Asus GT-AX11000 Professional: A Wi-Fi 6 Novelty

Asus GT-AX11000 Pro: A Wi-Fi 6 Novelty

When you’re trying to have a Wi-Fi 6 router that may compete with a Wi-Fi 6E one to some extent, the ROG Rapture GT-AX11000 Professional that Asus introduced at the moment could be one of many choices.

(That’s beside the RT6600AX that Synology introduced late final yr.)

In additional methods than one, it’s a big improve to Asus’s first and flagship Wi-Fi 6 router, the GT-AX11000, that got here out two years in the past. It has greater than sufficient to deserve the “Professional” badge.

The brand new Asus GT-AX11000 PRO Wi-Fi router share the identical design as the unique GT-AX11000.

Asus GT-AX11000 Professional: The ultimate frontier of the Wi-Fi 6 spectrum

The brand new GT-AX11000 is many issues, however to know considered one of its most vital options as a Wi-Fi broadcaster, we have to perceive the messiness of Wi-Fi 6.

The 5GHz Wi-Fi channels and their positions on the spectrum.
Right here’s the unique 5GHz Wi-Fi 6 band and its channels. Observe the area taken by DFS channels and the way the band ends at 5.8GHz.

The controversial Expanded UNII4 Spectrum

I wrote about the usual in nice element in this submit, however the gist is:

  • Wi-Fi 6 wants 160MHz channel width to ship high efficiency.
  • 160MHz is so broad, there’s, thus far, solely sufficient area on this frequency band for 2 of them.
  • Each current 160MHz channels embody DFS air area. Because of this, the router may need a quick disconnection when RADAR indicators are current. To keep away from that, a router won’t use this channel width in any respect and has its velocity minimize in half at 80MHz.

In actuality, the 5GHz spectrum has sufficient area for a 3rd 160MHz channel that’s fully freed from DFS. This portion known as the Expanded UNII4 Spectrum, also known as the 5.9GHz band.

For many years, this portion has been controversial as a result of it was reserved for “different purposes” — this can be a lengthy story. In late 2020, FCC accredited it for Wi-Fi use after which made it obtainable for unlicensed use someday in 2021.

And that brings us to the GT-AX11000 Professional — it’s the primary router from Asus to have the total 5GHz band. Because of this, it would have three 160MHz channels, amongst which the final one is DFS-free.

The 5.9GHz portion of 5GHz Wi-Fi 6 Band
Right here’s the 5GHz Wi-Fi 6 band with the newly obtainable UNII-4 portion that features the 5.9GHz part.

In different phrases, it will probably use this channel with out having to cope with RADAR indicators. Because of this, the brand new router’s 5GHz band can ship the identical velocity (4.8Gbps) and reliability because the 6GHz band of a Wi-Fi 6E router, however at a greater vary.

A extra highly effective router, too

Aside from the assist for the 5.9GHz band, the GT-AX11000 Professional can also be an all-around extra highly effective router.

Amongst different issues, in comparison with the unique GT-AX11000, it has a greater 2.0GHz quad-core CPU, a further 2.5Gbps LAN port, and two 10Gbps WAN/LAN ports. It’s a house router with probably the most Multi-Gig ports thus far.

On high of that, other than sharing all the things the GT-AX11000 has, the GT-AX11000 Professional additionally will get the brand new ASUS RangeBoost Plus expertise, because the case of the all-new GT-AXE16000 that was additionally introduced at the moment.

It’s value noting, although, that Asus may add this new function to current Asus routers by way of firmware updates — the unique GT-AX11000 may get it too.

Full Identify Asus G Rapture GT-AX11000 Professional
Tri-band Wi-Fi 6 Gaming Router
Asus ROG Rapture GT-AX11000
Tri-band Wi-Fi 6 Gaming Router
Wi-Fi Know-how Tri-band 4×4 802.11ax Tri-band 4×4 802.11ax
2.4GHz Wi-Fi Specs 4×4 AX: Up to 1148 Mbps 4×4 AX: Up to 1148 Mbps
5GHz Wi-Fi Specs 4×4 AX: As much as 4804 Mbps 4×4 AX: As much as 4804 Mbps
Expanded UNII4 Spectrum Sure No
ASUS RangeBoost Plus Sure No
(at launch)
Backward Compatibility 802.11a/b/g/n/ac 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
Gigabit Port 4 x LAN 4x LAN, 1x WAN/LAN
Hyperlink Aggregation Sure Sure 
Multi-Gig Port 1 x 2.5 Gbps WAN
2x 10Gbps LAN
1x 2.5Gbps LAN/WAN
Twin-WAN Sure Sure
USB 1x USB 3.0,
1x USB 2.0
2x USB 3.0
Processing Energy 2.0 GHz quad-core CPU, 
256 MB Flash, 1 GB RAM
1.8 GHz quad-core CPU, 
256 MB Flash, 1 GB RAM
Dimensions TBD 9.5 x 9.5 x 2.4 in 
(241 x 241 x61 mm)
Weight TBD 3.8 lbs (1.73 kg)
The Asus GT-AX1100’s {hardware} specs

Availability and pricing

Just like the case of the GT-AXE16000, the brand new GT-AX11000 Professional doesn’t but have the ultimate launch date or the retail value. My guess is you’ll possible see it someday this yr.

The element of the brand new routers remains to be sketchy. I’ll replace this submit as I study extra and do an in-depth evaluation when that’s attainable. Examine again for extra.

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