ASUS 10G and Multigigabit Wired Network Cards
The manufacturer ASUS currently has two models of very interesting 10G network cards, because they have the latest 10G technology to achieve speeds of up to 10Gbps through the wired network, and because their price is very competitive, being approximately 90 euros. . Thanks to these cards, we can achieve real speeds of 9.8Gbps speed, as long as you use switches compatible with these 10G speeds. Next, we are going to show you the two models that ASUS currently has.
ASUS XG-C100C: The best 10G Multigigabit card for your PC
This model of network card connects directly to a PCI-e 2.0 x4 port on the motherboard, due to the high speed it will provide, it has this type of interface and we will have to “tap” it directly to the motherboard. This card model has an RJ-45 port, capable of synchronizing at the typical speeds of 100Mbps, 1Gbps and also at a speed of 10Gbps, being its maximum synchronization speed.
A very important feature is that this model supports the NBASE-T standard, or also known as “Multigigabit”. This means that, depending on the switch and the network cabling, we can synchronize at speeds of 2.5G and 5Gbps, ideal to adapt to the environment. If you have a 2.5G or 5G Multigigabit switch, this model will serve you perfectly for the future, because it supports these speeds and also reaches up to 10Gbps.
Other important features are that it supports speed auto-negotiation, auto MDI / MDIX, jumbo frames up to 16K, supports the 802.1Q VLANs standard, and of course 802.1P for QoS priority queues. This model is compatible with all operating systems, both Windows in its latest version Windows 10, as well as Linux if we have a kernel version 4.4 or higher.
Taking into account that this 10G Multigigabit network card is worth only about 90 euros and even less if we have it on offer, it is clear that it is the best option if you want to greatly accelerate the home local network, and also your professional network.
ASUS XG-C100F: SFP + port for fiber
If you have a switch where fiber ports predominate, the XG-C100F model is exactly the same as the previous one, but instead of having an RJ-45 port it has an SFP and SFP + port (at 10Gbps) for connections. If we use a transceiver and a fiber cable, we can connect this network card directly to the switch to achieve speeds of 1Gbps or 10Gbps. In this case, there are no Multigigabit speeds on the SFP / SFP + ports.
If you are close to the switch to which you are going to connect your PC, you will always be able to buy a DAC cable that will allow you to save a lot of money compared to buying two transceivers and the fiber cable, because the DAC cable already has everything you need to perform the connection, with the limit of a maximum distance of 7 meters.
This model of ASUS network card is also priced at just 90 euros, a great alternative to the XG-C100C, but with fiber optics and an SFP + connector. You must remember that you will need a switch with fiber ports and SFP or SFP + to be able to use this network card.
ASUS WiFi 6 Wireless Network Cards
The WiFi 6 standard has been a before and after in home and professional wireless networks. Today the latest laptops, smartphones and tablets already have compatibility with this standard, which will provide us with greater wireless speed, greater coverage and greater efficiency thanks to technologies such as MU-MIMO and OFDMA. Next, we are going to show you the two models that ASUS currently has.
This model is a high-performance WiFi card with the WiFi 6 standard, it uses a PCIe interface for WiFi connectivity, and also a USB interface for Bluetooth connectivity. This card must be installed directly in an available PCIe slot on the computer’s motherboard, once installed in the PCIe slot, we will have WiFi connectivity. If we also want to have Bluetooth connectivity, we must connect the internal cable to an internal USB on the board, otherwise we will not have Bluetooth 5.0.
This network card is dual band selectable, we can get a speed up to 574Mbps on the 2.4GHz band and one speed up to 2.402Mbps on the 5GHz band. This model has two external antennas in MU-MIMO 2T2R configuration for the two frequency bands. This model has all the technologies incorporated in WiFi 6 such as MU-MIMO for the two frequency bands, OFDMA and also Beamforming.
A very important characteristic is that it supports 160MHz of channel width in the 5GHz band, thanks to this, we can achieve a theoretical speed of up to 2.4Gbps, however, in the performance tests that we have carried out in RedesZone we have achieved real speeds of approximately 1.2Gbps, therefore, we are facing a faster wireless network card than the typical Gigabit Ethernet standard that we all know.
This model has a WiFi base where we can connect external antennas, because they have an RP-SMA connector. In this way, we can put the network card on the table to have the best possible reception. We also have a low profile bracket in case you need it in your computer case. This network card is compatible with all operating systems, including Windows and also Linux, because the chipset used is the Intel AX200, the predominant card today in desktop computers, laptops and PCIe network cards like this one.
This ASUS PCE-AX3000 model is the low cost version of the previous model. This network card will achieve the same speed in the two frequency bands, it also has MU-MIMO, OFDMA and Beamforming, in addition to the 160MHz of channel width in the 5GHz band. It is a great low-cost option to the previous model, as long as you are not interested in the additions that the previous version has.
The differences between this model and the PCE-AX58BT are as follows:
- It does not have a metal heatsink on the top, to keep the temperature of the Intel AX200 under control
- You do not have a WiFi antenna base to place your antennas in the best possible position, they must be located behind the PC.
The rest of the technical specifications are exactly the same, there is no difference, it also includes the Intel AX200 chipset for wireless network and Bluetooth.
As you have seen, today at ASUS we have accessories to accelerate the wired and wireless network of our PC for very little money, in addition, in RedesZone we make use of both the ASUS XG-C100C wired network card, as we have set up a 10G Multigigabit network in our home and for performance tests with switches and NAS servers that have 10G connectivity. In the case of connecting to the WiFi network with our desktop PC, we also make use of the ASUS PCE-AX58BT model and the operation is simply perfect.
Which router has 10G and WiFi 6 ports?
The ASUS RT-AX89X router is one of the routers that incorporates 10G ports and also WiFi 6 connectivity. This model is currently the top-of-the-range router from the manufacturer ASUS. At the wired level, this model has a Gigabit Ethernet port for the Internet WAN and a total of 8 Gigabit Ethernet ports for the LAN. The most interesting thing is that it incorporates two 10G ports, one port is RJ-45 with 10BASE-T Multigigabit standard, therefore, it is perfectly compatible with the ASUS XG-C100C network card that we have shown you previously, in addition, this port allows synchronization at speeds of 10G / 5G / 2.5G / 1G and 100Mbps. The other 10G port is SFP + for fiber connections or use a DAC cable, this port will allow us to connect the ASUS XG-C100F network card that we have shown you previously. These ports can function as both Internet WANs and LANs, although these days the most common thing is that you configure them as LANs to have the best performance on the local network.
On a wireless level, this router is also top of the range. Incorporates Simultaneous dual band with Wi-Fi 6 (Wi-Fi AX6000), therefore, in the 2.4GHz band we can achieve a speed of up to 1.148Mbps and in the 5GHz band we can achieve a speed of up to 4.804Mbps. This router has a total of four antennas in MU-MIMO 4T4R configuration for the 2.4GHz band and a MU-MIMO 8T8R configuration in the 5GHz band, as it supports 160MHz channel width to provide the best possible performance. This router has all the technologies of WiFi 6 such as Beamforming, MU-MIMO Y OFDMA for the two frequency bands, Target Wake Time Y Agile Multiband WiFi to optimize WiFi roaming between nodes with AiMesh.
With previous ASUS WiFi cards we can achieve a theoretical maximum speed of up to 574Mbps in 2.4GHz and up to 2.402Mbps in 5GHz, because the card incorporates two MU-MIMO 2T2R antennas. In our tests we have verified that the real speed that we will achieve in 2.4GHz is around 350Mbps, and in the 5GHz band we will achieve approximately 1,200Mbps, therefore, in the 5GHz band we will exceed the Gigabit speed.