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Asus announces new ROG Rapture gaming routers at CES 2022

2022-01-05 08:09 by
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Asus announced two new ROG Rapture routers at CES 2022.The most significant of the two is the Wi-Fi 6E quad-band Asus ROG Rapture GT-AXE16000. This new router is similar to last year's Rapture GT-AXE11000 in most ways: It will offer up to 4.8Gbps throughput on each of the 5GHz and 6GHz bands, and 1,148Mbps on its 2.4GHz band, but now adds a second 4.8Gbps 5GHz band, removing the need to choose between keeping the second 5GHz band or trading it in for a 6GHz band that the vast majority of the devices on their network likely don't even use yet. Altogether, that makes for 16Gbps of total theoretical combined throughput.

The Rapture GT-AXE16000 features a flagship next-gen Broadcom WiFi chipset and CPU, improving its maximum network throughput by 18 percent. It also includes dual 10Gbps ports, a 2.5Gbps WAN port, along with four 1Gbps LAN ports. With quad-band capabilities, the router allows users to dedicate one of the 5GHz bands to use as a backhaul to the central router, leaving the other three bands for device connections. You can also use the 6GHz band as a backhaul, if you have another WiFi 6E router.

The company has also announced a refresh of the Wi-Fi 6 GT-AX11000, this time called the ROG Rapture GT-AX11000 Pro. In nearly every way identical to the GT-AXE16000, the Wi-Fi 6 access point is only missing the fourth 6GHz band, 4 internal antennas, and the glass panel on top. It improves on its predecessor with dual 10Gbps LAN ports and a faster CPU - the original had a 1.8GHz processor, and gets 1GB DDR4 SDRAM instead of DDR3.

Both the GT-AX11000 Pro and the GT-AXE16000 are AiMesh-capable, while the latter can use its 6GHz band for dedicated wireless backhaul with other Asus AiMesh Wi-Fi 6E routers. Asus expects the ROG Rapture GT-AXE16000 to release first, in Q1 2022, for $649, while the ROG Rapture GT-AX11000 Pro is planned for the second quarter, priced at $399. Those prices put them $100 more, and $50 less, than their predecessors, respectively.

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