Asus Rog Rapture Gt-Axe11000 Wifi 6e Gaming Router vs Netgear Axe11000
Asus releases Asus Rog Rapture Gt-axe11000 wifi-6e gaming router with clean 6GHz radio band. Netgear is also releasing Netgear axe11000 Nighthawk Raxe500 wifi 6e router. How will they compete with these wifi-6e technology routers?
What is wifi 6e technology? The wifi 6e is a development of the current wifi-6 technology by adding an exclusive 6GHz radio band in addition of the 5GHz and 2.4GHz radio bands. This exclusive new 6GHz radio band is clearer path to reduce congestion and network latency. With the 6GHz radio band you can connect any compliant 6GHz devices to stream 4k / 8k video with no lag and play very responsive online gaming.
Asus rog rapture gt-axe11000 delivers three distinct radio bands including standard 2.4GHz and 5GHz radio bands and exclusive 6GHz radio band, and each radio band supports 4×4 MU-MIMO with total of 12 streams. Typically with standard tri-band wifi 6 routers such as Asus Rog rapture gt-ax11000 deliver three radio bands, one 2.4GHz band and two 5GHz radio bands.
Gt-axe11000 vs Gt-ax11000
What are the differences between the previous Asus rog rapture gt-ax11000 and this new product Asus rog rapture gt-axe11000?
The main difference is the distinct three radio bands (2.4GHz; 5GHz and 6GHz) on new Asus gt-axe11000, while the gt-ax11000 is only two distich bands (2.4GHz and two 5GHz bands). See table 1 below for spec comparison between the two models.
Regarding the Ethernet ports, both have the same number of ports. However, the 2.5Gbps port on gt-axe11000 can be connected either as the WAN or LAN port, but gt-ax11000 cannot. If you compare with Netgear raxe500 you can see that it also comes with 2.5Gbps Ethernet port for wired Ethernet-based devices such as game console, large capacity NAS such as BUFFALO TeraStation 3220DN 2-Bay Desktop NAS that comes with 2.5Gbps Ethernet port for high speed data transfer.
Table 1 Asus rog rapture gt-ax11000 vs gt-axe11000
|Asus Rog Rapture model||Asus gt-axe11000||Asus gt-ax11000|
|Wifi technology||Simultaneous tri-band ax11000 wifi 6e technology with 12 streams||Simultaneous tri-band ax11000 wifi 6 technology with 12 streams|
|Wifi speeds||2.4GHz AX: 4×4 (Tx/Rx), 1148Mbps 5GHz AX: 4×4 (Tx/Rx), 4804Mbps 6GHz AX: 4×4 (Tx/Rx), 4804Mbps||Up to 1,200 Mbps @2.4Ghz band 4×4 Up to 4,800 Mbps @5Ghz band 1 4×4 Up to 4,000 Mbps @5Ghz band 2 4×4|
|Ethernet ports||1xGigabit WAN port 1×2.5Gbps WAN/LAN port 4x Gigabit LAN with Link aggregation||1x Gigabit WAN port 4x Gigabit LAN ports with aggregate feature 1x multi-gigabit 2.5Gbps LAN port|
|Processor||1.8GHz 64-bit Quad-core CPU with 1GB RAM||1.8GHz 32-bit quad core processor with 1GB RAM|
With 2.5Gbps port you can connect to high speed cable modem with 2.5Gbps available port such as Arris Surfboard s33 Docsis 3.1 cable modem that comes with two Ethernet ports, the 2.5Gbps and 1Gbps ports.
With wifi 6e technology, you have one more clean and fast lane of 6GHz radio band in addition of 2.4 and 5GHz bands.
Are there compliant wifi-6e adapters available in the market so far? Yes, you can find PCIe adapter with wifi-6e technology such as OKN wifi 6e ax5400 pcie wifi card for desktop PC with available PCIe slot. It’s a tri-band ax5400 wifi 6e adapter that supports 6GHz radio band for maximum connection to Asus gt-axe11000.
Asus gt-axe11000 vs Netgear Axe11000 raxe500
So far the only competing product that is coming to the market is Netgear axe11000 raxe500 which is also based on latest wifi 6e technology. Use the following spec comparison table as reference in understanding the differences between the two products.
Asus gt-axe11000 supports AiMesh technology which you can combine with other compatible Asus AiMesh devices (such as new series of Asus ax6000 routers or Asus rp-ax1800 extender) to create whole home mesh wifi. However, the 6GHz radio band cannot be available via other AiMesh devices that do not support wifi 6e.
Nighthawk raxe500 is nature a wifi 6e router, it doesn’t support mesh wifi system.
Gamers in mind
Asus rog rapture gt-axe11000 is designed for gamers in mind with triple level game acceleration, Asus Rog devices, game packet prioritization (game boost) and shortest part to game server. With the powerful Netgear axe11000 engine you can use it for any heavy duty networking tasks including responsive online games, 4k / 8k streaming etc.
Table 2 Asus gt-axe11000 vs Netgear
|Wifi 6e router model||Asus Rog Rapture GT-AXE11000||Netgear Axe11000 Nighthawk Raxe500|
|Wifi technology||Simultaneous tri-band ax11000 wifi 6e gaming router AiMesh support||Simultaneous tri-band ax11000 wifi 6e with 12-streams|
|Wifi speeds||2.4GHz AX: 4×4 (Tx/Rx) 1024 QAM 40MHz, 1148Mbps 5GHz AX: 4×4 (Tx/Rx) 1024 QAM 160MHz, 4804Mbps 6GHz AX: 4×4 (Tx/Rx) 1024 QAM 160MHz, 4804Mbps||2.4GHz AX: 4×4 (Tx/Rx) 1024/256-QAM 20/40MHz, 1.2Gbps 5GHz AX: 4×4 (Tx/Rx) 1024/256-QAM 160MHz, 4.8Gbps New 6GHz AX: 4×4 (Tx/Rx) 1024/256-QAM 160MHz, 4.8Gbps|
|Antennas||8x external antennas with power amplifiers||Internal antennas|
|Ethernet ports||1xGigabit WAN port 1×2.5Gbps WAN/LAN port 4x Gigabit LAN with Link aggregation||1x Gigabit WAN port (can be aggregated 1xLAN for Multi-gig internet 4x Gigabit LAN ports (two LAN ports aggregation support) 1x 2.5Gbps Multi-Gig port|
|USB ports||2x USB 3.2||2x USB 3.0|
|Security||Asus AiProtection Pro powered by Trend Micro with regular auto security signature update||NETGEAR ARMOR Advanced cyber security service –paid one subscription Support WPA3|
|Processor||1.8GHz 64-bit Quad-core CPU with 1GB RAM||Powerful quad-core 1.8GHz processor|
|Other||Works with Alexa Three level game accelerator||Works with Alexa and Google assistant|
|Price||Around $600 or higher||$599.99 (Not available yet)|
With the addition of new 6GHz radio band over the two 2.4GHz and 5GHz radio bands, either Asus rog rapture gt-axe11000 or Netgear raxe500 are ideal for connecting to any compliant 6GHz-based devices that are coming more in the future. Click the link below to shop Asus in Amazon (#ads) and the price is still fluctuating due to high demand. Netgear axe11000 is so far not available in the market yet.
For simple all-in-one mesh wifi, consider Orbi cbr750 mesh cable router – Orbi mesh ax4200 wifi-6 with built-in DOCSIS 3.1 cable modem. You can add Orbi satellites for mesh wifi system.