAN (to host a Gig+ or faster broadband connection) and those with one that can also work as a LAN port to host a local client.

I put these lists in the reviewed order with the latest on top. The number in front of 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 multi-Gigabit capacity is not the end all be all of a router.

Note: Generally, a router with a USB port and a Multi-Gig LAN port is excellent for NAS applications when hosting a storage device. However, that’s not always the case, and I will touch on that notion, too, when applicable. The point is, just because a router is multi-Gig-capable doesn’t mean it’s all good in all related applications.

A. Wi-Fi 6 routers with two (Dual) Multi-Gigabit ports

Generally, these are those with two Multi-Gig ports. You can use at least one as a WAN and the other as a LAN. In some cases, you can use both either as WANs or LANs.

Generally, out of the box, these routers can host two Multi-Gig connections. Add a Multi-Gig switch if you need more.

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

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

QNAP QHora 301W Wi Fi 6 Router 4 1
The QNAP QHora-301W is one of a few Wi-Fi 6 routers that come 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.

For this reason, it has the most flexible configuration in terms of network port functions. Among other things, it can host a local of multi-Gigabit speed on both WAN and LAN sides.

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
8/10
Features
7.5/10
Ease of Use
8/10
Value
7/10

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

See also  QNAP QHora-301W Review: Reliable but (Still) Sorely Lacking

2. Zyxel Armor G5: 1x 2.5Gbps WAN + 1x 10Gbps LAN 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 quite terrible support for external storage devices, making its Multi-Gig LAN port a bit less useful.

Zyxel Armor G5's Rating

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

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

See also  Zyxel Armor G5 Review: Cool but with Lots of Room for Improvement

1. Asus RT-AX89X: Dual LAN/WAN 10Gbps (Base-T and SFP+) ports

(In case you didn’t read the intro: This is the first member on this list — 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 that comes with two different 10Gbps ports. One is a traditional BASE-T (RJ45), and the other is an SFP+ port.

The use of these ports is flexible, however. Specifically, you can use them:

  • Both as LAN ports (default). In this case, they don’t support LAN Link Aggregation — you can’t combine them into a single 20Gbps connection.
  • Both as WAN ports. In this case, they don’t support WAN Link Aggregation but can work as Dual-WAN, where each connects to a different service provider.
  • One as a WAN port, and the other as a LAN port.

Asus RT-AX89X's Rating

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

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

See also  Asus RT-AX89X Review: Most Wi-Fi Bases. Covered. And More!

B. Wi-Fi 6 routers with a single Multi-Gigabit port

These are routers with just one Muti-Gig port. Changes are these port is the WAN port as default, but with some, you can also use it as a LAN if you have a Gigabit or slower broadband connection. Below are the two sub-lists of each.

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

Router with a WAN-only Multi-Gig is suitable for those with a Gig+ or faster broadband connection. If you have a Gigabit or slower Internet, this port is only as good as a regular 1Gbps WAN port.

7. Asus ZenWiFi ET8: Single 2.5Gbps WAN port

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

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 somewhat 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
8/10
Features
9.5/10
Ease of Use
8/10
Value
6.5/10

Pros

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

See also  Asus ZenWiFi ET8 Review: A Worthy Mesh for a Wired (or Airy) Home
6. Linksys MX8500: Single 5Gbps WAN port (and more as a mesh)
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 on the market.

For this reason, if you get a single unit, then 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

7.8 out of 10
Linksys AXE8400 Atlas Max 6E with power adapters
Performance
8.5/10
Features
7.5/10
Ease of Use
7.5/10
Value
7.5/10

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

See also  Linksys AXE8400 Atlas Max 6E Mesh Review: Reliable but Overpriced
5. Linksys MR7500: Single 5Gbps WAN port
Linksys MR7500 AXE6600 Hydra Pro 6E Routers Ports
The Linksys MR7500 AXE6600 Hydra Pro 6E router comes with 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
8.5/10
Features
7.5/10
Ease of Use
8/10
Value
5/10

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

See also  Linksys MR7500 Hydra Pro 6E Review: Too Big a Bet on 6GHz

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

8.1 out of 10
TP Link Archer 6000 Box
Performance
8.5/10
Features
8/10
Design and Setup
7.5/10
Value
8.5/10

Pros

Fast and reliable Wi-Fi performance

2.5 Gbps WAN port with eight Gigabit LAN port

160 MHz channel bandwidth support

Excellent QoS and Parental Control features

Robust full web user interface, helpful mobile app

USB-C ready, wall-mountable

Cons

No multi-gig LAN port

Bulky design

Not mesh-ready

Certain functions of the interface could use some improvement

Mobile app requires a login account

See also  TP-Link Archer AX6000 Review: A Well-Rounded Wi-Fi 6 Router

3. Asus ZenWiFi XT8: Single 2.5Gbps WAN (and kind of LAN) port
Asus ZenWiFi AX Ports
The Asus ZenWiFi AX router comes with a 2.5Gbps WAN port

The ZenWiFi AX (XT8) has a single WAN-only 2.5Gbps port. However, in a wireless mesh configuration (when you buy a 2-pack), this port on the satellite unit can function as a LAN port.

Asus ZenWiFi XT8's Rating

8.9 out of 10
ZenWiFi AX
Performance
8.5/10
Features
9.5/10
Design and Setup
8.5/10
Value
9/10

Pros

Fast Wi-Fi performance and large coverage at a comparatively affordable cost

Improved and flexible AiMesh

Lots of network settings and useful features, including free real-time online protection for life

Full 4×4 dedicated backhaul band with optional wired backhaul support

Multi-gig WAN port with Dual-WAN and WAN link aggregation

Cons

No 160MHz 4×4 support for Wi-Fi 6 clients, in a dedicated wireless backhaul setup

No multi-gig LAN port or LAN link aggregation

Only four network ports on each hardware unit

Firmware can be buggy

Storage performance (when hosting an external drive) could be better

See also  Asus ZenWiFi AX XT8 AX6600 Review: The Best Wireless AiMesh Set to Date

2. Netgear Orbi RBR850: Single 2.5Gpbs WAN port
Netgear Orbi RBR850
The Netgear Orbi RBR850 router comes with a 2.5Gbps WAN port.

The Orbi RBR850, the router unit of an Orbi RBK852 mesh system, comes with a 2.5Gbps WAN port. As a result, it can host a Multi-Gig broadband connection.

Orbi Wi-Fi 6 System AX6000 (RBK852) 's Rating

8 out of 10
Orbi RBK852 New
Performance
8.5/10
Features
8/10
Design and Setup
8.5/10
Value
7/10

Pros

Fast, reliable Wi-Fi with large coverage

Full web interface with all common settings and features

Useful, well designed mobile app

2.5Gbps multi-gig WAN ports

Support WAN 2Gbps Link Aggregation

Cons

High cost

No 160MHz channel support, limited Wi-Fi customization

Not compatible with Wi-Fi Orbi hardware

No multi-gig LAN port, intermittent lags

Bulky design

See also  Netgear Orbi AX6000 (RBK852) Review: Great Wi-Fi for a Hefty Price

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

TP Link Archer AX11000 Router 6
The TP-Link AX11000 has a 2.5Gbps WAN port and a ton of regular Gigabit LAN ports.

Like many routers above, the TP-Link Archer AX11000 also comes with a 2.5Gbps WAN port to host a super-fast broadband connection.

TP-Link Archer AX11000's Rating

8.4 out of 10
TP Link Archer AX11000 Router 18
Performance
8.5/10
Features
8/10
Design and Setup
9/10
Value
8/10

Pros

Fast and reliable Wi-Fi performance

2.5 Gbps WAN port with eight Gigabit LAN ports

160 MHz channel bandwidth support

Excellent, Antivirus, QoS, and Parental Control features

Robust full web user interface, helpful mobile app

Eye-catching and convenient hardware design

USB-C ready, wall-mountable

Cons

Misleading gaming veneer, no actual gaming-specific features

No multi-gig LAN port, bulky design

Not mesh-ready (at launch)

Artificia" "Game" items make the interface unnecessarily confusing

Mobile app requires a login account

See also  TP-Link Archer AX11000 Review: Cool Looking yet Ridiculously Misleading

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

These are routers with a single Multi-Gig port that can work either 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.


10. TP-Link Archer GX90: Single 2.5Gbps LAN/WAN port

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

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 TP-Link’s latest “gaming” router. It sort of replaces the Archer AX11000 above.

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

TP-Link Archer GX90: Rating

8.6 out of 10
TP Link GX90 AX6600 Gaming Router 2
Performance
9/10
Features
8.5/10
Design and Setup
8.5/10
Value
8.5/10

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: Single 2.5Gbps LAN/WAN 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

8 out of 10
The Netgear RAXE500 Router angle
Performance
8.5/10
Features
7.5/10
Ease of Use
8.5/10
Value
7.5/10

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)

See also  Netgear RAXE500 Review: An Formidable 6E Router for a Price

8: TP-Link Archer AX90: Single 2.5Gbps WAN/LAN port
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
9/10
Features
7.5/10
Ease of Use
8.5/10
Value
8.5/10

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 required for advanced features.

Relatively slow NAS performance when hosting a portable drive.

See also  TP-Link Archer AX90 Review: A Worthy Upgrade, Mostly (vs. Archer AX3200)

7: Asus GT-AXE11000: Single 2.5Gbps LAN/WAN 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 either as a WAN or a LAN.

Asus GT-AXE11000's Rating

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

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)

See also  Asus GT-AXE11000 Router Review: A Massive Wi-Fi Luxury, for Now

6. TP-Link Deco X5700: Single 2.5Gbps WAN/LAN port
Wi-Fi speed test: TP Link Deco X5700 Single Ports
The TP-Link Deco X5700 comes with a 2.5Gbps port that can work either 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, of which one is a 2.5Gbps port.

TP-Link Deco X5700's Rating

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

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

See also  Deco X5700 AX5700 Review: TP-Link's Best Wi-Fi 6 Mesh Effort to Date

5. Asus RT-AX86U: Single 2.5Gbps LAN/WAN 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. For this reason, you can either host a multi-Gigabit WAN connection or a fast local client.

ASUS RT-AX86's Rating

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

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

See also  Asus RT-AX86U Review: Arguably the Best Dual-Band Wi-Fi 6 Router to Date
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.

TP-Link Archer AX3200's Rating

8 out of 10
TP Link Archers AX3200 Label
Performance
8/10
Features
7/10
Ease of Use
8.5/10
Value
8.5/10

Pros

Reliable Wi-Fi performance, with decent throughput speeds

Tri-band with 2.5Gbps network port

Affordable

Standard web interface

Cons

Modest hardware specs

No Antivirus

No 160MHz channel width

Slow NAS performance when hosting a portable drive

Simple QoS and Parental Control

See also  TP-Link Archer AX3200 Review: An Excellent Buy for a Modest Network

3. Netgear RAX120: Single 5Gbps LAN/WAN 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. You can use the web interface to change its function into that of a WAN port, however.

Netgear Nighthawk RAX120's Rating

8.1 out of 10
Netgear AX12 Front
Performance
8.5/10
Features
7.5/10
Design and Setup
9/10
Value
7.5/10

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

See also  Netgear RAX120 Router Review: The Multi-Gig Age Is Here

2. Netgear RAX200: Single 2.5Gbps LAN/WAN 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 and 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
9/10
Features
7.5/10
Design and Setup
8.5/10
Value
7/10

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

See also  Netgear RAX200 Review: Cool-Looking, Super-Fast but Overpriced

1. Asus GT-AX11000: Single 2.5Gbps LAN/WAN port

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

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 that comes 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 1
Performance
8/10
Features
9.5/10
Design and Setup
8/10
Value
7.5/10

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

See also  Asus GT-AX11000 Wi-Fi 6 Router Review: A Pro Gamer's Delight

Going Multi-Gigabit: The final thoughts

There you go. You’ve got about all of the current home Multi-Gig options in one place in this post.

Note that some routers can still deliver 2Gbps speed without having a Multi-Gig port by combining two 1Gbps ports in a Link Aggregation setup.

In most cases, for now, any of these routers can be a bit overkill. They are previews of a near future when 10Gbps is the new norm, just like Gigabit today.

And we’ll get there when we truly need this type of ultra-fast connection speed — for virtually all home applications, Gigabit is more than fast enough. It’s a matter of demand and supply.

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61 thoughts on “Best Multi-Gig Wi-Fi 6/E Routers of 2021: Get Ahead of the Speed Curve Today!”

  1. I have read your article on Multi-Gig Wi-Fi 6 Routers. I am looking to purchase an Asus ZenWiFi AX XT8 AX6600 to use as a wifi access point or AIMesh point with an existing ASUS GT-AX11000. The question is, can hooking up the 2.5gb ethernet ports on the 2 devices work to establish a 2.5 gb connection or is the port on the X8 an unusable WAN only port.

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  2. Hi Dong

    Love your site and advice.
    Can I ask about a new setup of the Orbi Pro SXR80 with extra satellites, the use of CAT6 cabling as backhaul and the use of the single 2.5G port (port 1) vs using the 1GB port (port 2) for WAN. I have a 2.5G D-link switch available.

    My Internet via NBN is maximally at 1,000Mbps.

    I was going to change the default on the SXR80 to use Port 2 for the WAN, and use Port 1 (2.5G) to connect to the 2.5G switch and then use that to backhaul to the satellities via Ethernet.

    Is that the most best methodology to get the best speed all around?

    Using the WiFi backhaul on the Router sounds enticing but my place is big with solid concrete walls – thus the Ethernet backhaul consideration.

    Appreciate your advice.

    Thanks

    Andrew

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    • I haven’t tested the SXK80, Andrew, so I can’t say for sure, but you can try that. Generally, though, you don’t want to use the Orbi if you have wired backhauls. Also, the option for Multi-Gig backhauls are limited.

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    • I haven’t tested the SXK80, Andrew, so I can’t say for sure, but you can try that. Generally, though, you don’t want to use the Orbi if you have wired backhauls. Also, the options for Multi-Gig backhauls are limited.

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  3. Multi gig is a non thing to me. I have xfinity 1200 with a netgear cm 2050v and am never able to get any multi gig because of weak links in the chain-under 1 gig

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    • 1.2Gbps is Gig+, Thomas. That’s not Multi-Gig yet. But you’re right, often the Gigabit is the bottleneck.

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  4. Hello Dong,

    Can I “soup-up” the performance of my WiFi 5 TV by streaming with a WiFi 6 router and WiFi 6 streaming device like the Fire TV 4K Max?

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  5. There comes a point where the selection of wifi routers with more than one multigig port is so slim that it makes sense to start looking at separate wired/wireless setups. For example, the MikroTik RB5009UG+S+IN, a $219 wired router that has an SFP+ 10G port, 1×2.5G port, and 7x1G ports. With this, you can use one of the multigig ports for the WAN, one of the multigig ports for connecting to a multigig switch or wifi access point (and since many of the wifi routers on your list have just a single multigig port, they can be used for this), and connect 1G devices directly to the router.

    There is also the $379 Ubiquiti UDM Pro, which is kind of overkill and large, but for a router with two 10G SFP+ ports and a 3.5″ HDD bay, the price isn’t that bad.

    The downside would be that these sorts of routers is much less user friendly than typical consumer fare. But then, I think we’re still at the point where people who are paying for Internet connections faster than 1 gigabit are probably still more technically savvy people.

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  6. Hey Dong, do you have a multi-gig router suggestion that is not super expensive for my setup (wifi is not important)

    – 2-port WAN link aggregation
    – Multi-gig LAN port (1 or more)

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  7. Hi Dong,

    I have a single mode G.657.B3 fiber to my unit, with a 1.5Gbps service.
    What router I could use?
    I have 2 computers that are pretty far and I want to use fiber to them with SFP+, so I need at least 3 SFP+ ports, one for WAN and 2 for the other computers.
    Other ports can be 1Gb and wi-fi 6 should do it.

    Thanks for the article, this is a new issue with home networking.

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    • You’ll need a Multi-Gig switch, Dan. As for the router, the RT-AX89X is about the only one right now. Use its SFP+ for WAN and the 10Gbps BaseT to connect to the switch.

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      • Thanks Dong,
        I’m not sure the Asus is enough or I need a modem also.
        I could use the WAN SFP+ from the termination point, but this is single mode, I’m not sure if it works, Asus says multi mode SFP+.
        As a switch, I could use a Mikrotik with 4 SFP+ ports between the router and my computers.

        Dan

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          • I finally pulled the trigger on an RT-AX89X, ver. A2 and updated to the latest firmware. Using the SFP+ port as WAN (SMF) with the 10GBase-T port hooked up to a 10Gbe switch. That in turn is linked to my PC via a 10G SFP+ to Thunderbolt 3 adapter. Got close to advertised ISP speeds measured on Ookla initially. Testing the next day saw speeds drop to a tenth of what the ISP provides. I unplugged the router and hooked up the ethernet link directly to the PC from the 10Gbe switch and got back nearly full advertised speeds. I tried turning off Ai Protection, which hurts performance, but no dice. Ended up doing a hard reset of the router and apparently that worked. Going to monitor it for the rest of the week to see if the LAN speeds drop off again like before. The transceiver in the SFP+ port runs uncomfortably hot even with a fibre optic one plugged in. I’m concerned that will shorten the lifespan of the router even with the built-in fan and will monitor closely. Like everyone else, I got this for the 10G ports so wifi wasn’t really a priority, if only there was a function to disable the radios. The wifi is spotty at best with the 5Ghz band sporadically disappearing and dropping my AC/AX devices down to 2.4Ghz. Hence, the family uses a separate wireless home network. Looking forward to the Wifi 6E version of the router if there is going to be one. I’ve also set my sights on TP Link’s Archer AX206 as well but there’ve been no new updates since it was announced at CES 2021 in January.
            Archer AX206 | AX11000 Tri-Band 10G WiFi 6E Router | TP-Linkhttps://www.tp-link.com › home-networking › archer-a…
            Oh the global chip shortage…

  8. Hi Dong

    I have an Asus AX89X and I have created two different bands because I was having issue with the dual band smart connect options- the homepods kept disconnecting from the Apple TVs for some strange reason. Seperating the bands seem to be working much better for me. A few questions-

    1. Do you recommend keeping the bands seperate?
    2. How many devices can the AX89X support on the 5G band? With most of my devices 5Ghz and Wifi 6 capable is one band enough or would you recommend a triband router?
    3. I love the ASUS router because it allows me to connect to the internet directly by plugging the ethernet cable into the RJ45 port and get rid of the ISP router from BT. Is the ASUS the only device capable of doing that?

    Sorry of I sound like a bit of an amateur, networking is not my thing and I cant think of anyone better to ask these questions.

    Thanks in advance.

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      • Thank you. Love the article, it’s made things a lot clearer and answered a lot of questions.

        I wasn’t aware that all routers could do that? I was under the impression that most routers needed the isp modem to be active and an Ethernet cable to connect the modem to the router. Just to be clear what you’re saying is that all Wi-fi 6 routers can connect to the internet directly, bypassing the need for a separate modem?

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        • No, Nipun, all routers need a terminal device, be it a modem or an ONT. The 89X has an SPF+ port so it might be able to handle a special ONT. So it’s more of a port issue than a router issue.

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          • Thank you 😊

            Great decision separating the bands anyway. I thought toggling the dual band smart connect would make things easier, things have been super smooth since disabling it.

  9. Hi Dong,
    Loving your reviews! Been busy reading to make sure the choice of my new routers meets my expectations and needs.

    I have one question that I’m not 100% sure on though. I am considering getting two RT-AX86U’s to cover my house in Wifi using AiMesh. I have a Cat6 wired backhaul already installed.

    With those two RT-AX86U’s can I use the 2.5Gbps multi-gig ports to connect them through the wired backhaul? I gather once you set up AiMesh you lose many configuration options on a node, so I’m not sure I’d be able to set up the multi-gig port as the WAN (LAN is default).

    Thanks again for your amazing content!

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    • That will work out well, Jeri. AS for the Multi-Gig backhaul, that’s a no, at least for now — the port won’t as backhaul work on the node. It might change via firmware update though.

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  10. Thank you for this article.

    I’m looking to upgrade to my ISP’s 5 gigabit plan (an extra $50/month). So I’m needing a multi-gig router.
    I want to keep connect my existing ethernet wall jacks into a 10 gigabit network. (got a WiFi 5 AP in one room, and a switch with a desktop and a couple servers in another room)
    None of the options here seem to support multiple wired multi-gig LAN connections. Do you know of any router than does?

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  11. Hi Dong,

    This is certainly a great article, I have a quick question. I live in an apartment (full concrete walls, floor and ceiling) wiring is not an option even though is a small area (800 sqft), and I need a strong backhaul mainly for streaming from my gaming pc to my 2 tvs, which router would you recommend for this situation?

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      • Thanks a lot! One last question would you recommend a mesh system to keep both tvs and desktop wired to the satellite/router and rely on the backhaul to transfer data between them? if so any recommendation on a mesh device? streaming will be 4K HDR if that is possible.

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  12. I came across another idea, but am not certain if it would work as I think it could.

    I am waiting on the AX86U to arrive, driven by your review. Thank you.

    the question is as follows,
    I have NAS that supports LAN Aggregation.
    AX86U supports LAN Aggregation.
    So the question is – If I buy a USB-C 2.5G RJ45 Ethernet dongle and connect it to the LAN configured 2.5G port on the router will I be able to use the 2G connectivity option between the NAS, Router and My Mac?

    I am still looking for the answers online and I could not find anything conclusive enough.

    Cheers,
    Martin

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    • Yes, Martin. Try it. Note though, that even if you don’t have a multi-gig device, the LA from the NAS still helps when you have multiple devices accessing it.

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      • Ok. To make it short it does not work as I thought it would. There is a technical limitation within the router and it does not allow speeds to be exchanged between the 2.5G port and LAN Aggregated ports 1 and 2.

        uGREEN USB-C 2.5G adapter to 2.5G port on Router works fine but the maximum speed of transfer is 1G aka 110MB/s on average.

        The transfer speed from my MBP16 to the NAS over wifi is still averaging 75-85MB/s over wifi, only it seems this router leaves the old AC88U in the dust. Internet speeds and coverage across the apartment have been improved considerably.

        In order for my 2.5G idea to work I need the following:
        1x uGREEN USB-C dongle for Mac (199RMB)
        1x uGreen USB-A dongle for Synology(189RMB)
        1x 2.5G enabled switch TP-Link TL-SH-1008(549RMB)
        on top of the 1450RMB router.

        so for now I have decided to stay with the 1G wired link until a more options hit the market. Or until it becomes financially more reasonable for investing into setting up the 2.5G network at home. I can do the current work on 1G.

        In case anyone has a similar question on the fringe situation, this may help them find the answer.

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  13. Hello, I really enjoy your reviews. I am thinking of upgrading my current fios router (g1100) and extender. I currently have fios gigabit. Would it be better to use the Verizon 3100 router and their 3200 extender (connected to moca / coax) or use a mesh network like asus xt8?

    Thanks,
    John

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  14. For Wi-Fi some use ~60% figure for effective throughput. Does USB 3.0+ go as bad as that?

    (reply button is missing, so starting a new thread)

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    • Possiblily worse. But don’t quote me on that. Let’s conclude here. I don’t have answers to all of your questions, especially you just want me to confirm your belief, instead of reading and learning yourself. Take care. 🙂

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      • So I’m under my own beliefs and I can’t study to learn by myself. Where did all that hostility come from? Yeah, take care.

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        • It’s really not my business what you’re under or what you can or can’t do, Davi. But just because I’m open to answering your questions doesn’t mean you should waste my time. If you do a search, you’ll see that I have written about the said issues in multiple posts. (Examples: USB, Wi-Fi.) Also including a link to your own stuff in a comment is spamming. (I removed that from your original comment). Don’t do that! So, no hostility at all, just real hard truth.

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          • You are *assuming* that that link was my own stuff. Which is not. The link was a legitimate source for my comment (it was just a MCS table). I only bothered to make that comment because I enjoyed your article but unfortunately you chose to be hostile towards a reader based on your own assumptions. Your assumptions simply didn’t meet reality. Hard truth. Funny because you blamed *me* for being under beliefs.

          • Well, it must have been some misunderstanding. I had lots and lots of comments and emails daily, things might get mixed up. Again, no hostility, I was just being blunt. And I don’t blame anyone for anything. Appreciate the fact you enjoyed my articles. Check out those I linked in previous comments, too.

  15. Both my Netgear Orbi RBK853 and RAX20 have a setting that allows “WAN aggregation (2.5 Gbps + 1 Gbps, LACP-IEEE802.3ad)” using the WAN port and the first LAN port. Quoted text copied from RBK853 Internet Setup page.

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      • For me to use Nighthawk RAX120 WAN Aggregation, I need to find out if my FiOS routers support LAG, if not then either replace my RAX120 with an Asus unit.

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  16. @DongNgo – on the RAX120 I cannot seem to get the WAN aggregation (1gb + 1 gb) to work. I have two Fios connection, so I should be able to link the to connection to the RAX120. I get “error: unable to setup Wan Aggregation”. Is Wan Aggregation the same as Dual-Wan support?

    Let me know your thoughts, or should replace the RAX120 to the Asus GT-AX11000?

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    • No, Dual-WAN is different from WAN Link Aggregation, John. The former is when you use TWO separate broadband plans, like cable AND fiber, for faster speed or higher availability. The latter is to combine two ports into a single connection.

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  17. Quick comparison across different technologies:

    Wi-Fi 6* ————> ~1 Gbps (“real life”, per article)
    SATA 3.0 ————> 6 Gbps
    USB 3.0** ———–> 5 Gbps
    USB 3.1 Gen 2*** —-> 10 Gbps
    10GBASE-T**** ——-> 10 Gbps
    PCI Express 3.0 —–> 128 Gbps (x16 lanes)
    PCI Express 4.0 —–> 256 Gbps (x16 lanes)

    Also known as:
    * 802.11ax
    ** USB 3.1 Gen 1; USB 3.2 Gen 1×1; SuperSpeed USB
    *** USB 3.2 Gen 2×1; SuperSpeed+ USB
    **** 802.3an-2006

    ~

    Wi-Fi data rates (“theoretical”):
    Wi-Fi 5* ————> 3.5 Gbps (160MHz; 4SS; 256QAM)
    Wi-Fi 6** ———–> 9.6 Gbps (160MHz; 8SS; 1024QAM)

    aka:
    * 802.11ac-2013
    ** 802.11ax (final approval est. Feb 2021)

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      • The other throughput figures can help when you want to tell whether your piece of equipment (say a USB 3.0 drive) can handle the throughput of a given technology (say a file transfer over 802.11ax). In this case, yes, if it’s connected to functional USB 3.0 port from Wi-Fi 6 ready system.

        Or maybe you are designing a PC for a given application and you want to be able to tell if there is some nasty bottleneck in your system data flow (you strive for a overall well balanced system).

        Thanks for the article, by the way.

        Feelthhis

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        • Sure, Davi. Your numbers are all theoretical so they are not really applicable when it comes to picking a piece of equipment. 🙂

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          • If I can’t rely on the standards themselves, I have no idea of what to rely on that would serve as an initial foundation for picking a compatible equipment or for building a system without obvious bottlenecks. What would you suggest?

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