Thursday, June 3rd 2021

ASUS Intros ROG Strix GS-AX5400 Gaming Router

ASUS today rolled out the ROG Strix GS-AX5400, a dual-band Wi-Fi router optimized for online gaming. The 802.11ax (Wi-Fi 6) router offers a combined bandwidth of up to 5,400 Mbps, with 160 MHz channels. It has in-built logic to prioritize game traffic and reduce latencies. The VPN Fusion feature lets you simultaneously use a VPN and normal connection, so only specific apps use VPN, or specific apps use direct connection. This should come handy for gamers, as network traffic from games could use direct Internet for low latencies, while everything else is routed through your VPN service for anonymity.

Both the WAN upstream and four downstream LAN Ethernet ports are 1 GbE. The latest Wi-Fi protection standards are supported. Under the hood, is a triple-core processor with 512 MB of memory. The router's body features an RGB lighting element that can be controlled through the router setup page, or even synchronized over Aura. The company hasn't revealed prices, but we expect this to be one of ASUS's more affordable gaming-grade routers.
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15 Comments on ASUS Intros ROG Strix GS-AX5400 Gaming Router

#2
TheLostSwede
Broadcom based. Mostly likely the BCM6750, which is a lowly Cortex-A7 based chip.
Not going to be worth the money.
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#3
JoniISkandar
Meh why buy this overpriced router for better latency in game

You can buy Mikrotik router with much more robust Networking script
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#4
las
Gaming router.. Please stop
And RGB, oh my god..
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#5
TheLostSwede
JoniISkandarMeh why buy this overpriced router for better latency in game

You can buy Mikrotik router with much more robust Networking script
Because most people wouldn't 1. know who Mikrotik is 2. not know how to configure one of their products and 3. wouldn't want an industrial looking device in their home (ok, so they have a couple of non industrial things, but they're all quite low-end).
On top of that, most of the Mikrotik hardware is outdated, their OS is outdated and lacks key features like hardware acceleration.

Also, how do you know it's overpriced? It was just announced and I see no pricing. I mean, the ROG branding suggests it'll be overpriced, but still.
lasGaming router.. Please stop
And RGB, oh my god..
They've been around for about 5-6 years at least, so you're a bit late to start complaining about it now.
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las
TheLostSwedeBecause most people wouldn't 1. know who Mikrotik is 2. not know how to configure one of their products and 3. wouldn't want an industrial looking device in their home (ok, so they have a couple of non industrial things, but they're all quite low-end).
On top of that, most of the Mikrotik hardware is outdated, their OS is outdated and lacks key features like hardware acceleration.


They've been around for about 5-6 years at least, so you're a bit late to start complaining about it now.
I complain every time I see one, while laughing
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JoniISkandar
TheLostSwedeBecause most people wouldn't 1. know who Mikrotik is 2. not know how to configure one of their products and 3. wouldn't want an industrial looking device in their home (ok, so they have a couple of non industrial things, but they're all quite low-end).
On top of that, most of the Mikrotik hardware is outdated, their OS is outdated and lacks key features like hardware acceleration.

Also, how do you know it's overpriced? It was just announced and I see no pricing. I mean, the ROG branding suggests it'll be overpriced, but still.


They've been around for about 5-6 years at least, so you're a bit late to start complaining about it now.
Huh ? You can use WinBox to control and configure mikrotik, Full GUI, there bunch tutorial how to configure, Winbox look complicated but really its actually easy to use, and originaly Mikrotik is SOFTWARE COMPANY, if you complaint about "out dated hardware" just install the RouterOS to any x86 based computer, there bunch x86 based router if you want beastly Accelerated thing but..

You dont need fancy router to do the job for bandwith shaping, to split each traffic between gaming, streaming and even anything you want to prioritize
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#8
TheUn4seen
Oh my. GaMiNg PaCkEtZz will fly because it's GAMING, foolz!
In all honesty, being ignorant is very expensive these days. Without checking I can assume this thing uses the crap-tier Broadcom SoC as most Asus' routers do, and is sold with a massive margin because "GAMING".
Also, not enough RGB. I want my router to blind every fool coming to my house with my GAMING prowess, just to instill fear in their hearts.
Not a joke, I know someone who buys into the "gaming" stupidity and I dropped off some paperwork at his house lately, He didn't have to turn on his ceiling lights to sign the documents because of all the blinking lights in the room. My wife's relative has a five year old daughter and her room looks more mature even with all the plush toys and dolls.
To each his own of course, but do you remember the movie "Idiocracy"? It's not a sci-fi comedy any more. Mark my words, it will become a documentary in my lifetime.
Another thought - my mother bakes great cookies. I need to ask her to make them colorful and sell them as "gaming cookies" for, let's say, 50 euros a piece. I mean, companies dig out particle boards from waste bins, slap a black sticker on them and sell as "gaming desks" with a thousand percent margin. I want to get into this market.
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#9
ZoneDymo
lasGaming router.. Please stop
And RGB, oh my god..
You should not relate gaming with gaming, its just a certain quality of product, gaming is marketable because its populair that is all.
Usually products like this are pretty solid and probably pricey.

See it a bit as that whole "military grade" thing.
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#10
las
ZoneDymoYou should not relate gaming with gaming, its just a certain quality of product, gaming is marketable because its populair that is all.
Usually products like this are pretty solid and probably pricey.

See it a bit as that whole "military grade" thing.
Well for me and most people I know, Gaming in the name turns me instantly off, especially if RGB is used too.
Maybe it works for teenagers tho.
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#11
TheLostSwede
JoniISkandarHuh ? You can use WinBox to control and configure mikrotik, Full GUI, there bunch tutorial how to configure, Winbox look complicated but really its actually easy to use, and originaly Mikrotik is SOFTWARE COMPANY, if you complaint about "out dated hardware" just install the RouterOS to any x86 based computer, there bunch x86 based router if you want beastly Accelerated thing but..

You dont need fancy router to do the job for bandwith shaping, to split each traffic between gaming, streaming and even anything you want to prioritize
I guess you don't know much about routers if you suggest using an x86 system as a consumer router, but whatever.
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#12
dirtyferret
TumbleGeorgeMmm, today all hurdware is "gaming" haha!
a few years back it was all "military grade"cause nothing says quality like a vendor who won the bid by offering the cheapest product
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#13
JoniISkandar
TheLostSwedeI guess you don't know much about routers if you suggest using an x86 system as a consumer router, but whatever.
So you expert in router that said mikrotik is too hard ?

And then complaint about outdated hardware that really does not matter as you called "CONSUMER router", then when i said x86 you quickly down play me ? Lol wtf are you want actually, your argument is crash one to another

No wonder asus can sell this "Gaming router" gimmick, when single mikrotik can do better
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#14
TheLostSwede
JoniISkandarSo you expert in router that said mikrotik is too hard ?

And then complaint about outdated hardware that really does not matter as you called "CONSUMER router", then when i said x86 you quickly down play me ? Lol wtf are you want actually, your argument is crash one to another

No wonder asus can sell this "Gaming router" gimmick, when single mikrotik can do better
I dunno who you are, but I've at least worked for a router manufacturer and helped developed routers.

x86 CPUs are way too power hungry to go into any sensible router, unless you're some big corporation, but I guess that doesn't really apply to the TPU readership, or? Such a router wouldn't have Wi-Fi either for that matter, it's just be a rack mounted appliance.

And yes, Mikrotik is too hard for most people to use, considering that most people don't even change the default password. Sure, some people here could do it, but it's not a user friendly option, just like OpenWRT and DD-WRT aren't user friendly.

This is why consumer and small business routers have a simplified UI. Anyone looking to buy a router like this, would most likely not even have heard about Mikrotik.

As for outdated hardware, well I'll admit I was somewhat wrong there, but they don't have anything with a better SoC than this Asus model. It's mostly a mix of old MIPS based chips from QCA and MTK, as well as the QCA IPQ401x series, which is a dual core Cortex-A7 at lower clocks than this Broadcom part. It's normally used in a bunch of cheap mesh systems.

Personally, I'm using an "old" R7800 with Voxel's firmware, as it's built in an insanely good platform from QCA, even though it's getting a bit dated. Never had to reboot it, unless it was for a firmware update, which is really something when it comes to routers.

So yeah, I know a little bit about routers, but I wouldn't call myself an expert.
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#15
95Viper
Let's stay on the topic... and, it is not selling people on a different brand of equipment.
Or, insulting/belittling other members.

Thank You and have a wonderfully civil on-topic discussion.
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