As 802.11ac gets swept beneath the rug by 802.11ax, many vendors are pushing one last router to advertise as a swan song of sorts capping that which was an excellent era of innovation in home networking. With their last effort ASUS has considered its ROG wing with the Rapture GT-AC2900.
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The Rapture GT-AC2900 may be the ROG adoption of the AC86U from earlier. This platform works on the Broadcom 4906 SoC operating at 1.8GHz across two cores. That is then paired with 256MB of NAND Flash and 512 MB of DDR3 from Micron. Radios includes the BCM4366E for 4×4 802.11an+ac and a second BCM4365E for 3×3 802.11bgn. This configuration offers 450Mbps on the two 2.4GHz band as the 5GHz band supports 1.7Gbps and 2.1Gbps with 1024QAM.
Additional connectivity includes both USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 ports, four Gigabit LAN and an individual Gigabit WAN. Features include support for ASUS AURA RGB lighting, GeForce Now optimizations and AiMesh support.
MSRP of the ROG GT-AC2900 will come in at $249.99 with a one-year warranty.
ROG Rapture AC2900
Packaging and a Closer Look
Packaging is fairly similar to what you’ll see with a ROG motherboard of GPU. We’ve a graphic of the router to the proper with features listed left.
Unboxing, we’ve the router, setup card and power adapter to the proper and ethernet cable left.
A closer consider the ROG theme, the complete center of the router lights up with AURA RGB together with the logo on the left. To the proper we’ve several activity LEDs.
On the backside, almost all of the router is setup for ventilation. Below we’ve power, USB 2.0, USB 3.0 and WAN in blue with the four LAN ports to the proper in black. Up top are three SMA connections for the antennas.
Setup and management of the GT-AC2900 starts with the familiar ASUS wizard providing you the option to create a fresh network or add this solution to an AiMesh via advanced options.
Moving through setup, the GT includes a new GeForce Now configuration letting you tie this feature to a button privately of the router for quick enable/disable.
After we push through initial setup we land at the overview and the ROG router platform. You will notice this implementation of the ASUS firmware only on Rapture platforms. From here you get yourself a quick summary of your network at the very top with traffic and ping below. Further down you have RGB control and Game Radar.
Even with this being truly a gaming platform, ASUS includes Trend Micro security as part of AiProtection. This suite of control offers parental and malicious sites blocking along with security and vulnerability protection.
Game Acceleration offers a hardware port which has priority traffic along with ROG First and Game Boost QoS.
Open NAT provides set of games that you could configure and add port forwarding rules for.
Game Radar offers insight into ping times predicated on loaded game servers.
Wi-Fi Radar includes site survey to aide in finding the right channels in your immediate area along with channel stats and advanced troubleshooting.
Getting into advanced setting the menu go from the gaming to something resembling an average ASUS router GUI. Thus giving the same overview along with CPU and memory usage.
The Wireless menu enables you to configure both 2.4 and 5GHz bands independently or with Smart Connect.
Benchmarks – Wired, Wireless and Mobile Throughput
Wired, Wireless and Mobile Throughput
We start testing with new charts from our new platform. In wired throughput the GT-AC2900 did quite nicely offering 950Mbps.
Getting into wireless, we focus on 2.4GHz with 94Mbps. As a bonus I could force the 40MHz band giving 214Mbps.
Pushing into 5GHz we see 611Mbps peak using standard 80MHz channels. Adding in 160MHz channels performance is boosted to 929Mbps.
To mobile testing, we’ve the ROG at 103Mbps gaining performance out to 10ft at 109Mbps.
5GHz was legit for the ROG, grabbing 938Mbps from our iPhone11 and holding that through 20ft before touching 894Mbps at 30ft.
For all those that love the look and selling point of a gaming router, no person does indeed it like ASUS. Taking from its motherboard design the GT-AC2900 gets the same edgy design and lightning of its ROG X570 and Z390 lineups. Construction is still first class with quality plastics and matte finish increasing this the Wave 2 hardware platform and mounting options.
Performance is the best I’ve seen from an 802.11ac platform, ever. Having said that, our most recent platform is our first to take good thing about 160MHz channels giving that extra little bit of performance seen from the GT-AC2900. Having said that, we could actually mandate 40MHz channels from the two 2.4GHz band giving us a good 214Mbps.
Over on 5GHz we tested 80MHz channels at 611Mbps so when switching on 160MHz ramped that up to 938Mbps. Range was quite good with the ROG calling 20ft holding top level 2.4GHz performance and 5GHz taking notes from there holding 938Mbps to 20ft before letting up.
Many of you have observed the Rapture Gaming platform ASUS uses in its ROG routers, lately with our overview of the GT-AX11000. This technique is no different in addition to the inclusion of GeForce Now. We still have all of the “standard” controls you’ll enter an ASUS platform with a gaming overlay and GameFirst QoS like the hardware “gaming port”.
Pricing is solid for the GT-AC2900 at $249.99 as really the only competition this unit has may be the XR500 from Netgear which is touch more costly at $299.99.