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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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  • Jarom R.
  • 1/22/2015 9:20:22 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsPretty good router

Pros: Much faster than my previous D-link N router. Dual Band is nice. Very good range. I have the router in the farthest room upstairs and doesn't have any issues reaching downstairs.

Cons: None so far

Other Thoughts: Handles everything I throw at it. Have a laptop, a tablet, a ROKU, a couple of IPhones and a wireless printer

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  • Christopher W.
  • 1/14/2015 8:20:35 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsASUS RT-AC56U Is JUNK

Pros: If it actually runs- it's fast
USB 3.0 port

Cons: Terrible, never holds a connection. Drops wireless constantly, always rebooting it - and sometimes that doesn't even work by the way.
sometimes LAN doesn't even work.

Other Thoughts: Want to know what ASUS said? "Unfortunately routers have to be sent in for repair. No refunds or upgrades available." After pushing he said "That is the only option for routers unfortunately."
This is insane. If they even fix it (probably can't based on other reviews) I expect it will fail again. I was scammed by ASUS and I sincerely believe I'll never get a working router. Time to start the RMA hell.

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  • Wesley K.
  • 1/11/2015 6:15:53 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks as it should 867Mbps

Pros: Worked perfectly out of the box. no problems with anything. connects 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz at the same time.

Cons: none so far

Other Thoughts: Pretty simplistic to setup. if you want a hook it up and go solution this one seems to be that. if you want lots of setup options it does that well also.

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  • Eric M.
  • 12/27/2014 9:08:35 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsLooked so promising, but it's a dud.

Pros: High-quality, compact and attractive hardware, Nice UI.

Cons: Plagued with intermittent performance problems – router will work correctly, but after a certain (unknown) amount of data passes through it, everything slows to a crawl.

Other Thoughts: Owning this router for the past eight months has been an exercise in frustration and disappointment. I’ve worked with Support (which was an average experience), reset & restored the router multiple times, and have been through five or six firmware revisions. I have to reboot this router a couple times a week. The 12 year-old Linksys WRT54G it replaced was rebooted MAYBE once a year. By the time I gave up on this router, it was essentially emulating the WRT54G (in that all advanced features were disabled and it was running 2.4GHz b/g in Legacy mode).

Other ASUS models seem to be better, but the RT-AC56U is a dud. There seem to be low-level hardware problems which cannot be resolved by firmware updates. Believe the negative reviews you read here and at other large Internet retailers. The Wirecutter has since rescinded their recommendation on this unit

I guess I’ll RMA the unit, but I’m not sure I really want another RT-AC56U in return.

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  • Souksawanh P.
  • 12/20/2014 12:03:13 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

1 out of 5 eggsThis router is slow right out of the box!

Pros: The router connects fine and no drops

Cons: I pay for a 100mbps connection from my cable internet and if I directly connect ethernet wire from my modem to my pc and laptop, I would get anywhere between 90 to 98mbps.

However, with this router, from ethernet to pc I get only 32mbps and with the wireless router at 2.4g and 5ghz I only get a lousy 19mbps connection.

I tried all the old firmware, setting, and merlin's firmware and none of them fix the low speed issue.

I've also tried setting the 2.4g at N only and 5g at N only, and I still have the same issue.

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  • Louis S.
  • 12/14/2014 5:42:53 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDON'T BUY THIS ROUTER!!

Pros: It's small, so doesn't take up much space?

Cons: VERY POOR 2.4GHZ (N) speeds.
Do yourself a favor, and do some research on this ASUS RT-AC56U wireless router... Ton's of people are getting very poor 2.4ghz performance. Like less than 1 meg usually, with the strangest spikes here and there, but overall a truly frustrating experience. All for a rather expensive unit too. I unfortunately was not ready to install this unit until several months after purchase, so I wasted money on something I cannot use now. Bummer to be me.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

Have yout tried changing the 2.4GHz to N only and the 5GHz to AC only making your2.4GHz more solid to rock your N. You can also change the channel bandwidth from 20MHz to 40MHz for your 2.4GHz band. If you still have issues with this set up please email me and place case #N141248331 in the subject line for faster reference. I'm here to help you and all others with these issues, as our customer loyalty department dedicated to bringing a resolution to all issues related to our products.

Sincerely,

Adam
ASUS Customer Loyalty
Networking_Support@asus.com

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  • Thomas A.
  • 12/8/2014 1:12:50 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsUpdate Asus RT-AC-56U review:

Pros: ASUS came thru for me and shipped a refurbed unit and I am a happy camper. all is good now. Thanks ASUS for listening to me!

Cons: no cons ....

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  • Alexander S.
  • 12/7/2014 6:03:49 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

3 out of 5 eggsOpen Box? or Referb? does it matter? Probably not.

Pros: Finally got my hands on a router that isn't a G/N router.
Sweet little GUI
FTP server is a nice little add-on
Solid range on 5ghz

Cons: 2.4ghz issues? Seriously? Dumb me i didn't do my research like half the people that reviewed this and I'm stuck with a neat looking router that has 2.4ghz drop out ALL THE TIME. Upon further research I discovered after about 25-100MB of data transfered on the 2.4ghz band the connections drops down SLOW. Like 100kbps slow.

Other Thoughts: I've got back ups for back ups so I'm not super worried about it, but some of the laptops I use do not have the 5ghz option. So I just resort into pulging in my wrt54g to this new router and shut off the 2.4ghz on the asus. This seriously has to be a manufacture issue, I highly doubt this is a firmware issue because even the guys that flashed a custom firmware on it are still complaining. Seriously not cool for the guys like me who can drop a grand on a new laptop so i can use the 5ghz channel. (and no i'm not getting a dongle, suck it reader)

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Alex,

I have a couple of sugesstions. Login to your router and change the channel bandwidth under the wireless tab for each 2.4GHz and 5GHz. First change the 2.4GHz from 20 MHz to 40 MHz. Then change the 5GHz channel bandwidth from 40 MHz to 80 MHz to give it better strength. Also do you live adjacent from or in apartments? If so you should change the channel to 11 or 7 to avoid channel drop when you and your neighbors WiFi signals run interference with each other. If you would like to speak with me via email, place case number #N141252044 in the subject line for future reference. I'm here to help you and all others with these issues, as our customer loyalty department dedicated to bringing a resolution to all issues related to our products.

Sincerely,

Adam
ASUS Customer Loyalty
CC-Adam@asus.com

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  • Thomas A.
  • 12/4/2014 7:55:27 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggspoor slow asus repair

Pros: worked well at first (for 9 months)

Cons: very slow repair process...... minimum 2-3 week process for my repair to process thru each step of their repair wait sequence. They refuse to consider to ship a replacement unit (refurbished or not) excessive wait time. My router is only 9 months since purchase and they claim it has a 24 month warranty.... wow not acceptable for a "high end expensive unit". Stick with Netgear , D-Link or Linksys for a more reliable lower cost alternative!

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  • Alex F.
  • 11/24/2014 9:28:58 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsNot good

Pros: Speed is very fast when it is working, LAN seems to work fine.

Cons: Wifi disconnects regularly (at both 5g and 2.4g), updating firmware and hard resets do not fix it. Only support solution offered it is to RMA it back to ASUS, which means I have to pay money to ship it. Do not buy this unit.

Other Thoughts: Unimpressed with ASUS as a whole. payed a premium for a router and got something that works less well than my $20 trendnet.

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