ASUS RT-N56U Wireless Router - RT-N56U

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In the last week or so, I've had two of these. The first one set-up easily, and seemed to be working fine, but when I went to unplug it to move it to a new location, the power supply literally fell apart in my hand. So I returned the router and got another one. The second one worked great for about 8 hours, and then died. Nothing. Zip. All I got was the one blue light for power. No other lights. No network connectivity (wired or wireless). I tried power cycling, with no change. I tried hitting the reset button, but no change. So, unit #2 is going back as well. Unit #3 will not be an ASUS, which is disappointing because this unit has been well-reviewed and looks great. Maybe I just got a couple of bad ones, but I can't bring myself to try a third. The old expression of "fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me" comes to mind.

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I am an IT guy with 20 years experience, and I can tell you up front you won't easily find a faster personal-class router. I've never seen one this fast as of 2011 when I researched and bought it. Now a year later, it's still the fastest one on the market, although it will probably be surpassed this year. That's usually what everyone is looking for, whether for gaming or downloading. However, a few other things to note: The firmware is well-known for being buggy, and I have seen that firsthand. Asus is, to their credit, putting out new versions very often. The worst thing I've encountered is that my Internet connection keeps dropping since I got this new router. Now to be fair, I have not yet pinpointed the problem, so it could still be my ISP. If it is, I will update this review, but right now, I'm going down 3-5 times/hour. That is unacceptable, no matter how fast a router is.

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Asus RT-N56U

by wayne on 7/11/2011

I have tried 3 diefferent routers - and this one is the only one that works across the house - 5 and 2.4 gig band -- I wanted a router to also connect to my home network computers and this one works great - I can stream a AVI video form my desktop to my laptop with no delays - smooth - and this is the only one i tried that did - and 2 rooms a way on the 5gig N band - WOW -- and the USB ports are very fast - both hard drive and a USB jump drives - and wow again - - - the router itself has lots of opions - more than i can use - the only thing strange is the side connectors but flat etherenet cable helps that - they put one in the box - the router config screens are a lttile funcky but OK - the conifg diskworks great - I had to change the IP address because i was cascading this unit behind a VPN router but that was easy - if you want a dual band router that WOKS this is the one to get !!!!!!!!!!!!!! 5 stars -

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Great router

by VH on 8/15/2011

I put 4 on value because I'm not use to spending this much on a router, but you could find more expensive ones than this. I originally had a linksys which I have had problems with, this one so far has been amazing. I let my mother who lives next to me use my wireless and across the house she gets 2 bars on her labtop, whereas with linksys she was lucky to get one. Same with my 360 which is a room away, I originally got 3 bars mainly with linksys, now I get full. Wireless speeds are great, and hooking it up is ez. And the router looks awesome

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Product Overview

Modern Design. Exceptional Speed. Versatile Innovation.

Impossibly thin with a glossy black patterned finish, the ASUS dual band gigabit wireless-N RT-N56U router truly cuts the edge of innovation with powerful features that deliver the latest in networking capabilities. Equipped with exceptional hardware Network Address Translation (NAT), this one-of-a-kind router delivers up to 1000Mbps throughput that’s up to five times faster than conventional gigabit routers.1 The RT-N56U is like having two routers in one. Dual band transmissions enable both 2.4GHz and 5GHz spectrums simultaneously to give you faster, more secure connections. And with up to 300,000 sessions—20 times the amount of convetional routers—you have sufficient headroom for additional clients and devices without buying an additional router.

The RT-N56U also provides users with incredible versatility. Plugging in a USB All-in-One printer, enables easy sharing between printer and scanner functions for all networked PCs. Download Master BitTorrent client shifts download duties from the PC directly to the router-attached storage via the two onboard USB ports. For even more convenience, ASUS AiDisk transforms a connected USB device into an FTP server for remote transfers. The RT-N56U was designed with ease-of use in mind. With a CD-free, plug-and-play setup, the RT-N56U gets you up and running to let you effortlessly optimize bandwidth for gaming, video calls, downloading or whatever else you choose.

Whether you use it as a print server, BitTorrent hub, FTP storage, or ultra-fast Wireless N router, the RT-N56U adapts to your networking needs as a cross-functional network device.

Wireless N Surfing, Scanning, and Printing All with One Router

Key Features

  • 2.4GHz and 5GHz dual band transmissions enable faster, more secure high-speed connections (Learn more)
  • True gigabit throughput delivers up to five times faster speeds than conventional routers1(Learn more)
  • Up to 300,000 sessions to Internet clients for more stable, high-speed connections
  • EZ User Interface (EZ UI) with a simple 3-step setup gets you up and running within minutes (Learn more)
  • EZ Quality of Service (EZQoS) Bandwidth Management gives you a simple way to optimize Internet speeds for gaming, browsing, file sharing, and VoIP/ media streaming (Learn more)
  • Built-in printer server for sharing All-in-One USB printers within your home or office (Learn more)
  • AiDiskis your personal FTP server that you can access anywhere you have the Internet (Learn more)
  • Download Master lets you download from the Bit Torrent site to the connected USB storage device directly thru the router without having to leave your PC on (Learn more)
  • Ai Radar automatically detects the location of clients and pin-points the signal to the client for effective and efficient transmissions (Learn more)

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Faster Transfers. Wider Coverage.

Faster Transfers. Wider Coverage.
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Experience true gigabit networkspeeds that’s up to five times faster throughput than conenvtional routers.1 Enjoy accelerated transfers, fluid streaming, and snappy surfing. The RT-N56U not only delivers up to 14 times faster Internet and up to 6 times wider range compared to previous generation routers1 but it also has dual band support on both 2.4GHz and 5GHz transmission spectrums for faster, more secure connections. And where other routers fail to connect when placed far away, the RT-N56U router gives you the wireless freedom to roam even further and enjoy high-speed networking nearly anywhere in your home or office. Get bandwidth on demand with EZ Quality of Service (EZQoS). EZQoS dynamically sets Internet bandwidth priority for browsing, online games, Internet applications (such as BitTorrent), and voice/video streaming. The EZQoS is simplified for ease of use—just click on the image you want to set and it adjusts instantly. Ai Radar automatically detects the location of clients and pin-points the signal to the client for solid transmissions and enhanced signal coverage.

Easy, Quick Setup in a User-Friendly Interface

Easy, Quick Setup in a User-Friendly Interface
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The RT-N56U features EZ UI, a simplified user interface for quick setup, access to Internet-enhancing utilities, and a helpful troubleshoot guide that users at all levels will appreciate.

Quick 3-Step Internet Setup
The moment you connect the RT-N56U you will automatically be guided through an easy 3-step, manual-free setup.

1. Plug the router in your network and wall socket
2. Complete the installation wizard
3. Open your favorite browser and start surfing

Your Entire Network in One Picture

Your Entire Network in One Picture
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Within the EZ UI, you can see your entire network all at once with real-time status updates for each connection. This simplified network map makes it easy to check for any issues with connections to other PCs or printers and manage your network settings.

Your Personal All-in-One Print Server

Your Personal All-in-One Print Server

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Print, scan, and share directly from connected USB printer, scanners, and storage devices via the USB port. With the wireless printer server function built into the RT-N56U, you can centralize your printing and scanning for your entire home or office network into one location.

For a current printer support list, please click here.

The Ultra Versatile Download Master

The Ultra Versatile Download Master

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The RT-N56U router sets itself apart from ordinary routers by offering BitTorrent and FTP server functionality.

Share your movies, music, games, and other files. The included Download Master application utilizes the BitTorrent P2P protocol to download and seed Torrents to and from the connected USB storage device. What’s more, you can shut off your PC after setting up a torrent file to continue the download, PC-free. Download Master also lets you customize how you choose to share with custom bandwidth allocation when seeding.

Create your own personal FTP Server with ASUS AiDisk located within the EZ UI, and upload or download files from the connected USB storage device to any Internet-accessible PCs. Perfect when you forget documents at home or when sharing large files, FTP access grants you the ability to safely secure and access your treasured data through your router. This feature can also work without having to leave your PC on.


Manufacturer ASUS Networking
Mfg Part# RT-N56U
SKU 217603041
UPC 610839332502
UPC 14 00610839332502
Sales Rank 2367
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Tech Specs
LAN Ports: WAN: 1 x RJ45 for 10/100/1000 Base T; LAN: 4 x RJ45 for 10/100/1000 Base T; Support Ethernet and 802.3 with max bit rate 10/100/1000Mbps and auto cross-over function (MDI-X)
Antenna: 2 x internal PCB antenna for 2.4G application with peak gain = 3.8dBi/ 3 x internal PCB antenna for 5G application with peak gain = 5.1dBi
USB: 2 x USB 2.0 ports
Power Adapter: AC input: 100V ~ 240V (50~60Hz)/ DC output: 19V/ 1.58A or 12V / 2A
Size: 6.77 x 5.71 x 2.36 –inches
Weight: 0.7 lbs.
Wired Performance: Wan to LAN; up to 910Mbps, LAN to LAN; 1Gbps
Operating Frequency: 2.4GHz ~ 5GHz
Data Range: 802.11n: up to 300Mbps ; 802.11a/g: up to 54Mbps; 802.11b: up to 11Mbps
Output Power: a/n mode: 14~15dBm @ EVM,-28dB; g/n mode: 18~19dBm @ EVM,-28dB; b mode: 20~21dBm @ EVM <35%
Encryption: Supports 64/128-bit WEP; WPA-PSK, WPA2-PSK; WPA-Enterprise, WPA2-Enterprise; WPS (Wi-Fi Protected Setup)
Authentication: Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WP & PIN)
Management: QoS (Quality of Service): Allow multiple network activites (FTP, Game, P2P) to work smoothly at the same time; DHCP Server: Supports up to 253 IP addresses; changeable DHCP lease time, IP pool, domain name; Static mapped IP; Web-based administration: Support IE 5.5 or later, FireFox or later; Managed from LAN and Internet; Password Setting; System Event Log; Firmware Upgrade: Web Interface, Boot loader; Save/ Restore Configuration File
Network Protocol: Automatic IP, Static IP, PPPoE (MPPE supported), PPTP, L2TP
Security: Firewall: NAT and SPI (Stateful Packet Inspection), intrusion detection including logging; Logging: dropped packet, security event, Syslog; Filtering: Port, IP packet, URL keyword, MAC address

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