Asus RT-N56U Dual-Band Gigabit Wireless-N Router

The Good The stylish and compact Asus RT-N56U Dual-Band Gigabit Wireless-N Router offers stellar 5GHz performance, long range, and an intuitive Web interface. Its storage feature is well designed; the router is comparatively fast; and it offers a convenient way to access data over the Internet.

The Bad The Asus RT-N56U's Web interface takes a long time to apply changes and the router doesn't support the new three-stream 450Mbps wireless speed.

The Bottom Line The Asus RT-N56U is arguably one of the best true dual-band 300Mbps home routers on the market.

Editors' Rating
  • Setup 8.0
  • Features 8.0
  • Performance 8.0
  • Support 8.0
8.0 Overall

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Review

Asus RT-N56U Dual-Band Gigabit Wireless-N Router

Mar 2011

Editors' note, December 14, 2015: This review was updated with its overall rating lowered to reflect its position compared with newer routers.

The compact and well-designed RT-N56U Dual-Band Gigabit Wireless-N Router is a major step up from its bulky and buggy predecessor, the RT-N16 . It offers the fastest 5GHz speed to date and very good overall performance for both wireless and storage features.

The only two minor blemishes we find in the RT-56U are its Web interface, which, though intuitive and responsive, takes a long time to apply changes; and its lack of support for the new three-stream 450Mbps wireless standard, which competitor Cisco Linksys E4200 offers.

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Specs / Prices

  • Brand Asus
  • Type wireless router
  • Data Link Protocol Ethernet, Fast Ethernet, Gigabit Ethernet, IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n
  • Form Factor desktop
  • Data Transfer Rate 600 Mbps
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