Wi-Fi 7 is here, a new wireless standard that will allow us to achieve really high speeds in our home, especially if you use the 6GHz band since this is where we have the main difference with respect to the previous Wi-Fi 6E standard, since we will have the possibility of configuring the router with 320MHz channel width, to get twice the speed than before. Furthermore, due to the 4096-QAM The maximum speed has also been increased in the rest of the frequency bands. Of course, there are other improvements such as MLO technology that will allow us to obtain greater speed and less latency.
This new wireless router with the Wi-Fi 7 standard is the first from the manufacturer ASUS, and also the first to arrive at RedesZone. The hardware features are simply exceptional, from its 2.6GHz Quad-Core processor of speed, passing through its 2GB DDR4 RAMuntil reaching Wi-Fi and wired connectivity, since it is the most complete router that exists so far.
The main wireless features of this router are that it incorporates a total of four simultaneous frequency bands, with the aim of providing the best possible wireless performance. Below, you can see the characteristics of the different frequency bands:
- 2.4GHz band: we can achieve a speed of up to 1376Mbps, thanks to the four external antennas in MU-MIMO 4T4R configuration, the 40MHz channel width, and the 4096QAM of Wi-Fi 7.
- 5GHz bands: The two 5GHz bands have the same characteristics, one is for “low” channels and the other is for “high” channels. In this case, we can achieve a speed of up to 5764Mbps, thanks to the four external antennas in MU-MIMO 4T4R configuration, the 160MHz channel width, and the 4096QAM of Wi-Fi 7.
- 6GHz band: it is the fastest frequency band, we can achieve a speed of up to 11529Mbps, thanks to the four external antennas in MU-MIMO 4T4R configuration, the 320MHz channel width, and the 4096QAM of Wi-Fi 7.
In all frequency bands we have OFDMA, MU-MIMO, Beamforming, TWT, Wi-Fi Agile Multiband technology and the rest of Wi-Fi 7 technologies. At the security level, it supports WPA3-Personal to adequately protect communications. wireless. Of course, the Asuswrt ROG firmware has compatibility with ASUS AiMesh, with the aim of forming a complete mesh WiFi network using this very high-performance router, in this way, you can take advantage of old ASUS routers and use them as signal extenders.
At the wiring level, this router is also really complete and its ports are really fast. The ASUS ROG Rapture GT-BE98 consists of the following ports:
- One 10G port For the WAN/LAN, we can configure it in the firmware.
- One 2.5G port For the WAN/LAN, we can also configure it in the firmware as we want.
- Three 2.5G ports for the LAN.
- One Gigabit port Ethernet for the LAN.
- One 10G port for the LAN.
With the Asuswrt ROG firmware, we can not only choose which port we want to work as a WAN, but we can also select any port on the LAN to work as a WAN, using the router's Dual WAN functionality. In this way, we will have the maximum possible versatility when configuring the different WANs. The most common thing will be to configure the WAN on the 10G or 2.5G port, and if you need to configure a second WAN, choose one of these ports.
This router also incorporates a USB 2.0 port and other high-performance USB 3.0 portTaking into account the powerful 2.6GHz Quad-Core processor it incorporates, it is clear that the reading and writing speed will be exceptional.
He firmware Asuswrt ROG This router not only incorporates the usual functionalities of ROG routers, such as Game Boost, the Gaming Port to prioritize the equipment that we connect to this 10G LAN port, Adaptive QoS and the rest of the technologies, it also has ASUS AiProtection Pro with all the functionalities, and they have added features of the ExpertWiFi family with the Guest Network Pro. Thanks to this functionality, we can create additional WiFi and wired networks to the main one, and separate them into different subnets and VLANs to isolate them from each other, perfect for have the maximum possible security on your home network.
The manufacturer ASUS wanted this router to be its flagship, both at the hardware level and also at the software level, by incorporating all the features of the previous ROGs, and adding the advanced functionality of the PRO routers and the ExpertWiFi family. .
Unboxing and first impressions
At RedesZone we already have with us this new ASUS ROG Rapture GT-BE98 router. The first thing that caught our attention is that the box is really big and heavy, since the router is very large and weighs 2Kg, right now it is one of the largest and heaviest routers from the manufacturer ASUS, and also from the rest of brands. The quality of all the materials is something that we must also highlight, from the box to the router it is clear that the materials are top-notch.
The only “but” we can say is that they have incorporated a Cat 6 FTP cable instead of a Cat 6A or higher cable to make the most of the 10G ports that this router incorporates. Although with this cable we can achieve 10G speeds without any problem, our recommendation is that you buy a Cat 7 or Cat 8 cable to connect your devices to the router.
In the following video you can see what this new gaming router with the Wi-Fi 7 standard is like, the first from the manufacturer ASUS with this wireless standard.
Soon at RedesZone we are going to offer you a complete analysis of the router, testing this router both with the Intel AX211 Wi-Fi card, which has Wi-Fi 6E and is the one we have used for a long time, as well as with a Wi-Fi 7 card to get the most out of the router's performance.