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Asus ROG GT6 Mesh Review

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The Asus ROG Rapture GT6 Mesh is a great gaming router, offering blazingly fast close-range speeds and ease of use. However, WiFi performance drops off in the long range and has a stunted connection range.

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Product Snapshot

Overview

The ASUS ROG GT6 Mesh router, released in 2021, is a mid-tier model among the best routers designed for gamers. The device, however, isn’t WiFi 6E, meaning it can’t support a 6GHz band. But its nine antennas and UNI4 tech support a 5.9Hz band, which supports the use of a 160MHz channel, allowing support MU-MIMO and backhaul. It offers download speeds of up to 701 Mbps, ideal for high-demand gaming and streaming. Its mesh system ensures strong coverage, eliminating dead zones, and is powered by a powerful quad-core processor. It includes three multiple Gigabit Ethernet ports and features 2.5G/multi-gig ports and a USB 3.2 port. The router supports AiMesh for seamless coverage, has advanced parental controls, operates on a free network security type, and prioritizes gaming traffic with its GameFirst V technology. We have a guide on the best routers for Apple devices if you’re looking for something more specific.

Best For

  • Apple

  • Asus

  • Gaming

  • Mesh

  • Optimum

  • Parental Controls

  • Secure

  • Small Business

  • Spectrum

  • Streaming

  • Voip

  • Vpn

  • Wired

Consensus

our Verdict

The ASUS ROG GT6 Mesh is a great tri-band router option for gaming. Its 5 GHz download speed maxes out at 701 Mbps, which is excellent and ranks in the top third of our certified tested router list. On a 2.4 GHz band, download speeds are 139 Mbps. It also has a great 5 GHz upload speed, which is 618 Mbps, and a 2.4 GHz speed of 111 Mbps. Users will love the easy setup and robust features for configuration. It takes about 12 minutes to create a network via the dedicated ASUS app. From there, they can easily conduct firmware updates and adjust settings.

However, the router drops as devices move further away, as the range is limited to 95 feet The router offers three LAN connections and is equipped with link aggregations. But there’s only one 3.0 USB port, which limits the connections for external devices. The router has a lot of great features but lacks smart features, such as connectivity to home assistants.

Reason to Buy

  • Fast Download/Upload Speed
    • The Asus ROG GT6 excels at quickly handling data transfer, with a 139 Mbps 2.4 GHz download speed and a 701 Mbps 5 GHz download speed. This places it in the top 25% of the category in both respects.

    • The router also has a 619 Mbps 5 GHz upload speed in the top 10%. Its 2.4 GHz upload speed is also good, which clocks in at 111 Mbps, placing it in the top 25% of the category.

  • Easy to install and operate
    • The router is incredibly easy to set up and configure, as the interface is easy and be set up directly from the dedicated app that works both for Android and Apple. Creating a network takes about 12 minutes, according to setup tests.

Reason to Avoid

  • WiFi speed drops off at long range
    • Users experience weaker speeds at longer ranges, as tests show that speeds drop to 399 Mpbs at 50 feet.

  • Connection range is limited
    • The signal doesn’t extend through larger homes, as the connection drops off at about 95 feet.

  • Limited USB Connectivity
    • There’s limited capability to connect external devices, as the router only comes with a single 3.0 USB port.

  • Mediocre Latency
    • The latency is 21.89 ms, which is in the bottom third of routers.

Asus ROG GT6 Mesh Specs

# of LAN Ports# of LAN Ports3
# of Phone Ports# of Phone Portsn/a
# of WAN Ports# of WAN Ports1
App CompatibleApp CompatibleYes
Available StorageAvailable Storage256MB
Band TechnologyBand TechnologyTri
Data Encryption TypeData Encryption TypeWEP, WPA-Enterprise, WPA-PSK, WPA2-Enterprise, WPA3-Personal
Energy Star CertifiedEnergy Star CertifiedNo
Frequency BandsFrequency Bands2.4 GHz, 5.0 GHz
Integrated ModemIntegrated ModemNo
LAN PortsLAN Ports3 Gb Ethernet
MU-MIMO SupportMU-MIMO SupportYes
Mesh SystemMesh SystemYes
Number of AntennasNumber of Antennas9
Parental ControlsParental ControlsYes
Processor CoresProcessor CoresTriple
Processor SpeedProcessor Speed1.7GHz
Quality of Service PrioritizationQuality of Service PrioritizationYes
WiFi RangeWiFi Range5800 sq. ft
WiFi SpeedWiFi Speed2.6 Gb
Wired SpeedWired Speed2500 Mb
Wireless StandardWireless StandardAC, AX, N

All Specs

Test Results

2.4 GHz Download speed (Mbits/s)139.35
2.4 GHz Upload speed (Mbits/s)111.9
5 GHz Download speed (Mbits/s)701.2833
5 GHz Upload speed (Mbits/s)618.5333
Router Range (ft)95
Latency (ms)21.89
6 Ghz Download speed (Mbits/s)0
6 Ghz Upload speed (Mbits/s)0

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Asus ROG GT6 Mesh Review

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Market Context

The ASUS ROG GT6 Mesh router, released in 2021, is a mid-tier model among the best routers designed for gamers. The device, however, isn’t WiFi…

The ASUS ROG GT6 Mesh router, released in 2021, is a mid-tier model among the best routers designed for gamers. The device, however, isn’t WiFi 6E, meaning it can’t support a 6GHz band. But its nine antennas and UNI4 tech support a 5.9Hz band, which supports the use of a 160MHz channel, allowing support MU-MIMO and backhaul. It offers download speeds of up to 701 Mbps, ideal for high-demand gaming and streaming. Its mesh system ensures strong coverage, eliminating dead zones, and is powered by a powerful quad-core processor. It includes three multiple Gigabit Ethernet ports and features 2.5G/multi-gig ports and a USB 3.2 port. The router supports AiMesh for seamless coverage, has advanced parental controls, operates on a free network security type, and prioritizes gaming traffic with its GameFirst V technology. We have a guide on the best routers for Apple devices if you’re looking for something more specific.

The ASUS ROG GT6 is faster and better for gaming than the ASUS RT-AX86S, as it offers mesh and has a max download speed of…

The ASUS ROG GT6 is faster and better for gaming than the ASUS RT-AX86S, as it offers mesh and has a max download speed of 701 Mbps, whereas the RT-AX86S caps at 563 Mbps Also, it boasts broader coverage due to its mesh system, making it ideal for larger spaces. The RT-AX86s includes four Gigabit Ethernet ports and two USB 3.2 ports. The GT6 includes three Ethernet ports, including multi-gig ports, for enhanced connectivity options, catering to gaming enthusiasts with extensive network needs. But the GT6 only has one USB port. If you are looking more on this brand, check out our ASUS ROG GT AXE 16000 review.

The ASUS ZenWifi XT8 has a max WiFi download speed of 825 Mbps. On the other hand, the GT6 has an advertised max speed of…

The ASUS ZenWifi XT8 has a max WiFi download speed of 825 Mbps. On the other hand, the GT6 has an advertised max speed of 1000 Mbps. The ZenWifi also offers lower latency, 6 ms, compared to the GT6’s speed of 21.89 ms. For more, be sure to read our ASUS ROG GT AX6000 review.

At 2.4 GHz, the ASUS ROG GT6 Mesh outperforms the TP-Link Archer AXE75 in speed. The ASUS runs download speeds of 701 Mbps, while the…

At 2.4 GHz, the ASUS ROG GT6 Mesh outperforms the TP-Link Archer AXE75 in speed. The ASUS runs download speeds of 701 Mbps, while the TP-Link runs at 309 Mbps. However, the TP-Link offers one more LAN port than the ASUS but doesn’t offer link aggregation. The ASUS also wins in terms of usability. While the TP-Link offers many great features, they are only accessible via the smartphone app, while the ASUS can be controlled via the web or app. See how these routers compare to other models, and check out our ASUS RT AC66U review.

# of LAN Ports

3

4

3

4

# of Phone Ports

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

# of WAN Ports

1

1

1

1

App Compatible

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Available Storage

256MB

256MB

256MB

n/a

Band Technology

Tri

Dual

Tri

Tri

Data Encryption Type

WEP, WPA-Enterprise, WPA-PSK, WPA2-Enterprise, WPA3-Personal

WPA, WPA-Enterprise, WPA2, WPA2-Enterprise, WPA3, WPA3-Enterprise, WPS

WPA-Enterprise, WPA-PSK, WPA2-Enterprise, WPS

WPA3

Energy Star Certified

No

No

n/a

n/a

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Expert Score

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Customer Score

86

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True Score

82

Expert Score Breakdown

  • PC Mag
    85.3

    Category Trust Score

    90
    Asus’ ROG Rapture GT6 is a sleek-looking, two-piece mesh system designed with gamers in mind…. read more

    By:

    John R. Delaney
  • Tom’s Guide
    86.71

    Category Trust Score

    90
    By pushing the Wi-Fi 6 protocol to its limit, Asus has created a masterful mesh… read more

    By:

    Brian Nadel
  • CNET
    78.11

    Category Trust Score

    88
    Do you dare spend $600 on a fancy new mesh router? If it’s the Asus… read more

    By:

    Ry Crist
  • Techradar
    74.71

    Category Trust Score

    90
    A high-end mesh Wi-Fi system aimed at gamers is, admittedly, something of a niche product…. read more

    By:

    Cliff Joseph
  • Best Buy Blog
    65.33

    Category Trust Score

    NR
    If you’re looking for a powerful, customizable router that will take your gaming experience to… read more

    By:

    Matthew Rondina
  • Digital Citizen
    69.22

    Category Trust Score

    80
    The ASUS ROG Rapture GT6 is the first mesh Wi-Fi system for gamers, and it… read more

    By:

    Ciprian Adrian Rusen

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