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ASUS ZenWiFi Mesh Review Rundown

ASUSPublished on 21 Mar 2021Last Edited on 14 Nov 2021Written by Dr Jiulin Teng w/ Neosummarizer*
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Overview

Neoscore* 0%
Pros**
  • Excellent Wi-Fi performance
  • Easy to set up and use
  • Comprehensive app-based controls and customizations
Cons**
  • 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[*] 79%
Reviewers from cnet have found the following[***]:
The Asus ZenWiFi AX is an excellent mesh router. It nearly managed to match the best-in-class performance of the Netgear Orbi Wi-Fi 6 version. At $450, this is still a splurge, but if you're looking for the best value, it's worth it.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Excellent mesh performance
  • Excellent Wi-Fi 6 performance
  • Good value for money
Cons[**]
  • Privacy policy isn't very clear

pcmag[2]

Sentiment Score[*] 83%
Reviewers from pcmag have found the following[***]:
The Asus ZenWiFi CT8 is an excellent choice for an 802.11ac mesh-based Wi-Fi system. It installs in minutes and delivered excellent speed and coverage throughout our test home. It comes with a lifetime AiProtection subscription that gives you robust parental controls and liftetime malware protection.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Excellent throughput performance
  • Strong parental controls
  • Easy to install
Cons[**]
  • Lacks AES 256-bit encryption

pcmag[3]

Sentiment Score[*] 79%
Reviewers from pcmag have found the following[***]:
The Asus ZenWiFi AX XT8 is an excellent all-around choice for folks who want the latest in their homes. The platform ticks all the boxes: easy and fast mesh networking, Wi-Fi 6 support, and robust security tools to keep your family and data online. All that under the hood makes it a pricey system, but still not quite as expensive as some of the other mesh systems we've tested.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Easy and fast mesh networking
  • Easy to install
  • Supports 802.11ax and 2.5G
Cons[**]
  • Lacks anti-malware tools

techradar[4]

Sentiment Score[*] 70%
Reviewers from techradar have found the following[***]:
The Asus ZenWiFi AX supports tri-band Wi-Fi 6 on the 2.4GHz and 5.0GHz bands, with a total speed of 6600Mbps (6.6Gbps) That's far beyond the speed of most current routers that use 802.11ac wi-fi, and even faster than many new Wi- Fi 6 routers as well. Each router also has a 2.5 Gigabit Ethernet port for high-speed Internet connections. The Asus Router app and set-up procedure aren't quite as straightforward as other mesh systems, but it provides an impressive range of features.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Excellent performance
  • Good parental controls
  • Easy to set up
Cons[**]
  • App doesn’t explain what’s going on
  • Dynamic DNS

tomsguide[5]

Sentiment Score[*] 65%
Reviewers from tomsguide have found the following[***]:
The ZenWiFi AX runs without a problem for a week, distributing emails, music, videos and the occasional gaming session. The two years of warranty coverage that Asus provides is among the best in the business and blows away Netgear's 90-day policy. It's easy to turn on the system's QOS software to set priorities for gaming, file transfer and other activities.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Excellent performance
  • Two-year warranty
  • Easy to set up
Cons[**]
  • Lacks Wi-Fi 6
  • No power-saving idle mode

trustedreviews[6]

Sentiment Score[*] 82%
Reviewers from trustedreviews have found the following[***]:
Asus ZenWifi AX is set up and configured through the smartphone app. System comes as two devices, giving you a main router and a satellite that you can place elsewhere. Each rounded cuboid satellite (160 x 75 x 161.5 mm) is identical, down to the slightly confusing array of ports on the rear.
Find the original article here.
Pros[**]
  • Excellent throughputs
  • Easy to set up and configure
  • Excellent parental controls
Cons[**]
  • No 2.5Gbps WAN port

References

2. ^ Asus ZenWiFi AC (CT8) Review. pcmag. 2021-03-03 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
3. ^ Asus ZenWiFi AX (XT8) Review. pcmag. 2020-06-04 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
4. ^ Asus ZenWiFi AX (XT8) review. techradar. 2020-08-24 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
5. ^ Asus ZenWiFi AX (XT8) review. tomsguide. 2021-02-23 Retrieved 2021-03-22.
6. ^ Asus ZenWifi AX Review. trustedreviews. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
*. 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.
**. 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.
***. 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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