New: GT vs RT-AC5300 finding

lindros2

Regular Contributor
I’ve owned an RT 5300 for 3+ years, and after regular issues with 5Ghz disappearing (which I guess is also present in the GT model), I got a GT for $250.

The biggest finding (other than the 8 ports I won’t use and the awful firmware design) is the raw speed of 5 GHz (low). I could never get my RT 5 low above 150Mbps, yet the GT is doing over 600 (clients on 5 GHz high are capping out at 200-250).

The top end appears a little slower too on the GT - it can’t get to 800-900 - but I found that’s just for showing off, not practical use.

Finally, my AX11000 (used as an extender, don’t judge) is happy. It’s showing over 500 bidirectional using the 5 Ghz-high band.
 

Clark Griswald

Very Senior Member
Why aren't you using the AX11000 as your main?
 

Tech9

Part of the Furniture
RT-AC5300 and GT-AC5300 are two completely different hardware/software routers:

RT-AC5300 - BCM4709 ARM A9 1.4GHz dual-core, 128MB flash, 512MB RAM, BCM4366 radios
GT-AC5300 - BCM4908 ARM A53 1.8GHz quad-core, 256MB flash, 1GB RAM, BCM4366E radios

GT is a much faster HND platform router with better radios.
 

lindros2

Regular Contributor
Why aren't you using the AX11000 as your main?
Many have asked; I’ve tried 5 different times, but for unknown reasons the AC5300 (and AX68 or AC68) as repeaters - and some clients - get really slow speeds.
My ATT main does 700+ on WiFi 6 devices, which is a good option as well.
But the AX11000 as a repeater pushing out 400-500 is superb for me.
 

lindros2

Regular Contributor
RT-AC5300 and GT-AC5300 are two completely different hardware/software routers:

RT-AC5300 - BCM4709 ARM A9 1.4GHz dual-core, 128MB flash, 512MB RAM, BCM4366 radios
GT-AC5300 - BCM4908 ARM A53 1.8GHz quad-core, 256MB flash, 1GB RAM, BCM4366E radios

GT is a much faster HND platform router with better radios.
Which is surprising it appears that they’ve given up on it. $249 new was a great deal.
My house is now super stable with 50+ devices.
And it appears to be running cooler.
 

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