Asus RT-AX3000 vs TP-Link vs Netgear

Asus has released several series of wifi routers based on WiFi 6 technology ranging from the RT-Ax56u WiFi 6 Ax1800 series which is the lowest wifi 6 series offered by Asus, up to the Ax11000-based wifi 6 router as on Asus ROG Rapture GT-AX11000 which is a Tri-band wireless gaming router.

Between the above two series is the Asus rt-ax88u ax6000 series, which is the first Asus series released on the basis of wifi 6 technology. And there is still one lower level of this ax6000 series which is Asus rt-ax58u based on wifi 6 ax3000 which is the main competitor of featured products offered by TP-link archer ax50 and also Netgear rax40 which the last two products are based on the same ax3000.

Asus rt-ax58u ax3000 router
Asus rt-ax58u ax3000 router

Asus ax3000

Now we focus on this Asus rt-ax3000 product and then compare it with the other two competing products – Archer ax50 and Netgear rax40, and as the reference the following two spec comparison tables represent Asus ax3000 vs tp-link ax50 (table 1) and Asus rt-ax3000 vs Netgear ax3000 rax40 (table 2).

Wifi technology

With the same ax3000-based network segment these three products technically have almost the same wifi technology, ranging from the wifi speed of each radio band to MU-MIMO and OFDMA support and channel bandwidth support up to 160Mhz and 1024-QAM.

The ability of wifi 6 routers to support the above four features makes the capacity and efficiency of WiFi 6 routers become fourfold compared to wireless routers with Wifi 5 (ac) technology so that network latency is significantly reduced.

tp-link archer ax50 ax3000 router
Tp-link archer ax50 ax3000 router

Antennas

Note that the antennas on Asus ax3000 and Archer ax3000 ax50 are both equipped with 4x external antennas with 2×2 MU-MIMO in each band, meaning each @ 5ghz band uses two 2×2 antennas and @ 2.4Ghz band uses two 2×2 antennas, indicates two antennas at the transmit end and 2 antennas at the receive end. While Netgear ax3000 is only equipped with the same 2 antennas for both @ 5 GHz and 2.4 GHz band 2×2 MU-MIMO.

Surely there is a correlation between the number of antennas used with the bandwidth efficiency of data throughput and also the direction of the signal spreading. Multiple antennas create several streams for data throughput over radio channels, which bring more bandwidth to your devices.

Processor

The performance of the processor embedded into the device matters. The number of cores in a processing unit matters too. The number of CPU cores affects the speed of the device to perform data processing tasks simultaneously. The more cores in the CPU the more tasks can be processed simultaneously.

Netgear rax40 wifi 6 router
Netgear rax40 wifi 6 ax3000 router

Both Archer ax50 and Netgear rax40 powered by dual core processor; compare with Asus ax3000 that uses tri-core processor that means faster processing tasks to complete.

Security protection

A good offer is given by Asus rt-ax58u with the lifetime free AiProtection Pro, a security protection powered by Trend Micro with regular automatic update to keep your network and critical personal and business data protected against any internet threats. With tp-link archer ax50 you can subscribe HomeCare service a kind of antivirus with robust parental control.

And the good thing is that Asus rt-ax58u is ready with the latest wifi security encryption WPA3, a higher level of security encryption in industry today. The question is, are your connected devices ready with this latest WPA3 security encryption?

Table 1 Asus ax3000 vs archer ax50

ModelAsus rt-ax3000 / rt-ax58UTP-Link Archer AX50
Wifi technologysimultaneous dual band ax3000 with MU-MIMO and OFDMA, 160MHz and 1024-QAM; Asus AiMesh supportsimultaneous dual band ax3000 with MU-MIMO and OFDMA, 160MHz and 1024-QAM
wifi speeds2404Mbps @5GHz 574Mbps @2.4GHz2404Mbps @5GHz 574Mbps @2.4GHz
Antennas4x External antennas 2×2 2.4GHz and 2×2 5GHz4x external antennas
Ethernet Ports4x Gigabit LAN 1x Gigabit WAN1x Gigabit WAN Port, 4 x Gigabit LAN Ports
USB port1x USB 3.1 Gen 11x USB 3.0 type A
Processor1.5 GHz tri-core processor with Memory 256 MB Flash 512 MB RAMIntel’s dual-core CPU
Securitylifetime free AiProtection, powered by Trend Micro; support WPA3TP-link HomeCare services (next-level antivirus, robust parental controls and QoS) ; WPA2
Price (Jul 2020)$218.00$146.54

Table 2 Asus ax3000 vs Netgear

ModelAsus rt-ax3000 / rt-ax58UNetgear RAX40
Wifi technologysimultaneous dual band ax3000 with MU-MIMO and OFDMA, 160MHz and 1024-QAM; Asus AiMesh supportsimultaneous dual band ax3000 with MU-MIMO and OFDMA, 160MHz and 1024-QAM with Additional DFS Channels
wifi speeds2404Mbps @5GHz 574Mbps @2.4GHz2,400Mbps @5GHz 600Mbps @2.4GHz
Antennas4x External antennas 2×2 2.4GHz and 2×2 5GHz2x external antennas
Ethernet Ports4x Gigabit LAN 1x Gigabit WANFive (5) 10/100/1000 Mbps Gigabit Ethernet ports (1 WAN & 4 LAN)
USB port1x USB 3.1 Gen 11x USB 3.0
Processor1.5 GHz tri-core processor with Memory 256 MB Flash 512 MB RAMDual core processor
Securitylifetime free AiProtection, powered by Trend Micro; support WPA3Automatic firmware update
Price (Jul 2020)$218.00$169.99

See that Asus ax3000 rt-ax58u has few richer technical features including tri-core processor, free lifetime AiProtection, and can be combined with other compatible AiMesh devices to form whole home mesh wifi system with single network name and seamless roaming.

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See also low level wifi 6 router offered by D-link AX1500 router and add universal Netgear eax20 ax1800 range extender to add more coverage.

For mesh wifi system, consider affordable Deco P9 vs Orbi vs Velop mesh wifi system and also new comer Kingsignal AC1200 mesh wifi system.

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