The ASUS Rapture GT-AC5300 is by far the fastest router we reviewed, which is not surprising considering it is also the most expensive! The router is packed full of features and in our opinion the device is the best router for 2019, with double the number of ethernet ports than its predecessor.
The device is tri-band, meaning it can push up to 5300Mps throughput, the device achieves these speeds using it’s EIGHT external antenna’s. The device is an excellent choice for gamers due it’s ability to dedicate one Wi-Fi band to gaming, reducing network noise and latency for gaming. We recommend using the band with the least amount of devices on in your area for improved performance. The device also uses WTFast technology to prioritises wireless gaming network traffic.
In addition to the above specifications the device has 2 USB ports and multiple firmware options that can be utilized using the devices bundled software and built in malware detection.
The GT-AC5300 has almost identical aesthetics to the previous model the RT-AC5300. The device is not small, and by not small we mean this thing is a GIANT for a wireless router, once all the wireless antennas are attached the thing measures in at 320mm x 320mm and stands at about 80mm tall and weighs in at a whopping 1.8Kg! Installation is fairly stragith forward. However, adding the antennas is a bit of a pain, but it only needs to be done once.
The device has 6 LED’s on the front for power, 2.4Ghz, 5Ghz, Internet connection status, ethernet activity and WPS. On the back there are eight ethernet ports and a WAN ethernet allowing connection to your modem. Both of the USB ports are also located on the back of the device and the devices power on and off switch.
Two of the eight ethernet ports are labelled “gaming” these the points you should connect your consoles and gaming PC’s as they utilize the devices WTFast traffic prioritization for gaming.
The overall performance the gaming focused features make the GT-AC5300 is the best router for gaming. Additionally the ethernet 8 ports and extremely fast wifi performance make the device great for any modern home network where streaming and other high bandwidth tasks are performed.