Price (RRP): $769
The Asus ROG Rapture GT-AX11000 is a 12-stream, AX11000 tri-band router. It is for big homes, fast Wi-Fi and Ethernet, lots of IoT devices and has some gaming-specific features. And, people that want to show off. Although this review is all about it as a router.
Perhaps the hardest thing about setting up the Asus ROG Rapture GT-AX11000 (let’s just call it GT-AX11000 from here) is screwing on the eight antennae and hoping all are the same, e.g. not special ones for 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz.
Asus – routers?
First, a segue. I have used Taiwan based-Asus PCs, laptops, servers, motherboards, and components for 30 years. It is my brand of choice and has been super reliable and excellent quality. But this is my first experience with its routers. Strange as I have owned and tested dozens, nay hundreds.
When you ask salespeople about routers, they invariably offer NETGEAR or D-Link first, Orbi, Google, Linksys or TP-Link next.
Perhaps it is because Asus is the province of specialist computer stores (like Scorptec, mWave or Umart) although JB Hi-Fi seems to have more including its Republic of Gamers (ROG) lines. This is a ROG router – it has some additional games features but don’t let that scare you.
Well, my first impression of the GT-AX11000 is overwhelmingly positive. Well-made, great performance and if you are a gamer, its ROG credentials show. If you are not, then you may find the flashing lights and design a little over the top.
Why a big, huge router?
Because you can! If you have $769 to flash around, then there is no better. I cannot find anything to complain about! It is for lots of IoT devices, as part of an AX/AC Mesh system, 4K streaming par excellence and gaming. And I tend to believe that ‘might is right’ where routers are concerned – bigger the better.
Why AX? Well, in brief, it is 4x better in dense or congested Wi-Fi environments, it is 40% faster than AC peak data rates, it is 4x more efficient and uses less client battery life.
Sure if you don’t need the speed, there are plenty of good slower Asus AX and AC routers that also have Mesh capabilities.
But this may, if properly placed, nix any need for an inefficient Mesh setup (tutorial here). It can’t extend the transmission distance (no router can), but it can extend the signal strength.
Mind you it would be a crime to hook it up to anything less than NBN 100/40bps – there is the bottleneck. The Asus Broadcom BCM4908 1.8Ghz SoC and Broadcom BCM 43684 AX chipset and 256MB/1GB, do an excellent job in time-slicing/sharing the internet – even for bandwidth-hungry 4K streaming and games.
Asus Rapture GT-AX11000 – ASUSs most powerful router to date
- Australian website here
- Support site for manuals etc. here
- Price: $769 but shop around and you may find it for up to 20% less at a computer store
- Warranty: 3-year ACL
- Country of Manufacture: China
- ASUS (Est 1989) is a Taiwan based designer and manufacturer of computer components, PCs, servers, laptops and more. It is the world’s fifth-largest Windows computer maker – with Lenovo, HP, Dell, and Acer.
Base specifications: Asus GT-AX11000
Tri-band Wi-Fi to a total of 11,000Mbps made up of
- a : 6, 9, 12, 18, 24, 36, 48, 54Mbps
- b : 1, 2, 5.5, 11Mbps
- g : 6, 9,12, 18, 24, 36, 48, 54Mbps
- n : up to 600 Mbps
- n (1024 QAM): up to 1000 Mbps
- ac (1024 QAM): up to 4333 Mbps
- 1ax (2.4GHz): up to 1148 Mbps
- 11ax (5GHz): up to 4804 Mbps
It has 4×4 transmit/receive streams on 2.4Ghz and 5Hz (1 and 2) hence it is called a 12-stream router. Basically, that is a 6+6 lane highway that seldom becomes congested.
Add to that all the AX smarts like OFDMA (Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiple Access – choosing the best lane), Beamforming (standard-based and universal), 1024-QAM high data rate and 20/40/80/160 MHz bandwidth aggregation, and you have one fast Wi-Fi router. Catch 22 – if ever you can find a device to use all that. The Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra and my Surface Pro 7 are AX devices and love it!
Because its tri-band plus gigabit Ethernet you can allocate devices over the three bands and five ports to load share.