Jan 07, 2019 Written by: Hilko_Black

Up your game with the ROG Rapture GT-AC2900 gaming router

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Not all routers are created equal. Even when they support the same wireless networking standard, like 802.11ac, different processors, radios, antenna configurations, and built-in features affect the way they perform. And when you’re gaming, streaming, and connecting to many devices under the same roof, you want a router with enough power to keep up.

Our ROG Rapture GT-AC2900 has the high-end specs to juggle a house full of wireless clients, plus the software features needed to prioritize all the traffic. It does all of that while looking good, too. Five distinct zones loaded with RGB LEDs and support for Aura Sync mean you can dress the ROG Rapture GT-AC2900 up to match your gaming PC.ac29002

The goods

The router was built with the networking demands of a modern home in mind. Dual wireless radios give you up to 750Mbps peak throughput on the 2.4GHz band and 2167Mbps on the 5GHz band.

Maximizing performance and keeping latency to a minimum involves the use of multi-user, multiple-input, multiple output (MU-MIMO) technology, which divides available bandwidth into separate streams able to service client systems simultaneously. The ROG Rapture GT-AC2900 enables this functionality via four antennas in a 4x4 configuration. Three dual-band antennas are external and detachable, while the fourth resides inside and is dedicated to 5GHz traffic. As wireless devices start connecting to the router and making requests, MU-MIMO ensures none of them are left waiting. That kind of responsiveness is naturally critical to gaming.

The battle against congestion is further aided by the ROG Rapture GT-AC2900’s Dynamic Frequency Selection (DFS) support, which allows it to utilize frequencies in the 5GHz band normally used by radar systems. To avoid interfering with those systems, DFS detects radar signals and switches away from them. But in areas where those 15 channels aren’t monopolized, DFS support opens up room to broadcast with less interference.

Accelerate your games

Beyond simply driving higher data rates to more devices, a gaming router needs to give the most timing-sensitive packets top priority. The ROG Rapture GT-AC2900 offers several different ways to optimize your traffic.

Adaptive QoS, for instance, lets you prioritize gaming, streaming, or web surfing through a menu in the router’s setup. There’s also an option to customize the quality of service rules, allowing you identify specific applications or network devices for VIP treatment. The ROG Rapture GT-AC2900 also recognizes ROG notebooks and desktops with GameFirst V software installed. The ROG First tab in our GameFirst utility lets you search for ROG routers on the network. Once a link is established, a one-click Game First mode handles optimization of the ROG Rapture GT-AC2900’s Adaptive QoS, saving you from logging in and configuring the router manually.

Prioritizing packets helps speed up gaming traffic locally. But once that data leaves the router, you’re at the mercy of congestion elsewhere along its path. Free access to Gamers Private Network (GPN), powered by wtfast, optimizes the connection between you and your game server to reduce ping times, minimize variation between the lowest and highest pings, and circumvent bad router hops.  

To cap it all off, the ROG Rapture GT-AC2900 has a mode that’s being optimized for NVIDIA’s GeForce NOW recommended program. GeForce NOW is a cloud gaming service that turns your PC, Mac and SHIELD TV into a powerful gaming rig, streaming games at up 1080p60 with low latency. The ROG Rapture GT-AC2900 incorporates prioritized port assignments, an automatic QoS profile that kicks in for GeForce NOW, and the ability to dedicate up to 90% bandwidth.

Light it up

When it comes to network appliances, it’s usually what’s inside that counts most, but the ROG Rapture GT-AC2900’s good looks may earn it a spot next to your gaming PC. The all-black chassis is complemented by a backlit ROG logo, plus a slash of RGB LED light across the front that you can configure to match other Aura Sync-enabled components. Enthusiasts eager to show off the illuminated ROG Rapture GT-AC2900 can even mount it to the wall using a bundled bracket.

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In addition to an obligatory WAN/LAN port, four gigabit LAN ports accommodate hard-wired devices. If you want to add external storage or a shared printer, one USB 3.1 Gen1 port and one USB 2.0 port tie peripherals into the network as well.

An ROG Boost key on the router’s side turns on the RGB LED lighting by default, but it can also be programmed to toggle DFS support or enable Game Boost with Adaptive QoS.

Prepare your packets for warp speed

The ROG Rapture GT-AC2900 is designed for fine-tuned wired and wireless networking in a house packed with PCs, tablets, phones, and game consoles. Its underlying platform is powerful and the software features running on top leverage that potential to ensure every user on your LAN benefits, whether they’re gaming, streaming, or casually browsing the web.

Come see the ROG Rapture GT-AC2900 in person at CES 2019 in Las Vegas, NV from January 8-11 at the ROG Suite in the Trump International Hotel. Availability is set for early 2019. Check with your local ROG representative for pricing and availability in your region.

ROG announced tons of new tech at CES. Check out this article to see all of our announcements in one place.

 

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