With many of us staying and working from home during the quarantine, the importance of having a reliable and stable home internet connection for all the tasks and functions we have to perform has become more paramount. And one of the most important aspects of maintaining a good home internet setup is a router that’s powerful enough to handle not only a large amount of devices but also a wide array of workloads from media streaming and conference calls to uploading and downloading of large files. So, ASUS has showcased several of its currently available routers that feature multi-core CPUs that are capable of not only handling heavy workloads but also multiple, simultaneously connected devices to help make sure your work-from-home setup is both stable and reliable.
RT-AC1300UHP and RT-AC59U
Those looking for more affordable routers to just replace their ISPs provided modem/router can choose either the RT-AC1300UHP or RT-AC59U. The RT-AC1300UHP features a quad core processor, a combined bandwidth of 1,300 Mbps (400 Mbps at 2.4GHz and 867 Mbps at 5GHz), and high gain external antennas. On the other hand, the RT-AC59U features a dual core processor as well as a higher combined bandwidth of 1,500 Mbps (600 Mbps at 2.4GHz and 867 Mbps at 5GHz).
The RT-AC68U is one of the company’s AiMesh routers that enables people to improve the overall WiFi signal around the house when multiple AiMesh routers are paired. The RT-AC68U features a dual core processor and a combined bandwidth of 1,900 Mbps (up to 600 Mbps at 2.5GHz and 1300 Mbps at 5GHz). The router also supports AiProtection, powered by Trend Micro, which helps protect the user’s network.
At the higher end of the spectrum, the RT-AX88U is the world’s first WiFi 6 (802.11ax) router. It’s powered by a 1.8GHz quad-core processor, 256 MB of Flash memory, 1 GB of RAM, and a combined bandwidth of 6,000 Mbps (up to 1148 Mbps at 2.4GHz and 4804 Mbps at 5GHz). The RT-AX88U is also equipped with eight Ethernet ports, two USB 3.1 Gen 1 ports, and also supports AiProtection.
ROG Rapture GT-AC2900
The ROG Rapture GT-AC2900 is the company’s most affordable router on this list that’s specifically designed for gamers. The GT-AC2900 features a dual-core CPU, 256 MB of Flash memory,
512MB of RAM, and a combined bandwidth of 2,900 Mbps (up to 750 Mbps at 2.4GHz and up to 2167 Mbps at 5GHz). The router also comes with several features to improve the user’s gaming experience, including a dedicated gaming Ethernet port (which will get prioritized bandwidth) and an adaptive QoS system called GameBoost.
ROG Rapture GT-AC5300 and ROG Rapture GT-AX11000
Lastly, the Rapture GT-AC5300 and ROG Rapture GT-AX11000 are the company’s high-end tri-band routers equipped with quad-core processors. The Rapture GT-AC5300, which supports 802.11ac Wi-Fi, features two 5GHz bands at up to 2167 Mbps and one 2.5GHz band at up to 1000 Mbps. As for the GT-AX11000, it supports 802.11ax and 10 Gigabit Wi-Fi with two 5GHz bands at 4084 Mbps and one 2.4GHz band at 1148 Mbps. It is the company’s most powerful gaming router available.
All the routers in ASUS’s current lineup are available from local partner retailers and here are their SRPs:
RT-AC1300UHP – PHP 5,075.00
RT-AC59U – PHP 4,300.00
RT-AC68U – PHP 6,990.00
GT-AC2900 – PHP 12,000.00
GT-AC5300 – PHP 21,250.00
RT-AX88U – PHP 20,690.00
GT-AX11000 – PHP 26,700.00