Ridiculously high routing throughput
The RT-N56U is a worthy successor to ASUS' RT-N16. It has a solid routing section with more speed than even our friends overseas can use, Gigabit ports and two 11n radios that both support WDS bridging and repeating. But with its Ralink chipset, you won't be able to run DD-WRT or other alternate distros on it as you can with the RT-N16.
Compact size with the ability to be placed vertically or horizontally
The Asus RT-N56U is an ultra-thin and super stylish 802.11a/b/g/n router announced at CeBIT 2010. It features dual band support and can supposedly handle up to 300,000 concurrent sessions. Plus the RT-N56U includes 4 Gigabit LAN ports, a Gigabit WAN interface, and two USB ports for connecting an external hard drive.
Superb Wireless-N speeds
At the heart of the Asus RT-N56U are two sets of 802.11n wireless antennas. These create the distinct spatial streams for the 2.4GHz and 5GHz radio frequencies.Typically better 2.4GHz will offer three or four distinct antenna, as more spatial streams increase the MIMO effect, so increasing speed and workable distance.
The RT-N56U might be interesting for people who like to tweak their hardware by means of alternative firmware and add-on modules. It allows to establish console access and install additional software for more functional file download and media server features, for example. You should be careful with that, though. Despite its advanced hardware configuration, the router may get unstable.
Comprehensive firewall options
It feels wrong to describe a router as attractive, but that's exactly what the Asus RT-N56U is. A dual-band 802.11n Wireless-N router, the RT-N56U is glossy, tasteful and aesthetically pleasing. Oh and it's one of the fastest routers we've ever tested with outstanding performance and comprehensive firewall options. It would be better with rear-facing inputs but that's a minor niggle with this decent-priced router.
Simultaneous dual-band Wi-Fi
The ASUS RT-N56U takes router styling to a whole new level. It's slim and (we think) good looking; most importantly, it has plenty of features and performs very well. Its simultaneous dual-band Wi-Fi worked well in our tests and produced fast speeds, especially from close range. We do wish the router's Web interface was faster and a little better laid out, but you quickly get used to it.
The ASUS RT-N56U is a nice looking piece of hardware. It also can perform for you within certain limitations. These limitations seem to be range and penetration (of walls etc.). As long as you are inside the line of site you can maintain great connection speeds and also excellent throughput. It is when you break that line of site that we have an issue.
We were able to keep a stable connection with the router from more than 310 feet away in our testing facility.
The Netgear Wireless-N Router WNR2000 is a frill-free budget wireless-N router, with excellent range and a handy and comprehensive Parental Control feature. It's a good fit for those who just need a simple wireless network and the ability to control access to the internet.
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