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"Gaming" Routers. Are they worth the extra cash?

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As part of a networking makeover at home, I decided to take a look at routers with the intention of replacing the ISP's provided router in favour of one that could provide a little extra performance over WiFi and have a few extra features to improve the general experience online. My search into high end routers took an unexpected turn into the "gaming router" world and I have to say; what in the actual f**k are these incredible monstrosities and why don't I own one already?

My question is mostly is the aesthetics worth the extra cash of these demon spawn devices? Presumably it is mostly marketing behind these, but am curious to see if they do provide functional improvements over their non-gaming counterparts. Presumably, there are some networking priority changes and optimised traffic routing for specific applications. 


Personal experience with something like these would also be greatly appreciated. 


I've provided a few images below for reference.  


ROG Rapture GT-AX11000 | Networking | ASUS USAASUS RT-AX82U AX5400 Dual Band WiFi 6 Gaming Router, WiFi 6 802.11ax,  Mobile Game Mode, ASUS AURA RGB, Lifetime Free Internet Security, Mesh WiFi  support: Amazon.co.uk: Computers & AccessoriesTP-Link AC5400X MU-MIMO Tri-Band Gaming Router | Ebuyer.com

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No there is no such thing as a gaming router.  They are usually just more robust versions of... routers.  Which makes them... routers.  You can't spec a router to handle games better, as all they're doing is transferring data and it's movies, games, files, text messages, porn videos... it's all handled the same.

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Gaming routers are worth it. Ironically, I was looking into it yesterday as well. They are definitely more robust. The antennas are way more stronger and the ranges is usually better. Also, the router handles all things equally, but you will GET BETTER SPEEDS. Watch Linus upgrade Colton's wifi with a "gaming router"   



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Often these gaming routers utilize QOS, Quality Of Service.  This would work in conjunction with your application to set the TOS bits on theIP packets to alert the router to the preference for that packet.  The router then moves this packet to the head of the queue.  


They also tend to have better hardware in the form of more CPU (higher clock rate, more cache/RAM etc etc) to process more packets per second as well as process the packet more rapidly through the forwarding pipeline.

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