• Ports: 1x 2.5-Gigabit WAN/LAN port, 1x WAN port, 4x Gigabit LAN port, 2x USB 3.0 Type-A
  • Network Standard: 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n, 802.11ac, 802.11ax, IPv4, IPv6
  • Encryption: 64-bit WEP, 128-bit WEP, WPA2-PSK, WPA-PSK, WPA-Enterprise, WPA2-Enterprise
  • Dimensions: 240 x 240 x 60 mm
  • Pros:
  • Rich software
  • WTFast GPN
  • Cons:
  • Price

A Gamer’s Network Powerhouse

When we attended COMPUTEX 2018 last year, ASUS had perhaps the most impressive lineup of products we had seen in years. But a lot of what they unveiled didn’t hit local markets for a very long time. Now, we finally got our hands on the improved model of the GT-AC5300: the ROG Rapture GT-AX11000.

The Rapture GT-AX11000 is the successor to the RT-AC5300 and the Rapture GT-AC5300, having a near identical design in terms of appearance. It sports the same angular square body and eight antennas, with a matt black plastic chassis and bronze-coloured accents around the top and the inner part of the antennas. A backlit ROG logo is laid over the top of the router as well. On one of the left side, you’ll find the WPS, Wireless on/off, and Boost buttons.

Some extra buttons here, including the customisable ROG button

Some extra buttons here, including the customisable ROG button

Besides the antennas and router itself, you’ll also find the power adapter and an Ethernet cable in the box to start you off. The cable is Cat 5e and is only about 1-metre plus in length, but it should be enough if you’re just using it at home with your PC near it.

At the back, you’ll find that while the Rapture GT-AX11000 has only four Gigabit LAN ports compared to the RT-AC5300’s eight, it has a special 2.5-Gigabit LAN/WAN port for faster transfer speeds. The normal WAN port is also there along with two USB 3 ports for external storage or devices.

You have to hook it up to a PC first or use the ASUS Router app through a smartphone for the initial setup, which is simple enough. Once you complete the setup and have connected to the router, you’ll find a rich set of features including Traffic Analyzer, Game Boost, Game Private Network (WTFast VPN), and more.

A plethora of features available here, many that are meant for gaming or secured internet access

A plethora of features available here, many that are meant for gaming or secured internet access

When it comes to performance, we transfered a folder of 1GB and another of 10GB in size from our PC to an external drive connected to the router. It managed about 100 to 110 MB/s, which is about as fast as you can practically get using a 1-Gigabit LAN port. For WiFi, we recorded transfer speeds of about 13-18 MB/s on the 2.4GHz band and 81-85 MB/s on the 5GHz band. Latency in games were low too, even when we were downloading files at maximum speed we managed 130ms to 180ms for game servers in Asia. When not saturated, you can also use the WTFast VPN for even lower latency.

CHIP CONCLUDE: For top tier network performance, especially in games, this is perhaps the best router around but we feel it’s more suitable for cybercafe owners than individuals.

(to be published in issue February 2019)