Asus GT-AXE16000 vs TP-Link AXE300: A Good Fight

Asus GT-AXE16000 vs TP-Link AXE300: A Good Fight

If you’re looking for an ultimate Wi-Fi 6E router, this Asus GT-AXE16000 vs TP-Link AXE300 will help.

Since the end of 2022, these two have been the ultimate standalone Quad-bad Wi-Fi machines representing the two popular networking vendors.

Considering Wi-Fi 7 is around the corner, they will likely remain the cream of the crop for their Wi-Fi 6E standards. And that means they will remain relevant for years in the future.

That said, picking one out of this pair can be tricky. This post will push you in the right direction, but each router’s in-depth review will provide more information. Give them a good read.

The Asus GT-AXE16000 can produce quite a light show when its programmable ROG Aura is lit up.You can swivel the TP-Link AXE300's eight non-removable antennas 360 degrees around, but you can't pull them outward.
Asus GT-AXE1600 vs TP-Link AXE300: Both routers are massive squarish boxes.

Asus GT-AXE16000 vs TP-Link AXE300: Two (almost) equally excellent routers

The Asus GT-AXE1600 and the TP-Link AXE300 have lots in common.

Both are massive Wi-Fi 6E routers with eight external non-removable antennas. Both have three Multi-Gig ports, high processing power, and feature top-tier Wi-Fi specs. And both come with a robust web user interface and an optional helpful mobile app.

With that, let’s check out their hardware specifications.

Asus GT-AXE16000 vs TP-Link AXE300: Hardware specifications

Model Asus GT-AXE16000 TP-Link AXE300
Wi-Fi Bandwidth Quad-band 
(channel width)
4×4 AX: Up to 1148Mbps
4×4 AX: Up to 1148Mbps
(channel width)
4×4 Wi-Fi 6
Up to 4804Mbps
4×4 Wi-Fi 6
Up to 4804Mbps
(channel width)
4×4 Wi-Fi 6
Up to 4804Mbps
4×4 Wi-Fi 6
Up to 4804Mbps
(channel width)
4×4 Wi-Fi 6E
Up to 4804Mbps
4×4 Wi-Fi 6E
Up to 4804Mbps
Backward Compatibility 802.11a/b/g/n/ac 802.11a/b/g/n/ac
Wireless Security WPA / WPA2 / WPA3 WPA / WPA2 / WPA3
Operation Roles Router (default)
 Access Point
AiMesh node (router or satellite)
Media Bridge
Router (default)
Access Point
Mesh-ready Yes 
Gigabit Network Port 4x LAN 4x LAN
Multi-Gig Network Port 1x 2.5Gbps WAN/LAN
2x 10Gbps LAN/WAN
1x 2.5Gbps Multi-Gig LAN/LAN
1x 10Gbps Multi-Gig LAN/WAN
 1× 10Gbps Multi-Gig/SFP+ Combo WAN/LAN
LAN Link Aggregation Yes 
(LAN ports 1 and 2)
LAN only
(LAN2 + LAN3)
WAN Link Aggregation Yes (WAN + LAN4) No
Dual-WAN Yes (WAN + USB 
or any other LAN port)
USB 1x USB 3.0
1x USB 2.0
1x USB 3.0
Web User Interface Yes Yes
Dynamic DNS
with Remote Access
Yes Yes
Mobile App Asus Router
(login account optional)
TP-Link Tether
(login account required)
Processing Power 2.0 GHz quad-core CPU, 
256MB Flash, 2GB RAM
2.0 GHz Quad-Core CPU,
1GB RAM, 256MB Flash
Power Intake 100-240V 100-240V
Power Usage
(over 24 hours)
≈ 475 Wh ≈ 465 Wh
Antennas 8x External 8x External
Dimensions 10.4 x 10.4 x 2.9 in 
(26.4 x 26.4x 7.4 cm)
9.1 × 9.1 × 2.7 in
(232 × 232 × 68 mm)
Weight 5.3 lbs (2.4kg) 3.75lbs (1.7kg)
Firmware Version
(at review) 1.0.3 Build 20220907
Release Date June 2022 October 2022
US Price
(at launch)
$699 $599.99
Asus GT-AXE1600 vs TP-Link AXE300: Hardware specifications

Asus GT-AXE16000 vs TP-Link AXE300: The differences

Despite the similar hardware specs, the two have some big differences.

First, the TP-Link Archer AXE300 uniquely features a 10Gbps Multi-Gig/SFP+ Combo LAN/WA port — it can work in either form and either WAN or LAN role. This makes it more flexible in terms of device support.

For example, you can use it with an SFP+ Fiber-topic ONT or host an SFP+ NAS server. In this case, the Asus GT-AXE16000 would require a converter — not a good idea.

On the other hand, the Asus proved to be a much more versatile router that:

  • supports Aggregation on both the WAN and LAN side.
  • features Dual-WAN with extremely flexible network port configurations.
  • has all available operating roles for a router (access point, repeater, media bridge, etc.).

On top of that, while the two are mesh-ready, Asus’s AiMesh is much superior to TP-Link’s OneMesh.

As a result, the GT-AXE16000 can be a robust Multi-Gigabit mesh member. In contrast, the Archer AXE300 can only handle a few low-end extenders with, for now, no possibility for a mesh with wired backhauling.

Asus GT-AXE16000 Quad-band Wi Fi 6E Router's portsTP Link Archer AXE300 Ports Multi Gig
Asus GT-AXE1600 vs TP-Link AXE300: The latter is more interesting in the network port department, with the Multi-Gig/SFP+ combo.

Finally, the Asus’s USB ports can handle a lot more network storage and other USB-based applications than the TP-Link counterpart. That’s always a good thing for those looking to make the most out of their purchase.

Asus GT-AXE16000 vs TP-Link AXE300: General grading and performance


Powerful hardware, Quad-band with Wi-Fi 6E support, three Multi-Gig ports (one 2.5Gbps and two 10Gbps)

Stellar performance throughout

Excellent set of game-related, online protection and monitoring features, full AiMesh 2.0 support

Unmatched port flexibility, including interchangeable WAN, Dual-WAN, and LAN/WAN Link Aggregations

Beautiful ROG Aura lighting


Expensive, 10Gbps ports’ sustained rates and NAS performance (when hosting a storage device) could be better

Awkward backhaul band design in a wireless AiMesh setup, no UNII4 (5.9GHz) support, no SFP+

Bulky design, not wall-mountable

Asus GT-AXE16000 vs TP-Link AXE300 Multi-Gig wired, Wi-Fi, and NAS (when hosting a USB portable SSD) performances
Asus GT-AXE16000 vs TP-Link AXE300: Multi-Gig wired, Wi-Fi, and NAS (when hosting a USB portable SSD) sustained throughputs.


Top-tier hardware with excellent performance; three flexible Multi-Gig ports and LAN Link Aggregation support

Robust web user interface; lots of network and Wi-Fi settings and a handful of valuable features for home users

Comparatively cheaper than competitors

Wall-mountable; useful optional mobile app; OneMesh-ready


No option for Gigabit WAN, Dual-WAN, or fast mesh with wired backhauling

HomeShield Pro requires a subscription, mobile app, and login account

Bulky design, the USB port’s performance could be better

Asus GT-AXE1600 vs TP-Link AXE300: Which to get

If you’re looking for a standalone router for a demanding home, either of the two will make an excellent choice. Each will give you true Multi-gigabit wired performance and top Wi-Fi throughput on all available bands.

Of the two, the TP-Link AXE300 is the only one that has built-in support for SFP+. If you need this port, it’s the sensible choice — you won’t have to resort to a switch.

Asus GT AXE16000 Fancy LightWhen in action, the TP-Link Archer AXE300's top lighting is relatively modest.
Asus GT-AXE1600 vs TP-Link AXE300: The former has fancy RGB programmable game light, while the latter is a bit mundane on this front.

However, if you’re looking to scale up Wi-Fi coverage later and have the most features — including game-related ones — without having to pay extra, or if you want to get the best USB-based applications, the Asus GT-AXE16000 is the one to pick.

Whether Asus’s extras are worth the higher price tag, it’s your call. Other matchups on Wi-Fi solutions are available here.