Although Taiwan’s NCC has not opened up the 6GHz spectrum, the flagship tri-band Wi-Fi 6 router can’t wait. Reaching the AX11000 wireless transmission level and having the complete functions of 802.11ax, it also provides super crazy specifications such as 2.5GbE LAN/WAN and 10GbE LAN to meet the needs of wireless high-speed Internet access and multi-device connection.
Product Category: AX11000
Wireless Speed: 2.4GHz 4×4 1148 Mbps, 5GHz-1 4×4 4804 Mbps, 5GHz-2 4×4 4804 Mbps
Antenna: External Fixed 8 Antennas, RangeBoost Plus
Processor: Broadcom 2.0GHz Quad Core Processor
Memory: 256MB Flash, 1GB DDR4 RAM
Wireless technology: MU-MIMO, OFDMA, Beamforming, 1024-QAM, 160MHz
VPN: IPSec/PPTP/L2TP Pass-Through, IPSec/PPTP/OpenVPN server, PPTP/L2TP/OpenVPN client
Network connection type: Floating IP, Fixed IP, PPPoE (MPPE supported), PPTP, L2TP
LAN Port: 1 x 2.5GbE WAN, 1 x 10GbE WAN/LAN, 4 x 1GbE LAN
USB: USB 3.2 Gen 1, USB 2.0
Link Aggregation: Yes
Power input: 19 V / 3.42 A; 19.5 V / 3.33 A
ROG Rapture GT-AX11000 PRO out of the box/flagship 3-band, AX11000, 2.5+10GbE
ASUS Netcom’s latest flagship model “ROG Rapture GT-AX11000 PRO” wireless router, with wireless Tri-band 2.4GHz, 5GHz-1 and 5GHz-2, provides AX11000 wireless level and has external fixed 8 antennas and RangeBoost Plus wireless coverage enhancement so that each channel can have 4×4 transmission capability.
The new model adopts Broadcom 2.0GHz quad-core processor and wireless SoC, which includes new technologies such as Wi-Fi 6 generation MU-MIMO, OFDMA, Beamforming, 1024-QAM, 160MHz, and supports the new 5.9GHz UNII-4 frequency, allowing wireless 5GHz has the flexibility to choose three 160MHz channels. Still, Taiwan NCC is not open, so this function is unavailable in Taiwan.
On the other hand, ROG Rapture GT-AX11000 PRO provides 1 2.5GbE WAN, 1 10GbE WAN/LAN and 4 1GbE LAN network ports and USB 3.2 Gen 1 storage expansion functions; in addition, ASUS routers use AiProtection and parental monitoring functions designed by Trend Micro database, and it is a “free for life” additional service.
Of course, the flagship router supports full functions such as VPN Pass/Server/Client and VPN Fusion; the router for e-sports provides 3 levels of game acceleration: device acceleration, bandwidth management QoS Game Boost and Open NAT, etc. Network devices can obtain stable, low-latency network connection and bandwidth guarantee.
The main accessories of ROG Rapture GT-AX11000 PRO include installation, setting and other documentation, a DC adapter and RJ-45 network cable.
ROG Rapture GT-AX11000 PRO has a unique polygonal design, using oblique stripes and a bright silver ROG dot matrix logo, and is a logo visual composed of three letters of ROG, and there are 8 outer bars on the 4 sides of the router. Mounted fixed antenna. It will be super cool if this one can be hung on the wall.
On the upper right side of the router, there are DC In, Power switch, USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 ports; the main network ports are on the upper side, including 1 2.5GbE WAN, 1 10GbE LAN and 4 1GbE LAN and other ports.
It means that if there is a higher Internet and external network bandwidth such as 2G/1G, it will not be a problem to use, and the LAN side has 10GbE that can be expanded through the Switch so that the internal network can also have higher-speed transmission capabilities.
In addition, “Dual WAN” can be provided through the firmware: 2.5G + 10G / USB / LAN1 for failover or load balancing function settings. The LAN side also supports LAN1 + LAN2 link aggregation (802.3ad), so that Supported wired devices get 2GbE transmission performance.
Gaming routers, of course, support AURA RGB lighting effects. The ROG Logo and frame lines on the surface of ROG Rapture GT-AX11000 PRO support AURA RGB lighting effects: constant light, breathing light, wave light, marquee, gradient, evolution and rainbow lights And other modes, and the lighting effect can be adjusted in real-time on the management webpage or ASUS Router App.
ASUS Router App Quickly configure wireless routers
To set up ROG Rapture GT-AX11000 PRO for the first time, players can do it through the ASUS Router App (ASUS router) or connect to router.asus.com through the web management interface for the initial setting. Remember to connect the network cable provided by the ISP to the router during operation and turn on the power.
After the ASUS Router app recognizes the device’s Wi-Fi, you can start the network setting or use your mobile phone to scan the QR-Code on the back of the machine and manually connect to Wi-Fi. The router will automatically identify the type of Internet. Generally, households use PPPoE and need to enter the connection account and password by themselves or the connection types such as automatic IP and fixed IP.
After the setting is completed, it is followed by the wireless network setting. The 2.4GHz and 5GHz wireless network names and connection passwords can be assigned, respectively. Finally, set the administrator login account and password.
ASUS Router App also provides intuitive routing management functions, such as the current Internet status, AiMesh subsystem, networked device monitoring, and other information that can be managed in real-time. The mobile game mode acceleration function can be directly operated in the app.
Enter the device page of GT-AX11000 PRO. You can check the current wired network, wireless and other information, the currently connected device, and more complete function items in the settings, all of which can be directly operated in the app to set up.
Parental control function: connection/offline time, content blocking and reward mechanism
The parental control function can be operated directly in the app. Through the black-and-white list of websites provided by the Trend Micro database, parental monitoring can be classified according to age group.
When setting, you can first select the age group, set the member name, select the connection device used by the member (multiple selections can be selected), and specify offline scheduling or online scheduling to set the time control on weekdays and weekends. Content blocking is provided by the Trend Micro database. Users do not need to create blacklists one by one, which is relatively more convenient.
After the setting is completed, there will be a separate profile on the parental control page of the app, and the user’s network usage status and manual blocking function can be viewed in real-time. In addition, the new version also adds the function of “rewarding” Internet time, which can increase 10, 30, or 60 minutes or self-defined online time for children.
Easy Web Management Control / Ai Protection / Traffic Management QoS / Dual WAN / Network Aggregation
GT-AX11000 PRO also uses the same web management interface to replace the ROG paint and adds more dashboard functions to replace the previous network map. The new dashboard has product photos, wireless, Internet status, and information such as router mode, number of users, and real-time network traffic.
The main functions provided by the router are listed in the “General Settings” on the left-hand side, and the remaining functions are classified in the “Advanced Settings”.
There is also an independent setting page for AiMesh functions, allowing users to have better operations and customization functions when adding AiMesh nodes, and optimizing them.
AiProtection is a technology adopted by ASUS Trend Micro, which can scan routers for security risks, malicious website blocking, two-way IPS and blocking infected devices, etc., to protect the security of players’ Internet connection from the router side and is a lifetime free service.
In addition, AiProtection also provides parental computer control, which can restrict whether the device can browse adult, instant messaging, P2P, video streaming entertainment, etc., according to the MAC address of the networked device. These block lists are provided by Trend Micro. Users, You can check the settings yourself.
The VPN server supports PPTP, OpenVPN, IPSec VPN, and WireGuard VPN. It is recommended to use this function with a fixed IP or a dynamic connection through DDNS, and the router also supports the NAT Passthrough function.
In addition, VPN Fusion can connect to multiple VPN servers simultaneously and designate different clients to use different VPN channels for connection.
The wireless network settings can be set by yourself whether to enable Smart Connect, and there are 2.4GHz, 5GHz-1 and 5GHz-2 in the frequency band, which can be set individually. The 5GHz default includes 160MHz bandwidth, and you can also open the DFS channel to get better support.
In local area network settings, the default is to use the network segment 22.214.171.124, and the LAN1+LAN2 bonding/link aggregation (802.dad) function can be enabled in the Switch Control settings so that the supported wired devices can obtain 2GbE bandwidth.
Internet settings can specify WAN connection types: fixed IP, automatic IP, PPPoE, PPTP, L2TP, etc., and can also bind DDNS, DHCP, etc. settings. On the dual WAN page, you can specify the primary and secondary WAN for failover Or load balancing and other functions.
The USB application provides functions such as AiDesk, Server Center, Network Printer, 3G/G, Time Machine, Download Master, etc. You only need to connect a USB 3.0 flash drive as storage space. Still, each application will occupy CPU and RAM resources, so using the simple USB sharing function provided by the router to not affect the router’s performance in processing network packets is not recommended.
AiCloud 2.0 allows users to connect back to ROG Rapture GT-AX6000 to obtain home data on the Internet. The same function is the same as the USB application, but it is open for Internet connection, and users can set and enable it according to their needs.
Traffic Analyzer traffic analysis can provide complete traffic usage information, and you can also open application analysis to obtain more complete tracking data.
Mobile Games, Game Priority and Open NAT
For mobile gamers and PC players, ROG Rapture GT-AX11000 PRO provides three stages of gaming acceleration. First, the first stage is for device acceleration of the game port, the second stage is for It is the priority of game packet transmission in QoS, and the third stage is the acceleration of the game server Open NAT.
First of all, the bandwidth management QoS function is to prevent the limited Internet bandwidth from being fully occupied and traffic jams when multiple people use it. At the same time, the game device can have the highest packet processing priority, and QoS also Provides automatic classification of packets at the application layer, and can automatically switch between different priority scenarios such as games, video streaming, and online browsing.
Device acceleration can be directly enabled on the mobile phone through the ASUS Router App, and on the PC, it can be added in the web page settings.
For network speed, you can use GT-AX11000 PRO to test the network speed. Generally, if the routing hardware level is too weak, it may not be able to run the bandwidth of 1G/600M; of course, testing with a PC and mobile phone will be more accurate.
The Open NAT function uses a virtual server to optimize the network packets of the game mechanism router according to the port forwarding rules used by the game to obtain a better game experience.
The setting also provides a variety of well-known online games, including “Battlefield”, “Call of Duty”, “CS:GO” and “Diablo III”. Of course, if the player has found the network port used by the game, You can also add game configuration files yourself.
The game detection radar can help to test the connection PING value of several well-known online game servers.
ROG Rapture GT-AX11000 PRO wireless network performance, signal test
The test environment of the wireless router is about 70 pings before and after the company’s B1, and the GT-AX11000 PRO is placed in the King position to connect to the Internet; the test uses MSI Prestige 14 802.11ax laptop with Acrylic Wi-Fi Analyzer and Speedtest as test tools; the company network speed is 1000M/600M.
In terms of network testing, first test the strength of the signal coverage and the performance of the network speed, so the MSI Prestige 14 802.11ax laptop is used as the test machine, connected to the 2.4GHz, 5GHz-1 and 5GHz of GT-AX11000 PRO -2 wireless network, the connection speed can reach 244Mbps and 2.4 Gbps respectively.
The KING bit with the best signal is about 1 meter from the router. At this time, 5GHz can reach 900M / 600M Internet speed, and 2.4GHz can also reach 191M speed. Although point A on the diagonal line is covered by pillars and shelves, 5GHz-1 still has a quite good transmission performance without partitions, but the signal strength of 5GHz-2 is weaker.
Positions D (storage room) and E (in the room), slightly farther away, are blocked by wooden partitions, shelves, sundries, etc. The 2.4GHz and 5GHz signals are relative to medium strength, but the 2.4GHz connection speed is slight. It is much slower and has a transmission capacity of nearly 100M. However, I did not expect that 5GHz-1 could maintain a transmission capacity of 394M / 130M, and even the performance at point E is higher than that of 5GHz-2.
The wireless signal coverage of GT-AX11000 PRO is quite suitable for general home use, small and medium-sized offices, and even large-scale offices. Whether it is 2.4GHz or 5GHz, it has a good range coverage and can maintain fairly high-speed network performance.
For the wireless network intranet transmission test, the test method uses GT-AX11000 PRO as a wireless router, uses a 10GbE LAN connection as an iPerf3 server and a computer for file sharing, and uses an MSI Prestige 14 802.11ax laptop Intel Wi-Fi 6 AX201 160MHz NIC for testing.
The iPerf3 command is –c server ip –w 50M –t 120 –i 10 to perform the TCP bandwidth test.
GT-AX11000 PRO can achieve a transmission bandwidth of 953 Mbits/s from 10GbE Lan to 1GbE Lan, which is the basic capability of 1GbE. However, if you need more high-speed LAN, you need to use a 10GbE switch for expansion. Under WiFi 6 802.11ax 5GHz-1 and 5GHz-2 wireless transmission, the transmission capacity of 1290 Mbits/s and 1370 Mbits/s can also be achieved, which means that the Wi-Fi 6 generation already has a bandwidth beyond the 1GbE wired network, as for 2.4GHz it is 125 Mbits/s.
Then use Windows Network Neighborhood to test the file transfer. Relatively able to understand the actual file transfer performance of Wi-Fi 6, the test uses the FastCopy software to upload a 30GB large file from the client computer to the computer in the shared folder.
GT-AX11000 PRO achieves a basic transmission capability of 118.2 MB/s in 10GbE Lan to 1GbE Lan and a high-speed transmission of 168.7 MB/s and 168 MB/s in Wi-Fi 6 802.11ax 5GHz-1 and 5GHz-2 Performance, the performance has surpassed the transmission performance of 1GbE, allowing users who need intranet transmission to have faster wireless Wi-Fi 6 transmission capabilities.
ROG Rapture GT-AX11000 PRO achieves the transmission capability of Wi-Fi 6 AX11000 with the flagship specification of wireless tri-band. With 8 streams and 8 fixed external antennas, it can cover a wireless network environment of about 70 pings, even if It is an office space full of shelves, wooden partitions, and pillars. It can maintain a very good wireless signal and transmission performance and a very high external network transmission performance regardless of 2.4GHz or 5GHz.
According to the test, the transmission performance of the Wi-Fi 6 internal network has surpassed 1GbE, and GT-AX11000 PRO also has a 2.5GbE WAN port. Players can choose the corresponding switch by themselves to expand the high-speed intranet according to their needs.
With the ASUS Router App, you can quickly set up and manage various router functions, as well as “lifetime free” complete parental control, AiProtection protection function, and e-sports three-stage acceleration service, so that flagship players can have the best wireless and Internet access experience.
However, the relative price of GT-AX11000 PRO in Taiwan is NT$14,990. If there are many wireless devices, more channels and stronger router hardware are needed to achieve smooth wireless Internet access without delay. If NCC opens 5.9GHz in the future, better bandwidth space flow can also be obtained through firmware.
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Title: Tri-band is king! Unboxing test for the ROG Rapture GT-AX11000 PRO with Wi-Fi 6 2.5+10GbE and game acceleration