Asus RoG Rapture GT6 review: high-speed gaming router with far-reaching mesh Wi-Fi

Router for larger homes

Asus RoG Rapture GT6 on a wooden table
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TechRadar Verdict

A high-end mesh Wi-Fi system aimed at gamers is, admittedly, something of a niche product. But if you live in a larger home with lots of bedrooms, then the speed and range of the Asus RoG Rapture GT6 is hard to beat. You don’t have to be a network guru either, as the well-designed Asus app will have you up and running in no time at all.

Pros

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    10Gbps, tri-band Wi-Fi 6

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    Easy-to-use app

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    Fast Ethernet for wired connections

Cons

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    Expensive

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    Overkill for most homes

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Asus RoG Rapture GT6: Two-minute review

There are quite a few high-speed routers that are designed specifically for gamers who need lightning-fast response times for their online action, but there aren’t many options on the best mesh Wi-Fi system lists that are able to combine top-of-the-range gaming performance with the wide coverage area required for larger homes.

The Asus RoG Rapture GT6, which is part of the manufacturer’s Republic Of Gamers (RoG) specialist brand, isn’t the first such mesh system that I’ve come across, but it’s certainly the fastest, providing tri-band Wi-Fi 6 with a top-speed of 10Gbps that should satisfy even the most demanding gamers. 

The mesh network features of the two-pack system that I reviewed here should also be able to cover large homes of up to 5,800 sq.ft in size (or six or more bedrooms, according to Asus). And, if you need the best gaming router that will meet your lofty coverage needs, it’s hard to beat.

Asus RoG Rapture GT6 on a wooden table

(Image credit: Future)

The Asus RoG Rapture GT6 certainly doesn’t look like a conventional router - in fact, the two routers look more like small thermo-nuclear devices waiting for Bruce Willis to come along and disarm them (it’s the blue wire - it’s always the blue wire!). In fact, the sturdy and chunky routers are so solidly-built, they each weigh in at around 0.9kg (1.98lbs) each.

The routers are available in either black or white - although, just for the lolz, Asus sent us one of each - with a sharply angular hexagonal shape, and an assortment of garish logos and slogans carved into the plastic panelling that exhort you to annihilate your online enemies with extreme prejudice. 

Asus RoG Rapture GT6 on a wooden table

(Image credit: Future)

Most gaming routers have an intimidating array of external antennae that are designed to boost transmission of the Wi-Fi signal (and also to look as scary as possible). However, the chunky design of the GT6 manages to hide no less than nine separate antennae inside the body of each router. 

Asus RoG Rapture GT6 on a wooden table

(Image credit: Future)

These are also angled to point in different directions in order to spread the Wi-Fi signal as far and wide as possible. And, of course, like all good gaming gear, the GT6 routers include a number of fancy lighting effects that can be selected from within the Asus app and beamed through the large RoG logo on the front of each router.

The Asus RoG Rapture GT6 isn’t taking any prisoners. It provides tri-band Wi-Fi 6 transmitting on the 2.4GHz as well as two separate 5.0GHz frequency bands with a maximum speed of 10Gbps. That should be fast enough even for hardcore gamers, and the use of tri-band Wi-Fi is always a good option for gaming as it allows you to reserve one of the 5.0GHz bands to your gaming rig while everyone else has to jostle for space on the other two bands.

Asus RoG Rapture GT6 on a wooden table

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Wired networking is also top-of-the-range, with a 2.5 Gigabit Ethernet port provided for high-speed Internet connections and three Gigabit Ethernet ports for wired networking. You can also combine - or ‘aggregate’ - two of these Ethernet ports to provide a 2Gbps Ethernet connection for your gaming PC or console. A USB-A (3.2) port is also provided so that you can port a USB storage device and share it with other people on your home network.

Asus RoG Rapture GT6 on a wooden table

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Despite its plethora of features, the Asus RoG Rapture GT6 is quite straightforward and easy to set up. One of the routers actually has a label that says - “I’m the main router - start here!” - along with a QR code for downloading the Asus Router app for iOS or Android. The app then lets you scan another QR code in order to automatically connect to the GT6’s Wi-Fi network, and also prompts you to create a new name and password for the network for additional security. 

For convenience, you have the option of merging the three frequency bands into a single network, but there’s also a choice to create three separate networks - which, as mentioned, will allow gamers to devote one of the 5GHz bands just to their gaming activities. Once the first router has been set up, the app also looks around to detect the second router - which it calls a ‘node’ - and automatically links the two routers together in order to create a wide-reaching mesh network. 

The app provides a good range of basic features for home users, such as network monitoring and diagnostics, and parental controls to protect young children online. For more advanced users, the GT6 also lets you open up a web browser interface that gives access to additional features, such as the ability to designate one of the Ethernet ports as the main ‘gaming port’ so that it gets priority for maximum performance and bandwidth.

Asus RoG Rapture GT6 on a wooden table

(Image credit: Future)
Benchmark Results: Asus RoG Rapture GT6

Ookla Speed Test - 2.4GHz (download/upload)
Within 5ft, no obstructions: 150/150Mbps
Within 30ft, three partition walls: 150/150Mbps

Ookla Speed Test - 5.0GHz/5.0GHz (download/upload)
Within 5ft, no obstructions: 150/150Mbps
Within 30ft, three partition walls: 150/150Mbps

20GB Steam download  - 2.4GHz
Within 5ft, no obstructions: 19MB/s
Within 30ft, three partition walls: 19MB/s

20GB Steam 20GB download  - 5.0GHz/5.0GHz
Within 5ft, no obstructions: 19MB/s
Within 30ft, three partition walls: 19MB/s

To be honest, I was almost embarrassed to connect the Asus RoG Rapture GT6 to our humble broadband connection. However, I do have an office at the back of the building that is an ideal candidate for a high-speed mesh upgrade, as the Wi-Fi in that part of the building is very unreliable. With that in mind, I connected the first GT6 router to our normal router, and then placed the second router about halfway along the corridor leading to that office.

Computers and other devices located in the same room as our normal router generally manage to get the most of our 150Mbs broadband, achieving 150Mbps on the Ookla speed test and 19MB/s when downloading games from Steam. As expected, the GT6 simply maintained those speeds for devices in the same room, so the next step was to carry our laptop into that back office to repeat those tests. 

At this point, the GT6 simply shrugged and rolled its eyes at me, effortlessly maintaining rock-steady speeds of 150Mbps on Ookla and 19MB/s on Steam on all three frequency bands, with the routers’ smouldering red lights glaring at me the whole time as if to show their contempt for our feeble office broadband.

Asus RoG Rapture GT6: Price & availability

  • How much does it cost?  $599.99 / £549.99 (about AU$900) 
  • When is it available? Available now
  • Where can you get it? Available in the US and the UK  (Australia TBC) 

If your home has that many bedrooms then you’re probably not too worried about the cost of the Asus RoG Rapture GT6. Even so, that sort of performance and wide-ranging mesh Wi-Fi doesn’t come cheap. 

You can’t buy the GT6 direct from Asus so you’ll have to shop around to find the best prices, but the two-pack that I reviewed here typically costs $599.99 in the US, or £549.99 in the UK. It hadn’t gone on sale in Australia at the time of this review, but those prices are equivalent to approximately AU$900. 

We also noticed that it is possible for customers in the UK to buy a single GT6 router on its own, for £297.08. This option doesn’t currently seem to be available in other regions.

  • Value: 4 / 5 

Asus RoG Rapture GT6: Specs

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Wi-Fi: Tri-band Wi-Fi 6 (2.4GHz + 5.0GHz + 5.0GHz)
Speed: 10Gbps
Connectivity: 1x 2.5G Ethernet (WAN), 3x Gigabit Ethernet (LAN), 1x USB-A (3.2)
Processor: Tri-core 1.7GHz
Memory: 512MB DDR4
Storage: 256MB Flash
Dimensions (HxWxD): 175 x 175 x 78mm
Weight: 0.88kg

Should you buy the Asus RoG Rapture GT6?

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ValueIts performance and features are first-rate, but it’s very expensive and complete overkill for most homes.4 / 5
DesignThe GT6 routers aren’t particularly elegant, but their study and distinctive design squeezes in plenty of high-performance hardware.4 / 5
PerformanceWith tri-band Wi-Fi 6 running at 10GBps and wide-ranging mesh Wi-Fi, the GT6 is in a league of its own.5 / 5
Average ratingA dream Wi-Fi system for gamers, but very much aimed at a niche audience.4 / 5

Buy it if...

You’re a competitive gamer
Most modern Wi-Fi routers can handle a spot of casual gaming, but a tri-band 10Gbps system such as the GT6 is very much designed for serious, competitive players.

You have lots of bedrooms
As well as being seriously fast, this two-pack system is also designed for larger homes with six or more bedrooms - or up to 5,800 sq.ft in size.

Don't buy it if...

You’re on a budget
The GT6 is very expensive, even for modern Wi-Fi 6 routers. There are plenty of less expensive alternatives, especially for the casual gamer.

You live in a smaller to medium home
Most of us don’t need expensive mesh systems to provide reliable Wi-Fi for our entire home, so a conventional standalone router will be more than enough for most people.

Asus RoG Rapture GT6: Also consider

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Row 0 - Cell 0 Asus RoG Rapture GT6Asus Rapture GT-AXE11000Linksys Atlas Pro 6
Wi-Fi: Tri-band Wi-Fi 6 (2.4GHz + 5.0GHz + 5.0GHz) Tri-band Wi-Fi 6E (2.4GHz/5.0GHz/6.0GHz)WiFi 6 (IEEE 802.11ax), dual-band
Speed: 10Gbps 11.0Gbps5.4Gbps
Connectivity: 1x 2.5G Ethernet (WAN), 3x Gigabit Ethernet (LAN), 1x USB-A (3.2) 1x 2.5 Gigabit Ethernet (WAN/LAN), 1x Gigabit Ethernet (WAN), 4x Gigabit Ethernet (LAN), 2x USB 3.21x Gigabit Ethernet (WAN), 3x Gigabit Ethernet (LAN)
Processor: Tri-core 1.7GHz 1.8GHz quad-core1.0GHz, dual-core Qualcomm Home 216
Memory: 512MB DDR4 1GB512MB
Storage: 256MB Flash 256GB Flash256MB Flash
Dimensions (HxWxD): 175 x 175 x 78mm175 x 300 x 300mm185 x 86.5 x 86.5mm
Weight: 0.88kg1.8kg0.68kg
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Asus Rapture GT-AXE11000
Those of us that live in more humble abodes probably don’t need to buy a mesh system that includes multiple routers. But, if you’re still serious about your gaming action then a gaming router such as the Rapture GT-AXE11000 can still provide top-of-the-range performance. Support for tri-band Wi-Fi 6E and the new 6.0GHz frequency band puts this at the front of the field for high-end gaming systems.

Read our full Asus Rapture GT-AXE11000 review

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Linksys Atlas Pro 6
Lots of homes can benefit from a mesh Wi-Fi system that can reach into every corner of the building, but if you’re not a hard-core gamer then you’ll probably get all the performance you need from a more modest option such as the Linksys Atlas 6 Pro. Its dual-band Wi-Fi 6 provides a top speed of 5.4Gbps, which is more than adequate for most home broadband services, and a two-router kit can cover homes of up to 5,400 sq.ft for only around £319.99 / $449.99 / AU580. 

Read our full Linksys Atlas Pro 6 review

How I tested the Asus RoG Rapture GT6

  • Tested it full-time for 3-4 days
  • Used the Ookla Speed Test app and by downloading large game files from Steam

The Rapture GT6 is a mesh networking system that includes two routers. I connected the first router to our existing broadband router, and placed the second router in a hallway close to the Wi-Fi deadspot in our back office. I then used it as our main router, full-time for 3-4 days.

For general Wi-Fi performance we used the Ookla Speed Test app. I also tested real-world download speed by downloading large game files from Steam.

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First reviewed July 2023

Contributor

Cliff Joseph is a former Editor of MacUser magazine, and a freelance technology writer with 30 year’s experience in the industry (and old enough to remember when Apple was close to going bust…).

His first job involved using Macs for magazine sub-editing and typesetting, which led to the realisation that these computer-thingies might actually turn out to be useful after all. After a few years specialising in the Mac side of the market, he went freelance and embraced the wide world of digital technology, including Windows PCs, digital audio and hi-fi, and networking. Somewhere along the line he also developed a bit of a gaming habit and has stubbornly waved the flag for Mac gaming for far too many years.