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Asus just revealed the first router that supports next-gen Wi-Fi 6E connections

The new Asus ROG Rapture GT-AXE11000 supports Wi-Fi 6E, and features an eye-catching, gamer-friendly design with colored accent lights.

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Earlier in 2010, the Federal Communications Commission paved the means for a new generation of Wi-Fi connections by voting to open spectrum in the 6GHz band for unlicensed use. This week, at its Meta Buffs launch event, Asus staked a claim in that fresh Wi-Fi property and announced the first router to aid Wi-Fi 6E transmissions in that 6GHz band.

Specifically, it’s the Asus ROG Rapture GT-AXE11000, a high-end, tri-band gaming router that’ll hit stores in December with this year. Like the previous router in the lineup, the ROG Rapture GT-AX11000, the new model features eight antennas in a modern, show-offy design supposed to appeal to gamers — but as the extra “E” in the model number suggests, it adds in support for Wi-Fi 6E.

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“Asus is an established leader in the networking market and was the first to launch a Wi-Fi 6 router,” the company said in its press release announcing the product. “Now Asus is delivering the wider bandwidth and increased 160 MHz channels of Wi-Fi 6E with ROG Rapture GT-AXE11000, the world’s first Wi-Fi 6E router.”

Pricing details are still yet to be determined, but given that the previous Wi-Fi 6 model is still selling for $450, you mustn’t expect the GT-AXE11000 in the future cheap once it arrives.

The big benefit of support for Wi-Fi 6E is that it allows devices to gain access to a massive swath of relatively untapped bandwidth in the 6GHz band. With 1,200MHz, it’s a lot more than twice as wide as the 5GHz band, which allows for a greater number of wider channels that can pass traffic faster and more effectively. And, since there are not any legacy Wi-Fi devices in that band, it’ll serve as a semi-exclusive VIP section for the newest Wi-Fi gadgets equipped to make use. That means less interference and improved latency.

The GT-AXE11000 includes a multi-gig LAN port that supports incoming wired speeds as high as 2.5Gbps, and it’ll enable you to aggregate two of the gigabit WAN ports together for combined speeds as high as 2Gbps, aswell.


Earlier in 2010, Extreme Networks Director of Product Marketing Perry Correll, who sits on both the IEEE 11ax and Wi-Fi Alliance Wi-Fi 6 task groups, explained that Wi-Fi 6E connections may be of particular interest to gamers on the innovative.

“AR/VR and gaming is another great use case for the 6GHz band,” Correll told . “Many don’t realize the high-end VR sets that require the most bandwidth are actually tethered with cables. With Wi-Fi 6E, you not only get more bandwidth but cleaner bandwidth — meaning it is able to wirelessly provide the higher data rates required along with true mobility.”

Beyond the Wi-Fi 6E support, the GT-AXE11000 is powered by way of a 1.8GHz, 64-bit CPU with 1GB of RAM. It supports 4X4 Wi-Fi 6 connections, includes a multi-gig LAN port for wired speeds as high as 2.5Gbps, and allows for WAN aggregation, where you combine the incoming speeds from two Ethernet WAN ports to achieve wireless speeds of up to 2Gbps. The router also uses “the latest 6GHz power amplifier” to enhance signal strength and coverage — a noteworthy inclusion, since signals won’t travel quite as far in the 6GHz band.

Hopefully, we’ll know a lot more concerning this new gaming router in the coming weeks — including just how much it actually costs. Once we’ve had the chance to test that out for ourselves, we’ll be sure to let you know all about it, so stay tuned in.

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