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ASUS RT-AC56U Dual-Band Wireless-AC1200 Gigabit Router IEEE 802.11ac, IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n

  • Up to 300+867Mbps Wireless Data Rates
  • 5th generation 802.11ac chipset
  • ASUS AiCloud app included
  • AiRadar optimizes signal strength in any direction with 150% greater coverage
  • USB 3.0 plus USB 2.0
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 2 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 2 years


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  • Gerardo P.
  • 7/3/2014 12:40:29 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsNo Problems for me :)

Pros: looks awesome, nice design, small footprint doesnt take a lot of room on your desk.
love the wireless ac
comes with everything you need
easy to setup

Cons: NONE!

Other Thoughts: I guess I'm one of the lucky ones that hasn't had any problems with this router. I don't lose signal , probably because most of my devices I use, use the 5GHz band a pose to the 2.4GHZ, but even my iPod doesn't lose any signal.

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  • Benjamin N.
  • 6/6/2014 11:44:24 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsVery disappointed!

Pros: Easy setup and configuration

Cons: Dropped connections like crazy, range is not good, performance is worse than a 4yr-old router.

Other Thoughts: In short, you should totally skip this product. This router would give you more troubles than you would expect. And NewEgg charged you for shipping it back. Would not recommend the product and would not purchase from NewEgg for a long long time.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Saigonese,

What kind of wifi devices are you using with this router? Which firmware version are you running? If you require further assistance with your case, please contact us; the Customer Loyalty Team. You may reach me at networking_support@asus.com and include case#3763993 in the subject line. ASUS Customer Loyalty is here to listen and respond to your concerns and to help you with a positive ASUS experience.

Sincerely,
Celeste
ASUS Customer Loyalty

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  • Dzevad j.
  • 5/26/2014 7:04:44 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat Low
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsfailed confg..

Pros: not good

does any body knows what to do with this router when sows you some thing like this ,I cant even change ip address cant do anything help please I didn't use this router not even a month , i did everything to reset many times but still the same ..please someone help me..

Internet status:
Detect connection again...
WAN IP:
DDNS: Wait a while for verifying...

Cons: help

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  • Brian G.
  • 5/24/2014 10:50:53 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsGreat router

Pros: I was upgrading one of the higher end TP-Link routers because I was having some issues with packet buffering on the gateway. Brought it home (purchased from MC) and connected it to my laptop and ran through the setup and had it up and running and all my devices connected to it in 5 minutes.

the GUI, although different than standard GUIs for consumer routers, is intuitive and feature rich. I am still running on OEM firmware and I have not run into any limitations on it yet.

The network tools included on the router (QoS, Auto Channel, 2.4/5GHz bands) make this a very reliable router and I have found that my router is no longer the bottleneck.

The build quality is nice, and USB 3.0 for NAS is a plus. Havn't played with the AiCloud feature much yet, but it looks promising enough.

Signal is excellent (single story home) throughout my home. Have not had any dropoffs in the 3 weeks I have had the router.

Highly recommend this router for anyone looking to upgrade from a low/mid-level consumer router.

Cons: Fixed stand, unable to mount on wall.

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  • William S.
  • 5/1/2014 8:50:34 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsdrops packets

Pros: Fast!

Cons: Up to 30% packet loss between laptop and router. Pretty unacceptable.

Other Thoughts: I wish this was good :(

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Zak,

If you’d like to discuss this topic with me, please contact me at cl-celeste@asus.com and include case#3746612 in the subject line. ASUS Customer Loyalty is here to listen and respond to your concerns and to help you with a positive ASUS experience.

Sincerely,
Celeste
ASUS Customer Loyalty

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  • Eric D.
  • 4/23/2014 7:55:41 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

1 out of 5 eggsWi-Fi dropouts galore

Pros: It's absolutely beautiful. Has a ton of features, some valuable, some not. Cheap for what it is. Somehow won lots of awards and 'best router of today'. Frequent firmware upgrades.

Cons: Constant Wi-Fi drop outs indicative of rushed technology in the home router industry. Meh support that paralleled my experience working in a call center where you bean your poor customers over the head with dumb questions hoping they'll give up and frustratedly exchange it. I was sold on the look of the thing but, like the 6 of the 9 other sub 120 dollar routers I've demoed, dropouts are rampant. I have managed roughly 3 minutes without 3 sec latency spikes followed by WAN outage for 4 minutes or until I reboot it. Newest current firmware and factory reset did nothing. Setup via wizard or otherwise. Result is the same. Unplugged it and went back to my draft N Belkin that's currently bulletproof but slow. Haven't had it drop in 2 years of faithful service. So much for 'upgrading'. Judging by other people's reviews ASUS will try to make me exchange it for a new equally broken unit with the same fallacies.

Other Thoughts: Time Warner cable black surfboard modem. 11 megabit or so service.

Only buy this if you want to get your undies in a wad and unplug it, waiting on ASUS to send out new firmwares. Just wait for the price to go down and be patient. I can promise your current router will be just fine for another year till they fix this one. Or it will continue to plummet in price because they never get it working right. As a long time ASUS user... I say that I expect such antics from companies like netgear but ASUS knows better.

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  • William F.
  • 4/16/2014 6:57:18 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsRT-AC56U w/ firmware 3.0.0.4.374_4561

Pros: Initial setup was a breeze, and default settings were pretty good.

This latest version of firmware is 47 days old now, and seems very stable with no reboots required.

Several different new and old Wi-Fi adapters, laptops and smartphones are all getting great service in a very noisy Wi-Fi congested condo building.

One example: An EDIMAX EW-7811UTC #N82E16833315132 AC600 adapter gets it's maximum rated 5 GHz connection speed of 433 Mbps on a Win 7 machine in the next room; fast and sweet.

But, the crown jewel: my neighbor on a Win 8.1 desktop with an old TP-Link WN722N #N82E16833704045 2.4 GHz adapter is getting reliable 65 Mbps connections, consistent service and 4 out of 5 bars in the OS. That machine is ~120' away through many metal stud walls and obstructions and getting stepped on by a bunch of neighbors! Nice.

Cons: Price.

I haven't tried any third party firmware -- the only thing I need and miss is better charting of remote signal quality, so it hasn't been necessary yet.

The router is always warm, never cool to the touch; but never really hot either.

Other Thoughts: To get good 2.4 GHz long range service: 1) I set the bandwidth to 20 MHz (upper limit 144 Gbps); and 2) I traded off USB 3.0 maximum throughput in favor of 2.4 GHz performance (Advanced Settings, Wireless, Professional, Reducing USB 3.0 interference -> ENABLE). While 2.4 GHz speed is reduced by the narrow bandwidth, and USB 3.0 performance takes a hit, the 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi works beautifully!

This is a very nice product. If the price works for you, you'll love the router.

ex ovo omnia

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  • Nicholas K.
  • 4/6/2014 9:33:58 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsPowerful Router, Reasonable Price

Pros: I used the RT-AC68U as my main router. However, it is installed on the top level of our home, so even with its range, reliability and speed downstairs was somewhat poor. This was naturally worse with 5GHz. I decided to get this router in addition.

Why? Not only have I had nothing but good expierences with Asus routers, but this, just like the RT-AC68U, allow you to install custom firmware. I installed ASUS WRT Merlin on this as well, and used a 600MBPS GBIT Powerline Ethernet adapter to feed this router downstairs. This allowed me to setup this router as an access point. Much better than simply repeating a weak WiFi signal.

With this, WiFi is now completely usable throughout the house. I also now have the spare ethernet ports I wanted downstairs. Sometimes I just prefer to avoid WiFi, for obvious reasons.

This router also looks very nice, you won't be tempted to hide it.

Cons: The antennas on this router are internal. I prefer external, incase I wanted to switch them out. It still works great, and I doubt you will have a problem with this router.

Other Thoughts: Actual 802.11AC repeaters cost twice as much as I spent on this item. (I bought it open-box). This however gives me the option to use it as a repeater, OR to use it as an access point fed via ethernet.

It has a 800MHz dual core processor. It will handle whatever you throw at it.

I highly recommend the Merlin firmware with it, as it maintains the slick Asus webui, adds useful features, and fixes bugs over the stock firmware.

If you want the latest (802.11AC, USB 3.0, all Gigabit ports, fast processor, customizability), I'm quite convinced this router is your best option, and it won't completely break the bank.

HIGHLY recommend.

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  • Rick Y.
  • 3/27/2014 1:16:22 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsGone from Bad to Worse

Pros: Looks Nice. GUI is simple enough and sleek enough. LAN speeds are great. Firmware seems to be released quite often fixing some software bugs. Merlin's firmware adds some functionality and is easy to install.

Cons: - Wireless constantly breaks (Both on 2.4Ghz and 5 Ghz)
- Customer support is subpar

Other Thoughts: Although I listed quite a longer list on Pros than Cons, the one big Con is a huge dealbreaker. There is literally no point to purchasing a wireless router if the wireless doesn't work.

I bought this back around black friday and it worked well for a few days. Then I noticed there were times when wireless performance would just DROP to almost nothing. When things were fine, I regularly down/up about 30/4 mbps. That's my cable internet max. But after awhile, it would drop to under 1/1.

I searched the web for a wide (and smallnetbuilder forums) for solutions and was promised that firmware updates would solve the issues. However, nothing worked. No firmware over several months, nor configurations ever solved the problem. I even spent much time with Asus support emailing back and forth, eventually RMAing my unit and receiving the same one back. No feedback, no indications that anything was done except it was updated to the latest firmware. After a day or two, the wireless gave out again.

Sometimes simple reboots fixes the problem for a bit, other times it requires entire settings default reset. But now, neither seem to work. If I fix it somehow with a combination, it will degrade to turtle-like speeds within a few hours.

I'm sorely disappointed by this product and the RMA process. At this point, I'd be happy even accepting the more popular N66 line of routers from ASUS. They're asking me to RMA it again, which is going to cost me another shipping cost. Other companies in the past have just sent me new hardware or at least provided free return/RMA shipping. I've used Asus Motherboards for years, but if this is how their routers are shaping up, I'll definitely be moving onto another brand.

It's sad that I have to hook up my old 30 dollar linksys router as a wireless access point hooked up by LAN to this router.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

Can you tell me which modem you’re using (brand and model) with this router (and your ISP)? If you’d like to discuss this topic with me please provide us more information and contact me at cl-celeste@asus.com and include case#3596430 in the subject line. ASUS Customer Loyalty is here to listen and respond to your concerns and to help you with a positive ASUS experience.

Sincerely,
Celeste
ASUS Customer Loyalty

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  • Aben E.
  • 3/20/2014 1:04:32 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsgood when it works

Pros: USB 3.0 is very fast, it compares to the speed of a NAS, the router is very fast and good GUI options.

Cons: the problem is the asus is still working in the firmware after an update the router reboots itself. It lasted only 35 days unfortunately it was out of the newegg warranty.

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