ASUS claims the ROG Rapture GT-AXE16000 to be the first ever quad-band Wi-Fi 6E gaming router.
However, the authenticity of this statement is not clear. To clear the ambiguity The Verge reported that there is already a quad-band Orbi system from Netgear which was launched in October last year but that is available in a Mesh network. The ASUS ROG Rapture GT-AXE16000 is specifically a gaming router and is targeted at gamers. However, the Mesh network from Netgear is comparatively very expensive.
The ASUS ROG Rapture GT-AXE16000 broadcasts four wireless bands, which include a 2.4GHz one, two 5GHz, and a 6GHz one. A maximum of 4,804Mbps downlink speed can be achieved when connected to the 6GHz band. On the other hand 1,148Mbps of speed can be achieved when connected to the 2.4GHz band.
Other features include two 10Gbps LAN ports, and four 1Gbps LAN ports. The WAN port is rated for 2.5Gbps, and there are a couple of extra USB ports. Reportedly the ASUS ROG Rapture GT-AXE16000 will cost around $649.
In comparison, Netgear’s quad-band Mesh network system costs around $1,500. This price tag is expected as Quad-band Wi-Fi 6E routers are still very new. However, it is much cheaper than Netgear’s quad-band Mesh network system. It will hit the market in a few months.