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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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  • 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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  • John L.
  • 11/22/2014 2:25:56 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsUnstable, short range, reboots slowly

Pros: Wired performance is good

Cons: Range craps out at about 60 feet on both bands, extremely unreliable performance which is sometimes and sometimes painfully slow, drops connections randomly, takes an eternity to reboot (which it must do often even for routine setting changes). The GUI is typical for Asus, which means it's u intuitive and looks like a bad translation from Chinese. This router is a big hassle I wish I never bought.

Other Thoughts: I've had this router for about a year. I bought it because I wanted a router that could handle a dozen devices and reach all corners of my normal 1/7th acre urban lot. This router has been just as poor as the cheap Linksys I had before - it barely reaches the backyard, with frequent drops from sixty feet. I've tried stock and Merlin firmwares, and of course I changed up channels. No luck. Ping times can be over a second even from right next to it. I hate Asus tech support. I just wanted a product that would work without frustration but this is not it. I expect higher quality at this price point.

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  • Paul P.
  • 11/14/2014 5:07:04 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsI like it alot

Pros: Had me a-many wireless router, they are all the same right?

I think not now. I always took the $10-20 specials.

It seems to really have a load of power. I gained 20M on speedtest with the same adapters I used before. I did not think it matters.

I am getting a matching 900 level Asus to match this. I should more than double the speed I figure. Going from 20M to 40M now without a proper adapter amd hopoing to make the full 60M on my PC, my Apple Airport pulls in the full 60M already, thus the 900 level adapter purchase.

Cons: High price. Offset a bit with an egg instant coupn. Thanx!

Other Thoughts: Seems great,

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  • duc c.
  • 11/12/2014 9:17:39 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFast

Pros: Blazing fast router that replaced my old and sometimes useless D-Link DIR-615. My ipad can finally browse the internet at full speeds and everything else is working as they should. AiCloud is a nice feature to share and access your files remotely. Firmware updates are really easy with the web GUI!

Cons: None so far

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  • John F.
  • 11/11/2014 10:56:52 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsASUS RT-AC56U

Pros: Easy setup with software provided. Own 2 for about 2 months, so far work seamlessly. Definitely a bonus to watch the YouTube video on this site.
Would definitely purchase again.

Cons: Manual doesn't cover much.

Other Thoughts: I was skeptical about this router after reading reviews, but ordered anyways. Didn't have any issues with setup as long as you follow the prompts during setup.

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  • John F.
  • 11/11/2014 10:44:36 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsASUS RT-AC56U

Pros: Easy setup with software provided. Own 2 for about 2 months, so far work seamlessly. Definitely a bonus to watch the YouTube video on this site.
Would definitely purchase again.

Cons: Manual doesn't cover much.

Other Thoughts: I was skeptical about this router after reading reviews, but ordered anyways. Didn't have any issues with setup as long as you follow the prompts during setup.

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  • Robert R.
  • 10/23/2014 8:17:11 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsGreat 5 GHz poor 2.4 GHz performance

Pros: Dual core cpu
Solid reliability
Decent range

Cons: Unacceptable 2.4 GHz performance, the latest firmware as of this writing still maxes out at 20 mbps performance. switch to the 5 GHz network and the performance is much better. I'm on comcast with a 100 mb connecting and I get full line speed with 5GHz. Basically if you don't need to xfer files within your home network or if EVERY device is 5 GHz the router is fine. But thats just not acceptable to me.

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  • Jules C.
  • 10/21/2014 10:52:26 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsWorked for 4 months

Pros: Lots of options

Cons: Became slow after 5 months

Other Thoughts: When I originally bought this, it was great. Then after 5 months it only gives me 8 mbs. And no, it's not my modem. I tested that and just talked to Xfinity as well, it is definitely this router.

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  • norbert p.
  • 10/12/2014 12:25:12 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsjust not good at all

Pros: easy set up, great GUI,

Cons: it just too slow. it worked fine for about a moth then nose down its going back to Newegg ,updated the firmware try only one band 2.4 and still slow

Other Thoughts: I thought that since it was an Asus and Leo La Porte had given good ratings to this router I would give it a try but nope not good.
going back to Linksys

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

I'm sorry you have had issues with yor wirless. In regards to your 2,4GHz band issue please email me and place case # N141045198 in the subject line for a reference to your case. For a speedy troubleshoot please provide the following: config file, and router system log, and the firmware version you are currently using. 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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  • Alexander F.
  • 10/11/2014 6:19:16 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsWorks Perfectly. Strong Signal.

Pros: I've run some rigorous tests on this bad boy.

Make sure to update to the latest firmware. AsusWRT Merlin firmware works well on the device too! I love the community of people that have worked with that firmware. It made the device more appealing and understandable. It allowed me to understand why people had trouble configuring the device, and what it required to function properly.

Lots of extra features for such a low cost device! I've read mixed reviews on the USB 2.0 and 3.0 ports. This has to do with the drivers in use. Try the Merlin Firmware!

My devices stay fully connected with no drop outs.

The Dual Core CPU can be overclocked and modded! Add active cooling if you're looking to overclock the device significantly.

The average user will not realize how fast or good this router is. It may work OK out of the box, but with some fine tuning to your environment it could be even better.

The CPU in this device is the same as a more expensive model out of its price range. With the open source firmware you can possibly make this device more cost effective than other devices in the price segment.

Cons: This device is not easy to set up. It took me about 3 days, and I am an IT consultant for 30,000 people.

My internet bandwidth is 60Mbps. I get that on Ethernet, and 5Gz Wifi. The connection on my laptop shows connected at 300Mbps (the full bandwidth of the wifi connection). However I get 15Mbps Internet transfer rates with the device right next to me on the 2.4Ghz band.

*******The problem is that 2.4Ghz connection speeds on wi-fi were not consistent at first. After updating, and flashing the firmware a few times, I was finally able to configure some great speeds.*******

The 5.2Ghz network was not working on my laptop. It may be the new laptop, but every other device I have works super fast on the 5Ghz network for the router.

Auto 20Mhz settings on either 2.4Ghz or the 5Ghz band lowers the transfer speed significanly on wifi.

Other Thoughts: Make sure your wifi network card is configured by manufacturer suggested settings with the latest updated drivers.

Make sure to set a specific channel on wifi, and don't leave it on "Auto". I've seen a great deal of speed improvement by doing this.

On 2.4Ghz also make sure to set it to 40Mhz as long as your wireless devices can support it. This will increase your transfer rates significantly.

If you transfer or stream a lot of data, as with any device, keep it cool. Use a small fan, or put it in a box of pennies. Just my personal advice with any home router. This will prevent it from overheating, and giving you network problems. So far the Asus RT-AC56U has not needed extra cooling. By manufacturer design the hardware works flawlessly.

If you intend on tinkering with it, Provide sufficient cooling, keep firmware files handy, and have fun!

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