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Product Reviews

ASUS RT-N56U Dual Band Multimedia Ultra Slim Wireless Router
60%
Excellent
23%
Very Good
12%
Average
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Below Average
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Poor
Rating: 8.7/10
Marc-Andre_R@NCIX
Rating:

Review Date: 03/30/14
Cons: - None so far.

Pros: - Rock solid performance- Easy setup- Handle a lot of concurrent request / simultanous clients- Dual band- Get Merlin's build firmware if you want extended features set.
Comment:
Rock solid performance router for anybody in need of a router that doesn't cost an arm and a leg that offer great performance. 4 Gpbs ports for you wired needs and a dual band wifi interface to handle anything you want!
Jacques_G@NCIX
Rating:

Review Date: 12/31/13
Cons: Firmware is somewhat limited, runs a little hot

Pros: Very good router, hardware is top notch and reliable.
Comment:
This is a great little router, runs very well on a standard setup and is easily configurable. Issues come up though if you wish to use it a little differently. I had to get custom firmware to be able to set-up my second unit since Access point wireless link connection only supports Opensystem/None or Opensystem/WEP only.
Mike_S@NCIX
Rating:

Review Date: 11/08/13
Cons: Stock firmware is not so great

Pros: Fast, reliable LAN speeds, good wireless coverage. USB ports for external storage
Comment:
I have had this router for nearly a year and so far have been quite satisfied with it. Wifi speeds are excellent, with few dropped connections. USB ports for network storage is a nice feature too. Easy to set up, took less than 10 minutes. The stock firmware is not so great though. Once I put custom firmware on it I had no trouble whatsoever. Overall, well worth the price for a quality router.
Khanh_V@NCIX
Rating:

Review Date: 10/25/13
Cons: Not the greatest stock firmware

Pros: speed almost as fast as wired connection
Comment:
As a previous user mentioned, it's best to use custom firmware for this router. I had alot of disconnect issues until i switched to the custom firmware. issue solved and it now works great. The speeds on 5 G are as fast as a wired connection.
_-Artash-_@NCIX
Rating:

Review Date: 02/16/13
Cons: -The bandwidth at 2.4ghz kept getting clogged, changing the password solved it though lol.

Pros: -Dual Band-Cheap-Super easy to set up-reasonable price-It simply works, much reviewed and tested product, all I wanted.
Comment:
Old Cisco router kept disconnecting all the users in the house so I decided to replace it with this. Worked within 5 minutes of settings it up, very simple and just works. After dealing with whole bunch of PC problems for the past couple of weeks along with midterms, sometimes you just want to buy a well testing product that simply works with no headache :)Will buy again.
Wing Tat_Y@NCIX
Rating:

Review Date: 01/11/13
Cons: expensive

Pros: performance is good
Comment:
Suggest flashing it with custom firmware, http://code.google.com/p/rt-n56u/, unlock more capability like VPN server, jumbo frame support and so on.
AceOnRiv@NCIX
Rating:

Review Date: 01/06/13
Cons: comes with an old firmware

Pros: EasyFirmware updatesopen sourcefaaaast
Comment:
Really, this router does everything as advertised once you update  the firmware(download from asus, unpack file, and upload to router).
Dan_F@NCIX
Rating:

Review Date: 12/01/12
Cons: not all the firmware works well (keeps the wireless connection alive)

Pros: WorksMore range than my old g routerGood GUI
Comment:
Close to when I got it, I decided to update  the firmware to the latest (1.0,1.8n). With this firmware I lost connection on the wireless a few times over a few days so I reverted back to what I got from the factory (1.0.1.7f) which seems better. I haven't had many issues at all, but this has cropped up:- Using an external drive as a network drive has been used a couple times, but was flaky one time. Possibly a user error, didn't do further testing to be sure.- Router does loose connection to the ISP every couple days for some reason, not really sure why. (ISP problem? Router issue?) This disconnect never lasts long, 1-2 min at most.
Alan_U@NCIX
Rating:

Review Date: 11/21/12
Cons: unit radiates alot of heat

Pros: 2usb ports
Comment:
It worked extremely well for 7mths. I decided to change 2.4ghz wifi channels to eliminate interference from a neighbour. I did several changes monitoring surrounding wifi with the program inSSIDe.Admin control panel freezed. I went through a thorough procedure in attempts to fixing the problem from hard resets/fresh recent firmware updates. I even discussed the issues with Asus support.Death of this product simply from changing wifi channels. I'm not suprised a consumer grade router failing in several years but 7mths was truly a disappointment.
Ray Carlo M@NCIX
Rating:

Review Date: 10/02/12
Cons: -It will keep a hard drive spinning as long as it is connected to the USB port even there is no activity.-Download Master does not support magnet links or file hosting websites.-Does not support IPv6-Not supported by dd-wrt firmwares.-Slow transfer speed on network hard drive connected to the router

Pros: -Downloads Torrent, FTP, and HTTP to an external hard drive via Download Master-Easy to Configure-2 USB ports-Easy to setup a Network attached storage-Nice glossy design-Supports gigabit ethernet-Easy to update  and restore-Custom Firmware available-True Dual band rotuer
Comment:
All in all I personally think that this is a good router. It should provide a wireless connection up to 1500 sq ft.
Jas_M@NCIX
Rating:

Review Date: 08/31/12
Cons: none

Pros: Good priceFastEasy to set upGood range
Comment:
I got this to upgrade from an old crappy router that I had and it has been great.
Ryan_P@NCIX
Rating:

Review Date: 06/30/12
Cons: Keeps dropping signal.

Pros: Stylish Design, When it works it works really well!
Comment:
I am really surprised on the amount of great reviews this router has on here! If you look in the forum section for this item you'll even see people bashing it as it really has a hard time working. Lots of dropped signal (I've tested other routers with keeping everything else the same so I know it's a problem with the router). Even updating to the knew firmware didn't help. The router is useless to me now and I really wish I waited for it a few months after it was released since there are a lot of people online having issues. There is a 3rd part firmware which I will try, if this finally does not work then this router is going into the garbage.
c0sm0@NCIX
Rating:

Review Date: 06/27/12
Cons: not Broadcom based so no 3rd party firmwares

Pros: rock solid and fast
Comment:
If you need maximum performance from your internet feed for torrents and other high connection based activities this is the router for you, wireless performance is great as well.
David_G@NCIX
Rating:

Review Date: 05/09/12
Cons: Pricy

Pros: Easy software, fast
Comment:
Had this for a month and works flawlessly and looks sharp. Great software that comes with it and easy set up. I would recommend this to anyway if they are looking for a duel band connection.
defsam@NCIX
Rating:

Review Date: 04/27/12
Cons: Glossy dust magnetFingerprint magnetcan easily get out of balancedThe router options are not as easy as others

Pros: Very easy set up Quality transfers and download rateGood client listGood QoSA lot more.
Comment:
Best router I have ever had. With my internet upgrade this router kept up and met all my expectations definitely worth a buy.The QoS is pretty good considering my brother is playing league of legends while I was uploading 4 youtube videos and he didn't even lag.
Grand_Imperial_Dragoon@NCIX
Rating:

Review Date: 03/01/12
Cons: Form factor is not the most convenient

Pros: This was the best routeur of 2011 and still going strong in the top 3 for 2012.
Comment:
This router can handle with ease all of my heavy torrenting, streaming radio, movie streaming over LAN, gaming, etc ... All at the same time :)The interface is easy to use.
Chicoman@NCIX
Rating:

Review Date: 02/22/12
Cons: Price?

Pros: Easy GUI interfaceBuilt in Gigabit switch2 USB ports Very stable so far
Comment:
Got this to replace my trusty DIR-625 that worked great for a bunch of years but lately was having problems with all the wireless devices in the home. At times we could have ~5 wireless and couple wired connections hammering at it and never had an issue with it while in Dual Band mode.There's no DD-WRT or Tomato firmware written yet but I'm hopping that will happen soon even though the ASUS one works fine.A bit pricey but as loong as it works I'm a happy buckaroo :)
JulioQc@NCIX
Rating:

Review Date: 02/18/12
Cons: "For dummies" software - compatibility issues with x64 systems

Pros: Stable, fast and... pretty!
Comment:
The router is easy to install, configure and speeds promises are delivered as promised.Also the router looks simply gorgeous :)Much good to write about this product! ASUS built quality is amazing but could use some major upgrade on the software side! Aside from that, A+++
milan_t@NCIX
Rating:

Review Date: 02/16/12
Cons: None so far

Pros: firmware updates; GUI interface; ease of quick setup; ease of advanced setup; simultaneous 5GHz and 2.4GHz wireless streaming; 1Gb wired transfer; Inexpensive
Comment:
I'm using this in a mixed environment (Mac, Linux, Windows, iOS, etc.). Too many damn good features to list. No drawbacks from what I can see. Never had a single issue in 4 months. Even allows one to attach 2 USB devices (e.g., hard drives) to create  a quick and easy NAS within a minute. No need so far to hack the router (e.g. Tomato) since it already allows all the features one needs. Price is good for what you get to, very fair.
Brenton@NCIX
Rating:

Review Date: 02/16/12
Cons: n/a

Pros: Great interface/featuresReliableVery fast
Comment:
Easily the best router I've owned. About to buy a second one for the office.
Richard_Y@NCIX
Rating:

Review Date: 02/07/12
Cons: - None

Pros: - Ease of set up- Love the interface- Better signal strength- Looks pleasing to the eye- Awesome uptime, stable
Comment:
So I decided to wait a month before writing a review to see how this router performed. It has met and exceeded my expectations. Before I bought this router, I read some threads where they said the interface was slow. This is not the case. You make a change and it'll take 5 seconds or so, it does not take minutes. The interface is laid out well. I did not update  to the latest firmware, it works straight out of the box (yes I'm lazy). Traffic monitor is awesome.So far the router has been really stable. I haven't had to reset it. It's paired with Shaw BB50 (Cisco modem in bridge mode). This was an upgrade from my 5 year old Linksys 54g. I would say it's money well spent.I was going back and forth between the Netgear 3700, Linksys 3200 and the Asus. I'm glad I picked the Asus, even though I came from a very reliable Linksys. I would def buy this router again.I'm currently using the router with 1 wired PC, 2 wirelss PCs, 1 Wii, 1 Playbook, 4 iPhones, and 1 PS3. Speeds are good and stable. Dual band works like a charm.
Han_X@NCIX
Rating:

Review Date: 01/18/12
Cons: emmmm.....

Pros: Stable, Built-in FTP, Printer server., traffic monitor, etc...
Comment:
Bought it couple days ago from NCIX. This is the best router I ever had.Initially, I got problem with the built-in printer server. I contacted ASUS technical support and they immediately send me a beta firmware. The printer problem is solved by this beta firmware with LPR protocol.
SargeantSaw@NCIX
Rating:

Review Date: 01/11/12
Cons: Non as of yet

Pros: LooksFunctionalityRange (Seriously)Speed2 USB ports for easy networking
Comment:
Purchased this to replace a generic D-link 601 wireless N router. I wanted something that could handle the amount of traffic I go through with my usenet stuff.My BB50 speeds increased a bit over 10Mb/sec, and I get roughly 25% more signal strength throughout my condo.I have heard of some people complaining about the web interface being slow, mine takes less then 2 seconds to make/save any changes with my setup so i am not sure what that is about. I did update  to the latest firmware immediately out of the box so maybe that significantly increased the load times.Overall, it has been stable and I have not noticed any issues with gaming, plus all three computers web pages load much quicker. Highly recommend.
Spearmint@NCIX
Rating:

Review Date: 12/30/11
Cons: ..

Pros: -very sleek finish-strong and stable connections-dual band creates better usage of your internet-very easy setup
Comment:
Great product, for anyone willing to spend the money for a router this would be a great choice. As there are a lot of cheaper routers out there I strongly believe that you get what you pay for. Ive replaced an old, unstable dir-615 router with this. Ive had strong, consistent, and stable wifi connections for my laptop since. I do not regret purchasing this. recommended!
scoobinater@NCIX
Rating:

Review Date: 12/16/11
Cons: none that I've seen yet

Pros: loaded with features
Comment:
Got this wi-fi router last week. Set up was quick and easy.This thing is loaded with lots of features and they all seem to work very well. I really like the built-in USB ports: I've connected a 2TB external hard drive, and I've mapped a network drive from my Windows computers and use it as a Network Attached Storage device. Fast and reliable. It's also great for sharing music, video and photos with my two PlayStations because it has a built-in UPnP streaming server.I'm also using the built-in PPTP VPN client on the WAN connection to connect to a paid VPN service I have in the USA. This allows me to watch American Netflix. I will probably buy a second one so that I'm not sending all of my web traffic through the VPN connection unnecessarily.For the price, you won't find a router with so many features. And performance-wise, it's about as good as they get.
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Product Features

Product Specifications

Model
Brand ASUS
Model RT-N56U
Spec
Standards IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n
Network Protocols Automatic IP ,Static IP, PPPoE(MPPE supported), PPTP, L2TP
Security Supports 64/128-bit WEP
WPA-PSK, WPA2-PSK
WPA-Enterprise, WPA2-Enterprise
WPS (Wi-Fi Protected Setup)
WPA/WPA2 WPA2
Ports 1 x 10/100/1000M WAN; 4 x 10/100/1000M LAN

Supports Ethernet and 802.3 with max bit rate 10/100/1000Mbps and auto cross-over function (MDI-X)
Wireless Data Rates Up to 300Mbps
Frequency Band 2.4GHz/5GHz
Antenna 2 x internal antenna for 2.4GHz application with 3.8dBi gain
3 x internal antenna for 5GHz application with 5.1dBi gain
Interface Ethernet Port
Power Input AC input: 100V-240V (50-60HZ)

DC output: 19V/1.58A
Wireless Adapter included No
Dimensions 6.77" x 5.7" x 2.36"
Weight 0.73 lbs.
Features
Features Stylish design-focused approach to extreme broadband performance
Flexible dual-band lag-free entertainment
Gigabit internet browsing with hardware NAT(While ISP support)
Up to 300,000 data sessions for enhanced online multitasking
Optimized and reliable wireless coverage through Ai Radar
Twin USB ports enable multi-role usability
Plug-n-surf installation and hassle-free network management
Manufacturer Warranty
Parts 2 years limited
Labor 2 years limited
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