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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

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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.

BitTorrent
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.

FTP
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!

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Warranty, Returns, And Additional Information
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Ownership: more than 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Another winner from ASUS

Pros: Easy to set up.
Sleek, modern look and feel
Firmware is easily updatable
Had this for 3 years now, only had to reset it 3 times over that period.

Cons: None that I have found in the past 3 years

Other Thoughts: I would, and have recommended this to my friends, and when the one I have goes bad, I will get another one. (or the newest version)

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Ownership: more than 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Solid For 3+ Years

Pros: - Gigabit wired connections.
- Keeps my NAT open on my xbone.
- Stable connections without drops.
- USB ports to make your printer wireless if you don't have a wifi printer.
- Custom firmware exists, and improves performance a bit.
- 5ghz wifi enabled.

Cons: - Weak CPU.
- Doesn't work with many custom firmware options.
- Runs kind of hot.

Other Thoughts: It's been a good stable router for me for about 3 years. I was thinking about upgrading, but it really has about all the features I need aside from good VPN client support. Third party firmware has enabled it, but the CPU is too weak for it to be usable. Until it dies, or we get some new magic wifi standard I'll probably keep it around.

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Ownership: more than 1 year
Verified Owner
3/ 5
Ehhh - mediocre to poor at everything

Pros: it works and connects easily enough, and the UI is good

Cons: Speeds are poor across the board and connections drop randomly. both N, and AC

Other Thoughts: i picked up a used ubiquiti AC router and thats when i realized that this Asus router was janky at best in speed/usability/stability, ... the router (wired) portion works well on the asus though.

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Ownership: more than 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5
ASUS RT-N56U Wireless Router

Pros: works flawlessly for a long time. I've had my ASUS RT-N56U Wireless Router since march 2011.
now 7 years later march 2018 im still using it.
whenever i had a problem with wireless connection i just did firmware update, and works again perfect

Cons: usb 3 would be nice as well as AC wireless, but back then it wasn't available.

Other Thoughts: this has been a solid router for many years. constantly being used for streaming , gaming, wireless printing from any device, and other stuff with 4 people in the house.
100% recommend asus routers especially the ASUS RT-N56U Wireless Router
link to the one i have below --v
https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833320062

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Ownership: more than 1 year
Verified Owner
1/ 5
Frequent wifi drops

Pros: non

Cons: Frequent wifi drops

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Manufacturer Response:
Dear Ramesh,

Thank you for taking your time in writing this review. We certainly value your feedback. It is unfortunate that your router is having frequent wifi drops. Is your firmware up to date? Let me know if this helps. I would love to help you troubleshoot more on your issue, if you are interested. Feel free to contact me at cl-justin@asus.com or you can speak to an ASUS live support agent 24/7 at http://bit.ly/AsusLiveChat. I'm here to assist our customers with our products and dedicated in bringing a resolution to all issues that they may come across. Your case for reference is #N1803117589

Thanks for choosing ASUS

Regards,
Justin
ASUS Customer Loyalty
5/ 5
Great Router Running 6 years strong!

Pros: -Sleek Design
-2 USB ports
- Hasn't overheated on me and i have it in a little section with my modem, NVDIA shield, and PS3 (sadly my ps3 overheated on me instead of this router)
-Lots of options
-User friendly interface

Cons: -USB 2.0 (slow uploading on the Ai Cloud, have a USB 3.0 storage)
-Obsolete

Other Thoughts: - I want to move to a new router with USB 3.0 functionality but this router is still good
-The could interface seems pretty rudimentary but its fine.

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Ownership: more than 1 year
Verified Owner
4/ 5

Pros: Works fine, hardly ever have to reset it. Simultaneous 2.4 / 5 GHz support is great for supporting legacy devices like original Chromecast.

Cons: Does not successfully communicate with DynDNS service - it claims that it successfully updated my DNS information with its current IP address when it did not.

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Ownership: more than 1 year
Verified Owner
5/ 5
Works great-Bought as a backup for my primary router

Pros: Good coverage and the user interface is excellent for customization.

Cons: None yet.

Other Thoughts: Great router at an awesome price...definitely would recommend.

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