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Asus ZenWiFi XT8 Review

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The Asus ZenWiFi AX (XT8) is a router built for smaller homes. It has good 2.4 GHZ download speeds and is easy to set up. However, it offers slow 5 GHz download speeds, and its range of connection is limited. Additionally, it only has one USB port for connecting external devices.

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Product Snapshot

Overview

The Asus ZenWiFi AX (XT8), released in early 2020, is a high-performing mid-tier tri-band mesh Wi-Fi system with many features, like wireless backhaul support, commonly found on the best routers. It’s a Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) tri-band, 6 antenna router with up to 6600 Mbps speed, ensuring robust performance for bandwidth-intensive tasks. It has an advertised range of coverage of 5,500 square feet (2,750 per node). It also includes multiple Gigabit Ethernet and USB 3.1 ports for increased connectivity options.

The router can be set up through the dedicated ASUS Router mobile app or through the browser interface. Here, they can access parental controls and security, including WPA, WPA 2, and WPA 3, as well as anti-malware tools.

Consensus

our Verdict

The Asus ZenWiFi AX (XT8) is a tri-band, mesh WiFI6 router that runs on the 80211ax tech, which has two 5 GHz bands, suitable for smaller spaces and apartments. The router supports a handful of cutting-edge features, such as WPA3 2., MU-MIMO, up to 160HZ bandwidth, direct signal beamforming, 1024 QAM, and OFDMA. Download speeds are 288 Mbps on a 5 GHz band, which is in the bottom 25% of routers. However, on a 2.4 GHZ band, download speeds are 95 Mbps, which is above average.

The router has a limited connection range, dropping out after around 90 feet, so users will either need an additional satellite node or only think about using this in smaller homes of around 1,500 square feet.

The interface on the mobile app and the web browser is very easy to use, allowing users to set up networks in minutes. From there, users can also easily set up network security, issue parental controls, and add additional networks.

ReasonS to Buy

  • Good 2.4 GHz Download Speed
    • The router is ideal for casual, smaller home use, as the download speed is 95 Mbps at a 2.4 GHz band, which is above average.

  • Easy to Set Up and Configure
    • Setting up a network is simple and intuitive. Users can access the ASUS Router mobile app on Android or iPhone to set up a network, update firmware, and access network security tools and parental controls.

    • The router also comes with a great browser-based interface.

Reason to Avoid

  • Subpar Download Speed
    • The router has a 5 GHz band download speed of 287 Mbps, which places it in the bottom 25% of the category.

  • Limited Range of Connection
    • Devices experience major WiFi issues at long ranges, as devices drop out after being around 90 feet from the router. This is subpar compared to similar routers.

  • Limited USB Connectivity
    • Users have limited ability to connect external devices, as the router only comes with one USB port.

Asus ZenWiFi XT8 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 TypeWPA-Enterprise, WPA-PSK, WPA2-Enterprise, WPS
Energy Star CertifiedEnergy Star Certifiedn/a
Frequency BandsFrequency Bands2.4 GHz
Integrated ModemIntegrated ModemNo
LAN PortsLAN Ports3 Gb Ethernet
MU-MIMO SupportMU-MIMO SupportYes
Mesh SystemMesh SystemYes
Number of AntennasNumber of Antennas6
Parental ControlsParental ControlsYes
Processor CoresProcessor CoresQuad
Processor SpeedProcessor Speed1.5 GHz
Quality of Service PrioritizationQuality of Service PrioritizationYes
WiFi RangeWiFi Range5500 sq. ft
WiFi SpeedWiFi Speed0.825 Gb
Wired SpeedWired Speed1000 Mb
Wireless StandardWireless StandardAC, AX, N

All Specs

Test Results

2.4 GHz Download speed (Mbits/s)95.3333
2.4 GHz Upload speed (Mbits/s)6
5 GHz Download speed (Mbits/s)287.82
5 GHz Upload speed (Mbits/s)6
Router Range (ft)90
Latency (ms)6
6 Ghz Download speed (Mbits/s)0
6 Ghz Upload speed (Mbits/s)0

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Product Comparison

Asus ZenWiFi XT8 Review

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Market Context

The Asus ZenWiFi AX (XT8), released in early 2020, is a high-performing mid-tier tri-band mesh Wi-Fi system with many features, like wireless backhaul support, commonly…

The Asus ZenWiFi AX (XT8), released in early 2020, is a high-performing mid-tier tri-band mesh Wi-Fi system with many features, like wireless backhaul support, commonly found on the best routers. It’s a Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) tri-band, 6 antenna router with up to 6600 Mbps speed, ensuring robust performance for bandwidth-intensive tasks. It has an advertised range of coverage of 5,500 square feet (2,750 per node). It also includes multiple Gigabit Ethernet and USB 3.1 ports for increased connectivity options.

The router can be set up through the dedicated ASUS Router mobile app or through the browser interface. Here, they can access parental controls and security, including WPA, WPA 2, and WPA 3, as well as anti-malware tools.

The Asus RT-AC66U B1 Dual-Band Gigabit Wi-Fi Router is a more budget-friendly model than the Asus ZenWiFi AX (XT8). The ZenWIFI model has a 288…

The Asus RT-AC66U B1 Dual-Band Gigabit Wi-Fi Router is a more budget-friendly model than the Asus ZenWiFi AX (XT8). The ZenWIFI model has a 288 Mbps 5 GHz download speed, better than the RT-AC66U, which measures 210 Mbps. The ZenWiFi is also a tri-band, whereas the RT-AC66U is only a dual-band. However, the RT-AC66U wins out in terms of inputs, offering 2 USB ports, compared to the ZenWiFis 1, and an additional LAN port on the router. If you want to view an ASUS model more similar to the ZenWifi in terms of performance, check out our ASUS ROG GT6 Mesh review.

The ASUS ZenWiFi AX’s 5 GHz 288 Mbps download speed is superior to the ASUS Blue Cave AC2600, which has a speed of 242 Mbps…

The ASUS ZenWiFi AX’s 5 GHz 288 Mbps download speed is superior to the ASUS Blue Cave AC2600, which has a speed of 242 Mbps on 5 GHz. But the Blue Cave has more inputs, four Gigabit Ethernet ports in total, whereas the Asus ZenWiFi AX only has three. The Blue Cave also has a range advantage, testing in at 125 feet, while the ZenWiFi drops out at around 90 feet. For more, we also have an ASUS RT AX86S review.

In terms of speed, the Eero 6+ offers a total WiFi performance of 3,000 Mbps, which is lower than the advertised WiFi speed of the…

In terms of speed, the Eero 6+ offers a total WiFi performance of 3,000 Mbps, which is lower than the advertised WiFi speed of the ASUS ZenWiFi AX (XT8), which is 6,600 Mbps. The ASUS has more ports, too, with 3 LAN ports, which is one more than the Eero. It also has a USB port, and the Eero has none. Range-wise, the ASUS comes out below, providing a range of coverage that’s 90 feet, compared to the Eero 6+, which drops out at 105 feet. For more on this brand, be sure to check out our Eero 6 Pro router review.

# of LAN Ports

3

3

4

1

# 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

4000MB

Band Technology

Tri

Tri

Dual

Tri

Data Encryption Type

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

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

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

WPA2-PSK, WPA3-Personal

Energy Star Certified

n/a

No

No

No

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  • Techgear Lab
    87.29

    Category Trust Rating

    60
    The ASUS ZenWiFi (XT8) is a great wifi mesh system. This model performed well, particularly… Read More

    By:

    Matt Spencer
  • PC Mag
    85.3

    Category Trust Rating

    90
    The Asus ZenWiFi AX (XT8) is a whole home Wi-Fi 6 mesh system equipped with… Read More

    By:

    John R. Delaney
  • Tom’s Guide
    86.71

    Category Trust Rating

    70
    With its tri-band design and Wi-Fi 6 performance, the Asus ZenWiFi AX comes through with… Read More

    By:

    Brian Nadel
  • Which?
    57.06

    Category Trust Rating

    NR

    By:

    Unknown
  • Techradar
    74.71

    Category Trust Rating

    100
    It’s expensive, and not everyone will need the sheer speed of Wi-Fi 6, but the… Read More

    By:

    Cliff Joseph
  • Lifewire
    80.27

    Category Trust Rating

    84
    The SUS ZenWiFi mesh router is arguably one of the finest options on the market… Read More

    By:

    Rebecca Isaacs