This post aims to help you make a quick decision between these two similar tri-band gaming Wi-Fi 6 routers. It’s a story of the TP-Link Archer AX11000 vs Asus GT-AX11000.
TP-Link Archer AX11000 vs Asus GT-AX11000: Similarities
From the looks and the names, you can guess that these two routers share a lot in common. And they indeed do.
Both are massive tri-band routers with top-notch hardware specs. The two share almost the same squarish physical size with eight removable antennas. Both have a robust web interface with a ton of useful features, including free-for-life online protection.
As for performance, both routers support the 160MHz channel bandwidth and delivered speedy Wi-Fi rates when working with both Wi-Fi 6 and Wi-Fi 5 clients. They also feature LAN Link Aggregation, where you can combine two ports into a 2Gbps connection.
And finally, both routers are marketed as high-end routers for gamers.
TP-Link Archer AX11000 vs Asus GT-AX11000: Hardware specifications
|TP-Link Archer |
Wi-Fi 6 Gaming Router
|Asus ROG Rapture |
Wi-Fi 6 Gaming Router
|Wi-Fi Technology||Tri-band 4×4 802.11ax||Tri-band 4×4 802.11ax|
|2.4GHz Wi-Fi Specs||802.11ax (2.4GHz): up to 1148 Mbps||802.11ax (2.4GHz): up to 1148 Mbps|
|5GHz Wi-Fi Specs||2x 802.11ax (5GHz): up to 4804 Mbps||2x 802.11ax (5GHz): up to 4804 Mbps|
|Gigabit Port||8× LAN||4x LAN, 1x WAN/LAN|
|Multi-Gig Port||1× 2.5Gbps WAN||1x 2.5Gbps LAN/WAN|
|LAN Link Aggregation||Yes (LAN 2 + LAN 3)||Yes (LAN ports 1 and 2)|
|WAN Link Aggregation||No||Yes|
|USB||1× USB-C 3.0, |
1× USB-A 3.0
|2x USB-A 3.0 |
(Storage, cellular dongles, and printers)
|Processing Power||1.8 GHz 64 bit Quad-Core CPU, |
512 MB Flash, 1 GB RAM
|1.8 GHz 64 bit Quad-Core CPU, |
256 MB Flash, 1 GB RAM
|Dimensions||9.5 x 9.5 x 2.2 in |
(240.6 x 240.6 x 55.4 mm)
|9.5 x 9.5 x 2.4 in |
(241 x 241 x 61 mm)
|Weight||3.5 lbs (1.6 kg)||3.8 lbs (1.73 kg)|
TP-Link Archer AX11000 vs Asus GT-AX11000: Differences
There are quite a few major differences between the two.
First and foremost, the GT-AX11000 is a real gaming router with game-specific features. It also comes with a 2.5Gbps LAN/WAN port, in addition to its 1Gbps WAN port and four Gigabit LAN port.
What’s more, it has more features, including the support for Dual-WAN, WAN Link Aggregation, and the ability to function as part of an AiMesh system.
The Archer AX11000, on the other hand, is not a gaming router, or just a pseudo one. (That’s according to my definition of what constitutes a gaming router, which you might or might not agree.) In fact, its gaming veneer can cause issues for gamers.
The TP-Link also doesn’t have a multi-gig LAN port, but only a 2.5Gbps WAN port. To make up for that, it has eight (instead of four) Gigabit LAN ports. So, in real-world performance, the TP-Link generally caps at 1Gbps. But it can host more wired clients before you need to get a switch.
On the other hand, you can easily get a faster-than-Gigabit Wi-Fi rate with the Asus.
Design-wise, the Archer AX11000 is nicer-looking with a much better antenna design — you can quickly attach/detach its eight antennas with ease. But you can’t change their angles. Instead, they all stay straight up.
The GT-AX11000’s antennas are a pain to work with — it’s relatively hard to keep them tightly attached. However, you can swivel them a quarter of a sphere around.
TP-Link Archer AX11000 vs Asus GT-AX11000: Performance and ratings
Thanks to the 2.5Gbps LAN port, the Asus outdid the TP-Link in my testing, especially in NAS performance when hosting an external storage device (as shown here.)
However, both routers have the same wireless bandwidth, so in a crowded environment, chances are they offer very similar performance.
TP-Link Archer AX11000 vs Asus GT-AX11000: Ratings
TP-Link Archer AX11000's Rating
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
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
Asus GT-AX11000's Rating
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
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
Which to get
But you can do a lot more with the Asus, including the ability to expand your network by adding more AiMesh routers. Also, if you’re a gamer, definitely pick it over the TP-Link counterpart.
So, the Asus is definitely my personal pick. In fact, I used it for a long time without any issues.
However, if you just need a reliable router with a ton of bandwidth, either router will get the job done. Oh, and the TP-Link looks more like a gaming router than does the Asus. Keep that in mind if you want to impress your friends.
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