TAIPEI, Taiwan 2018 — The number of wireless devices in users’ lives is multiplying at a rapid pace. They are bringing more and more connected devices into their homes, including high-bandwidth devices like smartphones, tablets, PCs, game consoles, 4K UHD TVs, digital assistants and an expanding array of IoT gear. That’s a lot to manage under one roof, especially during prime time, when concurrent HD streaming, surfing and gaming sessions all want their share of available bandwidth. With higher throughput per channel and the ability to pack data from multiple clients more efficiently into the available spectrum, next-generation 802.11ax Wi-Fi is designed for these busy networks.
ASUS is announcing a family of new routers capable of keeping up with users’ appetite for digital devices. ROG Rapture GT-AX11000 offers the highest speed and capacity for gamers and enthusiasts who demand the very best. The ASUS AiMesh AX6100 Wi-Fi System is a compact mesh-networking system that spreads Wi-Fi between multiple hubs to expand coverage for larger homes. The ASUS RT-AX88U is a feature-packed router tuned for performance and configurability.
ASUS is featuring this new lineup of 802.11ax routers during Computex 2018 in Taipei, at ASUS booth #M410 in Nangang Hall, from June 5-9. For a full rundown of these new 802.11ax devices and 802.11ax technology, please visit ASUS EdgeUp.
Rule the game with ROG Rapture GT-AX11000
ROG is renowned for cutting-edge hardware, so it’s fitting that the new ROG Rapture GT-AX11000 is the world’s first tri-band 802.11ax router. It’s built for the most demanding networks, with peak aggregate throughput of nearly 11,000Mbps[i]: up to 1148Mbps on the 2.4GHz band and up to 4804Mbps on each of its dual 5GHz bands. The extra 5GHz band can be reserved for gaming devices to prevent other wireless activity from interfering with your primary machines.
Most wireless routers also include Gigabit Ethernet for wired connections, but Rapture GT-AX11000 goes one step further with a 2.5Gbps Ethernet port capable of much higher wired speeds. The extra bandwidth allows a single system to communicate with multiple gigabit-class devices at top speed, or exploit NAS devices that team multiple ports to achieve higher throughput.
ASUS Game Boost adaptive QoS analyzes network activity and automatically bumps gaming traffic ahead of everything else, preventing high-bandwidth tasks like downloading and streaming from introducing lag to multiplayer gaming. A new Boost Key conveniently located on the outside of the chassis allows users to toggle various functions like Game Boost or DFS band on and off without using the web GUI or app interface.
Add mesh with the AX6100 Wi-Fi System
All ASUS 802.11ax routers will support AiMesh, an exclusive ASUS technology that allows mixing of multiple routers to create a mesh network — but the new AiMesh AX6100 Wi-Fi system (RT-AX92U 2-Pack) is purpose-built for the task. It comes in a two-pack that extends coverage across the far corners of the home, eliminating the dead spots that can occur with single routers. It’s also possible to add nodes using other AiMesh-compatible routers, even if they’re based on 802.11ac.
Despite its small size, the AiMesh AX6100 Wi-Fi system is a tri-band design capable of peak aggregate throughput of up to 6100Mbps. Much of that bandwidth manifests in the 5GHz 802.11ax band, which pushes up to 4804Mbps all on its own. This band is used for backhaul communication by default, providing an ultrafast link between mesh nodes. Another 5GHz band offers 866Mbps of bandwidth for 802.11ac gear, while the 2.4GHz band serves up 400Mbps of 802.11n connectivity for legacy devices.
Meet the future with ASUS RT-AX88U
The ASUS RT-AX88U router has much of the same underlying hardware as ROG Rapture, applied to a more conventional dual-channel design. Both bands support 802.11ax devices, with up to 1148Mbps on 2.4GHz and up to 4804Mbps on 5GHz, for peak total bandwidth around 6000Mbps.
Wireless signals are passed over four antennas, while wired connections are handled by one gigabit WAN port for ISP connections and eight gigabit LAN ports for local devices. With twice as many LAN ports as its peers, RT-AX88U is ideal for environments with many wired clients in close proximity, like small businesses running several desktop PCs and pre-wired homes with multiple desktop devices.
Like its tri-band ROG counterpart, RT-AX88U is controlled by a potent quad-core processor. It has dual USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports for shared peripherals such as storage or a printer, and users can even add a 4G dongle for a backup WAN connection if normal internet service is disrupted.
Shared features across ASUS wireless products
ASUS has a long history of producing highly regarded routers, as evidenced by our seventh consecutive year earning the PCMag Readers’ Choice Award for overall customer satisfaction in the category. All our 802.11ax models share core features that make home networks easy to configure, secure, and expand.
The ASUSWRT web interface provides fine-grained control over every aspect of the router, and it’s joined by a powerful ASUS Router App that brings extensive configuration and monitoring options to Android™ and iOS devices. Trend Micro™ provides up-to-date security via AiProtection Pro. This commercial-grade security suite offers numerous features, including parental controls; plus it scans both inbound and outbound traffic and automatically blocks common attacks.
Home networks often need to grow, whether it’s expanding capacity or extending coverage. AiMesh makes both easy by allowing compatible ASUS routers to work together in a mesh network that spreads Wi-Fi over a larger area. Unlike competing mesh solutions that require all-new hardware, AiMesh is compatible with many existing ASUS routers. The AX6100 Wi-Fi System works with AiMesh out of the box, while Rapture GT-AX11000 and RT-AX88U will add support in a firmware update soon after launch.