TP-Link AX11000 vs. Asus GT-AX11000: Which Is a Real Gaming Router?

Archer AX11000 vs GT AX1100
The TP-Link AX11000 (left) and Asus GT-AX11000 are both quite massive.

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.

TP Link Archer AX11000 Router 6
The Archer AX11000 comes with eight Gigabit LAN ports and one 2.5Gbps WAN 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.

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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.

Asus GT-AX11000 Ports
The Asus GT-AX11000 comes with a 2.5Gbps LAN/WAN ports, a Gigabit WAN port and four Gigabit LAN ports.

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.

GT AX11000 vs T Link AX11000

TP-Link Archer AX11000 Next-Gen Tri-Band Gaming Router

8.4

Performance

8.5/10

Features

8.0/10

Design and Setup

9.0/10

Value

8.0/10

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
  • Artificial "Game" items make the interface unnecessarily confusing
  • Mobile app require a login account

ASUS ROG Rapture GT-AX11000 Gaming Router

8.3

Performance

8.0/10

Features

9.5/10

Design and Setup

8.0/10

Value

7.5/10

Pros

  • 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

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Bulky design, loose antennas, non-wall-mountable
  • Fewer LAN ports than previous model
  • Long boot-up time, buggy (at launch), fluctuating Wi-Fi throughputs

As a single router, both the Asus GT-AX11000 and TP-Link Archer AX1000 will be able to take care of a large home when place in the middle. Either will give you an excellent Wi-Fi experience.

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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14 thoughts on “TP-Link AX11000 vs. Asus GT-AX11000: Which Is a Real Gaming Router?”

  1. Hey Dong,

    You’ve been a ton of help to me. I have a new struggle however. We moved into a larger home recently and I cannot get consistent wifi to save my life. I currently have 3 AX88Us on aimesh. All running the latest merlin. Previous to this, I had 3 AX11000s on aimesh – but needed some functionality that wasn’t available without merlin.

    Do you think I’d be best to run the AX88U as the main (with merlin) and then 2 AX11000s as nodes or stick with the 3 AX88Us? 2 of the units are hardwired (on the same side of the house, different floors). The 3rd unit is upstairs on the opposite side and connected wirelessly. I have 1 gig service and struggle to hit 100 mbps throughout the house.

    I’m out of ideas and struggling hard. If you can offer any suggestions, I’d be very grateful. Thanks!

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      • Dong,

        I read through that article. I apologize for missing the answer to my question. I’ve also made a change to the dbm passoff (mentioned in that article). I didn’t mention it before, by mistake. But, my internet cuts out whenever it;s under any load. I’ve tried factory resetting, amongst many many other things with no success. I notice it most if we are playing xbox and have someone streaming on Netflix. One or both people get interruptions and often get cut off completely for moments at a time. I’m pulling my hair out. Have you seen this? Suggestions?

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        • I have no suggestions, Jake. It’s impossible to be specific unless I’m there. But my guess is you might have used some settings in a wrong way, or you assumed that it would do the way you’d like it to. I’d recommend starting from scratch and make sure you fully understand each setting you put the system into.

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  2. PS: Just for the info of all readers: In an Asus mesh (which is great!) the mesh routers other than the central router CAN NOT use the link aggregation feature as the administration possibilities for each mesh router are very limited (there are basically none except for the router name).
    Would love to use the link aggregation feature of mesh routers to make better use of Wifi-6 speeds within the mesh but unfortunately can’t 🙁

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  3. Hi Dong, why are you (still) referring to “buggy firmware” with the Asus AX-11000?
    It’s true – it was somewhat buggy especially in the beginning (especially the VPN features didn’t work properly, had varying Wifi speeds) but this has been fixed – my AX-11000 works like a breeze since months, now.

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  4. Hi, I love your work, congratulations! I own a TP-Link AX11000 and when I tried to do link aggregation with a Synology 918+, I discovered that the TP-Link does NOT do IEEE 802.3ad Dynamic link aggregation, only balanced XOR, which has limited compatibility with other devices. Documentation on this is very poor from TP-Link. I feel that this is somewhat misleading from TP-Link. Have you tried to use the link aggregation feature on this device? Thanks for your hard work!

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    • You’re right, Pedro, but XOR is quite good, too. Basically, it means two devices are guaranteed to have a 1Gbps connection. And yes, the TP-Link has a lot of (unnecessary) bluff.

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      • Hey Mr. Dong.

        I would like to know if it is better to buy 2 asus gt ax11000 and connect them by mesh wirelessly as I have no wire infrastructure at home to connect the second node by wire. or its bettet to buy a mesh system like orbi rbk850. what is a better mesh between the two looking at the preformance and range considering that money is not a problem

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