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Asus RT-N56U Dual Band Wireless-N Router review

Sexeh design and sexeh speeds too?

Our Verdict

Class-leading performance coupled with ease-of-use, slick design and competitive pricing is a hard combination to beat.

For

  • 5GHz Wirless-N
  • Superb Wireless-N speeds
  • Comprehensive features
  • Flexible UPnP and USB storage options

Against

  • It's not free...

Asus has done the unthinkable with its RT-N56U Dual Band Wireless-N router, it's made it look beautiful.

As a dual-band 802.11n Wireless-N router the RT-N56U is designed to provide a complete Wireless-N networking extension to your existing wired network for both the standard 2.4GHz and newer 5GHz wireless ranges.

Asus has spared nothing in the design both technically and aesthetically, and you should be struck by both the shiny exterior case design and the shiny specification lurking below it.

Of key importance to the RT-N56U is the 5GHz 802.11n; AKA Wireless-N networking.

The theory being that using twice the frequency should boost speeds by two times too. The practical outcome however is far from that simple.

Despite the 5GHz range being far less crowded, along with the the availability of more free channels, the 5GHz frequency is hampered by being absorbed far more readily by objects.

Back it up with MIMO to compensate for that though and perhaps you'd hope for a 50 per cent increase in throughput over 2.4GHz.

Couple these abilities with its Gigabit LAN, cable-ready WAN port and full complement of security, management and easy-to-use web interface, this should be a winning combination.

So, is it?

Tech Specs

Product TypeWireless Router
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11n
ISM BandYes
UNII BandYes
Ethernet TechnologyGigabit Ethernet
USBYes
Number of Network (RJ-45) Ports4
Number of Broadband (RJ-45) Ports1
Total Number of Antennas5
Wireless Transmission Speed300 Mbps
Brand NameAsus
ISM Maximum Frequency2.40 GHz
UNII Maximum Frequency5 GHz
Height172 mm
Width144.8 mm
Depth59.9 mm
ManufacturerASUS Computer International
Product ModelRT-N56U
Product NameRT-N56U Wireless Router
Manufacturer Part NumberRT-N56U
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://uk.asus.com
Marketing Information

The RT-N56U Gigabit router brings true dual band high speed connectivity to a new dimension of style. It's a wireless home router works in both 5GHz and 2.4GHz bands speed up to 300Mbps concurrently, and a maximum WAN-LAN throughput of over 900Mbps with 300,000 data sessions. Ai Radar technology optimizes 802.11n Wi-Fi for a smoother signal that's perfect for HD content streaming and downloading. Through its dual USB ports, the router becomes a printer and file server, and all of these features are easily accessible with the EZ UI interface.

Weight (Approximate)330 g