For those that love the design and appeal of a gaming router, no one really does it like ASUS. Taking from its motherboard design the GT-AC2900 has the same edgy design and lightning of its ROG X570 and Z390 lineups. Build quality is still top notch with quality plastics and matte finish adding to this the Wave 2 hardware platform and mounting options.
Performance is some of the best I have seen from an 802.11ac platform, ever. That said, our newest platform is our first to take advantage of 160MHz channels giving that extra bit of performance seen from the GT-AC2900. That said, we were able to mandate 40MHz channels from the 2.4GHz band giving us a nice 214Mbps.
Over on 5GHz we tested 80MHz channels at 611Mbps and when switching on 160MHz ramped that up to 938Mbps. Range was quite good with the ROG reaching out to 20ft holding top level 2.4GHz performance and 5GHz taking notes from there holding 938Mbps to 20ft before letting up.
Many of you have seen the Rapture Gaming platform ASUS uses in its ROG routers, most recently with our review of the GT-AX11000. This system is no different apart from the inclusion of GeForce Now. We still have all the "standard" controls you would get in an ASUS platform with a gaming overlay and GameFirst QoS including the hardware "gaming port".
Pricing is solid for the GT-AC2900 at $249.99 as the only real competition this unit has is the XR500 from Netgear which is touch more expensive at $299.99.
The Bottom Line
The ASUS ROG GT-AC2900 punctuates the 802.11ac era with a solid platform fit for gamers and enthusiast alike.