Of course, you can't actually combine all three bands into a single, supercharged connection. However, every router maker has adopted this approach, so it's rather easy to compare two (or more) different models at a glance. That said, knowing how many bands a particular model is working with is important, as it is technically possible for a tri-band model with a higher combined speed rating to actually be slower than a dual-band model with a lower combined speed rating, on a per band basis.
You can put that concern to rest here. Simply put, the GT-AX11000 is the all-around fastest router we have tested to date. Granted, it is only one of two Wi-Fi 6 models that we have had an opportunity to evaluate at this early stage, but for the time being, the GT-AX11000 is the router to beat. It is also one of the more fully featured models available.
We will get to the performance numbers in short order, but first, let's have a look at the GT-AX1000's pertinent specs...
||Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax)
OFDMA (Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiple Access)
Beamforming: standard-based and universal
1024-QAM high data rate
||802.11ax (2.4GHz): up to 1,148Mbps
802.11ax (5GHz): up to 4,804Mbps each
||2.4GHz 4 x 4
5GHz-1 4 x 4
5GHz-2 4 x 4
||1.8GHz quad-core processor|
|Ethernet + USB Ports||Four (4) 10/100/1000Mbps LAN
One (1) 2.5G LAN
One (1) 10/100/1000Mbps WAN
Two (2) USB 3.1 Gen 1 (5Gbps)
||9.5 x 9.5 x 2.4 inches (without bezel)
|Package Contents||One (1) ROG Rapture GT-AX11000 Tri-Band Wi-Fi 6 Router
Eight (8) wireless antennas
One (1) Ethernet cable
Quick start guide
|Price||$449.99 MSRP ($369 current street price @ Amazon)
Wi-Fi 6 Recap
This comes with a major caveat: a Wi-Fi 6 router is only half of the equation, the other half is the host device. Wi-Fi 6 adapters are few and far between right now, and even if you wanted to, you wouldn't be able to upgrade the Wi-Fi on devices like your TV and game console to Wi-Fi 6, at least not without some serious modding. So for the most part, the biggest advantage of Wi-Fi 6 is what it can deliver down the line, rather than right this very moment.