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ASUS RT-AC56U AC1300 Dual-Band Gigabit Wireless Router

  • Up to 400+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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  • Artan G.
  • 5/26/2015 6:56:43 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs100% worth the buy.

Pros: Wifi range is excellent. I have a 3 story brick house about 8 to 10 active devices connected to it most of the time. Video streaming, file sharing, browsing is a breeze, no hiccups. Outdoors, the signal is awesome. I can use skype even 300 feet away with no problem, this is done with beam-forming tech this router has, even though the router is located inside the house (living room).

So keeping everything connected around the house is a breeze. Even if you have 1 wifi bar on your phone or laptop it will still pull minimum of 10Mb of internet, which is plenty.

Cons: None so far.

Other Thoughts: After researching the marked for a solid wifi router on the budget side this is the best I could find. Looking also at the internals and other technical reviews of this product I found that I cannot go wrong with it. I was sceptical about the software and how good it works, but ASUS improved every bug or added new features to it constantly until everthing worked perfekt.

Best value for money overall.

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  • David B.
  • 5/12/2015 8:40:23 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggs

Pros: None

Cons: DOA. ASUS support requested return with no attempt at troubleshooting.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear David,

We appreciate your time and effort in posting your thoughts about this product. If there is anything that I can help or assist you with your product, please feel free to email me at customerloyalty@asus.com and place case #N150575618 in the subject line for reference.

Best regards,
Jerry
ASUS Customer Loyalty

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  • William F.
  • 3/22/2015 2:06:08 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGreat new features w/ Firmware v. 3.0.0.4.378.4585

Pros: Great new security and management features including AiProtection module from Trend-Micro and adaptive QoS in the 3.0.0.4.378.xxxx firmware release. Seriously cool -- Thanks ASUS & Trend Micro! Current firmware upgrades were an important reason I chose this product and ASUS has not let me down.

I had a chance to use the dual WAN fail-over and fail-back feature with a tethered Android smart phone on USB 2.0. The whole house LAN was running smoothly at 4G LTE WAN speeds. Very nice.

Cons: Firmware upgrades often require manual checks & uploads from the PC -- the automated upgrade feature rarely works (it says "current firmware is the latest version", even when you know it's not true). Sometimes major changes even require a reset to factory default conditions -- followed by manually re-entering parameters. Make sure you have all the parameters, SSID, wireless key, etc., that you'll need before you upgrade. It's all kind'a old school, so NBD if you've been at this a while.

Devices accessing the Guest Networks don't display their signal statistics properly in the router GUI. You can see which ones are online, though.

Other Thoughts: See my first review 4/16/2014 -- still valid & not repeated here.

I have not had the problems with 2.4 GHz band that others have complained about. Yes, I had to change some parameters, narrow the bandwidth, and survey the area several times as the extreme range adapters were having trouble with neighboring signals stepping on them. It all took time, but this is a VERY congested condo building with more AP's than I can count. I'm very pleased with this router.

In a country setting, with no competition whatsoever, the usable range among a cluster of buildings is amazing. It just works.

ASUS just released a new model RT-AC55U Newegg no. N82E16833320225 that looks like a re-engineered AC1200 Router. No news yet, but it does have external 2 x 2 antennae....

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  • Robert R.
  • 2/27/2015 10:59:30 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsPoor 2.4GHz performance

Pros: I haven't had any connectivity issues at all, however throughput on the 2.4GHz band has been frustrating at the least. Anything on 5GHz is rock solid and smokin fast.

Cons: You wont get more than 40 mb out of the 2.4GHz band with this router and that just stinks.
USB connected HD's are flaky, I moved mine off the router and onto my PI 2 and all the connectivity issues disappeared. I tried the USB3 and 2 ports, I reformatted, I disabled USB3, nothing alleviated the connection issues to the HD. The HD has its own power and I have never had an issue with it connected to any other machine.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Robert R.,

we want to thank you for your time posting this review. I understand that you have slow wireless connection. I apologize for the incovenience this issue have caused you. Can you please check the wireless capability on the device if it's wireless b, g or n. If you can also please change the wireless channel on the router from auto to 11. If these steps will not work of if you have tried this step please email me at customerloyalty@asus.com and put case # N150313864 in the subject line for your reference.

ASUS Customer Loyalty are dedicated in providing a good customer experience.

Thank you for choosing ASUS.

Regards,
Mark
ASUS Customer Loyalty

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  • Ryan M.
  • 2/23/2015 11:17:07 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsFeature full.

Pros: Has many features of more expensive routers, though it doesn't advertise this fact. I was impressed by the dual-wan capability for example which can be used via one of the lan ports or certain 3g links. Has everything I needed to manage my network. I appreciate the network share drive support that this offers as well. Its not a NAS, but its not supposed to be either.

Cons: I wanted to disable use of older b protocol devices on my network and this did not provide that capability.

Other Thoughts: While I have read multiple reviews indicating drop-outs on the 2.4ghz I have not found this to be the case. Any problems I've had have been with the other device not holding connections (with anything, including this router) or severe congestion on the 2.4 ghz band in my neighborhood.

Overall I have been very happy with the performance provided by this router.

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  • Norm R.
  • 1/27/2015 3:03:08 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

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

Pros: It looks ok. That's it.

Cons: Poor poor performance, as so many have stated. The
asus customer service is very poor. I would say it's **** but Newegg keeps me from expressing myself like that.

Asus suggested that I shut down the 5ghz part of this router to help with the N performance... What? Really, they sell it as a super 5'th gen AC unit, but hey, you can shut 1/2 of it down in order to make it actually useful. How about sending me a different model instead, one that works?

Do yourself a favor, and look elsewhere.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

I apologize for issues you have faced. As far as your performance goes can you email me and be a little more elaborate on the topic to help me help you troubleshoot this issue. If you having wireless issues have you tried changing the channel bandwidth, or even the channel? If you live near an apartment complex in one then inference from other wireless clients might be causing this issue. Changing the channel will help isolate you network from not being on the same channel as everyone else whom has a wireless router. If you need help with this please feel free to email me and place case #N1501102108 in the subject line. I'm here to help you and all others with these issues, as our customer loyalty department is 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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  • 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

Manufacturer Response:

Dear JRich,

We want to thank you for your time posting this review. We're gald that your happy with the unit and that your satisfied with it as well. It's good to have a positive feedback from our customer. If in the future your going to need assistance with the unit or any other ASUS product please feel free to email me at customerloyalty@asus.com and put case # N150207055 in the subject line for your reference.

ASUS Customer Loyalty are dedicated in helping you and all other ASUS customers.

Thank you for choosing ASUS.

Regards,
Mark
ASUS Customer Loyalty

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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.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Chris,

In behalf of ASUS, I want to thank you for your effort posting this review. I understand that you have problems encountered with the warranty period. I want to apologize as well for the inconvenience this issue have caused you. I know that your disappointed with the unit. It's unfortunate if you think the "Product" is a huge disappointment. On the contrary, there are lots of very satisfied customers that are having positive experience using the product. I just want to tell you that all ASUS products undergo intensive quality control testing and inspections, these are isolated cases. I want to help you with this issue, kindly email it at customerloyalty@asus.com and put case # N150390811 in the subject line for your reference.

ASUS Customer Loyalty is dedicated in helping you and all other ASUS customers.

Thank you for choosing ASUS.

Regards,
Ana
ASUS Customer Loyalty

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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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