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Best Multi-Gig Wi-Fi 6/6E Routers of 2022: Get Ahead of the Speed Curve Today!

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Together with 5G, Wi-Fi 6, Wi-Fi 6E, and especially the sorta-upcoming Wi-Fi 7, is the new area of faster-than-Gigabit connections, the Multi-Gigabit, which is similar but not to be confused with Multi-Gig.

While for the most part, we don’t need this type of network throughput, if you want to enjoy true Gigabit (or faster) Internet, Multi-Gig is a must.

So this roundup helps you get (well) ahead of the curve.

You’ll find here some two dozen multi-Gigabit-capable Wi-Fi 6 routers I’ve reviewed — including a few 10Gbps-capable (10GbE) routers for home and pro consumers, including almost all (*) you can find in the US right now.

(*) Except for the eero Pro 6E and the TP-Link Deco XE75. I purposely decided not to review the former due to online privacy and the latter is basically the XE75 plus a 2.5Gbps WAN port.

Any of these can deliver at least one Multi-Gig wired connection when you have another similarly capable party, such as your super-fast broadband connection.

While all these are Wi-Fi routers, it’s wired networking we’re talking about here, so run network cables in your home first. If you don’t know what Multi-Gig means, check out the post on the subject in the box below.

Dong’s note: I first published this post on December 13, 2020, and last updated it on September 14, 2022, 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).

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

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

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 the multi-Gigabit capability is not the end-all-be-all of a router.

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 — more in this list of best mini NAS routers.

The point is, just because a router is multi-Gig-capable doesn’t mean it’s all good in all applications that can take advantage of the high-speed network connection.

A. Wi-Fi 6/6E routers with TWO or more Multi-Gigabit ports

Generally, this list includes routers with two Multi-Gig ports, with the exception of the Asus GT-AXE16000 that have three.

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. Among other things, it also needs high processing power (and good firmware) to handle this type of traffic.

Most home routers, including top-tier ones, so far, generally do not meet all the requirements for true 10Gbps (10,000Mbps) throughputs. Consequently, after “overhead” they sustain at 6,000Mbps, give or take, on a good day. (The same thing can be said about most 10Gbps switches.)

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

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


8. Asus ZenWiFi Pro XT12: Two WAN/LAN 2.5Gbps Multi-Gig 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 ZenWiFi Pro XT12 Pair Standing and Laying
The Asus ZenWiFi Pro XT12 includes two identical mesh routers.

The ZenWiFi Pro XT12 is the traditional Tri-band version of the Wi-Fi 6E XT12 below.

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

The hardware is available as a standalone router or a 2-pack mesh system and works well as either. 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

Cros

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

Buggy Dual-WAN, not wall-mountable


7. Asus GT-AXE16000: One 2.5Gbps WAN/LAN and two 10Gbps LAN/WAN ports

Asus GT-AXE16000 Quad-band Wi Fi 6E Router's ports
In all, the Asus GT-AXE16000 is the best Multi-Gig Wi-Fi router to date, 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

Cros

Expensive, 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 WAN/LAN 2.5Gbps Multi-Gig 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 latest Wi-Fi 6E mesh system from Asus. 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 pots with Multi-Gig wired backhaul, 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

Cros

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 WAN/LAN 2.5Gbps Multi-Gig ports

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

The Asus GT-AX6000 is the latest 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 — one WAN and one LAN by default — are just a small 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

Cros

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 Series: 10Gbps Multi-Gig WAN + 2.5Gbps Multi-Gig LAN

Netgear Orbi RBKE960 Quad-band Mesh Wi-Fi 6E System
Netgear Orbi RBKE960 Quad-band Mesh Wi-Fi 6E system includes three identical-looking hardware units. One is a router, and the others are satellites.

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 if you want to use more satellites via this type of 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

Cros

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 backhauls, no 160MHz channel width on 5GHz

Limited Wi-Fi customization, bulky design


3. QNAP QHora-301W: Two 10Gbps Multi-Gig 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

Cros

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: 1x 2.5Gbps Multi-Gig WAN + 1x 10Gbps Multi-Gig 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 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

Cros

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 LAN/WAN 10Gbps (Multi-Gig and SFP+) ports

(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 Folded
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

Cros

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


B. Wi-Fi 6/6E routers with ONE Multi-Gigabit port

These are routers with just one Muti-Gig port. Chances 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 6/6E routers with a single FLEXIBLE 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.


12. Netgear Nighthawk RAXE300: Single 2.5 LAN/WAN 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.)

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 latest Wi-Fi 6E router from Netgear and supposedly the lesser version of the RAXE500 (below). In real-world testing though, it proves to be a much better deal, thanks to the excellent Wi-Fi performance and significantly lower cost.

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

Cros

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: Single 2.5Gbps LAN/WAN 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, when the Multi-Gig port is working as a WAN, the default WAN port functions as another LAN.

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 the 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

Cros

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 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 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 GX90 AX6600 Gaming Router 2
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

Cros

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 Multi-Gig 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

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

Cros

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

Cros

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: Single 2.5Gbps Multi-Gig 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 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

Cros

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 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 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

Cros

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: Single 2.5Gbps Multi-Gig 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.

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.

By the way, 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

Cros

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.

TP-Link Archer AX3200’s in-depth review


3. Netgear RAX120: Single 5Gbps Multi-Gig 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 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

Cros

Expensive

No online protection, gaming, or mesh features

A bit bulky


2. Netgear RAX200: Single 2.5Gbps Multi-Gig 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 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)

Cros

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: Single 2.5Gbps Multi-Gig LAN/WAN port

(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 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 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

Cros

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. 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 Multi-Gig WAN port

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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 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 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

Cros

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: Single 5Gbps Multi-Gig 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

7.1 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

Cros

Expensive

Comparatively slow mesWi-FiFi 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: Single 5Gbps Multi-Gig 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 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

Cros

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

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

Pros

Fast and reliable Wi-Fi performance

2.5 Gbps WAN port with eight Gigabit LAN ports

160 MHz channel bandwidth support

Excellent QoS and Parental Control features

Robust full web user interface, helpful mobile app

USB-C ready, wall-mountable

Cros

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


3. Asus ZenWiFi XT8: Single 2.5Gbps Multi-Gig 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 out of 10
Features
9.5 out of 10
Design and Setup
8.5 out of 10
Value
9 out of 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

Cros

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, especially via wired backhaul

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


2. Netgear Orbi RBR850: Single 2.5Gbps Multi-Gig 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 850 Series Wi-Fi 6 System's Rating

8 out of 10
Orbi RBK852 New
Performance
8.5 out of 10
Features
8 out of 10
Ease of Use
8.5 out of 10
Value
7 out of 10

Pros

Fast, reliablWiFiFi 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

Cros

High cost

No 160MHz channel support, limiteWiFiFi customization

Not compatible with Wi-Fi Orbi hardware

No multi-gig LAN port, intermittent lags

Bulky design


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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 out of 10
Features
8 out of 10
Design and Setup
9 out of 10
Value
8 out of 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

Cros

Misleading gaming veneer, no actual gaming-specific features

No multi-gig LAN port, bulky design

Not mesh-ready (at launch)

Artificial" "Game" items make the interface unnecessarily confusing

Mobile app requires a login account


The takeaway

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.

Link Aggregation, also known as bonding, is where multiple network ports of a router aggregate into a single fast combined connection.

Typically, you can have two Gigabit ports working in tandem to provide a 2 Gbps connection. In this case, Link Aggregation is a “cheat” way to get Multi-Gig out of two non-Multi-Gig ports. However, you can also bond two 10Gbps ports into a 20Gbps connection.

That said, Multi-Gig is a new standard that gives you a fast connection out of a single port and Link Aggregation is a technique to artificially increase the bandwidth when you have a lot of ports to spare.

While Link Aggregation works, it’s quite awkward since you will have multiple cables for a single connection.

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.

Gigabit-class Internet and the magic of those Gbps

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90 thoughts on “Best Multi-Gig Wi-Fi 6/6E Routers of 2022: Get Ahead of the Speed Curve Today!”

  1. I have a 6100 sq ft home and 5gb/5gb Fiber internet I am currently using the orbi 960 and 3 satelites that are are wired with cat 6a. I have two computers that have 10gb cards and I am able to get wired speeds of 2.4/2.4. Since the 960 only has a 10gb port and then 2.5gb out port( which in my case runs to a switch) I am looking for recommendations for a mesh system that can support 10gb and which switch would you recommend?

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      • Thank you. I just read that. I am getting about 2300/2300 now on my other house which has fiber 2gb/2gb. Your price for 10gb is amazing. For 5gb here is $180 a month and 2gb is 110. In north Texas. I think for me I am going to wait until the orbi has at least 2 10gbe ports. It gets a little complicated because I am running Video IP and also need POE for my cameras. This is a new house that is closing sept 8th so I am trying to figure out the right switches. I asked the HT guy but my guess is he is not very familair with 10gbe switches and setups. I said all of that to ask this. Do you think I should get different switches for different things ( IE one for my internet/networking, one for my Video/Audio and one for my Cameras with POE? or should I try and find an all in one?

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        • The one I mentioned in the post is a PoE one, Don. And it’s been great! But you can use any others, here are those I’ve reviewed — there are not many options yet. And you can use as many switches as you want, you can use a main Multi-Gig switch and a Gigabit PoE for devices if that works better cost-wise.

          I heard utility costs are very high in Texas. But housing is a lot more affordable so there’s that. πŸ™‚

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  2. Want to know if it’s right device to get GT-AX6000 to replace RT-AC68U ( use this old router as AiMesh Node via ethernet backhaul)
    As I’m on giga fiber broadband as on AC68U on speedtest getting around 600 Mbps, when I remove router and connect direct to GPON media converter, getting around 950 Mbps.
    So AC68U can’t get higher speed as just drops speed, using on LAN.
    Will AX6000 can do higher speed?
    Even better wifi as all walls are solid blocks.
    Even in future to connect to 2.5 Giga broadband..
    I’ve been using AC68U for 8 years, only difference is speed on 1 Giga fiber connected last year.

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  3. Now that the ET12 can be purchased as a single unit for $480 on Amazon is this generally the best single router solution / best value for a multi-gigabit network?

    Only $130 more than GT-AX6000 for tri-band & 6E ($350 vs $480).

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      • Your reviews were extremely helpful in making a purchasing decision and I went with the ET12. Only notable downside of ET12 that annoys me is no Merlin support (yet).

        So outside of 6E do you consider the ET12 / GT-AX6000 to be roughly equivalent (same 2x 2.5gbps, same new 16nm quad core CPU etc.)?

        My original question was primarily related to how you think the ET12 being available as a single unit for $480 changes it’s value proposition relative to others multigigabit options. Sorry if that wasn’t clear.

        Thanks for the amazing site!

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  4. Hi Dong, thank you for all of the great info you provide. I have a question about multi-gig routers I was hoping to ask you about. My home is not wired, unfortunately, but I have an Asus RT-A86U that provides decent wifi coverage across the home. However, one thing I’d like to improve is my computer’s connectivity. The computer doesn’t have built-in wifi, and so I’ve been using a USB wifi adapter which hasn’t been that great. As an alternative, I’ve been looking for a second router that I could use as a wifi to ethernet bridge. My computer has a 2.5gbe ethernet port, and so I’d like to get a Wifi 6 router that has a 2.5gbe LAN port, and that can be used as a wifi to ethernet bridge. I suppose I could get another Asus RT-86U, but I was wondering if you knew of a less expensive router? I was looking at a one-pack of the TP-Link Deco X90 or X5700 since those have 2.5gbe LAN ports, but I couldn’t tell from those products’ manuals if they can be used as a wifi to ethernet bridge.

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    • You’d waste your money in that case, Eugene, because chances are the wireless connection will not be as fast as the speed of the wired port — you’d be lucky to get 1Gbps of sustained speed in most cases. If your computer is a desktop, get a PCIe adapter instead. Don’t bother with Multi-Gig until you get the place WIRED.

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  5. I have a 2,5g internet connection and would like to maximise my wifi Network. I have a orbi 752 (limited to 1gb). I have a 1000ft2 flat, what is the best choice for multi gig router: asus xt8, orbi 852, netgear raxe500, others ?
    Thanks for your help!! Best regards

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    • You *can’t* get 2.5Gbps out of a wireless connection, E. So, generally any of these routers will do on the wireless front. But if you want to really enjoy a real 2.5Gbps, then you need one with *two* 2.5Gbps (or better yet 10Gbps) Multi-Gig ports. Make sure you read the intro part of this post. Also, check out this post on how hard it is when it comes to getting *real* Multi-Gig Internet.

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  6. I would like to setup the 2.5Gbe LAN network as I purchased Asustor 5304t with 2.5Gbe ports.

    My current setup are as follows:
    Internet: Exetel HFC
    Modem from NBN: Arrius CM8200
    Modem router from Exetel: ZTE H268A using 2 VOIP service (4 x 1 Gbe ports and 1 1Gbe WAN port)
    Mesh Router from ASUS: ASUS Xt8 mesh (1 2.5 GBE port and 3 x 1 Gbe) and 1 mesh satellite

    Current connection is from NBN modem port to Exetel HFC wan port and then Exetel HFC lan port to ASUS XT8 WAN port. 3 rooms with wired LAN (1 downstairs and 2 upstairs cat6 wiring) are currently connected to ZTE H268A modem. 2 VOIP phones are connected to the ZTE H268A modem router. The ASUS XT8 satellite is connected to the ASUS Xt8 router wirelessly.

    I just obtained the Internet and VOIP settings from Exetel so I thought I can remove the modem router and using asus xt8 router and buying 2.5 switch and VOIP phone adapter (grandstream?)

    Also if I setup the network using ASUS XT8 in wired backhaul, I think I have some issue which causes no internet (when the cat 6 wiring connects to the asus router and then the lan wiring upstairs connected to the asus mesh satellite upstairs using wired backhaul)

    Q1. What is the best setup in my scenario?

    Q2. What sort of extra equipment should I get?

    Q3. Should I get a 8 port managed switch (e.g. QNAP) or unmanaged switch (QNAP)? Does a managed switch help to solve the asus wired backhaul issue?

    Q4. Is it a way to solve the wired backhaul issue?

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  7. I have three Zyxel 2.5 GB switches in my network – thanks for the recommendation, by the way! Is maintaining a consistent 2.5 GB wired LAN connection from the router to the switches sufficient justification to buy a router with a 2.5 GB LAN port? I subscribe to my ISP’s 1 GB Internet plan.

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  8. I am here in the multi gig (LAN) world thanks to the posts on your website, I am running a full GT-AX6000 mesh and all nodes are wired and running at 2.5 GB.

    I do have an oddity though. I have a QNAP 2104-2T multi-gig switch to connect to the satellite nodes and the satellite speed is at full throttle (930 Mb) for a 1GB WAN .

    When I connect my Imac 24 (1GB) to the router I get the full speed (930 Mb) but when I go thru the QNAP switch (either the 2.5 or 10GB port) the speed drops to about 600 Mb. Same cable etc.
    n
    Source OOKLA speed test. Very consistent result. Any suggestions?

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    • Something to do with the switch, Mario, in case it’s not obvious to you. πŸ™‚ That or because you connected the switch to a Gigabit port on the router.

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  9. Dong
    Can you recommend mesh system, with at least 2gig wan and 2 gig lan on each unit. My fiber connection is 2gig so obviously need the wan at least 2, but also want a 2 gig lan .

    thanks
    joe

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