ASUS Republic of Gamers has recently announced its newest product, the ROG Rapture GT-AC5300, the world’s first router specifically designed for gaming.
Modern online games require teamwork and precision from every man on the squad. As such, even a second of poor network latency may mean the difference between a loss and a victory. To date, most routers that are labelled “for gaming” are defined by their fast Wi-Fi data rates.
But ROG knows that there’s more to it than that, as features that actually improve the experience are equally important. Such is the design and thinking behind the ROG Rapture GT-AC5300, which has been carefully designed from the ground up for full-on gaming action. Everything from its powerful CPU, to the antennas and ultra-fast ports, this router is ready to face the toughest challenges.
Easy gaming network management
The ROG Rapture GT-AC5300 features ROG Gaming Center, and intuitive interface that gives gamers full control over every aspect of the network. It gives an overview of key network parameters including current Internet status and stability. It even shows what games or apps the gaming devices are running. Add to that, easy one-click control over various network settings, as well as Game Radar, which shows server ping speeds for selected games across the globe.
Other features include Wi-Fi Radar, which lets users analyze the wireless signal to determine any interference, and select the least-congested channel. Game Boost also analyzes the network traffic and prioritizes gaming packets for optimal performance. Finally, there’s Game IPS (Intrusion Prevention System), which provides extensive protection against external threats.
Triple-level game acceleration for super-smooth gaming
The ROG Rapture GT-AC5300 is the first gaming router with 3 levels of game acceleration. 2 LAN ports are dedicated gaming ports that prioritize network traffic to connected devices. It also features Game Boost, which works in conjunction not only prioritizes traffic for optimal network performance, but also optimizes the speed for each connected gaming device. It also supports many popular game consoles.
It also has built-in support for Gamers’ Private Network, powered by WTFast, which allows users to set up a private network with the best possible connection between the router and preferred gaming servers for selected games, reducing ping rate and packet loss, which then results to responsive and lag-free gameplay.
Ultimate hardware for extreme performance
The ROG Rapture GT-AC5300 features tri-band AC5300 Wi-Fi with 2 separate 5GHz bands, and a 2.4GHz band. By allocating one of the two 5GHz bands for gaming devices while leaving the other one for general use, gamers can create a dedicated high-speed gaming Wi-Fi network.
Driving the GT-AC5300 is a 1.8GHz quad-core CPU which offers more than enough power to handle anything you’ll throw at it, whether it’s maximizing the LAN/WAN throughput for online gaming or high-speed USB transfers.
The eight-port Gigabit LAN switch provides all the connections needed for running multiple wired gaming devices, as well as two USB 3.0 ports for delivering high-speed access to files on storage devices.
RangeBoost is a combination of hardware and software which increases coverage and at the same time, improves long-range throughput. Gamers can play where they want, not overly dependent on where the router is.
Front-line protection for gaming networks
Game IPS is an intrusion prevention system powered by TrendMicro technology which protects the network from external threats, neutralizing them even before reaching the network or devices. It’s integrated into the router, it still gives protection even if a PC’s software security is not turned on.
The ASUS ROG Rapture GT-AC5300 is initially available at Acenet, PC Dynamic, PC Hub, and PC Quarters with an SRP of PhP23,810.
Emman has been writing technical and feature articles since 2010. Prior to this, he became one of the instructors at Asia Pacific College in 2008, and eventually landed a job as Business Analyst and Technical Writer at Integrated Open Source Solutions for almost 3 years.