ASUS RT-AX3000 (AX3000) Review: Your Wi-Fi 6 Home & Gaming For 2021

To compete with TP-Link’s Archer AX3000, ASUS has developed its affordable Wi-Fi 6 Wi-Fi router called ASUS RT-AX3000. On the contrary to TP-Link, ASUS has listed the RT-AX3000 among its gaming routers. I’ve tested the router with my Verizon Fios Internet. Therefore, with other crucial factors in this review, I’ll tell you whether it is the best router for Verizon Fios.

ASUS RT-AX3000 Wi-Fi 6 Router Review

ASUS RT-AX3000 is a fairly priced Wi-Fi 6 compatible router by ASUS, packed with many incredible features. However, compared to the previously launched model RT-AX58U, you won’t find any design difference; both share the same design with some common features.

Since the ASUS RT-AX3000 is a budget-class Wi-Fi 6 router, Asus might not have tried a new design.

Pros & Cons: Advantages & Disadvantages Of the ASUS RT-AX3000

What I like:

  1. Incredible Wi-Fi coverage 
  2. Its performance on Wi-Fi 6
  3. A wide range of customization options
  4. Amazing performance on the 5GHz band

What I don’t:

  1. Single USB port

Review: The ASUS RT-AX300

Design

The design of ASUS RT-AX3000 is quite simple, or basic in other words. However, the typical white-colored ASUS logo on the top has gotten a new color, the golden-colored. Unfortunately, Apart from that, it has nothing special for you. 

As with most routers, it carries four external antennas on its back panel, and you can’t remove them as they are fixed. 

Hardware

There is no doubt that the ASUS RT-AX3000 has pretty solid hardware; it is equipped with a robust 1.5GHz Broadcom triple-core CPU with 512MB of RAM. The RT-AX3000 includes a single USB 3.1 port sitting next to four Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports along with one Gigabit WAN port on the right. 

Speeds

Speeds are incredible on the ASUS RT-AX3000. Since the RT-AX3000 is dual-band Wi-Fi supported, its 5GHz band promises up to 2402Mbps @ 16MHz mode. Plus, its 2.4GHz band offers up to 574Mbps. 

Wi-Fi 6: The Next General Wireless Standard Compatability

The ASUS RT-AX3000 supports Wi-Fi 6 Wireless standard. Therefore, the Wi-Fi speeds are very impressive on the router – smooth, stable, and reliable. In addition, if you connect any Wi-Fi 6 compatible client to the ASUS RT-AX3000, you’ll see significant battery improvement on that client device, as the Wi-Fi 6 claims to enhance the battery life. 

The Golden Tips: Yes Vs. No

Wi-Fi 6 vs. Wi-Fi 5: Why Wi-Fi 5 router is not an ideal option for you in 2022?  

The Wireless ‘AC’ standard has been very popular for the last couple of years, even in the presence of the newer wireless standard, wireless ‘ax.’ That’s because routers with Wi-Fi 6 compatibility had been very expensive in that period. 

From the end of 2020 and the beginning of 2021, most Wi-Fi routers have been offering the latest next-gen Wi-Fi 6 or 802.11ax wireless standard for an affordable price. 

Therefore, choosing Wi-Fi 5 over Wi-Fi 6 won’t be a smart decision for you in 2022. 

Setup

You can set up the router using its simple yet powerful ASUS router, available for Android and iOS. The app includes all the options that are required to set up your router. Moreover, you have the option to select the Unifi-home profile for your UniFi. 

There is also a web interface available to set the router. However, I prefer the ASUS router app to the web interface because of its simplicity. 

Wi-Fi Performance: Mobile Vs. Desktop Tests

The Wi-Fi performance of the router is incredible on the 5GHz band. However, you’ll need a Wi-Fi 6 client—I tested it using Samsung Galaxy S20 to see the noticeable performance difference.

Mobile testing:  

On average, I got around 930Mbps download for my Gigabit Internet speed plan, while the upload speed was around 492Mbps. So the router performed perfectly and achieved the promised rates. 

Desktop Testing:

The speeds were similar to the mobile (s20) tests on my desktop computer equipped with the latest ASUS Wi-Fi 6 wireless adapter. However, the speeds on my mobile were solid and more reliable. 

Specifications: The ASUS RT-AX3000

Wireless Standard802.11ax or WiFi 6
Data SpeedsWiFi 6 @ 2.4GHz ~ 574Mbps, @ 5GHz ~ 2402Mbps
Antenna4x External 
Transmit/Receive2×2 @ 2.4GHz, 2×2 @ 5GHz
CPUTri-band 1.5GHz processor (Broadcom BCM6750)
Memory512 MB RAM & 256 MB Flash
BandsDual-band Frequency (2.4GHz & 5GHz)
Ports4x Gigabit LAN Ports & 1x Gigabit WAN port, USB 3.1

Conclusion: The ASUS RT-AX3000

Overall, the ASUS RT-AX3000 is an amazing wireless router with great Wi-Fi performance and solid Wi-Fi coverage. You get many customization options because of its ASUSWRT firmware support. That’s where it beats TP-Link Archer AX50 and other same Wi-Fi 6 category routers. For the money, I’d love to recommend the ASUS RT-AX3000 to you for both gaming and other daily home tasks. 

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