The ROG Rapture GT-AXE16000 is Asus’ newest router, and it bills itself as the “world’s first quad-band Wi-Fi 6E gaming router.” Though it isn’t the world’s first quad-band Wi-Fi 6E router in general especially given that Netgear unveiled a quad-band Orbi system last October. Still, it is the first to target gamers mainly, and its starting price is lower than other mesh systems.
World First Quad-Band Wi-Fi 6E Gaming Router
As the name implies, quad-band routers transmit four wireless frequencies for connection. The newest router from Asus features a 2.4GHz band, two 5GHz bands, and a dazzling new 6GHz band. The three highest frequency bands each have a theoretical maximum speed of 4,804Mbps, which lowers to 1,148Mbps for the 2.4GHz band for an overall throughput of up to 16Gbps (though, as always, real-world speeds will be significantly slower).
If you wish to set up a backhaul, you can use either the historical 5GHz or modern 6GHz channels. Of course, you can also go wired, and if you do, you have the option of two fast 10Gbps LAN connections or four 1Gbps LAN ports. It has a WAN port with a speed of 2.5Gbps plus a pair of USB ports for good measure. In addition, it has the appearance of a frightening spider robot? Because, well, of course, it does.
Due to the limited amount of quad-band 6E routers, the Asus ROG Rapture GT-AXE16000 is, perhaps unexpectedly, on the pricey side, with a suggested retail price of $649 when it goes on sale later this quarter. However, compared to Netgear’s quad-band Orbi system, which costs about $1,500 for a three-pack of mesh routers, the Asus’ router appears to be virtually inexpensive.