At Computex 2018, we saw three new Asus gaming routers that will support the new 802.11ax Wi-Fi standard. This standard is still in its early days, but has the potential to maintain high speeds, making it the best choice for online gaming.
Asus ROG Rapture GT-AX1100
The ROG-branded model, Asus ROG Rapture GT-AX11000, looks like it came out of a video game and sets the bar high with its top speeds and data transfer capabilities. This router will take full advantage of what the 802.11ax standard can do, which can result in some super-high speeds. It comes with a single 2.4GHz band that can reach speeds of 1,148Mbps, and two 5GHz bands that can reach 4,804Mbps. You also get a 2.5Gbps ethernet port. To speed things up, you can also press the Turbo Key on the router.
Sure, these limits are far beyond what modern internet speeds are today, but we can still use the extra power. The main focus of the 802.11ax is to handle a larger number of devices on a single network. With the Asus ROG Rapture GT-AX11000, you can also set up one of the 5GHz bands to gaming devices so that you can avoid interference on your network.
The AX6100 and RT-AX88U
The other two 802.11ax routers offer similar features, with some unique attributes of their own. The AX6100 comes with a tri-band mesh system that can go up to speeds of 6,100Mbps in total. This router will have a 5GHz band dedicated to router communications, while another one will be used for connecting newer devices. It also comes with a 2.4GHz band for any older Wi-Fi devices. The RT-AX88U, on the other hand, is a dual-band model that is said to be capable of speeds up to 6,000Mbps.
All three routers can be used in a mesh system, though only the AX6100 will support it from the outset. The other models will soon receive a software update that will allow them to communicate with other routers in the Asus AiMesh system.
Pricing and availability
The pricing and availability of these routers have not been announced yet and is rumoured to be announced later this year. However, since 802.11ax is still a new standard, we can only use its full potential when all other devices support it. Speeds right now would not be as high as Asus claims, but we will see the change once 802.11ax is adopted on a larger scale by next year.