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Review: ASUS AX6000 Dual Band RT-AX89X WiFi 6 Router

When it comes to wireless connectivity, I am a strickler. The device I use should look good and should offer excellent performance. After having used the ASUS AX6000 Dubal Band RT-AX89X WiFi 6 Router for a couple of weeks, I am quite satisfied with the overall performance.

The AX6000 Dual Band RT-AX89X is a 12-stream Dual Band WiFi 6 (802.11ax) Router that supports MU-MIMO and OFDMA technology. It also comes with AiProtection Pro network security powered by Trend Micro and Adaptive QoS. And it looks good, too, draped in an all-black chassis.

The router also supports PlayStation 5 connectivity and ASUS’s very own AiMesh technology. As soon as you open up the box, the first thing you see is the AX600 neatly packed away with the eight antennas collapsed.

You also get a LAN cable and the power adapter, along with some paperwork, which includes the quick start guide, VIP Member warranty info, and safety instructions.

On the front edge of the device, you will find seven LEDs – one each to indicate SFP+ connectivity, 10 Gigabit Ethernet, LAN, WAN, 5G, 2.4G, and power.

On one of the edges, you will find three buttons – one each for WiFi, LED, and WPS connectivity. You also get eight LAN ports – that’s plenty of ports to connect all the wired devices in your home and some more.

You also get one WAN port, one 10G Base-T port, and a 10G SFP+ port, with a reset pinhole next to it. There are also two USB 3.0 ports, the power button, and the power port. The overall build quality is very good, something we have come to expect from a brand such as ASUS.

Under the hood, the RT-AX89X is powered by a four-core 2.2GHz IPQ8078 processor paired with 1GB of RAM and 256MB of flash storage. There are two WiFi Qualcomm QCN5054 radios — one for an 8-stream interface managing the WiFi 5 and WiFi 6 connections, and dealing with the 4-stream interface for the 2.4GHz band. This can deliver impressive results even in larger testing environments.

Setting up the router is a walk in the park – just follow the step-by-step instructions in the quick start guide. Once set up, the router’s wireless speeds can reach up to 4800Mbps on the 5G band, and 1150 Mbps on the 2.4GHz band. This makes the RT-AX89X one of the fastest consumer routers we have tested to date.

When it came to the connectivity range, the router held its ground. We tested it out in a regular 1BHK apartment. In our household, we have two gaming laptops, a desktop PC, a smart TV, four smartphones, an Xbox gaming console, one tablet, one wireless printer, a wireless video doorbell, a wireless door lock, and a social robot.

We switched on all of the devices and connected them all to the wireless network. The RT-AX89X managed to blanket our full apartment with a wireless network, showing a strong connection. The RT-AX89X did not even lose signal until around 40 or so feet outside our apartment.

Our apartment is on the fifth floor and I was even able to get wireless connectivity on my smartphone while standing in the parking area of my building, just below my apartment’s window. The wired connections also worked as expected, delivering a solid performance on the devices we tested.

For router management, the router uses Asus’ web user interface, which is one of the best out there. It’s intuitive and allows for in-depth customisation. You can also use the ASUS mobile app to manage and set up the router. It’s a well-designed app with decent access to the router’s features.

For a price of AED 2,300, the ASUS AX6000 Dual Band RT-AX89X WiFi 6 Router isn’t exactly cheap. However, if you are looking for quality and performance, the RT-AX89X is truly a great investment.

Price: AED 2300

Photography by Ranbir Sen

ASUS AX6000 Dual Band RT-AX89X WiFi 6 Router AED 2300
  • Final Rating
4

Summary

For router management, the router uses Asus’ web user interface, which is one of the best out there. It’s intuitive and allows for in-depth customisation. You can also use the ASUS mobile app to manage and set up the router. It’s a well-designed app with decent access to the router’s features.

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Chris Fernando

Chris N. Fernando is an experienced media professional with over two decades of journalistic experience. He is the Editor of Arabian Reseller magazine, the authoritative guide to the regional IT industry. Follow him on Twitter (@chris508) and Instagram (@chris2508).

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