ASUS RT-AX89X is the new router that the Taiwanese firm proposes for users who want the most advanced in network equipment consumer, for online games or any task because it has equally well covered wireless capacity as cable.
Its “arachnid” design with eight external antennas and the number of external ports already tells us that this ASUS RT-AX89X is intended to manage high-performance networks. It also tells us that its price will not be economical …
The WLAN wireless network section highlights the support for 802.11ax (Wi-Fi 6). The latest standard is spreading quite widely on all kinds of devices (mainly laptops and smartphones) and is already a must on the best routers.
It can offer up to 4,804 Mbps in the 5 GHz band and up to 1,300 Mbps in the 2.4 GHz band to add 6,104 Mbps in dual band mode. Even over the previous Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac) standard, the router offers up to 4,333 Mbps (5 GHz) plus 1,000 Mbps in the 2.4 GHz band.
The company did not mention the signal strength of the router in dBi, but qualifies it for “Very big houses”. The device offers the latest security features, including WPA3-Personal and WPA2-Enterprise.
As for the wired network configuration, this ASUS RT-AX89X includes two 10 GbE uplinks, a 1 GbE WAN uplink and eight 1 GbE LAN downlinks. 10GbE ports can be individually reconfigured as LAN downlinks.
Two 5 Gbps USB 3.1 Type A ports are also offered that can incorporate USB Internet dongles and USB mass storage devices such as flash drives or external storage devices.
Spectacular design and impressive performanceBut where will be the problem with this ASUS RT-AX89X? We are afraid that its price will not be suitable for tight budgets. Although not announced, taking home one of the best next-generation routers we’ve seen so far home or to the office will require a payout that will exceed the $ 500 barrier.
Of course, the industry offers cheaper models to support Wi-Fi 6, like the new FRITZ! AVM; D-Link with mesh nets or TP-Link economy series.