Earlier this year, the Federal Communications Commission paved the way for a new generation of Wi-Fi connectivityfor unlicensed use. This opened up a huge amount of relatively unused bandwidth reserved exclusively for next generation networking.
Now Asus is making a claim on this new Wi-Fi property by announcing the first router to supportin this 6 GHz band.
In particular, it is the Asus ROG Rapture GT-AXE11000, a high-end tri-bandthat will hit stores this December. Like the previous router in the range, the ROG Rapture GT-AX11000, the new model has eight antennas in a modern, eye-catching design that is meant to appeal to gamers – but as the additional “E” in the model number suggests, it adds support for Wi-Fi Fi 6E added.
“Asus is an established leader in the network market and was the first to introduce a Wi-Fi 6 router,” said the company in its press release announcing the product. “Now Asus is offering the wider bandwidth and expanded 160 MHz channels of Wi-Fi 6E with ROG Rapture GT-AXE11000, the world’s first Wi-Fi 6E router.”
Pricing details have yet to be determined, but given the previous oneModel is You shouldn’t expect the GT-AXE11000 to go cheap when it arrives.
The big advantage of supporting Wi-Fi 6E is that devices can access itin the 6GHz band. At 1,200 MHz, it is more than twice as wide as the 5 GHz band, allowing for a greater number of wider channels that can route traffic faster and more efficiently. And since there are no older Wi-Fi devices in this band, it will serve as a semi-exclusive VIP area for the latest Wi-Fi devices equipped to take advantage of these benefits. That means less interference and improved latency.
Earlier this year, Perry Correll, director of product marketing at Extreme Networks, who sits on both the IEEE 11ax and Wi-Fi Alliance Wi-Fi 6 workgroups, stated that the connections may be Wi-Fi 6E on the cutting edge.
“AR / VR and gaming are another great use case for the 6 GHz band,” Correll told Tips Clear. “What many don’t realize is that the high-end VR devices that use the most bandwidth are actually wired. With Wi-Fi 6E, you get not only more bandwidth, but cleaner bandwidth, too – which means that higher data rates can be delivered wirelessly along with real mobility required. “
In addition to Wi-Fi 6E support, the GT-AXE11000 is powered by a 1.8 GHz 64-bit CPU with 1 GB of RAM. It supports 4X4 Wi-Fi 6 connections, has a multi-gig LAN port for cable speeds of up to 2.5 Gbps, and enables WAN aggregation where you can see the incoming speeds of two Ethernet WAN Combine ports to achieve wireless speeds of up to 2 Gbit / s. The router also uses “the latest 6 GHz power amplifier” to improve signal strength and coverage – a notable inclusion as signals.
Hopefully we will know a lot more about this new gaming router in the coming weeks – including its real cost. Once we have the chance to try it out for ourselves, we’re sure to tell you all about it, so stay tuned.