ASUS RT-AX3000 Router Review

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The Asus RT-AX3000 is an affordable router in the Asus 6-router series. Its features are similar to Ax1800. However, it is a bit less powerful than Ax1800. Like the 802.11ac standard routers, this Wi-Fi router device comes with a wide range of features.

The device offers the OFDMA technique, which divides a channel for multi-user access. It supports both 1024-QAM modulation and 160 MHz bandwidth. Asus RT-AX3000 also supports Ai-Mesh technology.

In today’s article, we are going to review the Asus RT-AX3000 in detail. We will focus on the design, networking, hardware, and setup (installation) of the device. Read on!


Specifications

Size: 8.8 x 5.0 x 6.3 inches

Antennas: 4 external non-removable antennas

Wi-Fi Spec: 5 GHz Wi-Fi 6 802.11ax

Ports: 1 USB 3.0 port

Peak Performance: 3000 Mbps

Range: 5,000 sqft.

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Features

Networking

After we first bought the device and unboxed it, we installed the product to test the networking features of the router. The device supports OFDM. Unlike its competitor devices. It has 574 Mbps speed on 2.4 GHz and 2402 Mbps speed on 5 GHz frequency bands. The maximum speed it can achieve is 3000 Mbps.

The primary function of the OFDMA is to divide the channel and provide sub-channels, which are useful for multi-user access. The interesting thing about OFDMA is that you can share the bandwidth up to 30 devices simultaneously. Thus, the bandwidth is evenly distributed and not wasted. The OFDMA works both upstream and downstream.

Unlike the previous models, this new Asus Ax3000 comes with supported MU-MIMO technology and we observed some improvement than other models. We found that the MU-MIMO feature of this device serves 8 client devices simultaneously on the Wi-Fi5.

Most devices with the MU-MIMO feature only support 4 client devices. So, yes, this is a great improvement by Asus. It is important to know that this device is stuck with the 2 x 2 MU-MIMO configuration. Most users say that this is somewhat annoying but we think that since most devices do not support MU-MIMO technology, one should not bother the 2 x 2 MU-MIMO configuration.

The device comes with 1024-QAM technology, which ensures a 25% increase in the data rate transfer over Wi-Fi5. However, the client devices require connection with compatible Wi-Fi adapters to see a better throughput, which is only possible close to the client-side. Besides, this is the case with beamforming technology, the 160 MHz bandwidth support, and the MU-MIMO technology

Design

The case of the Asus Ax300 is similar to that of the Asus RT-AC88U except for the color difference. Compared to other routers from the same company, the Asus RT-AX3000 is aesthetically attractive and has a more aggressive appearance.

On the top side, you will see many sharp angles with a few ventilation grills, which point upwards. Therefore, it won’t be wrong if we say that the case of this router resembles a sports car hood.

You won’t find any red accents since this is not a gaming Wi-Fi router. It has a black matte finish and the device is also very soft-to-touch. There