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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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  • Kyle H.
  • 10/20/2014 2:30:36 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
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1 out of 5 eggsNot Impressed

Pros: -Sleek Design?

Cons: -Runs Extremely Hot
-Range is miserable. Far worse than older routers.
-Price is far too high for a router that cannot even provide stable connection to my whole house. My old 20$ Wireless G router has no issue at all reaching all of our property. This router will not even extend past one room.

Other Thoughts: Router appears to have broken not even one year after purchase. Considering my old Linksys Router lasted 8 years, I'm really upset with this purchase. I regret buying this router.

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  • Vadim G.
  • 9/30/2014 7:27:50 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggslasted 3 years before beoming flaky

Pros: sleek, fast & reliable while it lasted. Nice interface, ASUS updates firmware, Padavan also good.

Cons: WiFi became flaky after 3 years. Requiring daily reboots.

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  • lawence m.
  • 9/29/2014 7:10:14 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsASUS RT-N56U Wireless Router Dual Band N600

Pros: Fast Shipping work's great with download speed's at 110.kbps here my old router wasn't keeping up. Set up is simple & it Look's cool Thank's

Cons: non

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  • Leonardo M.
  • 9/13/2014 9:12:53 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsIt used to work fine

Pros: I purchased this router 3 years ago from Newegg because of the router's high reviews at many reputable sites. It worked very well over the 3 years with both bands and rarely needed a reboot because of wireless problems. It's wireless speed was very acceptable. The router was powered on 24x7x365.

Cons: It worked really well until last month. The 5Ghz band started to fail. I would reboot the router and would get a 5Ghz signal for approx 1 minute then it would fail. I retried doing this several times and would get the same result. So I looked for any firmware updates and there was one so I installed the latest firmware which is After the firmware update it still was behaving identically. So I figured I'd do a hard reset of the router (using the reset button) and reconfigured the router since of course it loses your configuration after a reset and it still failed pretty quickly. So I then thought it may be heat related so I unplugged it for a day and then plugged it back in and it started working. Well a day later the 5Ghz band started failing again so it most likely is the hardware that drives that band must be over-heating and makes that band fail. The 2.4Ghz band still works fine.

In case ASUS support is reading this, I have made no configuration changes with the router in well over a year other than updating to the latest firmware per above and my network devices that are 5Ghz capable haven't changed at all. Our Android phones and windows laptops have the latest patches and there were no updates immediately prior to the 5Ghz band failing. None of our phones or laptops can connect to the 5Ghz band so it's not device specific. All of them were able to connect to the 5GHz band before this problem started. Also, when I try to connect to the 5Ghz band I have my device right next to it so the proximity is less than 2 feet. After the reboot the device see's the 5Ghz band and tries to connect then fails since in a minute or two it no longer see's the 5 Ghz band
so it can't connect. It won't see the 5Ghz band again until I reboot the router or power it off for awhile.

Looking at ASUS's website it was almost impossible figuring out what the warranty period was but I think it's just 1 year so I am out of warranty.

Other Thoughts: I figured I'd write this review to re-enforce other recent reviews that this router was pretty good but seems to have a hardware over-heating problem after a couple years of use. I most likely won't be buying another ASUS product per this experience. I've had many other wireless routers and I also purchased my cisco/linksys router at the same time as this router which is also dual band and it's still working like a champ. This is the first router that I had a failure on. I only have needed to upgrade my routers because I wanted greater speeds or different bands to lower the chance of interference.

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  • Bobby H.
  • 9/2/2014 2:39:17 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat Low
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsIt did work great.

Pros: Worked great, had decent range, Nice interface. Would rarely need a reboot.

Cons: Seems to of died after 1yr 6m. It started losing range and slowing down. Drop connections became more frequent. Felt like it was overheating.

Other Thoughts: Expensive router to die in less than 2 years.

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  • James S.
  • 8/18/2014 6:48:29 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsHad for 1yr 6 months

Pros: None, mine is slow, drops connections, and has lower than average range, its garbage.

Cons: NAS is slow (too slow for streaming movies even 480p), everything is slow, can't handle too many connections (starts to overheat/drop/go slower), worst ASUS brand product I have owned.


Other Thoughts: I really thought this was gonna be awesome cause I am a big Asus fan, but its hardly awesome. They should re brand this to a no name brand.

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  • Ray R.
  • 8/6/2014 9:49:33 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsFailed in 3 months

Pros: Loaded right up and went to work.

Cons: Unit failed in 3 months and the Asus website is not even remotely set up for returns. In fact they make it impossible and don't even try to call because you get sent to voice mail and told to leave a message to which they never respond.

Thanks to NewEgg for handling this for me.

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  • Patrick M.
  • 8/5/2014 10:55:09 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsThis router WAS great

Pros: Works well in the beginning with good range, speed and features

Cons: After a few months, the range slowly decreases and it starts to drop the connection.

Other Thoughts: When I first bought the router for my father's home, I thought it was great and we both loved all the features. I went off to my fall semester thinking I set him up well, but when I came back I experienced the sad truth. The range no longer reached my room (which it used to perfectly), so I had to set up my computer in the basement, which is closer to the router. This was at about 4-5 months after I bought the router.

Now, it is about 6 months old and I am starting to lose my connection in the basement (which is only about 15-20 feet away from the router). Soon it will be only a wired router, since I am sick of having constantly dropped signal. It is getting to the point where watching YouTube is not possible. Gaming or other applications that require a constant connection are simply no longer possible do to the stutter lag as the router drops signal every few seconds.

All in all, I would suggest you leave this page and find a router that will work longer than 4-6 months. I tried everything from upgrading the firmware to moving my whole entire desk and computer to another room, and the router still fails me. I feel as if Asus has cheated me out of my purchase.

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  • Smriti B.
  • 7/28/2014 6:48:40 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsRouter overheats

Pros: Small router, looks nice, works well when it doesn't overheat

Cons: Over the last 6 months, the router would cut out intermittently. Over the last week, the router overheats almost every hour and the internet dies. I have to manually unplug/replug to reset the router. When I touch the surface of the router, it is VERY hot.

Other Thoughts: I had a 10 year old Linksys router before this, and it had no issues. It only supported a/b/g, but the connection was rock solid.

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  • Ben P.
  • 7/21/2014 4:54:15 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsReliable

Pros: Never crashes. Still blazing fast 2 years later.

Cons: Need to keep the firmware up to date (i.e. bleeding edge) to avoid issues with the web interface.

Other Thoughts: I have this on 24/7, and have for the past two years, connecting a server, several wireless clients, and my main machine. The web interface would experience the inability to display correctly on earlier firmware, but has since been fixed.

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