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.
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.
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 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.
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 Next-Gen Tri-Band Gaming Router
- 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
- Artificial "Game" items make the interface unnecessarily confusing
- Mobile app require a login account
ASUS ROG Rapture GT-AX11000 Gaming Router
- Fast and reliable Wi-Fi performance with 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
- Bulky design, loose antennas, non-wall-mountable
- Fewer LAN ports than 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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