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Netgear Raxe500 vs Asus Axe11000 Which One is Better Value

There are three product lines of wifi 6e routers released by Netgear, i.e. Nighthawk raxe500, raxe450 and raxe300 in addition to the Orbi wifi 6e router. Compared with Asus which one gives better value between netgear raxe500 and asus rog rapture gt-axe11000?

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Netgear Wifi 6e Routers

When compared to wifi routers products in the ax6000 medium network segment and the lower ax3000, which the demand is quite high, the premium ax11000 wifi 6e product is not as large as the market share of the medium network segment. However, vendors must release this premium product, at least providing vendor branding with leading-edge technology.

Wifi 6e is the enhancement of wifi-6 technology by adding one @6GHz radio band so that the wifi 6e router provides three distinct radio bands besides @2.4GHz and @5GHz. If you are wondering if there are compatible adapters with 6GHz band radio, today you can find few models of PCI-E adapters available on the market with wifi 6e technology. See also various models of PCI-e wifi 6e adapters.

Netgear raxe500 axe11000 wifi 6e router

So far, you can find that Netgear introduces three models of wifi 6e routers in addition of new Orbi Rbk963 that also comes with wifi 6e technology.

  1. Netgear Nighthawk raxe300 axe7800
  2. Netgear Nighthawk Raxe450 axe10000
  3. Netgear Nighthawk Raxe500 axe11000

Netgear raxe300 vs Raxe450 vs Raxe500

The three product series are sold at a price difference of around $100 each with the raxe500 is tagged with the most expensive one (MSRP $599.99). These three product series have few hardware spec differences you can refer to table 1 below.

Multi-Gig Internet Ports

These three router models provide a multi-gig internet speed solution when the requirement exists. Under normal circumstances the default of these three routers uses 1.0Gbps WAN port. However, if you need multi-gig internet speed, the 2.5Gbps multi-gig port can be configured to work as high speed WAN port instead of LAN port. The default setting for this 2.5Gbps port is high speed LAN port.

Almost all wifi 6e routers come with multi-gig internet speed port including Asus rog rapture gt-axe11000 and also Linksys Hydra Pro 6e which comes with a 5.0 Gbps wan port.

How to enable this 2.5Gbps port to work as a WAN port? Indeed, this port by default functions as multi-gig LAN port, so if you need a multi-gig internet port then enable the port to become a WAN port. Use your web browser and access enter the admin user and password, and then select Internet to open the Internet Setup page. Select the Multi-Gig Port (2.5/ 1Gbps) radio button in the WAN preference and click Apply.

Unlike netgear raxe300, the netgear raxe450 and raxe500 in addition to providing the option of a 2.5Gbps multi-gig port as a wan port, both routers also provide the option of an aggregated wan port with LAN port-1 to provide an aggregated link multi-gig WAN port so you can still take advantage of the 2.5Gbps port as a high speed LAN port.

Make sure your modem has two Ethernet ports and supports aggregated link (LACP / Link Aggregation Control Protocol). One of the cable modems that you can use is Netgear cm1100 which is equipped with two Gigabit ports and supports LACP. You can find that Arris surfboard s33 also comes with two Gigabit Ethernet ports; however S33 does not support LACP.

Table 1 below shows you spec comparison for the three Netgear series with wifi 6e technology. All the three models come with three distinct radio bands.

Table1. Netgear wifi 6e router series

 Netgear raxe300Netgear raxe450Netgear raxe500
Wifi technologySimultaneous tri-band axe7800Simultaneous tri-band axe10000Simultaneous tri-band ax11000
Signal rate600Mbps @2.4GHz 2×2; 4.8Gbps @5GHz 4×4; 2.4Gbps @6GHz 2×2912Mbps @2.4GHz 4×4; 3.84Gbps @5GHz 4×4; 4.8Gbps @6GHz 4×41,200 Mbps @2.4GHz 4×4; 4.8 Gbps @5GHz 4×4; 4.8 Gbps @6GHz 4×4
Ethernet Ports1x Gigabit WAN / LAN port; 4x 1.0Gbps (2x port aggregated LAN); 1x 2.5Gbps (configurable LAN/ WAN port)1x Gigabit WAN port – aggregated with 1x 1.0Gbps LAN port; 4x Gigabit LAN port with port aggregated ; 1x 2.5Gbps  configurable LAN / WAN port1x Gigabit WAN port (support aggregated with LAN port); 4x Gigabit LAN port with aggregated link support; 1x 2.5Gbps WAN / LAN configurable
USB PortsType C USB 3.02x USB 3.02x USB 3.0
ProcessorQuad core 1.7GHz processorQuad core 1.8GHz processor1.8GHz quad core processor
MSRP $399.99Unspecified$599.99

The main competing product for the highest series for these three models (Raxe500) available in the market so far is Asus Rog rapture gt-axe11000. The price difference in the retail market for these two router models is not too much, if you had to choose which of these two wifi 6e routers provides better value?

Netgear Raxe500 vs Asus Axe11000

As a reference, the following table 2 below shows you specs and features comparison table between netgear raxe500 and asus gt-axe11000. Both models of routers use the same wifi 6e technology, both of which work @ axe11000 network segment, three distinct radio bands and the same 4×4 data streams each radio band.

Body appearance

At first glance, the body appearance of raxe500, raxe450 and raxe300 looks sleek and elegant like other lines of netgear routers based on wifi6 technology in general including netgear rax70, rax80, rax120 and netgear rax200 that use internal antenna design.

Raxe500 uses 8x internal antennas placed on its left and right wings of the body, there are four antennas on each wing. Compare with Asus which uses 8x external antennas so it looks rigid like the design of Asus routers in general.


Hardware-wise, these two router models have the same number of Ethernet ports including a multi-gig 2.5Gbps port which is configurable for either to function as wan or lan port (default is as LAN port), as well as multi-gig internet demand by utilizing aggregated wan and lan port, both of which support. How to configure a multi-gig 2.5Gbps to function as a wan port has been discussed above, the same concept applies on asus.

In terms of internet connection, there is a major difference on asus where the gt-axe11000 provides dual wan support if you use one of the usb ports as a secondary wan connection by installing a compatible usb modem. This dual wan connection can be configured as ‘failover’ or ‘load balance’ as needed. If a continuous internet connection is a must, it’s a good idea to choose failover. When the wired internet service (the main internet) is disrupted, the internet switches to the secondary internet. When the main internet connection is back to normal, the internet will be ‘fallback’ to the main connection if the ‘allows fallback’ setting is checked.

Game features

Both of these routers provide maximum speed which is ideal for gamers, and you shouldn’t have any doubts about the performance of this router for online gaming. Unlike the raxe500, the asus rog rapture gt-axe11000 provides special features for smooth and responsive gaming needs and indeed in accordance with the series given with the code rog (republic of game), this router is designed to pamper gamers in mind.

Network protection

In general home users are mostly ignorant of the security of their wifi routers, even small and medium office computer networks that do not have IT divisions or IT personnel will ignore security protection. Asus comes with aiprotection pro gives you a system security assessment of what you have to control against vulnerability or security holes in your network system. This is very useful as an early warning of the possibility of your network system against the wild of internet attacks. Not only that, asus also provides malicious sites blocking, vulnerable protection, and control so that connected devices are not exposed to virus attacks. Most recent Asus wifi 6 router products come with this free lifetime Asus aiprotection pro for your peace of mind regarding network security.

Netgear raxe500 and all other series give you option to subscribe Netgear Armor, an internet threat security protection for all of your connected devices including viruses, hackers, spam and phishing.     

Comparison Table

Take a look at the following spec comparison table between Netgear raxe500 axe11000 and Asus Rog Rapture gt-axe11000.

Table 2 Netgear raxe500 vs Asus

AXE11000 ModelNetgear Nighthawk Raxe500Asus Rog Rapture GT-AXE11000
Wifi technologySimultaneous tri-band axe11000 wifi 6e with 12-streamsSimultaneous tri-band ax11000 wifi 6e gaming router with AiMesh support
Wifi Signal Rates1,200 Mbps @2.4GHz 4×4;
4.8 Gbps @5GHz 4×4;
4.8 Gbps @6GHz 4×4
1,200 Mbps @2.4GHz 4×4;
4.8 Gbps @5GHz 4×4;
4.8 Gbps @6GHz 4×4
Antennas8x Internal antennas8x external antennas with power amplifiers
Ethernet ports1x Gigabit WAN port (support aggregated with
LAN port #1);
4x Gigabit LAN port with aggregated link support (Port #3 and #4);
1x 2.5Gbps WAN / LAN configurable
1xGigabit WAN port (supports WAN aggregation link)
1×2.5Gbps WAN/LAN port 
4x Gigabit LAN with Link aggregation
USB ports2x USB 3.02x USB 3.2
Network ProtectionNETGEAR ARMOR Advanced cyber security service –paid one subscription; Support WPA3Asus AiProtection Pro powered by Trend Micro with regular auto security signature update
ProcessorPowerful quad-core 1.8GHz processor1.8GHz 64-bit Quad-core CPU with 1GB RAM and 256MB Flash
Operation modeWireless router; Wireless access point (WAP); Wireless bridge modeAiMesh router; Aimesh node; AP; Repeater and Media bridge
Dual WANN/AYes, failover or load balance
OtherWorks with Alexa and Google assistantWorks with Alexa  Three level game accelerator
Weight3.2 lb (1400 grams)3.92 lb (1782 grams)
Price (Mar 2022 in Amazon) $537.00$549.99

The price difference between these two products is not too much. Click the product’s link below to learn more details and see current price in Amazon (#ads).

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