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ASUS RT-N56U Wireless Router Dual Band N600 Multimedia Ultra Slim Gigabit 802.11a/b/g/n support USB Storage, Print and Media Server

  • Up to 300+300Mbps Wireless Data Rates
  • Flexible dual-band lag-free entertainment
  • Powerful Online Multitasking
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The revolutionary new ASUS RT-N56U is the most advanced wireless router available, challenging tradition by dramatically exceeding all expectations. This stylish network enabler combines a series of cutting-edge and powerful technologies to offer you an ideal internet and wireless package, complete with striking design.

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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.* 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 conventional 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.

Key Features

  • 2.4GHz and 5GHz dual band transmissions enable faster, more secure high-speed connections
  • True gigabit throughput delivers up to five times faster speeds than conventional routers*
  • 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
  • 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
  • Built-in printer server for sharing All-in-One USB printers within your home or office
  • AiDisk is your personal FTP server that you can access anywhere you have the Internet
  • 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
  • Ai Radar automatically detects the location of clients and pin-points the signal to the client for effective and efficient transmissions

Faster Transfers. Wider Coverage.

Experience true gigabit network speeds that's up to five times faster throughput than conventional routers.* 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 routers 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

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

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

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.

The Ultra Versatile Download Master

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.

What's in the Box

  • RT-N56U router
  • Ethernet Cable
  • Application CD
  • Power Adapter (12V 1.25A)
  • Quick Starter Guide
  • Setup Guide
  • Warranty Information Card

* Maximum wireless signal rate derived from IEEE Standard 802.11g and draft 802.11n specifications. Actual data throughput will vary. Network conditions and environmental factors, including volume of network traffic, buildings materials and construction, and network overhead, lower actual data throughput rate. Environmental factors will adversely affect wireless signal range. Wireless range and speed rates are relative performance measurements based on the wireless range and speed rates of a standard Wireless G product. Maximum throughput based on draft 802.11n devices.

  • newegg Dual-Band Access Double your wireless performance and bandwidth with simultaneous 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands speed up to 300Mbps concurrently. While basic internet applications like browsing or file downloading can occur in 2.4GHz, wireless HD content streaming takes place in the super-fast 5GHz band at the same time, so both achieve optimized speeds and you enjoy smooth, buffer-free HD content streaming.
  • newegg Hardware NAT Equipped with a capable hardware NAT acceleration engine and built-in Gigabit Ethernet, it gives you full Gigabit internet performance, making its WAN to LAN throughput up to 2-5 times that of traditional software-based NAT Gigabit routers.
  • newegg 300,000 Data Sessions Support for a massive data pipeline of up to 300,000 data sessions means the RT-N56U has around 20 times the networking capacity of other high session routers, so multiple data transfer jobs don’t slow down even during heavy load.
  • newegg Ai Radar This unique and efficient design drastically increases wireless signal coverage and quality without increasing power consumption. It intelligently adapts beam patterns to local conditions to enable higher-gain directional signal emulation. Ai Radar shapes signals to offer the strongest possible output, transforming what may be a weak omnidirectional signal to a stronger unidirectional one, improving throughput at same time.
  • newegg Twin USB Ports With effortless connectivity to a range of devices and FTP, SAMBA, UPnP AV server and DLNA standard compatible all supported, sharing and networking become easier than ever. Plus, the RT-N56U can continue downloading FTTP, FTP and BitTorrent file to the USB disk all day even when your PC is turned off. Additionally, the twin USB ports allow the router to offer printer functions, so you enjoy simultaneous wireless printing and scanning via the comfort of standardized USB!
  • newegg Plug-n-surf and Hassle-free Management ASUS offers you an intuitive router setup – QIS and EZ UI, without reading manuals. What’s more, you can enjoy simultaneous printing and scanning by connecting an All-in-one printer to the router via the USB port. Also connect external hard disks to enjoy instant file sharing and downloading with family and friends!

Learn more about the ASUS RT-N56U

Quick Info


  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 2 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 2 years

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  • Anonymous
  • 1/20/2015 5:49:54 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsTotal trash. Look elsewhere.

Pros: Router is fairly slim. Almost not DOA.. Configuration webpage is certainly a step up from a Linksys WRT54GL's that it was replacing.

Cons: I hoped that the other negative reviews were not true, but this really is slow and unstable! Wireless range (2.4 Ghz) is about the same as WRT54GL, but any sustained transfer greater than a few seconds - even a speed test - will show complete dropouts. Wired connection is noticeably slower for even loading Google. Updated the firmware to whatever was available in late December 2014 but it still sucked.

Didn't test 5Ghz band but really, I didn't need to, I knew this was going back for a refund.

Other Thoughts: Bought it for gigabit routing speeds and 2.4 Ghz wireless N but it was defective.

Newegg was excellent in giving a refund. Picked up a Linksys EA2700 refurbished directly from Cisco and it's been working much better.

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  • Francois T.
  • 1/17/2015 2:30:20 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent

Pros: Stable, fast, excellent range, Canon IP4700 print fast with utility to check color cartridge status exc. Second USB with ext HD works great. No bugs with firmware. A mature product.

Cons: I am spoiled. I can't upgrade. I hope asus don't bug the firmware

Other Thoughts: I got a couple dozen of router the past almost 20 years. This one is the best.

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  • David M.
  • 12/13/2014 3:45:47 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Easy set up and navigation. Initial range and use was excellent.

Cons: The problems began when I tried to limit internet access at certain times of the day. Access shut down on schedule, but would not turn on at the scheduled time. After a few weeks, the range and strength fell. The signal strength was cut in half in certain areas. The bandwidth it allowed was at dialup speeds.

Other Thoughts: It was so bad I put my 9 year old router back in service, the problem it was having that caused the replacement are minor by comparison.

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  • Anthony L.
  • 12/8/2014 6:33:44 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBest wireless router

Pros: Works amazing.

Cons: Little expensive, but well worth it.

Other Thoughts: Maybe it's not expensive compared to other products that do the same thing, but I like it a lot. It was well worth it. You get what you pay for. No problems.

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  • Lazar G.
  • 12/4/2014 10:27:56 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsGood feature list but buggy performance

Pros: Lots of features, gigabit ports

Cons: SLOW printing using the print server. I actually thought it was not working and tried to set it up again the first time I printed. If you don't mind waiting a minute or two for the first page to print, it does work. To me that long wait is a negative, it's a lot easier to just share the printer off a computer or buy a cheap USB print server box that prints much faster.

Range of wireless not any better than an older and less well reviewed Netgear this replaced.

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  • Kyle H.
  • 12/1/2014 1:20:57 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsASUS may have lost a loyal customer...

Pros: Good speed, nice applications, USB ports.

Cons: Failure rate, runs extremely hot, faulty USB ports, terrible range...
Mine lasted only two months. Extremely upset with this purchase, and will never buy another router from ASUS if this is not taken seriously.
We have old, cheap routers with significantly better range than this one, and at the time of purchase, this router was nearly 100$.

Other Thoughts: I used to believe that ASUS had the best technical support and the most durable hardware. After this, I'm losing faith.

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  • Jeffrey W.
  • 11/29/2014 8:16:37 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsLasted not quite 3 yrs

Pros: Easy setup, fairly user freindly

Cons: purchased in Jan-2012 from Newegg, currently dieing in Dec 2014. Network switch portion is crapping out, have to remove power every few days to reset (cannot access web interface). Removed an egg because as a passive device (no moving parts) there is no reason it should not last much longer than this. device is constantly warm indicating poor design regarding power usage/dissipation.

Other Thoughts: About 6 months ago I began experimenting with blocking internett access to certain IP addresses. Worked the first couple of times but then stopped working. Said it was blocked but was not actually.

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  • Amy J.
  • 11/25/2014 5:21:05 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsIf you buy this, get the newegg extended warranty.

Pros: It's fast and works, while it does work.

Cons: It only worked for two months and does not do great through walls. I live in a 900 sq foot condo and it doesn't reach well to the back room. It started going out and works sometimes and not others. Even if I power cycle it or reset and set it back up it only works for an hour at most before it is unstable again.

Other Thoughts: I've tried contacting Asus support numerous times over the phone, I even got on here and emailed the tech support person sited on newegg and have had no response. I'd consider that terrible customer support. It is not likely I will ever buy an Asus product again. I did not get the extended warranty because I had some confidence that I could with some diligence get a hold of Asus for consumer support. I was wrong. This review on newegg is my semi-desperate attempt to get them to respond to me.

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  • James H.
  • 10/22/2014 8:48:01 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsMost stable I've had

Pros: When I moved out, I left this router with my parents and I'll be buying the same one for myself.

This router, and I've had many others, has been the most consistent, the more reliable that I've ever had. I especially love the ability to remotely access the settings to troubleshoot although I never needed to. The thing is just a constant amazement.

I cannot comment on the adapter (sold separately) since I didn't require it, but the connection speed with my internal laptop modem (a 4 year old laptop, mind you) was around 70 - 100Mbps and that was enough for lag-less online gaming.

So if you're in the market for a WIFI router and a bit low on cash or want something not as expensive as the newer ones, then you won't be disappointed with the RT-N56U.

Cons: None.

Other Thoughts: Asus rules.

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  • Rebecca C.
  • 10/22/2014 7:10:44 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

3 out of 5 eggsDied at One Year

Pros: Worked great for a year. Range was pretty good and reached at least 100 feet.

Cons: Like others have said, it died right after warranty expired. It ran hot a lot. Luckily, I have a 12 year old D-link in a box and it still works. It will have to do until I can buy something won't be an Asus.

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