Tyler's Test System Specifications
- Motherboard: ASUS Prime Z370 (buy from Amazon)
- CPU: Intel Core i3 8350K (buy from Amazon)
- RAM: Corsair Vengeance 32GB 4x8GB DDR4 3200 (buy from Amazon)
- Cooler: Corsair Hydro H115i (buy from Amazon)
- Case: Corsair Air 540 (buy from Amazon)
- OS Storage: Samsung 970 EVO 250GB (buy from Amazon)
- Power Supply: Corsair RM850x (buy from Amazon)
- OS: Microsoft Windows 10 (buy from Amazon)
Setup hasn't changed too much for now. We still start with the ASUS screen above similar to the AX88U.
Moving through setup, you will be greeted with a message for enabling 802.11ax HE frame support.
The boost key found on the side of the router is customizable as is the Aura RGB lighting.
The ROG lineup has always offered a more "gamer" centric control panel. At the top we have the ROG logo and black/red colorway. On the side panel, we will find a few new options when compared to the AX88U. These include GPN, Game Radar and Wi-Fi Radar. Youll notice items like AiCloud and USB applications have been moved down to advanced. The center of the screen is mostly the same with ISP status along with clients and node list.
Tapping into dashboard on the left pane, you will be greeted with more information about your connection than you ever wanted to know. At the top we have wireless state for all three radios along with clients, moving down into network traffic live feed and ping and ping deviation. At the bottom, we have Game Radar, that gives insight into certain games server, so you know the ping before joining a session. To the right we have Aura RGB and below you can customize the boost key.
As with all ASUS routers, the ROG Rapture enjoys AiProtection from Trend Micro, this includes a router security assessment, blocking of malicious sites and Two-way intrusion prevention. Using the menu across the top, you can also add on parental controls.
QoS operates the same with the ROG with an updated colorway to match. Here you can prioritize devices and watch traffic moving through.
Included in the QoS engine is game profile allowing you to setup your console by IP. You select the game and your console and add to the menu.
As mentioned above, Game Radar shows you ping stats of the most popular game servers before you ever join the session.
Wi-Fi Radar is a new tool ASUS has added allowing you to perform site surveys and channel stats to optimize the bands you are using for your network.
Wireless settings haven't really changed. Each band is accessible by the top drop-down box. The options to change the SSID, password, and security are below.
The image above shows the dual WAN feature that allows you to choose the port and mode. This router does also support Link Aggregation.
Last, we have Administration allowing you to select operation mode. Along the top, we have system, firmware and restore options as well.
The USB application menu hasn't changed with options for AiDisk, NPS and Time Machine. You can also setup a 3 or 4G dongle.
The administration menu allows you to choose operating mode, firmware upgrade and restore settings.
Last, we have the ability to tune the smart connect rules in this solution allowing you to choose when a device switches from 2.4GHz to 5GHz or vice versa.