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A networking guide: Buying the right ASUS wireless router for your needs

By Team HardwareZone - 23 Sep 2019

Choosing the right ASUS router (Part II)

ASUS Router Recommendations Guide (ARRG) - Continued

Performance-class: ASUS RT-AX88U

AiMesh capable: Yes

Price: S$599

The world’s first Wi-Fi 6 router and the first to be made available in Singapore, the ASUS RT-AX88U was a highly anticipated router for the enthusiast community as it supports over 1Gbps wireless throughput over the 2.4GHz network and 4.8Gbps on its 5GHz network for a total combined throughput of nearly 6Gbps! For example, that translates up to  600MB per second on the 5GHz channel – enough to download entire movies in mere seconds.

With familiar router management over ASUSWRT web-based interface and or over the ASUS Router app, it offers an excellent overview of your networking sphere and features like parental control, bandwidth & traffic monitoring, cloud storage, guest networks, VPN, dynamic DNS, FTP controls, AiProtection Pro with Trend Micro and much more. Online gaming is also well-taken care via adaptive QoS and Game Accelerator functions built-in to the router.

For those concerned of connectivity options, this router packs 8 Gigabit LAN ports, dual USB 3.0 ports and yes, AiMesh to extend all of the mesh networking goodness on a high-performance router. Priced at S$599, it might sound expensive but witness its performance potential here to understand why it commands this premium.

 

Performance-class: ASUS RT-AX92U

AiMesh capable: Yes

Price: S$769

What if you wanted the best of convenience and expandability of a mesh network coupled with Wi-Fi 6 class throughput and even with game prioritization and GPN? The ASUS AiMesh AX6100 Wi-Fi system is the world’s first 802.11ax class mesh system and it’s a tri-band system at that! With an ultra-easy setup process, you can be connected to the internet through an app-based setup process in minutes. Pairing subsequent RT-AX92U nodes is as easy as placing it where requires, powering it on, search for it in the router app and follow through the instructions to complete the pairing process. The AX92U might look small, but it packs a wallop like 5 Gigabit ports with the ability to aggregate the WAN port and the last LAN port to support a combined aggregated throughput of 2Gbps via two fibre lines such as the several gamer fibre plans from Singtel, StarHub and more.

Combined with AiProtection Pro for advanced in-router security protection powered by Trend Micro through automated and regularly updated security updates, your home Wi-Fi and its connected devices are well regulated – inclusive of advanced parental controls to block traffic from undesirable sites and apps. It is available in a two-pack system for S$769 and is ideal for anyone needing every feature possible in a mesh networking system to blanket large homes comfortably.

 

Gaming-class: ASUS ROG Rapture GT-AC2900

AiMesh capable: Yes

Price: S$399 / Free (StarHub Fibre customers only)

The latest, and literally the flashiest gaming router in the market, the ROG Rapture GT-AC2900 is also the most affordable ROG class router to-date. It boasts everything a gamer needs such as game traffic prioritization through Game Boost’s adaptive QoS technology, a wtfast subscription to get on the gamers private network (GPN) for lower latency game server connectivity via optimized data routing, and even a dedicated gaming port that optimizes network traffic on the connected device over all other ports. There’s even a handy Game Radar utility to check server ping status of popular games across the globe, and a feature called Open NAT to quickly load port forwarding rules for several well-liked games to unchain yourself and just jump in the game as quickly as possible.

It might ‘just’ be a dual-band router packing all this, but it supports pretty high data throughput with supporting client devices with transfer rates up to 750Mbps on the 2.4GHz channel and up to 2,167Mbps on its 5GHz network. Best of all, it maximizes performance through dynamic frequency selection (DFS), which allows it to use less congested channels in the airwaves that are typically reserved for government use. However, it is able to quickly fall back on to the publicly available Wi-Fi channels when the spectrum is in use. All this means, the GT-AC2900 can be much faster than routers without DFS capability.

The GT-AC2900 is also AiMesh capable, has AiProtection Pro and it comes complete with ASUS Aura Lighting to complete its looks. This router is currently exclusive to StarHub’s existing fibre customers for S$399, but it is bundled free with StarHub’s new Turbo Gamer Fibre plan.

To find out how it fared in our testing, here's our full review.

 

Gaming-class: ASUS ROG Rapture GT-AX11000

AiMesh capable: Yes

Price: S$699

If you don’t need too many wired connections and you wanted a router to really push the boundaries of technology, look no further to the ultimate gaming router in the market – the ASUS ROG Rapture GT-AX11000. This tri-band router sports dual 5GHz channels that support up to 4.8Gbps throughput each, along with a 2.4GHz channel that manages over 1Gbps wireless throughput. This makes it the GT-AX11000 the world’s first router that exceeds 10Gbps wireless transfers across all bands combined. Powered by a quad-core processors, a dedicated 2.5Gbps LAN port, DFS support to unlock restricted Wi-Fi channels, Triple Level Game Acceleration (ROG Gaming Port, Game Boost, GPN), Game Radar, 3-Step easy port forwarding (Open NAT supported), AiMesh capable, has AiProtection Pro and even Aura RGB lighting control for the ASUS logo – this router does it all and packs it all. So advanced and capable, it can even allow you to run a VPN and a standard internet connection concurrently to serve sensitive work needs of someone in the family while letting you game unrestricted over a standard internet connection. This best-of-both-worlds capability is thanks to VPN Fusion. This ‘future-proof’ octa-antenna router is yours for S$699.