ASUS ROG RAPTURE GT – AC5300 | Ultimate Gaming Router Currently Available in the Market | REVIEW

Today, I about to present the outcome of the review on the powerful router that, I’ve ever tested so far.

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Figure 1: The router from the top view. Love the ROG badge there.

OVERVIEW

The ASUS ROG Rapture GT-AC5300 Tri Band Wireless Router is the most powerful router that, available in our Malaysian market, currently. However, the comparable router with Rapture are, the TP-LINK Archer C5400X Gaming Tri Band wireless router, that comes same CPU as the Rapture.

PACKAGING’S

The box is huge for a router. This is acceptable, though, as, it is the ultimate gaming router for gamers out there.

Before Unboxing

 

 

After Unboxing

The router comes with the standard items.

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Figure 6: The item that comes with the router.

Kindly note that, this is a demo unit. Actual unit may vary from this.

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Figure 7: The rear of the router.

The rear view of the router comes with a single on/off button, an ac in port, 2 ports of USB 3.0, a single gigabit WAN port and 8 gigabit LAN port with two of them are reserved for gaming and another two reserved for link aggregation.

Let’s see what is the term Gaming Port and Link Aggregation stands for.

Gaming Port:

ROG Rapture GT-AC5300 provides two gaming LAN ports that are optimized for gaming devices. All traffic on these ports is given top priority, so your gaming devices or any other devices you want to connect to these ports are always at the head of the internet queue.

Link Aggregation:

The Link Aggregation feature that lets you team two LAN ports together into a single blisteringly fast 2Gbps connection. An additional information, Link aggregation requires a client with 802.3ad support.

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Figure 8: The right-hand side of the router.

On the right hand side of the router, there are three buttons given. A physical LED on/off button, a physical WPS button and a Wi-Fi on/off button.

SPECIFICATIONS

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Figure 9: ROG Rapture GT-AC5300 Router Specifications.

This router comes with the most powerful CPU for a router itself in Malaysian market. Despite of being powered by a powerful processor, the router comes with 1 GiB RAM, by which, this is the first time, I’ve ever tested a router with such RAM capacity. As mentioned in the overview section, the Rapture can be compared with TP-LINK Archer C5400X. However, the Archer C5400X haven’t released yet in the market. But, do not worry as, the Rapture offers tons of awesome features for gamers and heaviest users.

SETTING UP FOR FIRST USE

The setting up process of the router is similar to AC68U.

 

Once your setup is completed, you will be automatically directed to the login screen.

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Figure 18: The login page (Love the ROG fierce login page).

I personally like this login screen, by which, it is unique compared with other typical ASUS router. However, I am not sure, if, the RT-AC5300 having the similar login screen or vice versa.

INTERFACE WALK-THROUGH

There are tons of features that, awaits to be fully explored. I must say, this is the first time in my life, I have to spend some time to browse through the unique feature that makes this router to be the ultimate router for gamers.

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Figure 19: The dashboard view of the router.
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Figure 20: The Network Map of the router.
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Figure 21: The AiCloud.
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Figure 22: The Alexa and IFTTT feature.

GAME IPS (AiProtection)

The Game IPS is the famous AiProtection itself. Hence, the functions are the same. It does well when it comes to protecting the connected devices to it, from getting infected by the hovering malware in a website.

 

I must say, all ASUS’s high end router does comes with an AiProtection feature. Some individuals always ask this question to me as, “Why Asus routers are expensive compared to other router brands?”. My answer is simple, you pay the money for the service they offer. In other word, when the user purchase the router, the user will get the firmware support until the router reaches its EOL (End of Life). Besides that, ASUS will introduce few new features in future for their upcoming routers. I do not make a marketing strategy as, I am using AC68U it-self. The router still has received firmware upgrades until now. This is very important as, whenever there is a breach in the firmware discovered by the hackers out there, the manufacturer should issue an update / patch to overcome the issue. Currently, only brands such as ASUS and Mikrotik are issuing an update for their routers.

GAME PROFILE

This feature is something new for me, as, I’ve never seen a router that offers features like this. I am pretty sure gamers will like this feature a lot. You have to open the port (port forwarding) in order to do this. You can select the local IP which refers to, your current connected device.

 

You can select the given the game profile, or, you can customize profile by entering the required fields.

GAME BOOST

The Game Boost feature is a feature to maximize the performance of your gaming sessions by giving more priorities for games in order to reduce the ping and ensures a stable gaming performance.

 

You can select the given profile of the usage type or, a custom option were given to be set by the user according to your network usage. You also can choose whether to use a traditional QoS or an Adaptive QoS.

GAME PRIVATE NETWORK

One of the best things for gamers is, the built-in WTFast technology. This is a special feature which will enable you to fully optimize your gaming performance.

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Figure 31: The GPN of the router.

However, when good things come, you will have to lose other things as well. For game boost feature, you will lose the LAN Boost.

GAME RADAR

Game radar scans your current game profile and displays the ping of the game according to their respective serves in a specific region. This is a very good feature as, whenever you wish to connect to the server, hence, you know which server to be used / picked.

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Figure 32: The Game Radar.

IPTV

By default, the LAN 1 or LAN 2 port was reserved for IPTV. You can change the IPTV port to LAN port 5 / 6.

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Figure 33: The IPTV settings.

NETWORK MAP

Usually, the standard landing page of the most ASUS router will be the Network Map, an overall view of the activity of your router. But, mind you, this router, lands on the Dash Board instead of Network Map. So it is normal for gaming router.

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Figure 34: The Network Map of the router.

WIRELESS PERFORMANCE

The ROG Rapture GT-AC5300 is a tri-band router. Hence, it comes with a single 2.4 GHz band and two 5 GHz bands. Hereby, I attach the settings of each respective band.

Wireless Settings

2.4 GHz Wireless Band Settings:

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Figure 35: The 2.4GHz wireless settings.

Remarks:

For 2.4 GHz wireless band settings, I used the recommended way of my settings.

5 GHz Wireless Band Settings for both 5 GHz-1 and 5GHz-2:

 

Remarks:

For 5 GHz_1 wireless band settings, I used the recommended way of my settings. However, for the 5 GHz_2 wireless band settings, I kept the channel width to auto and the channel selection to be automatic. This was done purposely to test out if, there will be differences in terms of wireless performance of both 5 GHz_1 and 5 GHz_2.

Wireless Analysis

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Figure 38: The wireless speed of download test.

Analysis of Download

2.4 GHz

Despite of the band having wide coverage compared to the newer 5 GHz band(s), it promises the delivery of the bandwidth right to the connected device. In other word, similar with Mesh Router before, I able to achieve over 80% subscribed bandwidth even when I was away from the router.

5 GHz

The 5 GHz band lives up to its name as, it gives full network bandwidth delivery, but, the speed of the subscribed bandwidth reduces once, the distance was increased. But, due to the settings were set as a custom settings, hence, there is different in terms of the reading of the speedtest of the connected 5 GHz and 5 GHz_2 band.

5 GHz_2

The outcome of the 5 GHz_2 band, shows the speedtest fluctuates due to, the settings were set to automatic mode for both, wireless channel and channel width.

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Figure 39: The wireless speed of upload test.

Analysis of Upload

2.4 GHz

The upload speed seems to be stable and I able to achieve over 80% of subscribed upload bandwidth.

5 GHz

The result shows the upload speed test shows the speed remains constant at the upstairs until the veranda located in the upstairs. When it comes to downstairs, the upload speed fluctuates.

5 GHz_2

The upload speed seems to be slightly  unstable compared to the customized settings done for 5 GHz wireless bands.

Iperf3 Test

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Figure 40: The iperf3 test.

According to the Iperf3 test, I able to achieve over 95 MB/s.

ALEXA AND IFTTT

If you are planning to build a smart-home in the future, hence, this router does give the option to control the Alexa and IFTTT. Since, smart-home runs on the internet, this will be a useful feature.

 

USB SHARING

I’ve conducted two different tests on the writing speed of the file into the attached thumb-drive over a wireless connection.

For the first test, I attached a single USB stick to the USB 3.0 Port 1.

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Figure 43: The single stick writing process.

Analysis of Test 1

From the analysis 1, I able to achieve over 11 MB/s of writing speed.

For the second test, I’ve attached two USB stick to their respective USB 3.0 Ports.

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Figure 44: The dual stick writing process.

Analysis of Test 2

From the analysis 2, I able to achieve over 12 MB/s each separated with priorities on writing on the attached USB stick.

AiMESH

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Figure 45: The AiMesh feature of the router.

Being the most high end router from ASUS, this router definitely supports AiMesh feature. For more information on the AiMesh, please refer here.

ADVANTAGES AND DISADVANTAGES

Advantages

  1. Straight-forward setup.
  2. High capacity of RAM, suitable for ultimate gaming performances.
  3. Game profile given according to the pre-configured game (You also can add the game of your own.
  4. Game IPS (commonly known as AiProtection).
  5. Game Radar.
  6. Wi-Fi Radar.
  7. Alexa & IFTTT.
  8. Striking User Interface.
  9. AiMesh

Disadvantages

  1. No Captive Portal (Should be an advantage for business organizations).
  2. Overkill router in reality for normal home users whose, their main activity is browsing, streaming and file sharing.
  3. Expensive.

FINAL VERDICT

I’ve been testing the router for the past 12 days. I must say, until now, I haven’t fully explore the entire feature available in this router. I wish to applause towards ASUS’s developers for developing such firmware that offers tons of features. This shows that, the creation of this router has undergone a proper requirement engineering process before released to the market.

The major plus point is the design of the router. At some point, the Rapture looks like a giant tarantula spider hovers on the table I allocate specially for the routers.

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Figure 46: The antenna of the ROG Rapture.

The antennas build quality is nice. To justify my points, the price of the router is expensive, so does the firmware that offers tons of features. In order to fully optimize this router, the wireless coverage and strength is the major plus point of the router. The wireless coverage was nice, so does the wireless strength. Although as the network bandwidth transfer to the device reduces when the distance was increased, it enlightened us that, this router not only were built for heavy users such as gamers, but, this router does reduce your cost by preventing you from buying a third party equipment such as a repeater or a power-line in order to extend your wireless coverage throughout your house.

Next, the Game IPS feature is similar to the AiProtection, and, they just renamed it. Good news for the gamers. You now can choose the game profile of your game or, customize the game that, is not offered in the profile for better gaming performance.

Finally, with tons of the feature, I am pretty sure that, this router will satisfy your cravings to have a LAN party at your home and a good gaming experience with your friends and family. In other word, this router, definitely….worth of your money.

My Recommendations: 10 / 10


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