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ASUS must've recently hired a pro designer, their latest devices have been superbly attractive. This trend has continued with the RT-N56U Dual-band Gigabit Wireless N Router. Hands down, it is the best looking piece of networking equipment ever created. After the initial attraction subsides and you start to trust the RT-N56U with your day to day networking activities, you'll find that it isn't just a good looking device, it also has stable and consistent performance. The RT-N56U packs the speed, features and scalability to fit into any home or small office network. Check out the full review for all of the gritty details. Special thanks to ASUS for providing us with the RT-N56U Dual-band Gigabit Wireless-N Router to review. The ASUS RT-N56U is packaged in a black and white box designed to emphasize the device's features. Along the top you can see “FAST•EASY•STABLE”. If you separate the letters in bold from the rest of the words, you'll get “Fast”. So it seems ASUS really wants you to think that this router is fast! At the bottom of the front side of the box, all of the different standards are listed. The RT-N56U is a dual band (2.4GHz, 5GHz) router.
We don’t much care what our routers look like, because they’re usually hidden inside a closet (unless we’re benchmarking them). But Asus’s engineers lavished as much attention on the RT-N56U’s skin as they did its guts: This dual-band router is a looker, and it’s also pretty damned fast. The RT-N56U is nicknamed “Black Diamond” for its embossed, shiny black plastic housing. In addition to speed, it delivers excellent range and a good collection of features. It’s missing one very important feature, however: It doesn’t provide a guest network on either its 2.4GHz or 5GHz radios. It does offer two USB ports (to support both a printer and an attached storage device) and support for WDS bridging (you can turn off its router function and use it as a wireless bridge). Alternatively, you can configure the router as a wireless access point. The Black Diamond’s graphical user interface renders any setup easy. When we plug a USB hard drive into all too many routers, we find that the port doesn’t deliver enough juice to spin up the drive’s platters. Our long-time favorite, Netgear’s WNDR3700, proved guilty of this when we connected a Verbatim Clon drive (which is based on a 2.5-inch 500GB Samsung mechanism).
The compact and well-designed RT-N56U Dual-Band Gigabit Wireless-N Router is a major step up from its bulky and buggy predecessor, the RT-N16 . It offers the fastest 5Ghz speed to date and very good overall performance for both wireless and storage features. The only two minor blemishes we find in the RT-56U are its Web interface, which, though intuitive and responsive, takes a long time to apply changes; and its lack of support for the new three-stream 450Mbps wireless standard, which competitor Cisco Linksys E4200 offers. To make up for this, the Asus is much cheaper than the Cisco at around $130. If you're looking for a well-rounded true dual-band router that also offers decent built-in network storage features for your home, look no further than the Asus RT-56U. Having previously reviewed the bulky and subpar Asus RT-N16, we found the new RT-56U a big pleasant surprise. It's one of the most stylish routers we've seen and is about two-thirds of the size of the also-stylish Linksys E4200. The RT-56U, however, is squarish and from the top it looks very much like a shiny black marble tile. It's also very thin. The router is not designed to be wall-mountable but it comes with a detachable base to work in a vertical position.
Routers have become an important addition to the modern home network. These days, most households not only have multiple pc's, but internet connected game consoles, multimedia players and televisions that all rely on a router for internet access. While the feature sets of home routers have evolved quite a bit, the styling has generally remained the same - a simple square, rectangular, or saucer shaped device with some antennas coming out of it. Many modern routers feature internal antennas that cut down on the overall footprint, but oftentimes they are just as unexciting to look at. The boring looking box we all have sitting on our desks is about to get a stylish makeover from Asus. The RT-N56U not only sports some of the most unique styling to ever grace a router, it also provides an impressive set of features. Let's take it for a spin and see if it's a winning combination of form and function. ASUS CORPORATE PROFILE ASUS, a technology-oriented company with a global staff of more than ten thousand and blessed with one of the world's top R&D teams, is renowned for high-quality products and cutting-edge innovation.
Asus has done the unthinkable with its RT-N56U Dual Band Wireless-N router, it's made it look beautiful.As a dual-band 802.11n Wireless-N router the RT-N56U is designed to provide a complete Wireless-N networking extension to your existing wired network for both the standard 2.4GHz and newer 5GHz wireless ranges. Asus has spared nothing in the design both technically and aesthetically, and you should be struck by both the shiny exterior case design and the shiny specification lurking below it.Of key importance to the RT-N56U is the 5GHz 802.11n; AKA Wireless-N networking. The theory being that using twice the frequency should boost speeds by two times too. The practical outcome however is far from that simple. Despite the 5GHz range being far less crowded, along with the the availability of more free channels, the 5GHz frequency is hampered by being absorbed far more readily by objects. Back it up with MIMO to compensate for that though and perhaps you'd hope for a 50 per cent increase in throughput over 2.4GHz.Couple these abilities with its Gigabit LAN, cable-ready WAN port and full complement of security, management and easy-to-use web interface, this should be a winning combination.So, is it?
A router is probably one of the most important components in today's home. Not only does it provide a first hurdle for any hackers that try to get into a home network, it also allows users to connect a lot of computers while sharing a single IP to the outside world. Users can now utilize advanced routers like printer-, file- and upnp-servers, and if they have support for storage, they also can work as bittorrent clients. In other words, a solid router is a good investment for any home with many computers. ASUS has products in most areas including computers, laptops, mobile phones and computer components. It is therefore not surprising that they also have network products. In today's review we test their flagship network product, the ASUS RT-N56U. As expected from a flagship product ASUS has gone all-out with the N56U, giving it impressive specifications including support for both 2.4GHz and 5 GHz with a theoretical speed of 300 Mbps on each frequency at the same time, support for external hard drives and printers, support for up to 300,000 sessions at once and true Gigabit-speeds over both the WAN- and the LAN-ports. All these features come in a very stylish package. But is it all too good to be true?
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