Asus RT-AX92U AX6100 vs Orbi Rbk852

The first mesh wifi-6 product released by Asus was the Asus rt-ax92u and then few months later followed by the Asus Zenwifi xt8 series. However, user reception was not so good especially after Netgear released the first mesh wifi-6 product Orbi rbk850.

Asus rt-ax92u vs Orbi rbk852

The Asus rt-ax92u works on the ax6100 network segment and retail price for around $350 (two-pack kit). While Netgear with its Orbi rbk850 series also works in the ax6000 network segment, this product has become best seller and is sold at almost double the price as Asus ax6100. How good is Orbi rbk852 compared to Asus rt-ax92u?

What this rt-ax92u does

Before we compare this ax92u with the Orbi rbk852, let me briefly discuss what this product does. See also Orbi rbk852 vs Asus zenwifi xt8.

The Rt-ax92u is sold in a two-pack kit is simultaneous tri-band mesh ax61000 wifi-6 in which connection between nodes (backhaul link) uses the @5ghz @4,800mbps radio band. All other wifi-6-based connected devices also connect to the same @5Ghz wifi-6 radio band sharing with backhaul link between nodes. Meanwhile, connected devices with wifi-5 connect to the other available radio bands @5ghz @867mbps and also @2.4ghz @400mbps.

Asus rt-ax92u mesh wifi system
Asus rt-ax92u wifi 6 mesh system

Highlights

  • Simultaneous tri-band mesh wifi 6 system ax6100 with total aggregated bandwidth up to 6100Mbps (400Mbps + 867Mbps + 4804Mbps)
  • Dedicated backhaul link between nodes using radio band @5GHz @4,804Mbps and share with other wifi-6 connected devices. The other two radio bands are for other 802.11b/g/n/ac connected devices
  • Optional wired  Ethernet backhaul link for reliable solid connection is also supported
  • Cover up to 5,500 sq ft for 2-pack kit
  • Supports any OFDMA, MU-MIMO, beamforming and 20/40/80/160 Mhz bandwidth
  • Equipped with 4x Gigabit LAN and 1xGigabit WAN ports, aggregated WAN and other one LAN port for 2Gbps WAN port is supported
  • 1x USB 2.0 and 1x USB 3.1 gen1
  • Lifetime free AiProtection Pro network security powered by Trend Micro

If there are currently no wireless ax-based connected devices at home, the total bandwidth for them is 1200Mbps and the backhaul link bandwidth is 4800mbps as wide as a highway lane. If there are few desktops, it’s a good idea to install wifi-6 PCI-e adapter ax3000 such as the Asus ax3000 or archer ax3000 adapter that supports 2×2 MU-MIMO.

Asus rt-ax92u vs Orbi rbk852

With Orbi rbk852’s price twice as much as Asus rt-ax92u, when do you use cheaper asus ax6100 instead of the Orbi rbk852 to meet your home need? Use table 1 below as a reference to compare these two products, making it easier for you to choose which one is suitable for your home needs.

Orbi Rbk852 ax6000
Orbi Rbk852 ax6000

Wifi technology

Although these two products work @ the same ax6000 network segment with simultaneous three radio bands, the bandwidth distribution of each radio band is different, especially one @5ghz radio band which is used as a backhaul link.

The Asus rt-ax92u uses a dedicated @4800mbps backhaul but also shares bandwidth with other wireless ax-based connected devices. While the Orbi rbk852 uses a dedicated backhaul @2400mbps and two other radio bands for connected devices.

Asus offers optional wired Ethernet backhaul, however Orbi doesn’t.

2.5Gbps Port

There is a major difference in terms of Ethernet WAN port where Orbi provides one 2.5Gbps WAN port which allows you to maximize the data throughput of a cable modem with a 2.5gbps port like Arris Surfboard S33 (a newer model of DOCSIS 3.1 cable modem) so that 2gbps internet services from your cable provider can be optimized.

Security protection

Asus offers free lifetime AiProtection network protection powered by Trend micro. Orbi offers you similar protection Netgear Armor, however it’s not a free subscription.

Take a look below spec comparison table between Asus ax6100 and Orbi rbk852.

Table 1 Asus rt-ax92u vs Orbi

ModelAsus rt-ax92u (2-pack)Netgear Orbi Rbk852 (2-pack)
Wifi technologySimultaneous tri-band ax6100 mesh wifi 6Simultaneous Tri-band mesh ax6000 wifi 6
Wifi signalsUp to 400Mbps @2.4GHz; Up to 867Mbps @5GHz -1; Up to 4,804Mbps @5GHz -2Up to 1200Mbps @2.4GHz  up to 2,400 Mbps @ 5GHZ-1  up to 2,400 Mbps @ 5GHZ-2
Backhaul  linkUp to 4,804Mbps @5GHz shared with wifi-6 connected devices2,400 Mbps @5GHz band dedicated backhaul link
AntennasExternal antenna x 4, Internal antenna X 2Eight (8) high performance internal antennas with high-powered amplifiers
Ethernet Ports1x Gigabit WAN Ports; 4x Gigabit LAN portsRouter: 1x RJ45 2.5G BaseT for WAN; 4x RJ45 Gigabits BaseT for LAN; Satellite: 4xGigabit LAN ports
USB ports1x USB 2.0; 1x USB 3.0N/A
Technical coverage5,500 sq ft /2-packUp to 2,500 sq ft /unit
Processor1.8GHz dual core processor with 256MB flash and 512MB RAMPowerful Quad-Core 2.2 GHz processor with 512MB NAND Flash and 1GB RAM
SecurityFree lifetime Asus AiProtection Pro powered by Trend Micro™ with automatic, regularly updated security signaturesAnnual subscription NETGEAR Armor Antivirus Protection ($48.99)
Smart homeWorks with AlexaSupports Amazon Alexa
Price$348.99$698.99

Now you can justify yourself which one is suitable to meet your home need, the Asus rt-ax92u with cheaper price or Orbi rbk852 with double price. Click the link below to read the products and shop in Amazon (#ads).

Related products

See also other ax6000 routers offered by D-link – D-link Dir-x5460 vs Asus ax6000 routers, and also comparison with Archer ax6000. To support your business wifi network, you may also consider Ubiquiti Unifi 6 access point or Engenius.

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