Asus ac5300 review: Asus GT-AC5300 | Tom’s Hardware

Asus GT-AC5300 | Tom’s Hardware

Tom’s Hardware Verdict

The GT-AC5300 is a powerful router with a lot of high-end specs. It does a decent job at network congestion, but the lack of Wi-Fi 6 limits the throughput and security.

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Ever go to the car dealership, be tempted to buy the latest and greatest model, but the price is just a little too far out of reach? As you agonize over the price, but are enthralled at the long list of features, the helpful salesman walks you over to the side lot and says you can buy last year’s version of the car—at a hefty discount. If the price is right, this can certainly be an excellent strategy to acquire a great vehicle and a nice deal.

However, routers are not sports cars. So let’s take a look at whether this approach makes sense with Asus’ offering of the Republic of Gamers Rapture GT-AC5300. After all, the GT-AC5300 has been supplanted by the newer, Wi-Fi 6 version of this router, better known as the ROG Rapture GT-AX11000.

Read on to see if buying the top version of a previous year’s router is the way to go, or if you should opt instead for a newer model.

  • ASUS ROG Rapture GT-AC5300 at Amazon for $364.96

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For those looking for a nice compact router to tuck away on a bookshelf, let’s be totally clear here: The GT-AC5300 is really not the router for you. Rather, this piece of networking hardware is a large box, with a horizontal base, and no less than eight external antennas that can be positioned. It has an attractive grille on the top surface, with enough perforated surface area to keep the internals from overheating.

The material used is a black plastic that’s is close to a fully matte sheen. On top of that, there are orange accent stripes. While there is no flashy RGB lighting, there are six small status LEDs. The weight of the router is a hefty 4.14 pounds (1880 grams).


Processor 1.8GHz quad-core processor
Memory 256MB NAND flash and 1GB DDR3 SDRAM
Ports RJ45 for 10/100/1000/Gigabits BaseT for WAN x 1, RJ45 for 10/100/1000/Gigabits BaseT for LAN x 8 USB 3.0 x 2
Encryption Open system, WPA/WPA2-Personal, WPA/WPA2-Enterprise
Wi-Fi Technology IPv6
Beamforming: standard-based and universal
2.4GHz x3, 5GHz-1 x3, 5GHz-2 x3
Dimensions 2.55 x 9.64 x 9.64 inches
Weight 4.14 lbs. / 1880 g
Price $449. 99

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The back of this router takes the connections over the top as well. Along with a physical on/off power toggle, there are a pair of USB ports, while many lesser routers get by with just one. Also, the wired Ethernet connections follow this theme as well, as most routers have four Ethernet ports, the GT-AC5300 sees that and raises it by a factor of two for a total of eight Ethernet ports, which are all Gigabit. This is ideal, as with this number of available ports most users can make all of their wired connections without needing an additional switch in their setup.

The Wi-Fi standard that the GT-AC5300 utilizes is 802.11ac, also known as Wi-Fi 5, which puts it a step behind the state-of-the-art Wi-Fi 6/6E. Asus indicates that it is AC5300, which is derived from a claimed 1000 Mbps throughput on the 2.4 GHz band, plus a pair of 5 GHz bands that are each 2167 Mbps, making this a tri-band router. There is support for wireless features that include Beamforming and Multi-User Multiple Input Multiple Output (MU-MIMO) as well.

The core specs for the GT-AC5300 are solid as well. This includes a 1.8 GHz quad-core processor, 256MB NAND flash and 1GB DDR3 SDRAM. There is also some flexibility engineered into this router as well. It can both work as the primary node on Asus’ AiMesh mesh router system that can combine Asus routers into a mesh network, and as an AiMesh node as well. Although we’re not sure why anyone would want to use a router this expensive as a node.


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Setting up the GT-AC5300 follows a similar pattern as other Asus routers, namely through a web-based interface after the eight antennas are screwed onto the router and the wired connections have been made. While some may prefer the app-based approach that some other manufacturers (like TP-Link) use, we find the browser-based approach to be an overall faster sequence to get the router working. It took less than 15 minutes from start to finish without any hiccups, so we found this process to be pretty efficient.


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Being a top-end router, the GT-AC5300 has plenty of features baked into it. This includes Asus’ excellent Adaptive QoS, which can prioritize a variety of different web traffic types, from games to media streaming, and also «Web surfing” among the five preset choices that also include popular pandemic choices of “Learn-From-Home” and “Work-From-Home,” with an additional option to customize further as needed.

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This router integrates WTFast, a Gamer’s Private Network. We appreciate that the Basic subscription is included with the router, with an option for the Advanced subscription available for an extra charge after a reasonable 14 day trial period. As seen in the screenshot above, a variety of PC and console games are supported.

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Finally, another useful feature is the Bandwidth Monitor. This tool can, in real time, monitor the bandwidth used on your network, on both the upload and download side of the equation. In the screenshot above, we can see how the multiple simultaneous 8k video streams totally saturated our Internet connection on the download.


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The GT-AC5300 has plenty of security features as well. Network protection is provided by AiProtection,  powered by Trend Micro, and we appreciate that this subscription is included as well with the router. AiProtection starts with a router security assessment that checks on fifteen points, including the complexity of the wireless password, and if WPS is disabled. There is also blocking of known malicious sites, and protection from DDoS attacks.

There are also Parental Controls, which includes time scheduling to limit children’s screen time, and Web & Apps Filters to block access at the router level to sites and software you do not want the family visiting or using.

Perhaps the most significant security hole of this router is that it does not support Wi-Fi 6, and therefore does not have any support for the latest in wireless security. In other words, while it is compatible with the WPA and WPA2 security protocols, there is no support for WPA3, which is starting to come into more general use.


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In throughput testing, the GT-AC5300 had decent scores, but the lack of Wi-Fi 6 had it falling short of the competition. Using our NetPerf software, we found on 2.4 GHz the throughput when close is 133 Mbps, which then decreased to 94 Mbps when we moved 30 feet away. The 5 GHz near score was more impressive at 615 Mbps, although it dropped off quite a bit with increased distance to 352 Mbps. What was impressive some years ago is now nothing exceptional.

2.4 GHz near 2.4 GHz far 5 GHz near 5 GHz far
Bandwidth (Mbps) 133 94 615 352

The GT-AC5300 has Asus’ excellent QoS, and with the hardware underneath the hood of this router, we expected some solid scores. Overall it’s a strong entry on this test, with average FPS scores of 112.4 playing Overwatch when wired, and 114.5 on the 5 GHz connection with no video streaming. We next added the network congestion of ten 8K videos streaming, which saturated our 300 Mbps internet connection, and dropped the average FPS down to 98 with the QoS off when connected via Ethernet. With QoS enabled, still on a wired connection, the FPS went back up to 111.8- very close to before we added the videos, which is impressive.

Testing Configuration QoS FRAPS avg Max 8K Dropped frames Pingplotter Spikes Latency
Ethernet no 112.4 135 n/a 0 231
Ethernet + 10 8k videos no 98 120 33.40% 1 273
Ethernet + 10 8k videos yes 111.8 139 27.50% 1 244
Ethernet + 10 8k videos, WTFast yes 117. 9 148 49.50% 1 245
5 GHz no 114.5 134 n/a 0 231
5 GHz + 10 8k videos no 30.4 90 7.20% 3 113
5 GHz + 10 8k videos yes 109.9 133 6.96% 2 82
WTFast on yes 63.6 118 46.70% 2 87
2.4 GHz no 117.2 130 n/a 0 242
2.4 GHz + 10 8k videos no 33 88 video froze 12 132
2.4 GHz + 10 8k videos yes 95.3 131 2.50% 3 105

We wanted to tease apart the value of WTFast, and ran separate tests on both wired and 5 GHz connections, particularly as it supports our test game, Overwatch. When connected via Ethernet, with WTFast enabled, we did find our fastest average FPS score at 117. 9 with the ten 8K videos streaming, although video streaming was sacrificed with the highest dropped frame rate of 49.5% on our videos. The results were more disappointing with WTFast on 5 GHz, with an average FPS showing a significant drop to 63.6. At least in this dataset, we failed to find the value of WTFast on our gameplay, and generally had higher FPS scores with it disabled.


The key to understanding Asus’ plan to continue selling such a high end Wi-Fi 5 router is to discount the price. The GT-AC5300 has a list price of $299, but we easily found a street price of $239 online. This puts this top-end router solidly into mid-range territory, making it an attractive value proposition if you consider when it debuted, it was Asus’ top-end router, with tons of features.

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In the final analysis, the GT-AC5300 encompasses two sides of the same coin. In one interpretation, this is Asus’s previous ‘Top Gun’ router, now sold as a bargain, with strengths of solid hardware specs, strong network congestion management, and oodles of features such as integrated network-level antivirus protection.  

However, this router lacks Wi-Fi 6, which limits top throughput speeds, and has no WPA3, the latest wireless security standard. While current owners of the GT-AC5300 will likely be satisfied with their current level of performance, those looking for a new router will be better served with another, more recent router from Asus, the RT-AX82U, that for a similar price and offers better performance, without the significant downsides of being a bit outdated.

Jonas P. DeMuro is a freelance reviewer covering wireless networking hardware.

Asus RT-AC5300 Wireless AC5300 Tri-Band Gigabit Router Review

Designed for large homes that require maximum bandwidth for online gaming and 4K video streaming, the Asus RT-AC5300 Wireless AC5300 Tri-Band Gigabit Router ($399.99) uses the latest 802.11ac technology and three individual radio bands to deliver game-worthy throughput to multiple clients. This oversized router is packed with features, including game-enhancement options, Multi-User Multiple Input, Multiple Output (MU-MIMO) data streaming, 4X4 data transmissions, and a wealth of management settings. It turned in very respectable scores in our throughput tests, but couldn’t quite match the overall performance of our top pick for high-end routers, the D-Link AC5300 Ultra Wi-Fi Router (DIR-895L/R)($330.00 at Amazon)(Opens in a new window).

Design and Features
Measuring 2.6 by 9.6 by 9.6 inches (HWD), the RT-AC5300 ($299.99 at Newegg)(Opens in a new window) requires a good deal of desktop space, but not as much as the D-Link DIR-895L/R, which measures 5.8 by 16.4 by 10.3 inches. The router uses a matte-black enclosure with red trim and beveled edges, and has eight removable and adjustable antennas. The front edge contains small LED indicators for Power, 2.4GHz and 5GHz band connectivity, WAN and Internet activity, and WPS activity. On the left side is a USB 2.0 port, as well as buttons for enabling and disabling the LEDs and the Wi-Fi bands and for initializing the WPS security feature. Around back are four Gigabit LAN ports, a WAN port, a USB 3.0 port, and a Power button.

A 1.4GHz dual-core processor powers the RT-AC5300, and the router uses 802.11ac circuitry with three individual radio bands (one 2.4GHz band and two 5GHz bands). It’s an AC5300 device that delivers theoretical throughput speeds of up to 1,000Mbps on the 2.4GHz band and 2,167Mbps on each of the 5GHz bands. As with the D-Link DIR-895L/R, the RT-AC5300 is a 4X4 router, which means it uses four individual streams to deliver and receive data. It also supports beamforming, sending signals directly to clients, Smart Connect, which automatically chooses the best band for optimal throughput, and MU-MIMO technology for simultaneous rather than sequential streaming.

Asus RT-AC5300 Wireless Tri-Band Router

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The router is loaded with basic and advanced management settings. The Web-based ASUSWRT management console opens to a home page that displays a list of settings on the left, a network map in the middle, and a system-status synopsis on the right. General settings include Guest Network, AiProtection (which includes Trend Micro malware protection and a full set of Parental Controls), Adaptive QoS (which features a bandwidth monitor, Quality of Service prioritization, and a history of Web-surfing activity), a Traffic Analyzer that displays daily and current network-traffic statistics, USB-peripheral management, and AiCloud 2. 0, which allows you to access your USB-attached storage devices from anywhere via the Internet. If you’re a gamer, you’ll appreciate the Game Boost feature, which offers one-click QoS settings that give gaming applications traffic-network priority, and provides you with a free subscription to WTFast, an online game-acceleration service that automatically routes game data to achieve optimal bandwidth.

In the Advanced Settings menu, you can configure Wireless MAC Filter and Radius Server settings, and use the Professional settings to enable MU-MIMO, beamforming, Smart Connect, and wireless scheduling. Here, you can also change channel settings, hide the SSID, and choose an authentication (security) method, such as WPA2 Personal and Auto-Personal or WPA2 Enterprise and Auto-Enterprise. Other Advanced settings include LAN routing, WAN configuration, Port Forwarding and Port Triggering, URL and Keyword Filtering, and VPN Server and Client settings. The Administrative menu has settings that configure the RT-AC5300 as a router, a bridge, or an access point, as well as system settings (name, password, and time zone) and a firmware upgrade option.

Installation and Performance
The Setup Wizard makes it easy to set up the router for first-time use. After connecting the router to my PC, I opened a browser, entered in the address bar, and followed the on-screen instructions to configure basic Internet DHCP and wireless security settings.

An excellent performer in our tests, the router’s score of 101Mbps in our 2.4GHz close-proximity (same-room) throughput test was second only to the Netgear Nighthawk X4S Smart Wi-Fi Router (R7800)($135.90 at Amazon)(Opens in a new window) (105Mbps), and a bit faster than the Linksys EA9500 Max-Stream AC5400 MU-MIMO Gigabit Router ($429.99 at Amazon)(Opens in a new window) (98.9Mbps), the TP-Link Talon AD7200 Multi-Band Wi-Fi Router ($299.99 at Amazon)(Opens in a new window) (98.4Mbps), and the D-Link DIR-895L/R (98.4Mbps). At a distance of 30 feet, the RT-AC5300 scored 80Mbps, just beating the Linksys EA9500 (79.1Mbps), the TP-Link Talon (79. 8Mbps), and the D-Link DIR-895L/R (71Mbps). The Netgear R7800 trailed with a score of 52.3Mbps.

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5GHz performance was also solid. Its score of 515Mbps in the close-proximity (same-room) test was identical to the D-Link DIR-895L/R and faster than the Linksys EA9500 (450Mbps), the Netgear R7800 (491Mbps), and the TP-Link Talon (440Mbps). In the 5GHz 30-foot test, its throughput of 320Mbps was a close second to the D-Link DIR-895L/R (324Mbps) and a good deal faster than the TP-Link Talon (237Mbps), the Netgear R7800 (247Mbps), and the Linksys EA9500 (258Mbps).

We tested MU-MIMO throughput using three identical Acer Aspire R13 laptops equipped with Qualcomm’s QCA61x4A MU-MIMO circuitry. In our close-proximity (same-room) test, the RT-AC5300 averaged a total throughput speed of 188Mbps across the three clients. That beat the Zyxel AC2200 MU-MIMO Dual-Band Wireless Gigabit Router (NBG6815) ($138. 99 at Amazon)(Opens in a new window) (148Mbps), but trailed the D-Link DIR-895L/R (264.6Mbps), the TP-Link Talon (226Mbps), and the Linksys EA9500 (210.3Mbps). The RT-AC5300’s score of 141Mbps in the 30-foot MU-MIMO test bested the D-Link DIR-895L/R (134.5Mbps), the TP-Link Talon (113Mbps), and the ZyXel NBG6815 (87.3Mbps), but not the Linksys EA9500 (162.3Mbps).

To test file-transfer speeds, we use a 1.5GB folder containing a mix of photo, music, video, and document files and a USB drive. The RT-AC5300 measured a speed of 26.2MBps in the write test and 33.3MBps in the read test. The D-Link DIR-895L/R was much faster, with a write speed of 39.5MBps and a read speed of 78.3MBps. The Linksys EA9500 delivered scores of 35.3MBps (write) and 38.5MBps (read).

The Asus RT-AC5300 Wireless AC5300 Tri-Band Gigabit Router is a smart choice if you require the throughput needed for online gaming and high-resolution video streaming. It’s physically large and carries a hefty price tag, but it delivered very fast 2. 4GHz and 5GHz throughput scores in our tests, and turned in respectable MU-MIMO throughput scores as well. It offers a generous array of management settings, including Game Boost, which lets you prioritize network traffic for optimal gaming performance, and it’s packed with the latest 802.11ac features, including beamforming and Smart Connect. However, its file-transfer speeds are mediocre. The RT-AC5300 is fast, but the similarly configured D-Link AC5300 Ultra Wi-Fi Router (DIR-895L/R), which is $20 less expensive, delivered slightly faster overall performance in our tests and remains our Editors’ Choice for high-end routers.

Asus RT-AC5300 Wireless AC5300 Tri-Band Gigabit Router


  • Very fast 2.4GHz and 5GHz throughput in testing.

  • Numerous management settings.

  • MU-MIMO enabled.

The Bottom Line

If you frequently game online or stream 4K video, the Asus RT-AC5300 is a tri-band router that delivers speedy 2. 4GHz and 5GHz throughput and offers an abundance of management settings, as well as Multi-User Multiple Input, Multiple Output (MU-MIMO) data streaming.

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Asus ROG Rapture GT-AC5300 review: The ultimate router for gamers and nerds

With a street price ranging from $320 to more than $400, Asus’ ROG Rapture GT-AC5300 is expensive for a reason. It’s the only router on the market that combines powerful hardware specs, eight Gigabit LAN ports and a ton of features geared toward gaming.  

If online games are what you care deeply about, this is an excellent router. But that said, for most other home users, the Asus RT-AC88U or the RT-AC5300 will deliver the same experience for less money.

The GT-AC5300 comes with eight Gigabit LAN ports and eight removable antennas.

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Powerful hardware, common feature set

The GT-5300 looks exactly the same as the RT-AC5300 that came out some two years ago, with a large squarish design and eight antennas. It also shares the same Wi-Fi standard as its older sibling. Both are tri-band routers with two 5-gigahertz bands, each with a top speed of 2,167Mbps. A third 2.4GHz band tops out at 1,000Mbps. The router also supports MU-MIMO, allowing it to support devices on multiple Wi-Fi tiers without slowing any of them down.

In fact,  the GT-AC5300 shares a common feature set with most previous Asus high end routers, including:

  • Dual-WAN: You can turn one of its LAN port into a second WAN port to host two broadband connections at the same time
  • Link aggregation: You can combine two of its LAN ports into a single 2Gbps connection, a useful feature if you have a server that also supports this.
  • Free life-time built-in protection: The router works with TrendMicro to protect the entire network (including IoT smart devices) against online threats.
  • Advanced network monitoring and Quality of Service (QoS, also called Quality of Control) features: You can monitor the traffic in real time and set up QoS to prioritize internet services to individual client in the network.
  • Advanced USB-based features: You can use the USB port to host storage devices or other peripheral devices, including a cellular dongle.

Unique gaming features

The GT-AC5300 is also very different from the RT-AC5300, with eight LAN ports instead of four. (The Asus RT-AC88U — which is basically a dual-band version of the RT-AC5300 — also has eight LAN ports.) More ports means you can connect more devices using network cables, something that works better for games than connecting via Wi-Fi. The GT-AC5300 also doubles the amount of system memory to 512MB and internal flash memory to 1GB.

The GT-AC5300’s interface, though well-organized, can be daunting to home users.

Screenshot by Dong Ngo/CNET

What makes the GT-AC5300 really stand out is its support for online gaming. Most of the router’s features have many preconfigured settings to support hundreds of popular games. For example, if you want Diablo 3 to have priority on your home network, you can just select it from a list, instead of having to program all the settings manually. Best of all, the router can work as a WTFast client, allowing it to automatically connect to the Gamers Private Network (GPN). With this in place, your entire home network is part of GPN and you won’t need to run WTFast on your computer anymore. GPN automatically selects the best server for any game you’re playing, allowing for the best possible connection with the lowest latency.

Daunting interface, limited mobile app

The support for games also brings about a drawback, however; specifically the interface. The GT-AC5300’s interface is similar to that of the RT-AC5300 or the RT-AC88U. It’s quite well-organized, and for the most part is easy to use, but the ROG (Republic of Gamers) theme, with bright red colors and tons of animated graphics, can, to the uninitiated, be confusing at best and daunting at worst.

The web interface also has too many preconfigured settings for games, and it’s laden with gamer-specific lingo. If you want to program the router for something unrelated to gaming, you’ll have hard time finding the right section to start with. For example, the built-in protection function of the router, which is normally aptly called AiProtection, is called Game IPS on the GT-AC5300’s interface. Similarly, the QoS feature is called Game Boost, and so on.

The interface isn’t the worst thing in the world, and you can probably get used to it after a while. Still, the router would be much more user-friendly if it had an option to change the theme to match that of other Asus routers.

With the GT-AC5300, Asus has also introduced a mobile app, called Asus Router, that’s much easier to use and allows users to do most of what they can with the interface. However, this mobile app only works locally, when your phone is connected the router’s Wi-Fi network.


The GT-AC5300 did well in my testing, registering a top sustained Wi-Fi speed of almost 750Mps on the 5GHz band. Its 2.4GHz performance wasn’t as impressive, however, coming in at about 90Mbps. This is a normal for most recent high-end routers, where the 2.4GHz frequency is there only for compatibility. The router also delivered a Wi-Fi signal over a very long range. I was able to get a sustained speed of more than 100Mbps from 150 feet away.

CNET Labs 5GHz Wi-Fi performance

Asus ROG GT-AC5300 742.2 546.6Netgear R7800 785.2 538.3Linksys EA9500 685.2 496Synology RT2600ac 715.6 453.6Asus RT-AC88U 643.6 345.2D-Link DIR-868L 271 221D-Link DIR-880L 525.6 212.8TP-Link Talon 574 192Netgear R9000 533 172.6Synology RT1900AC 586.8 70.9

  • Close range
  • Long range

Note: Measured in megabits per second. Longer bars mean better performance.

The router passed my 48-hour stress test, during which I set it to transfer a large amount of data between multiple clients, and it didn’t disconnect once.

I tried out most of the the gaming features with a few games including Diablo 3 and Start Craft 2, which worked as intended. It was impossible for me to test them all since the list of supported games is quite long.

Should you get it?

If you play games often and you can afford it, the GT-AC5300 is the best router you can get. Just be prepared to handle its interface. On the other hand, if gaming is low on your priority list, many other routers, especially the Asus RT-5300, and better yet, the RT-AC88U, will give you a very similar experience at a lower cost.

Asus ROG Rapture GT-AC5300 Router Review

At a glance

The Asus ROG Rapture GT-AC5300 did not waste any time in showcasing what it is all about. With an SRP around $400, the GT-AC5300 is a top-tier router that focuses on accommodating heavy-duty internet use.

With a hefty amount of Gigabit LAN ports and features that are all gamer-centric, the GT-AC5300 is a beast that delivers on speed and performance.

The features that the Rog Rapture GT-AC5300 comes with make it highly attractive for gamers, specifically online gamers who love to stream not only their games but also 4K videos.

You can bet the GT-AC5300 will be able to handle such strenuous online activity without breaking a sweat – of course; your current ISP plan will be the backbone.

As we have noted, the ROG Rapture GT-AC5300 does appear to be quite a powerful router and with an emphasis on improving the online gaming experience.

That said, for casual home internet users, I do feel that the GT-AC5300 might be overqualified for such a menial task.

The ROG Rapture GT-AC5300 is a high-end tri-band router from one of the most trusted names in this industry, Asus.

The ROG Rapture’s design showcases a heavy emphasis on performance with its eight external antennas and a heap of ports as well.

How well does the Asus GT-AC5300 stack up compared to other premium-grade tri-band routers?
Does it offer enough features and high-level performance to warrant its price tag? Let us break down the GT-AC5300 and find out.

Main Features

Features Triple-level Game Acceleration technology to enhance your online gaming experience.

It is equipped with a tri-band 802.11ac wireless standard.

Up to eight Gigabit LAN ports and two USB 3.0 ports.

Supports the AiMesh Wi-Fi system.

Top-tier quad-core processor.

Advanced wireless network security protocol.

Comes with the ROG Gaming Center feature to help further optimize your online gaming experience.


Spider-like Router to Traverse the World Wide Web

When it comes to design, the GT-AC5300 looks virtually similar to the previous Asus RT-AC5300 that was released a couple of years ago.

Both the GT and AC5300 incorporates a square-shaped design and comes with a total of eight external antennas. The GT-AC5300 is also quite large with its 2.5 x 9.6 x 9.6 (H x W x D) measurements.

The exterior aesthetic is an all-black case with copper accents on the side. Over at the middle is the ROG (Republic of Gamers) logo on top of a zig-zag pattern surface.

Eight detachable and movable antennas surround the casing of the GT-AC5300, and it gives it an almost arachnid-like vibe that, for me, adds a significant level of charm.

Detailed LED Status Indicators

Other notable visual features include the standard LED status indicators. With the GT-AC5300, the LED lights are all located over at the front side of the router.

This makes it quite visible and prominent – good news if you want to check the status of your router and network quickly.

The LED will help users keep track of their LAN, WAN, and WPS connectivity. It also highlights the status of both 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands and indicates whether the unit is on or not.

However, for some, the constantly blinking lights might pose as a distraction. Fortunately, Asus outfitted the GT-AC5300 with the option to turn off the LED indicators if need be.

Easily Accessible Button Layout

All essential buttons are located on the left side of the router. You will find the Wi-Fi button, WPS button, and the LED switch over there.

All three buttons are positioned in a way that you can operate the router without even needing to look at the button layout. You can pretty much operate it by touch once you are familiar with button placement.

It’s the Port Royale of Routers

Moving over to the back of the GT-AC5300 router will unveil an incredible eight LAN Gigabit Ethernet ports.

If you think that’s a lot, we haven’t even included the two ultra-fast USB 3.0 ports and the WAN port! You will also find the power and reset button along with the myriad of ports at the back.

In addition to the total of eight Gigabit LAN ports, the GT-AC5300 also comes with the ability for port aggregation which means you can combine two LAN ports into one and double the speed to reach, theoretically, up to 2Gbps speeds.

Just make sure that your NAS devices are compatible with link aggregation though.

The GT-AC5300 router also allows users to transform one of the LAN ports into an extra WAN port. This feature allows the router host broadband connections simultaneously.

As icing on the proverbial cake, the ROG Rapture GT-AC5300 also comes with MU-MIMO support to allow for more devices to connect without slowing down the online experience for everyone in the network.

Plug and Play Installation

As advanced as the GT-AC5300 router is, it is still pretty simple and easy to set up. You can opt to do so via the official web portal interface of the Asus mobile app.

For beginners, we highly recommend you use the Setup Wizard as it is programmed to configure your network automatically with the best possible setting.

For experienced users, you can pick the advanced setup to further iron out any kinks in the router’s default configuration. Again, the setup procedure for this router is relatively simple.

Once the initialization and setup process is completed, you can then rename your network’s SSID and create a password for your Wi-Fi. It took me around 6 minutes to complete the router setup.

A Rather Limited Mobile App

One of the biggest gripes that I have with using the mobile app to reconfigure the GT-AC5300 router is how absurdly limiting the options contained in the app are.

I also hope that Asus will allow users to change the display interface used on the web portal as the signature red and black motif of ROG doesn’t translate well if we are talking about pages that contain highly detailed information. The interface strains the eyes.

Functionalities and Features

Filled to the Brim with Advanced Router Features

The GT-AC5300 router takes a lot of inspiration from previous high-end Asus routers from yesteryear. As we have already noted above, the GT-AC5300 comes with dual-WAN and port aggregation technology.

Both of which will significantly improve your online gaming, streaming, and browsing experience by a wide margin.

Users will also be able to take advantage of advanced security features, namely the TrendMicro network protection service.

Take note that this online security service is a paid monthly subscription plan. By purchasing the ROG Rapture GT-AC5300, you get the lifetime service for free.

Users will also be able to access advanced router settings like QoS (Quality of Service) features. Using the QoS will allow the network admin to check the bandwidth traffic in real-time.

Users will also be able to prioritize specific clients as to which gets more bandwidth thrown their way.

This is an excellent feature for gamers as well as it can help reduce the amount of lag and latency if they live in a home with multiple connected devices/clients using the internet at the same time.

Another notable feature found in the GT-AC5300 is its advanced USB interface which allows the router to host not only external hard drives but also all USB peripherals and a cellular dongle.

Fantastic Gaming Features

With a total of eight Gigabit LAN ports, users can utilize the speed and stability of wired connections for more than a couple of devices.

This is a great option to have as online gaming dramatically benefits from the speed that connecting to LAN ports can provide.

There is also the staggering amount of memory that the ROG Rapture GT-AC5300 has, which is 512MB of RAM and up to 1GB of flash memory.

As we have already touched upon earlier in this review, the GT-AC5300 is designed to provide optimum support for online gaming.

First off, the router already has pre-configured settings that are aimed to optimize hundreds of games.

You can choose from the list of games included in that list, and the GT-AC5300 will automatically reconfigure your network settings to provide maximum performance for that specific game.

Additionally, the Rapture GT-AC5300 comes with built-in WTFast service, which is a monthly subscription designed to optimize your online gaming experience.

This is done by providing a dedicated server (GPN or Gamers Private Network) that directly connects your device to the game – thus considerably lowering the chances of lag and latency issues.

WTFast is already built into the ROG Rapture GT-AC5300 and also comes with one free account.


Outstanding 5GHz Speeds and Impressive Range

Overall, the GT-AC5300 managed to give excellent scores across the board. The wireless signal was pretty stable with the 2. 4GHz band clocking in 96Mbps while the 5GHz delivered a steady 750Mbps speed.

If the 2.4GHz’s speed seems low – understand that high-end routers only use 2.4GHz frequency bands for compatibility issues.

The focus here is mostly with the superior 5GHz band, and in that regard, the GT-AC5300 performs above and beyond expectations.

The signal range is surprisingly impressive as the GT-AC5300 managed to hit 100Mbps from 150-feet away – keep in mind that this was in an open area without much obstruction between the device and the router. That said, this is still a remarkable feat to achieve.

To go into further detail, we tested the Rapture GT-AC5300 on both wired and wireless connections.

Connecting our device via LAN yielded top-tier throughput speeds which maxed out at 946Mbps. Switching over to the WAN connection, the throughput still clocked in a blistering 929Mbps.

Please take note that I didn’t even activate the QoS and it still managed to hit this number.

As you would expect from a high-end router, the ROG Rapture GT-AC5300 is quite expensive. Expect to drop around $350 for this router, which is quite costly.

However, if you take into account every unique feature that the GT-AC5300 has to offer, this price tag is starting to look quite reasonable.

I don’t exactly recommend the Rapture GT-AC5300 for casual internet users as this will be ultimately underutilized and they are better off with a cheaper router.

For power gamers, streamers, YouTubers, and professional gamers though – the Asus Rog Rapture GT-AC5300 should be at the top of your shortlist.

Trust me; as a fellow video game enthusiast to another, the Asus Rapture GT-AC5300 is explicitly designed to cater to our needs.

Even if the GT-AC5300 has been around for a couple of years now, it is still a worthwhile investment and still manages to deliver top-notch performance.

  • It is equipped with up to 8 Gigabit LAN ports.
  • Comes with Dual-WAN and port aggregation feature.
  • Lifetime subscriptions to an advanced online security system and the WTFast online game server.
  • Top-notch 5GHz throughput performance with excellent stability to boot even at a more extended range.
  • Users can utilize two ultra-fast USB 3.0 ports.
  • This router’s features are overkill for casual internet users.
  • The mobile app is far too limiting.
  • It is still quite an expensive investment.

Final Verdict

Again, I would like to stress that if you only use the internet for the most basic application like web surfing and streaming videos, then using the ROG Rapture GT-AC5300 is akin to burning bdown a building that has a roach rather than merely spraying it with insecticide.

You genuinely don’t need this much firepower for casual internet use.

However, for avid online gamers and even professional gamers, what the GT-AC5300 offers is everything you would need to ensure smooth sailing when going on your digital adventures with friends and other passionate gamers around the world.

There are nitpicks that I would like to bring up though, such as the interface’s color palette of red and black – not exactly easy on the eyes especially when you’re tweaking settings that feature a dozen letters.

The mobile app could also benefit from an overhaul with what you can do with it. Other than that, this is an excellent gaming router that you should consider investing in if you describe yourself as a power gamer.

Asus ROG Rapture GT-AC5300 Review



  • Class-leading Wi-Fi speeds
  • Hugely versatile
  • Masses of features
  • Great for gaming


  • Very expensive
  • Not for novice users
  • Overkill for most homes

Key Specifications

  • Review Price: £399
  • Tri-band AC5300 Wi-Fi
  • 8 x external antennae
  • 8 x Gigabit Ethernet ports
  • 2 x USB ports
  • WTFast client functionality
  • Trend Micro intrusion prevention system
  • 1. 8GHz quad-core processor
  • Game Boost traffic prioritisation

What is the Asus ROG Rapture GT-AC5300?

The Asus RT-AC5300 was one of the fastest routers we’ve ever tested, but its high price and modest number of Ethernet ports meant it failed to fully convince. Now Asus is back with the GT-AC5300 – a tweaked version that boasts the same core feature set but with double the number of Ethernet ports and a host of extra gaming features.

The GT-AC5300 offers three Wi-Fi bands that combined can theoretically push 5300mbps, a whopping eight external aerials, those eight Ethernet ports, two USB ports and a multitude of firmware features.

Meanwhile, new to this version is built-in support for WTFast, game network traffic prioritisation, and the option to dedicate one Wi-Fi band for gaming. The router has built-in malware protection, too.

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Asus ROG Rapture GT-AC5300 – Design and features

Physically, the GT-AC5300 is all but identical to the RT-AC5300 – and that means it’s huge. It weighs 1.8kg and measures 245 x 245 x 65mm, the latter rising to 320 x 320 x 80mm once all its aerials are in place.

These have to be manually attached, which is a bit of a faff, but at least this offers the option of fitting alternative aerials or replacing broken ones. And let’s not forget that you can still pull the same party trick as before, flipping the aerials round and making this router look like some sort of mechanical spider – oh, the fun to be had.

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Other physical features include an array of six LEDs on the front edge that indicate power, 2.4GHz and 5GHz W-Fi (oddly, both 5GHz bands are combined into one LED), Internet status, Ethernet activity and WPS. It’s a shame Asus hasn’t added a full range of LEDs to indicate the status of each individual Ethernet port; this makes it a little more tricky to troubleshoot your connections.

Meanwhile, round the back there are eight Ethernet ports, a ninth Ethernet port for hooking up the router to your modem, and the two USB 3. 0 ports. Alongside the power socket there’s also a power switch, which is useful since it saves you having to unplug the power cable to reset the router – something that you’ll inevitably have to do from time to time.

Of the eight Gigabit Ethernet ports, two are labelled ‘gaming’ and two are labelled ‘link-aggregation’. The two gaming ports can be used in conjunction with the router’s gaming-traffic prioritisation options, while the ‘link-aggregation’ ports can be connected to the same client device to provide an even faster 2Gbps connection.

As for Wi-Fi and other internal features, this router offers the same core AC5300 Wi-Fi capabilities as its predecessor – a sign of how Wi-Fi development has finally steadied after several years of constant new developments.

That AC5300 number translates to two 5GHz and one 2.4GHz WiFi bands, which can theoretically push 2167Mbps, 2167Mbps and 1000Mbps respectively. There are very few, if any, devices that can reach those speeds individually, but the theory is that the more headroom a router has, the better it’s able to cope with many devices connecting to it.

This router also supports MU-MIMO, allowing it to sustain better speed and responsiveness while multiple client devices are connected – and actively being used – at the same time.

You can opt to individually name and control each Wi-Fi band, which is useful if you want to prioritise certain bands for certain devices; or you can use band steering – it’s called Smart Connect here. This is where the router presents just one Wi-Fi name (SSID) and the router then decides which band to use, depending on the speed of the client device, signal strength and so on. Although convenient, it often means overall speed isn’t as high and you have less granular control.

Inside this router you’ll find a 1.8GHz quad-core processor, 1024MB of RAM and 256MB of flash memory, the latter is twice the allocation of the RT-AC5300.

Asus ROG Rapture GT-AC5300 – Advanced features and gaming

Alongside the basic wired and wireless connections, the GT-AC5300 also offers some advanced features. These include being able to assign one of the Ethernet ports to be a second WAN connection, so that you can run two internet connections at once. Or, you can use one of the USB ports to attach a mobile internet dongle in order to get your internet connection.

The USB ports can otherwise be used for sharing printers or USB storage devices, the latter of which you can also access from anywhere via Asus’ AiDisk service to set up as an iTunes server, Time Machine server and more.

Other extras include a traffic analyser that provides a real-time view of how much data is passing through the router, and from which clients.

One of the most notable extras is built-in malware protection, provided by TrendMicro. Game IPS – note that there’s nothing particularly ‘gaming’ about it – it provides real-time assessment of data passing through the router to protect against nasties, plus it will automatically isolate any devices on your network that have been infected.

As for gaming features, Game Boost is basically a quality of service (QoS) system for prioritising gaming traffic. There’s also Game Radar, which provides server locations and ping status for a number of different game servers, allowing you to see which is the best to connect to.

Then there’s WTFast. This is an established worldwide game network service that aims to optimise your connection to game servers, and is something that can be installed on your PC. However, the GT-AC5300 has support built in so it can provide WTFast optimisation for all client devices.

Asus ROG Rapture GT-AC5300 – Setup and OSD

Initial setup of the GT-AC5300 is fairly straightforward. Plug it into your router, reset both devices and it should automatically configure and connect to the internet. Then, to further set it up, simply connect a device to it and pop along to the default IP ( in your web browser.

So far, so typical. But once you’re in the router’s menu system, things get a little more complicated. The sheer mass of options is both daunting and potentially confusing. For instance, there are 21 different menu tabs that run down the left side, each of which contains multiple submenus and options – and this isn’t even with the advanced menu features enabled.

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It’s also particularly egregious that Asus thought it necessary to have the router automatically open your web browser to a page informing you that there’s no internet connection each time you connect to it. It’s an insufferable annoyance when testing it, perhaps, but it can be a rather unhelpful and irritating feature even in normal use. Thankfully, this behaviour can be turned off.

On the up-side, the sheer wealth of features and options available means you can tweak this router to the Nth degree. You can also configure the router via a mobile app, which does have a slightly more streamlined interface, but we suspect most users will prefer to go down the web browser route.

Asus ROG Rapture GT-AC5300 – Performance

The Asus RT-AC5300 was the fastest router we’d tested and the GT-AC5300 largely follows suit. Starting with a short-range max-speed test (2m, line of sight), using a PC equipped with the Asus PCE-AC68 adapter, I measured the GT-AC5300 as delivering up to 685Mbps (635. 9Mbps average) over one of its 5GHz bands – which is, to all intents and purposes, as fast a speed as we’ve seen from a router in any practical test.

However, as we’ve noticed with several other dual 5GHz routers, the second 5GHz band performed far worse. Testing with several different Wi-Fi receivers, it wasn’t possible to get beyond 225Mbps. I’m fairly certain that this router is capable of better under certain circumstances, but straight out of the box this is all it could manage.

Meanwhile, on the 2.4GHz band, it delivered a more typical 132.8Mbps. Not the fastest we’ve ever seen, but thereabouts for a high-end router.

Moving onto range testing, we used the D-Link DWA-192 USB Wi-Fi adapter attached to a laptop and tested at two more locations: at 5m, with one brick wall between the router and laptop; and then at around 7-8m, one floor up and two brick walls away.

The GT-AC5300 did well in the 5GHz band, delivering up to 313Mbps at 8m, while the second 5GHz band could manage only 111. 6Mbps – but that’s only a drop of 20Mbps from its short-range test with this adapter. Meanwhile, the 2.4GHz band could still manage 84.3Mbps at 8m.

Opting for the Smart Connect option, maximum performance wasn’t all that impressive, peaking at just 139Mbps. However, that speed was consistent as I moved around the house, with the router continuing to deliver 116.3Mbps at the long-range test location.

As for USB storage speed, this has long been one of Asus’ strongest areas, and sure enough the GT-AC5300 delivers. It could write to our USB thumb drive at 68MB/sec (541Mbps) and read back at 95MB/sec (670Mbps), where many other routers can’t even manage 50MB/sec.

As for all the gaming extras, the first thing to note is that the bulk of them are only of concern if you live in a household where there are often many people online at once. Most of the features are about getting your gaming traffic through ahead of anything else, so if there isn’t much competition to start, it’s all rather unnecessary. It certainly has the potential to work, but in our testing we weren’t really able to tax the router enough to notice any difference.

As for WTFast, some gamers swear by it, but equally I know of many serious gamers that get on quite happily without it. In my time with the router, I didn’t notice a difference.

None of which is to say all those extras are pointless, but it’s likely that only the most demanding users will possibly see any benefit.

Should I buy the Asus GT-AC5300?

The GT-AC5300 is undoubtedly a top-notch router that delivers all the speed and features most users could ever hope for. Its Wi-Fi is as good as it gets for speed, there are plenty of Ethernet connections, and Asus’ USB sharing options are the most comprehensive in the business.

Add in all the gaming and security extras and you’ve got a router that wants for very little. If you’re a gamer and having the best is what it’s all about, the GT-AC5300 fits the bill.

However, there’s no getting around the fact that it’s total overkill for the majority of users, and you can get the key basics of fast, wide-range Wi-Fi for far less. In particular, if you don’t really need the many-user advantage of tri-band Wi-Fi, Asus’ own RT-AC88U offers many of the same features – including the eight Ethernet ports – for £130 less.

Also, if your main priority is simply to get reliable Wi-Fi all around your home, consider a mesh router system.


A monster of a router with power and features to spare. It’s probably overkill for most users, though.

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Two ports can be ganged together to provide a single 2Gb/sec link

The Asus ROG Rapture GT-AC5300 is incredibly expensive, but it brings together just about every feature you could want.

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As well as the latest AC5300 Wi-Fi support, it includes eight Gigabit Ethernet ports, two USB ports, built-in lifetime protection against online threats and unique gaming features.

It’s huge, measuring 245 x 245 x 65mm and weighing in at 1.8kg, and that’s not even accounting for its eight aerials.

The pace of change in the Wi-Fi arena has slowed recently, so this router shares the same AC5300 Wi-Fi support as the older RT-AC5300 Instead, much of the recent progress has been in mesh router systems that use multiple nodes to distribute your Wifi signal, and merge the various Wi-Fi bands in into one SSID. The tri-band GT-AC5300 takes an old-school approach, though, with one 2.4GHz band and two 5GHz bands, each supporting four spatial streams for maximum speeds of 1,000Mb/sec and 2,167Mb/sec respectively.

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The intention is for users to manage each band individually, so that one can be prioritised for gaming. However, if you’d rather have an easier life, there’s a Smart Connect option to merge the bands into one SSID. Configured like this, it’s up to the router which band will connect to your hardware at any given moment.

One of our complaints about the RT-AC5300 was that it only had four Gigabit Ethernet ports, but here you get eight, making it a much more complete high-end router. Two of these ports can also be ganged together to provide a single 2Gb/sec link, and two of them are also dedicated gaming ports. Connect your main PC or other priority hardware to these ports, and the router will always ensure they’re given priority over other devices.

You also get two USB 3 ports that can be used for sharing printers and USB storage devices, and you can even connect a USB mobile internet dongle. Other physical features include a full array of individual LEDs on the front for indicating the status of the router, and a power button, which saves having to unplug the router if you need to reset it.

Meanwhile, the main gaming feature is called Game IPS, and it uses Trend Micro’s Intrusion Prevention System. This technology uses real-time networking monitoring to detect malware and other intrusions before they even get to the rest of your home network.

Gaming traffic can also be optimised via the Game Profile feature, which is essentially an automated port forwarding service that lets you select games from a list and have the router automatically prioritise data packets from them. It can work as a WTFast client too, enabling you to get the benefit of low-latency WTFast for your whole home network. Asus really has left no stone unturned.

The performance doesn’t disappoint either. At close range it delivered a blistering sustained throughput of 740Mb/sec. It works solidly at long range, hitting 360Mb/sec through one brick wall 5m away, and 270Mb/sec from 10m away between two brick walls. What’s more, it remained stable when installed as our main router for a week.


If you’re looking to upgrade your router just to get better Wifi coverage, there are cheaper single-router alternatives, while multi-node mesh router systems provide better coverage for large homes. Most users will find the GT-AC5300 a bit much, but if you’re after the ultimate, feature-packed single router with the fastest speed possible, and you want to optimise it to your precise requirements, the GT-AC5300 is about as good as it gets.

It’s very expensive, but the fantastic performance and colossal feature set combine to (just about) justify the price.



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Class-leading performance and features largely justify this router’s incredibly high price.

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