Review: ASUS ZenWiFi XT9


If you are looking for a highly effective Wi-Fi Mesh system that provides coverage throughout your entire home, then the ASUS ZenWiFi XT9 should be on top of your list. This model is an upgrade from the ASUS ZenWiFi XT8, the first in the ZenWiFi family. One key improvement in the XT9 is the increased speed on the 5GHz band for WiFi clients, now reaching up to 900Mbps.

The ASUS ZenWiFi XT9 mesh system is made up of two ASUS AX7800 tri-band WiFi 6 mesh routers. These feature advanced technologies to provide fast, reliable, and secure WiFi connections for streaming videos, gaming, and seamless connectivity for all your smart IoT devices.

According to ASUS, the ZenWiFi XT9 WiFi 6 mesh system is capable of supporting 160MHz bandwidth, resulting in increased wireless network capacity and speeds. It offers a total bandwidth of up to 7800Mbps, making it up to 2.6 times faster than tri-band AC3000 (WiFi 5) routers.

The ASUS ZenWiFi XT9 mesh system features the latest ASUS RangeBoost Plus technology and the Broadcom WiFi 6 chipset. This significantly enhances the WiFi signal range and overall coverage, thus allowing you to experience seamless WiFi coverage for spaces of up to 5700 square feet with the two-unit package.

The ZenWiFi XT9 is available in four variants and two colours. These include a 2-unit white package, a 1-unit white package, a 2-unit black package, and a 1-unit black package. ASUS sent us the 2-unit white package variant for this review.

Inside the box, you get two ASUS AX7800 tri-band WiFi 6 mesh routers, an RJ-45 cable, a couple of power adapters, a warranty card, and a quick start guide. Both the routers come with ports such as one RJ45 for 2.5G BaseT for WAN, three RJ45 ports for Gigabits BaseT for LAN, and a USB 3.2 Gen 1 port.

Setting up a mesh network using the ASUS ZenWiFi XT9 is a walk in the park. All you need to do is download the ASUS Router mobile app, which is available for both Android and iOS devices, and then follow the simple onscreen instructions. If you are using a 2-unit package, one of the units is the main router which needs to be configured first and then you can move on to configuring the second unit.

The ASUS ZenWiFi XT9 works with OK Google or Alexa Skills for hands-free control of your router. The ZenWiFi XT9 performs exceptionally well in terms of speed. Its 5GHz radios have a quoted maximum speed of 4,808 Mbits/sec, though 160MHz is only available on the backhaul band. In our Wi-Fi 5 testing, it was the fastest mesh system overall.

Even in our Wi-Fi 6 testing, the ASUS ZenWiFi XT9 mesh network performed very well. One standout feature of the ZenWiFi nodes is the inclusion of four Gigabit Ethernet ports and a 10Gbits/sec USB socket, which can be used for storage, printing, and modem duties. This level of connectivity is not often seen in mesh products – so kudos to ASUS for including a boatload of connectivity options.

The ASUS ZenWiFi XT9 high-performance Mesh Wi-Fi system is an excellent choice for those seeking a fast mesh network for both wireless clients and the backhaul network.

If you plan to connect the XT9 nodes via WiFi, this model is particularly suitable as it combines the best features of the XT8 (simultaneous triple band) and the XD6 (160MHz channel width on the 5GHz band). Overall, the ASUS ZenWiFi XT9 is a great place to start if you are looking to set up a mesh network at your home.

Price: AED 2899 (2 unit pack)

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