ASUS ROG Networking Upgrade Guide
Peter Donnell / 2 years ago
Sponsored by ASUS
Picking the right router can be a bit of a pain these days, as there are a plethora of options on the market, and from what I often see, they all claim to be the best, fastest, have the best range, and more. Thankfully, when it comes to ASUS, their claims are typically true, they often are some of the best and packed with the most features. That being said, unless money is no object, perhaps just buying the one with the biggest numbers, price included, isn’t always the right solution. So, let’s take a quick poke through some of their most popular units and see which may be best suited to your needs, and your budget.
Of course, the launch of the latest WiFi 6 standard means it’s a great time to upgrade your networking. With next-gen devices, and ever-increasing internet speeds (for most of the country at least), you’ll be able to reap the full benefit of both your internet capabilities and your new devices.
WiFi 6 uses OFDMA and MU-MIMO technology to provide up to 4X more network capacity that WiFi 5, with higher efficiency in multi-device environments. OFDMA allows signals from multiple devices to be bundled together and transmitted simultaneously, reducing latency for a smoother, more responsive WiFi experience. Great if your family is like mine, with multiple gaming systems, a powerful NAS/Plex setup, consoles, phones, and smart home equipment all on the same network.
The latest technologies mean much faster speeds, and WiFi 6 offers significant improvements even just from WiFi 5, and it’s likely many of you are using something even older than that, or even the router that came free with your internet provider… and they’re more often than not a bit crap. For casual internet users with just a few devices, a bog-standard router that came free with your internet may be fine. However, if you do a lot of downloading, streaming, gaming, with phones, consoles, smart home gear and more, the benefits of upgrading to a more advanced device and benefit you and other users in your home.
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We’ve picked four of their most popular and newest routers, typically high-end ones that are well suited to very fast network speeds, with good connections for internal networking, NAS devices, and online gaming features. There are also four Mesh router systems, which are better suited to larger homes and offices, as it’s the additional units work in tandem to ensure there are no WiFi dead spots, and from my experience, I find them well suited for those who have a lot of people and devices to connect, especially so when it comes to smart home equipment.
- ASUS WiFi 6E Gaming ROG Rapture GT-AXE11000 – Amazon
- ASUS ROG Rapture GT-AX6000 – Amazon
- ASUS TUF Gaming AX5400 – Amazon
- ASUS RT-AX86 – Amazon