TUF Gaming AX3000 is the star today. It is basically RT-AX3000 with better housing and added gaming features like prioritize game traffic by Gear Accelerator, Mobile Game Boost and port forwarding with Open NAT.
It is also powered by 1.5 GHz tri-core processor. Loaded with WPA3 support, AiProtection Pro and AiMesh networking. 4 Gigabits LAN with a dedicated gaming port and USB 3.1 Gen 1 port. 2 X 2 wireless connection with 160 MHz channels. Having 256MB Flash and 512MB of RAM. Alright, let’s have a closer look…
Installation is very simple.
Just follow the on-screen instruction will do. Everything is the same as other Asus wireless router setup. In short, set up SSID, username and so on. You might need to setup ISP login details too.
TUF Gaming skinned ASUSWRT GUI is what you get this round. Simple and easy to navigate as usual. There are AiProtection with Trend Micro and Parental Controls. Follow by gaming features like Gear Accelerator and Mobile Game Boost that prioritize gaming devices.
Open NAT for better network routing for online games. A lot of game profiles for you to choose. You can also use Adaptive QoS for network prioritization. Traffic Analyzer for bandwidth usage details. And my usual favourite USB applications like AiDisk, Samba, FTP, 4G modem and Download Master for torrent. Lastly, AiCloud 2.0 for remote file access.
Advanced settings are almost the same as well. Just like other Asus routers, VLAN is supported on TUF-AX3000. Just select your ISP profile will do. Alexa & IFTTT are there for those who need them. IPv6 is supported.
Use it or not is totally up to you. Besides the usual VPN server, TUF-AX3000 supports VPN Fusion. Yes, you can run a VPN and an ordinary internet connection at the same time. Firewall is there for another layer of protection. Lastly, it supports multiple operation modes like Router, AP, Repeater, Media Bridge or AiMesh node. Excellent wireless range!
WiFi 5 AC Range & Speed Benchmark
It is getting around 40 Mbps at end of the kitchen. Budget routers can’t get even get 5 GHz signal here. FYI, the router located at middle 1st floor of my double storey semi-D house. As usual, smartphone with 2×2 Wi-Fi 5 was being used for these iPerf3 tests.
Yes, easily getting 600 Mbps when near to the router. At least 300 Mbps for all the area on the 1st floor. For ground floor, speed is slower which is expected. But much better when compared to ISP free bundled router.
As for LAN, it performs at the maximum speed that my devices can support at 940 Mbps. For 2×2 WiFi 6 tests, Asus PCE-AX58BT is the client. With AX 160 MHz, it manages to reach 730 Mbps. AC 160 MHz is slower as usual but not far behind. Performing well too.
As for AX 80 MHz, getting around 500 Mbps here. Performance is almost the same for AC 80 MHz. TUF-AX3000 performs very well on AiMesh through wireless backhaul. RT-AX88U is the main router and AX3000 as the node that connected to a laptop through LAN. Above 850 Mbps for download. Upload is slower as expected. At end of the kitchen, it can get 400 Mbps for download. Again, upload is slower.
Slightly better than the normal version RT-AX3000 router. USB transfer performance is decent. Not the best nor the worst. It is getting 67 MB/s for reading. And 43 MB/s for writing. USB HDD is your best friend if you don’t have budget for NAS. A must-have feature for me – Download Master is there to take over PC for file downloading. Glad that Asus includes this.
As for CPU processing power, it is more than enough to serve more 10 devices at the same time. As you can see, there are resources left for other stuff too while doing CPU intensive task like writing file on USB hard drive. Rest assures that you can play online games smoothly without interruption.
Well, that’s all for Asus TUF Gaming AX3000 review. A budget yet performing WiFi 6 gaming router. Ultra-wide coverage with fast transfer rate. Great for AC devices. Even better on AX ones.