Blazing-fast reflexes and a fast PC are essential to online gaming success, but neither will do the job if you’re connected to a slow Wi-Fi network. This is where the Asus ROG Rapture GT-AX6000 comes in. This stylish dual-band Wi-Fi router is specially designed for gaming. Using Wi-Fi 6 technology and powered by a quad-core processor, the Rapture delivered fast throughput in our tests and delivered a strong Wi-Fi signal throughout our home. It is equipped with high-speed ports and offers an elegant user interface, numerous settings designed to optimize your gaming experience, as well as free parental control and anti-malware software. At $399.99, the Rapture GT-AX6000 isn’t cheap and it lacks 6GHz Wi-Fi 6E, but its all-around feature set and stellar performance make it our new Editors’ Choice for routers. high end game.
RGB lighting on a router? Why not?
With its black finish, red accents, and RGB lighting effects, the Rapture GT-AX6000’s aesthetic screams “gaming router.” The 2.2 x 13.3 x 7.8-inch (HWD) case sports four detachable and adjustable antennas and features LED indicators for power, Wi-Fi activity, LAN and WAN activity, and WPS activity along the leading edge. The top of the router features a backlit Republic of Gamers logo that uses Asus’ Aura RGB lighting engine to display the Rainbow, Wave, Breath, Gradient, Evolution, and Marquee as well as static lighting effects.
All of Rapture’s ports are located on its rear panel. Here you will find one 2.5Gbps WAN/LAN port, one 2.5Gbps LAN port, four gigabit LAN ports, one USB 3.2 Type-A port, one USB 2.0 port, reset button and jack power supply. The router supports WAN and LAN link aggregation, as well as load balancing for optimal distribution of network traffic. One of the gigabit LAN ports can be used as a dedicated gaming port that automatically prioritizes bandwidth to its connected client device.
The Rapture is an AiMesh-enabled router, which means you can combine it with other Asus AiMesh devices to create a whole-home Wi-Fi mesh system. It is powered by a 2.0 GHz quad-core processor, 1 GB of RAM and 256 MB of flash memory. As a dual-band AX6000 router, it is capable of maximum data rates of up to 1,148 Mbps on the 2.4 GHz radio band and up to 4,804 Mbps on the 5 GHz band, for an approximate total of 6 000Mbps. The router also uses the latest Wi-Fi 6 technologies such as orthogonal frequency-division multiple access (OFDMA), 160 MHz channel bandwidth, 1024 quadrature amplitude modulation (QAM), time target wake-up, MU-MIMO data streaming, beamforming and WPA3 encryption.
The Rapture can be managed using the same gamer-themed web console and mobile app as the company’s ROG Strix GS-AX5400 router. At the top of the mobile app home screen, you’ll see the network name, IP address, and SSIDs for both Wi-Fi bands. To the right is a game controller button that takes you to a screen where you can prioritize bandwidth for gaming, media streaming, web browsing, and file transfer apps. A status circle in the center of the screen displays Aura RGB lighting settings, a real-time network traffic graph, network SSID names, wired and wireless client counts, and network usage. processor and memory. You use the arrows to switch between the different status screens.
Below the circle on the app’s home screen is a Mobile Game Mode button that allows you to increase bandwidth allocation and reduce latency when playing games on your mobile device . There is also an AiMesh button for setting up a mesh network.
Meanwhile, the bottom of the home screen offers buttons labeled Home, Devices, Insight, Family, and Settings. The former takes you back to the home screen, while the Devices button takes you to a screen where you can view a list of all connected devices, review traffic usage for each device, set bandwidth limits , apply QoS settings, and view IP address and MAC address information. Use the Insight screen to search for available routers to add to your AiMesh network, share Wi-Fi access via QR codes, and view security events such as blocked malicious websites or infected devices.
Touching the Family button opens a screen where you can create profiles for family members and assign age-based parental control filters that block access to social media and sites containing violence, gambling, money and adult content. Finally, the Settings button lets you configure anti-malware settings and parental controls, run diagnostics, configure application-based QoS and Open NAT (port forwarding) settings, and adjust Wi-Fi settings. -Fi, LAN and WAN.
Test the Rapture: Speed to beat all comers
Using the mobile app, I had the Rapture GT-AX6000 up and running within minutes. (If you’re not an app fan, you can also install the router using a web console.) I turned on the device, pressed the plus button in the upper right corner of the device. home screen and selected Set up a new network. I chose the Asus wireless router from the list and used my phone’s wifi settings to connect to the router. I went back to the app and after about 30 seconds the router was discovered.
I then pressed start and followed the on-screen instructions to restart my modem. After another 30 seconds the router was connected and I created SSIDs and passwords for both radio bands. I created a login account and waited 45 seconds for the app to configure my network. After a quick network optimization, the installation was complete.
The Rapture behaved like a boss in testing. Its 129Mbps score in our near 2.4GHz (same room) throughput test was slightly faster than the Linksys Hydra Pro 6 AX5400 (121Mbps), TP-Link GX-90 AX6600 (120Mbps) and the Asus ROG Strix GS-AX5400 (128 Mbps).
In the 30-foot test, the Rapture’s 45 Mbps score edged out the Linksys (42 Mbps) and ROG Strix (44 Mbps), but was a hair slower than the TP-Link’s 46 Mbps.
In the 5 GHz throughput tests, the Rapture GT-AX6000 beat all comers, scoring 868 Mbps in the proximity test and 435 Mbps in the 30-foot test. This surpassed the Hydra Pro 6 (830 Mbps and 400 Mbps respectively), the TP-Link GX-90 (840 Mbps and 339 Mbps respectively) and its Asus stablemate the GS-AX5400 (846 Mbps and 424 Mbps respectively).
To test a router’s file transfer performance (read and write speeds), we move a 1.5 GB folder containing a mix of music, video, photo, and document files between a USB flash drive and a computer wired desktop, both connected to the router.
The Rapture delivered a write speed of 72MB/s, which beat the Linksys Hydra Pro 6 (55MB/s), TP-Link GX-90 AX6600 (70MB/s), and Asus ROG Strix GS-AX5400 (69MB/s). The Rapture also scored 72 Mbps in the playback test, beating the Linksys (57 Mbps) and TP-Link (68 Mbps) but behind the ROG Strix (85 Mbps).
Finally, to test the Rapture’s wireless signal strength, we used an Ekahau Sidekick Wi-Fi diagnostic device and its Survey mobile app. This combination generates heatmaps that show the router’s 2.4GHz and 5GHz signal strength throughout our test house. (Note: Ekahau is owned by Ziff Davis, the parent company of PCMag.) The white circle on the map represents the location of the router and the colors represent signal strength. Darker greens indicate stronger signal, yellows indicate weaker signal, and grays indicate no discernible reception.
Asus ROG Rapture GT-AX6000 2.4 GHz (top) and 5 GHz (bottom) signal strength boards
As the maps show, the Rapture delivered solid 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz signals throughout the house.
A top performer for hardcore gaming
At $399.99, the Asus ROG Rapture GT-AX6000 is an expensive router. There are certainly cheaper gaming routers out there, including the excellent Asus ROG Strix GS-AX5400. This model is a more acceptable price of $250 and also an Editors’ Choice, but it lacks multi-gigabit ports and has a lower overall maximum throughput.
So if you take your online gaming seriously, the GT-AX6000 is worth every penny as a high-end router. Armed with a powerful processor and Wi-Fi 6 circuitry, it scored top marks in our throughput tests and delivered a reasonably strong Wi-Fi signal throughout our home. It also delivered fast file transfer scores in testing. In addition to rock-solid performance, the Rapture is packed with features like a pair of multi-gig network ports, game enhancement settings, a dedicated gaming LAN port, and parental control and network security software. robust. All of this earns it our Editors’ Choice award for Wi-Fi 6 gaming routers.
Asus ROG Rapture GT-AX6000
The Asus ROG Rapture GT-AX6000 is a dual-band Wi-Fi 6 router designed to enhance your online gaming experience. It’s a great performer with top-of-the-line features and hardware.
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