Best ASUS Wi-Fi routers in 2024

ASUS is one of the largest router brands globally, and it has an extensive portfolio of products in the networking category. Whether you're looking for a powerful Wi-Fi 6E router, a high-end gaming router with RGB lighting, or a budget-focused Wi-Fi 6 router that delivers reliable coverage, ASUS has several options to pick from. One of the best features of ASUS routers is the software; the brand's pre-installed router firmware is easy to use and has plenty of configurability, and you get a lot of security features for free — unlike other brands that charge a license. 

I'm prioritizing Wi-Fi 6E routers as they include wider channels and bands that work at a higher frequency, and with most target devices — like your phones, notebooks, and tablets — featuring Wi-Fi 6E, it makes sense to pick up a router that uses the standard.

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What's the best ASUS router right now?

ASUS makes a lot of routers, and if you're in the market for a Wi-Fi 6E router that doesn't cost too much but still delivers excellent connectivity and has the latest features, you should consider the RT-AXE7800. It has multi-gig Ethernet connectivity, more bandwidth than you'll need, and offers the 6GHz band with 160MHz channels. You also benefit from ASUS's software features, and should you need to increase coverage later on, you can always add to it via the flexible AiMesh system.

If you need a mesh solution that works out of the box, the ZenWiFi ET8 is the obvious choice. This mesh system has excellent coverage, more features than its immediate rivals, and a striking design that looks great.

Need a router for gaming? You can't go wrong with the GT-AXE11000. This is easily one of the best Wi-Fi 6e routers available today, and it combines an aggressive style with unbelievable bandwidth, exclusive gaming features, and so much more. It's overkill for most users, but if you need fast connectivity and don't mind paying a bit more, it is the obvious choice. 

Conversely, if you just need a Wi-Fi 6 router that excels at the basics, the RT-AX3000 is a terrific choice. 

What to look for in a modern Wi-Fi router

There's a lot of jargon when it comes to routers, so if you're interested in buying a new router and don't necessarily know how to differentiate between various products, here's a high-level overview of what all of the terms I outlined above mean. Broadly, these are the things you need to consider when buying a new router:

  • Bands: This is a broadcast frequency that routers use to transmit and receive data. For home routers, there are three frequencies: 2.4GHz, 5GHz, and 6GHz. 2.4GHz has the widest range but cannot carry much bandwidth, and this band is used mostly for IoT products these days. 5GHz is the workhorse band, offering decent coverage and high bandwidth. Most routers available today leverage this band heavily. The 6GHz band debuted with Wi-Fi 6 routers, and it has the ability to deliver significantly more bandwidth than 5GHz.
  • Channels: Think of channels as lanes on a highway — the more lanes you have, the more traffic it can accommodate. A 2.4GHz band is limited to channels that are 20Hz wide, so in highway parlance, this is equivalent to a two-lane road. A 5GHz band, meanwhile, has channels that are as wide as 80Hz, so think of it as an eight-lane highway — there's much more potential for data transmission. Wi-Fi 6 introduced 160MHz channels, and these are designed for multi-Gigabit wireless transmission. Wi-Fi 7 builds on that with the rollout of 320MHz channels, paving the way for 10 Gigabit transmission over Wi-Fi.
  • Ports: Most routers will have at least four Gigabit Ethernet ports along with a WAN port that plugs into your internet provider's modem. With the introduction of Wi-Fi 6E and Wi-Fi 7, router manufacturers started adding 2.5 and 10 Gigabit Ethernet ports to routers, so if you're thinking of getting a multi-Gigabit internet connection, you'll need to pick up a router that has at least a 2.5 Gigabit WAN port. Otherwise, the Gigabit port will be the bottleneck for your home network, and you won't see bandwidth of over 1Gbps.

Ideally, when buying a Wi-Fi 6E router, you'll need tri-band connectivity that includes all three bands — 2.4GHz, 5GHz, and 6GHz — along with 160MHz channels. Most mid-range routers now offer these bands and channels as standard, and even on budget options that don't have the 160MHz channels, you will notice much better connectivity as they include the 6GHz band and its associated channels. As the band is relatively new, it doesn't have nearly as much congestion as the 2.4GHz or 5GHz bands, so you're less likely to run into interference from nearly networks.

Harish Jonnalagadda
Senior Editor - Asia

Harish Jonnalagadda is Android Central's Senior Editor of Asia. In his current role, he oversees the site's coverage of Chinese phone brands, networking products, and AV gear. He has been testing phones for over a decade, and has extensive experience in mobile hardware and the global semiconductor industry. Contact him on Twitter at @chunkynerd.