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ASUS ZenWiFi Mesh Review Rundown

ASUS | Published on 21 Mar 2021 | Last Edited on 16 Apr 2021 | Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer

Overview

Photo of ASUS ZenWiFi
  • Excellent Wi-Fi performance
  • Easy to set up and use
  • Comprehensive app-based controls and customizations
  • Nothing in particular

Summary

The ASUS ZenWiFi AX (XT8) / AC (CT8) include two WiFI 6 / WiFi 5 routers in a ready-to-deploy mesh configuration for maximum coverage at high performance. The $450 Asus ZenWiFi AX boasts better range per device and a better array of app-based controls and customizations for your network. It's one of the few mesh systems that allows you to securely connect to your home network over the internet.
This rundown provides our analysis on 8 third-party reviews. The sentiment scores, summaries, and key takeaways that we select are based on these reviews and may differ from the original publication.

Rundown

cnet[1]

Sentiment Score[*] 64%
Reviewers from Cnet have found the following[***]:
The $450 Asus ZenWiFi AX is an easy Editors' Choice Award winner. With a top speed of 825Mbps at a close-range distance of 5 feet, it's comfortably faster than Wi-Fi 5 routers. But it isn't capable of top speeds that are quite as fast as those of the fancier Wi- Fi 6 mesh routers.
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Pros[**]
  • Excellent range per device
  • Easy to set up and use
  • Comprehensive app-based controls and customizations
Cons[**]
  • Doesn't include range-extending satellites

expertreviews[2]

Sentiment Score[*] 81%
Reviewers from Expertreviews have found the following[***]:
The Asus ZenWiFi AC is a superlative mesh Wi-Fi platform that costs £420. It's one of the most expensive products of it kind and it doesn't have a snazzy touchscreen or next-generation 802.11ax support to explain the cost. Of all the Mesh systems we've tested it has proved the fastest over 802. 11ac in all four of our test locations, topping a massive 30MB/sec.
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Pros[**]
  • Extremely fast over 802.11ac
  • Excellent range of features
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

expertreviews[3]

Sentiment Score[*] 70%
Reviewers from Expertreviews have found the following[***]:
The ZenWiFi AX is a tri-band router with a second 5GHz radio. It can connect to a remote node running the company's AiMesh service. Over Wi-Fi 6 the Asus mesh lagged a little behind the Netgear Orbi systems. Coverage was generally creditable, with speeds nowhere falling below 36MB/sec.
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Pros[**]
  • Excellent performance
  • Excellent range of features and settings
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

pcmag[4]

Sentiment Score[*] 82%
Reviewers from Pcmag have found the following[***]:
The Asus ZenWiFi AC CT8 ($329.99) is a two-piece mesh system that covers up to 5,400 square feet. The CT8 is a tri-band AC3000 system that can reach maximum data rates of up to 400Mbps. It comes with a free lifetime subscription to AiProtection Pro, a suite of security, anti-malware, and parental control tools.
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Pros[**]
  • High throughput performance
  • Easy to install and manage
  • Includes lifetime parental controls and anti-malware tools
  • Supports up to 5,400 square feet
Cons[**]
  • Lacks 2.5GHz LAN port

pcmag[5]

Sentiment Score[*] 84%
Reviewers from Pcmag have found the following[***]:
The ZenWiFi AX XT8 is a tri-band system that'll run you $449.99 in the two-device kit. Unlike other Wi-Fi 6 mesh systems we've reviewed, the Asus XT8 comes with a lifetime subscription to AIProtection Pro. It also blocks access to known malicious websites and provides infection detection and data blocking for any clients connected to your network.
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Pros[**]
  • Easy to install
  • Free lifetime subscription to Trend Micro's AIProtection Pro
  • Supports up to 5GHz Wi-Fi
Cons[**]
  • Lacks antivirus and anti-malware features

techradar[6]

Sentiment Score[*] 78%
Reviewers from Techradar have found the following[***]:
The Asus ZenWifi AX (XT8) is one of the best mesh router systems we've tested. The two-piece mesh system covers a more extensive 4400sq.ft and costs a rather hefty £399.99. It supports tri-band Wi-Fi 6 (802.11ax) on the 2.4GHz and two 5.0GHz bands, with a total speed of 6600Mbps (6.6Gbps)
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Pros[**]
  • Excellent Wi-Fi 6 performance
  • Excellent app and set-up
  • Good range of features
Cons[**]
  • App doesn't explain what you need to do

tomsguide[7]

Sentiment Score[*] 81%
Reviewers from Tomsguide have found the following[***]:
At 6.3 x 6.6 x 2.9 inches the ZenWiFi AX units are tiny compared to the towers of the Netgear Orbi WiFi 6 (RBK852) The devices are powered by Broadcom's BCM 43684 networking chip with a 1.5GHz quad-core processor, 512MB of RAM and 256MB for storing its firmware and settings. There're three outgoing LAN ports that are rated at 1Gbps.
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Pros[**]
  • Tri-band design
  • Good Wi-Fi performance
  • Easy to set up
Cons[**]
  • Lacks wall mounting
  • Can't send a strong signal

trustedreviews[8]

Sentiment Score[*] 82%
Reviewers from Trustedreviews have found the following[***]:
Asus ZenWifi AX is a flexible and powerful mesh system. The system comes as two devices, giving you a main router and a satellite. Each satellite has three Gigabit Ethernet ports and a WAN port for the internet connection. As with most modern routers and mesh systems, the system is set up and configured through the smartphone app.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Excellent performance
  • Easy to set up and configure
  • Lots of features
Cons[**]
  • Nothing in particular

references

  1. 1. ^ Asus ZenWiFi AX review: This Wi-Fi 6 mesh router hits the sweet spot. Cnet. 2020-03-01. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  2. 2. ^ Asus ZenWiFi AC (AC3000 Tri-band Whole Home) review: Boxy but brilliant. Expertreviews. 2020-12-03. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  3. 3. ^ Asus ZenWiFi AX review: Appearances can be deceiving. Expertreviews. 2021-04-16. Retrieved 2021-04-16.
  4. 4. ^ Asus ZenWiFi AC (CT8) Review. Pcmag. 2021-03-03. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  5. 5. ^ Asus ZenWiFi AX (XT8) Review. Pcmag. 2020-06-04. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  6. 6. ^ Asus ZenWiFi AX (XT8) review. Techradar. 2020-08-24. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  7. 7. ^ Asus ZenWiFi AX (XT8) review. Tomsguide. 2021-02-23. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  8. 8. ^ Asus ZenWifi AX Review. Trustedreviews. 2020-06-25. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  9. *. Neoscore is our sentiment analyzer based on natural language processing (NLP). Scaled in the range of 0 to 100, Neoscore eliminates scoring biases from each publisher; it likely differs from the publisher's own rating, if available, as a result.
  10. **. Neoanalyzer is our summarizer based on NLP. It identifies key takeaways from each third-party review. The takeaways that it produces likely differ from the publisher's own bullets points, if available, as a result.
  11. ***. Neosummarizer is based on NLP. It extracts summaries from third-party reviews. It likely that these summaries differ from the publisher's own, if available.

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