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Reyee RG-E5 Review

The RG-E5 is ideal for businesses and homes wanting expandable Wi-Fi coverage.

Front angled view of Reyee RG-E5 router

Is the Reyee RG-E5 right for you?

Reyee’s RG-E5 Smart Home Router seems to suffer from an identity crisis. It feels like a router for business, but features like parental controls and smart home support indicate Reyee targets a wider mainstream audience.

But here are the facts: The RG-E5 is a great barebones router with decent speeds and a decently long range. You should consider the RG-E5 if you don’t need multigig internet support, media sharing, or built-in VPN tools. It’s affordable too—great for offices and homes on a strict budget.


  • Free cloud management
  • Mesh networking support
  • Long range


  • No USB connectivity
  • No multi-gig internet support
  • No built-in VPN tools

Reyee RG-E5 standout features

Blue status light of Reyee RG-E5 router

The RG-E5 isn’t feature-packed, but there are one or two tidbits that may raise a brow or two with business owners: free cloud management and mesh networking. It also includes an ARP Guard component to prevent man-in-the-middle attacks on the local network.

The best features at a glance:

  • Easy setup
  • Great range
  • Free cloud management
  • Mesh networking support

Compare the Reyee RG-E5 to the competition

ProductWi-Fi versionMax throughputPrice*Order online
Reyee RG-E5Wi-Fi 63,200Mbps$129.99View on Amazon
TP-Link Archer AX6000Wi-Fi 66,000Mbps$209.99View on Amazon
NETGEAR Nighthawk XR1000Wi-Fi 55,400Mbps$369.99View on Amazon

Based on our tests, the RG-E5 delivers the same speeds as TP-Link’s Archer AX6000 and NETGEAR’s Nighthawk XR1000—but for $100 less. It’s cheaper because it lacks the Archer AX6000’s eight Gigabit Ethernet ports and 2.5Gbps internet support. The RG-E5 also doesn’t push 1,200Mbps per stream like the NETGEAR XR1000, or include USB ports for file and printer sharing.

That said, if you need only the bare necessities paired with good speeds and long range, the RG-E5 is a good choice.

See our full coverage of the best long-range routers.

Our Reyee RG-E5 scoring breakdown

Category Score* Summary
Performance 4 Keeps up in speed with the Archer AX6000 and the Nighthawk XR1000.
Features 3 Provides an ARP Guard and free Ruijie Cloud account.
Design 3 Lacks USB ports, multi-gig internet support, and VPN tools.
Setup 4 Has one of the fastest setups we’ve tested to date.
Ease of use 4 Requires the web interface and mobile app to use fully.

* out of 5 points

Antenna of the Reyee RG-E5



Wi-Fi configuration:

  • 2.4 GHz band: 800Mbps (4 x 200Mbps)
  • 5 GHz band: 2,400Mbps (4 x 600Mbps)

What initially piqued our interest in the RG-E5 was the suggestion that it has a really really long range. Now after reviewing and testing dozens of standalone routers, the results are in and yes, it has the best tested speeds at 120 feet than any other router we’ve tested to date.

So, how good is the range? We recorded a 330Mbps average at 120 feet with an iPhone 12 Pro Max, a length that includes two doors, a few walls, and some furniture along the way. The Pixel 3 had a 143Mbps average, but it’s a Wi-Fi 5 device, so we expected the lower speed.

By comparison, the TP-LInk Archer AX6000 tested with a 280Mbps average at 120 feet, while the Nighthawk XR1000 tested with a 275Mbps average in the same spot. Both routers cost $100 more.

Overall, a 330Mbps throughput is excellent at that range—more than enough to stream 4K movies while standing in your neighbor’s yard (cough). The fastest speed we recorded was 843Mbps at close range, while the slower Google Pixel 3 tested a 695Mbps average, which isn’t bad either.

Antennas attached to the corner of Reyee RG-E5 router



Notable features:

  • ARP Guard security
  • Free cloud management
  • Mesh support

The RG-E5 is as plain as you can get. It doesn’t have media sharing, printer sharing, or native support for smart assistants. But you can add smart devices to a secondary 2.4 GHz SSID that uses a different channel than your primary one.

The RG-E5 also doesn’t include the built-in VPN tools we’ve seen on other routers at this price. You probably don’t need VPN tools on a local business network anyway—the company likely has its own server and client software. But a built-in VPN server is handy for residents accessing the internet from a coffee shop, for instance.

The parental controls aren’t even labeled as such in the web interface. You click into the Clients section and set times to block internet access to each device. In the app, you tap on Scenario followed by Parental Control to do the same thing. There are no age-specific filters to use or profiles to create.

What this router does include, however, is free protection against Address Resolution Protocol poisoning and attack prevention. It’s an important feature for business networks but not really useful at home. The Ruijie Cloud service is a handy remote management tool, but it’s best for companies with multiple access points and related networking devices.

What we wish the Reyee RG-E5 did better

  • USB sharing
  • WPA3 support

We get why there are no USB ports—it prevents you from spreading malware to your boss and coworkers (as fun as that sounds). But the lack of USB prevents printer sharing too, which could be helpful in an office or home environment.

What’s surprising here is the lack of WPA3 support. It’s the latest security standard we normally see on Wi-Fi 6 routers, but not here. The WPA2 protocol is your best line of defense.

Four LAN ports and one WAN port of Reyee RG-E5 router




  • Power button (back)
  • Reset recessed button (back)


  • 4 Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports (back)
  • Gigabit Ethernet WAN port (back)

The router looks like a giant CPU sitting in a motherboard socket, only with two antennas parked at each corner. It doesn’t look cheap by any means, but it has a low price for good reason: It avoids many features businesses simply may not need.

First, it doesn’t have more than eight Ethernet ports because, generally, wired office environments converge at a hub that connects to the router. As mentioned before, the lack of USB connectivity reduces the chance of malware spreading across the local network.

What’s surprising is the lack of multi-gig connectivity, whether it’s an internet connection or a two-lane NAS tethered to the router. It doesn’t even have a Wi-Fi on/off switch or a power button.



Inside the box:

  • RG-E5 router
  • Manual
  • Ethernet cable

The RG-E5 has one of the fastest setups we’ve tested to date, and competitors like TP-Link should really take note. But we had to create a cloud account to use this router, plus we experienced registration issues with the Reyee Router mobile app afterward—those are the main drawbacks.

Web interface of Reyee RG-E5 router

Ease of use


Router interface:

The web interface has one of the best layouts we’ve seen to date. Reyee crams everything you need under five tabs displayed along the top. For example, click on the Clients tab, and you have instant access to data like signal strength, channel, IP address, MAC address, and more for each device. You can easily block a device too with one click, or add a blocked time.

The Reyee app clearly caters to home users with terms like “parental controls” and “smart home” that you don’t see in the web interface. Here Reyee divides the layout into three tabs instead of five: Home, Scenario, and Settings.

Overall, the RG-E5 requires you to use the web interface and the mobile app to get the most out of it. Plus, the two interfaces lack proper on-screen instructions, so chances are you’ll end up searching Google to find out what Smart Wi-Fi does or why you should or should not enable ARP Guard.

Are there any additional costs?

There are no additional costs associated with the RG-E5. You’ll see wording like “free trial” and “free lifetime service of all basic features” associated with Ruijie Cloud, but there are no monthly subscriptions or premium features that require an additional fee.

Front view of Reyee RG-E5 router

Our Reyee RG-E5 review: The verdict

The Reyee RG-E5 is a Wi-Fi 6 router that keeps one foot in the business pool and one in the residential one. In fact, the web interface seems directed at businesses, while the Reyee app is better for homes. The funny thing is, you need both to get the most out of this router.

Look, the bottom line is the RG-E5 has decent speeds and an excellent range. Sure, you can probably get an insane range by placing this router in an open field, but that’s not a real-world scenario. Sticking this router in the center of your home or office and trying to get great speeds at 100 feet is a real-world scenario, and the RG-E5 does just that.

On the other hand, the RG-E5 lacks many features we’ve come to love from competitors like ASUS and TP-Link: free antivirus, robust parental controls, USB sharing, multi-gig internet support—you name it. Still, there’s a lot of speedy bang for your buck here, making the RG-E5 a good investment if you don’t want to spend more than $150.

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We test router speed by setting up each router in an office and connecting it to a local test server. Then, we transmit test data between our wireless devices and the server, taking numerous measurements to account for fluctuations in Wi-Fi speeds.

The first tests occur close to the router, without obstructions—so the Wi-Fi is as strong and fast as it’s gonna get. We repeat the process straight out at 10, 20, and 30 feet, with only a glass door obstructing our view of the router. The same glass door and an exterior door blocks our path when we test outside at 40 and 50 feet.

We also run tests in a hallway to the left of the TV room and office—where there’s a glass door, three walls, and an air handler unit blocking our view of the router. The dining room, another testing point, sits to the right of the kitchen, TV room, and office—two walls and a glass door block the path in this test.

To test video streaming, we connect a fast storage device to the router and stream a 4K video to six wireless devices simultaneously—two phones, three tablets, and a laptop—connected to the same wireless band.

Client devices used in testing

iPhone 12 Pro MaxGoogle Pixel 3
Wi-Fi versionWi-Fi 6Wi-Fi 5
Stream configuration2 x 22 x 2
Max channel width80 MHz80 MHz
Max 5 GHz speed (AX)1,200Mbps
Max 5 GHz speed (AC)866Mbps866Mbps
Max 2.4 GHz speed (AX)195Mbps
Max 2.4 GHz speed (N)144Mbps144Mbps

Reyee RG-E5 benchmarks

iPhone 12 Pro Max*Google Pixel 3*
2 feet843695
10 feet842692
20 feet789656
30 feet725646
40 feet (porch)636445
120 feet (across street)330143
160 feet (mailboxes)No connectionNo connection


Author -

Kevin Parrish has more than a decade of experience working as a writer, editor, and product tester. He began writing about computer hardware and soon branched out to other devices and services such as networking equipment, phones and tablets, game consoles, and other internet-connected devices. His work has appeared in Tom’s Hardware, Tom's Guide, Maximum PC, Digital Trends, Android Authority, How-To Geek, Lifewire, and others. At, he focuses on network equipment testing and review.

Editor - Rebecca Lee Armstrong

Rebecca Lee Armstrong has more than six years of experience writing about tech and the internet, with a specialty in hands-on testing. She started writing tech product and service reviews while finishing her BFA in creative writing at the University of Evansville and has found her niche writing about home networking, routers, and internet access at Her work has also been featured on Top Ten Reviews, MacSources, Windows Central, Android Central, Best Company, TechnoFAQ, and iMore.