We have a gigabit connection coming into our home. Our current router (ASUS ROG GT-AC5300) is starting to randomly drop connections, throttle itself, and reboots before becoming useful again. With no options of aftermarket firmware to pare down on the services and “features” we don’t need I started looking for a replacement.
I ordered the ASUS RT-AX3000 knowing the RAM and CPU were less powerful than the behemoth we’ve been using since March 2017, but being the current WiFi standard (WiFi 6 w/ WPA3) and a brand I trust to be solid I figured we’d either get more than we bargained for or at the very least exactly what we currently received by way of throughput.
In an all wired network I maxed out my speed tests at roughly 430Mbps down by 38Mbps up. My Internet package is provisioned for 1000/52Mbps. My keystones, patch panel, and cabling are all CAT6a standard with the cable being shielded solid copper. I bypassed my switch to run tests and left the SSID to its factory settings to prevent my IoT devices from connecting. With my laptop only, i pulled 430/38Mbps. When I connected my switch and had 27 wired devices I couldn’t pull more than 250Mbps down by 35Mbps up. When connecting my laptop i got the same 250/35Mbps. When I configured my WiFi to allow my IoT devices for a total of 45 devices connected, I pulled 200/30Mbps.
The firmware does offer a few features I thought would be lacking. One is being an OpenVPN server that uses your own DDNS (I use No-IP.com) with the option to allow intranet (local) access only or Internet and intranet (best option to secure your traffic while in public spaces). You can distribute a single OVPN file among individual users and assign usernames and passwords per user so they can use the same config/login on multiple devices
While the firmware is a pared down version of the ROG firmware it still uses half the allotted RAM.
The triple core CPU is a nice middle ground between low-end models with single or dual cores and the high end ROG models with quad core CPUs. This seems to be a decent design choice as traffic never maxed out the CPU. I think I saw it hit 12% utilized in the middle of running tests and streaming a large 4K HDR home video.
The size of this router is tiny compared to any other router I’ve had in the last decade. It’s a bit heavier, but i think thats just from the heat syncs since the case is made of plastic. The antenna are permanently attached. The best angle for the two outside antenna is outward at 45 degree and the two middle just a bit off-center pointing away from the center. This will allow it to cover two story homes when placed on the first floor.for single story homes or second floor placement all antenna should be strait up.
|商品尺寸||22.4 x 15.39 x 16 cm; 598.74 克|
|包装清单||用户指南, RT-AX3000 路由器|