Meet the first Wi-Fi Mesh with Wi-Fi 6E, ASUS ZenWiFi Pro ET12

Until now, the most powerful ASUS Wi-Fi Mesh system model was the ASUS Zen WiFi Pro XT12and we speak in the past tense because today we bring you his older brother the ASUS ZenWiFi Pro ET12 with Wi-Fi 6E. The characteristics of this new ET12 model are very similar to the XT12, we could say that they are two almost identical devices, but the ET12 model has the latest Wi-Fi 6E technology, so we will have a frequency band operating at 6GHz to provide the best possible Wi-Fi coverage and speed. If you want to have the best Wi-Fi mesh system and the first with Wi-Fi 6E, then we will explain its main features and a complete video where you can see how it is.

Main features

This new Wi-Fi Mesh system with the Wi-Fi 6E standard is the most advanced that currently exists. If you have a Wi-Fi card compatible with the new 6GHz frequency band, this is the model you should buy, also, if you don’t have WiFi 6E clients, nothing happens either, because the interconnection of the nodes is done by default in this 6GHz frequency band where we are going to have a little more speed and better coverage, since we do not have external interference.

Do you want to know all the features of this new model? Next, you can see in detail everything that it incorporates.

Wi-Fi specifications

This team has Simultaneous tri-band with Wi-Fi 6E and AX11000 class, thanks to this new Wi-Fi Mesh system we will be able to achieve the highest wireless speeds we have seen so far.

This equipment has four internal antennas for each frequency band (2.4GHz, 5GHz and 6Ghz). We will be able to achieve a speed of up to 1148Mbps in the 2.4GHz band, a speed of up to 4804Mbps in the 5GHz band and a speed of up to 4804Mbps in the new 6GHz band. The only difference between the XT12 and the ET12 model is that the second frequency band in 5GHz of the XT12 now works in the 6GHz band in this new ET12. Of course, in both the 5GHz and 6GHz bands we are going to have 160MHz of channel width in order to achieve the best possible wireless performance.

This Wi-Fi Mesh system has all the news of Wi-Fi 6E and from earlier Wi-Fi 6, such as Beamforming, MU-MIMO, OFDMA, TWT, and even Agile Multiband Wi-Fi. The Asuswrt firmware will allow us to configure WPA3-Personal in all frequency bands, but in the new 6GHz band its use is mandatory, we have two possibilities: we use OWE to have no authentication but data encryption or we use WPA3-Personal. In this new 6GHz band we do not have the possibility to use WPA2-Personal or any other configuration.

Asuswrt firmware and the new AiMesh 2.0 will allow us interconnect all compatible equipment without problems, however, if we only have two ET12 the interconnection network is configured by default in the new 6GHz band, in this way, we will have the best speed and coverage in the trunk network, so that the devices wired and connected to the Wi-Fi in 2.4GHz and 5GHz have the maximum possible speed. This ET12 model would be the ideal companion for the ASUS ROG Rapture GT-AXE11000, since we could use the ROG router as the main equipment and these new ET12 as high-performance extenders, ideal for having the fastest Mesh network in the world at home.

As you can see, at the WiFi level this new WiFi Mesh system is the most powerful we can find today, in fact, its characteristics are exactly the same as the most powerful Wi-Fi 6E router, the ASUS ROG Rapture GT- AXE11000.

Ethernet ports

At the level of wired connectivity, this new Wi-Fi mesh system is exactly the same as the XT12 that we have seen previously in RedesZone. The ports available on this computer are as follows:

  • One 2.5G Multigigabit port for Internet WAN. The firmware allows us to configure VLANs in WAN, VLAN per port and also the Movistar Triple VLAN FTTH profile.
  • One dedicated 2.5G Multigigabit port for LAN. This port is very important if we want to interconnect the nodes via cable, in this way, we can have a trunk link at a speed of 2.5Gbps, so as not to have a bottleneck.
  • 2 Gigabit Ethernet ports for LANin these two ports we can connect two PCs or any other device.

In this case, we also do not have a USB 3.0 or USB 2.0 port. The Asuswrt firmware has the main configurations of always such as Jumbo Frames at 9K and Link Aggregation with LACP using the LAN1 and LAN2 ports.

What we like most about this model (and also about the XT12) is the incorporation of the dual 2.5G Multigigabit port, both for the WAN and the LAN, ideal for getting the most out of the wired network.

Firmware Asuswrt

This Wi-Fi Mesh system has all the usual features. The most remarkable thing is that we have the ASUS AiMesh 2.0 with all the management options and centralized administration of the Mesh network, from here we can configure which trunk links we want to make (via cable or via WiFi) as well as select the frequency bands and their priority. . Of course, the firmware also allows us to choose which backhaul link we want. In the Smart Connect section we can choose between having simultaneous dual band with band-steering (2.4GHz and 5GHz) to use the 6GHz band as a trunk, or if we want to use the three frequency bands for wireless clients.

The rest of the Asuswrt options such as the guest WiFi network, AiProtection Pro, adaptive QoS, VPN servers, the possibility of configuring the firewall, compatibility with the IPv6 protocol and many more options are also present in this advanced model from the manufacturer ASUS. In the aspect of the firmware nothing has changed.

Unboxing and first impressions

The first thing that caught our attention about this new device is that it is physically exactly the same as the ASUS ZenWiFi Pro XT12, both models are exactly the same in terms of design and technical characteristics. The only difference between both models is that the XT12 has a second frequency band at 5GHz, and the ET12 model has the new frequency band at 6GHz. The rest of the technical specifications are exactly the same, triple band, dual port 2.5G Multigigabit etc.

Of course, this new model is really easy to configure, we simply have to configure one of them as a Mesh router and automatically the mesh node will be added to the Mesh network and will start working together. There is no need for manual configuration, everything is done completely automatically.

Next, you can see the complete video of the unboxing and first impressions of this high-performance WiFi Mesh system, although this video could perfectly be the previous one of the XT12 only changing the 5GHz-2 band for the new 6GHz band.

Soon in RedesZone we are going to offer you a complete analysis, we will check the real performance in the wired LAN-LAN and LAN-WAN tests with the different 1G and 2.5G Multigigabit ports, as well as Wi-Fi 6E with the new 6GHz band, but we anticipate that the speed is absolutely spectacular.