This post aims to help you make a quick decision between two similar dual-band Wi-Fi 6 routers. It’s the Asus RT-AX88U vs. Netgear RAX120 matchup.
Asus RT-AX88U vs. Netgear RAX120: Similarities
These two are dual-band 4×4 routers, capable of delivering up to 4.8Gbps in a single Wi-Fi 6 connection, or 2.4Gbps to existing 2×2 clients. They somewhat like the GT-AX11000 vs RAX200, minus a 5GHz band.
Both routers support Link Aggregation, where you can combine two Gigabit port into a 2Gbps connection.
Asus RT-AX88U vs. Netgear RAX120: Hardware specifications
Asus RT-AX88U vs. Netgear RAX120: Differences
The RT-AX88U has a standard design of a Wi-Fi router while the RAX120 is an awesome looking piece of hardware (it shares the same design as the RAX200).
Port-wise, the RAX120 has the usual one Gigabit WAN port, four Gigabit LANs plus one 5Gbps LAN port. The RT-AX88U has no multi-gig port at all, but it has eight LAN ports and one WAN port, all are Gigabit. The Asus also feature Dual-WAN, where you can turn one of its LAN (or USB) ports into a second WAN port.
The RT-AX88U has many features but can be a bit buggy. The RAX120 has a standard feature set, minimum Wi-Fi settings, but it works well right out of the box.
Asus RT-AX88U vs. Netgear RAX120: Performance
Thanks to the 5Gbps LAN port, the Netgear can deliver much faster real-world speed than the Asus, when working with top-notch clients. That’s especially true in NAS performance where each router hosts an external storage device, as shown here.
Asus RT-AX88U vs. Netgear RAX120: Ratings
ASUS RT-AX88U AX6000 Dual-Band Wi-Fi 6 Router$310.99
- Fast Wi-Fi performance
- Tons of useful features
- Eight network ports with Dual-WAN and Link Aggregation
- Universal setting backup and restoration
- Fast network attached storage speed when coupled with an external drive.
- No multi-gig network port
- Buggy firmware at launch, especially as an AiMesh node
NETGEAR Nighthawk AX12 12-Stream WiFi 6 Router (RAX120)$384.77
- Powerful hardware, fast performance
- Beautiful design
- Multi-Gig network port (5Gbps)
- Well organized web user interface
- Ultra-fast network storage performance
- No online protection, gaming, or mesh features
- A bit bulky
Which to get
Get the Asus RT-AX88U if you want extra LAN ports and don’t mind tweaking the settings, and you don’t care about multi-gig wired speeds.
On the other hand, RAX120 is a better fit for those wanting reliable performance out of the box, or the fastest Wi-Fi and NAS performance when hosting an external storage device. It’s also my personal pick — the 5Gbps port is worth the extra dough.
Looking to compare other Wi-Fi solutions? Check them all out here.