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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

  • Up to 300+300Mbps Wireless Data Rates
  • Flexible dual-band lag-free entertainment
  • Powerful Online Multitasking
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 2 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 2 years


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  • Lenny M.
  • 9/13/2014 9:12:53 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsIt used to work fine

Pros: I purchased this router 3 years ago from Newegg because of the router's high reviews at many reputable sites. It worked very well over the 3 years with both bands and rarely needed a reboot because of wireless problems. It's wireless speed was very acceptable. The router was powered on 24x7x365.

Cons: It worked really well until last month. The 5Ghz band started to fail. I would reboot the router and would get a 5Ghz signal for approx 1 minute then it would fail. I retried doing this several times and would get the same result. So I looked for any firmware updates and there was one so I installed the latest firmware which is 3.0.0.4.374_5656. After the firmware update it still was behaving identically. So I figured I'd do a hard reset of the router (using the reset button) and reconfigured the router since of course it loses your configuration after a reset and it still failed pretty quickly. So I then thought it may be heat related so I unplugged it for a day and then plugged it back in and it started working. Well a day later the 5Ghz band started failing again so it most likely is the hardware that drives that band must be over-heating and makes that band fail. The 2.4Ghz band still works fine.

In case ASUS support is reading this, I have made no configuration changes with the router in well over a year other than updating to the latest firmware per above and my network devices that are 5Ghz capable haven't changed at all. Our Android phones and windows laptops have the latest patches and there were no updates immediately prior to the 5Ghz band failing. None of our phones or laptops can connect to the 5Ghz band so it's not device specific. All of them were able to connect to the 5GHz band before this problem started. Also, when I try to connect to the 5Ghz band I have my device right next to it so the proximity is less than 2 feet. After the reboot the device see's the 5Ghz band and tries to connect then fails since in a minute or two it no longer see's the 5 Ghz band
so it can't connect. It won't see the 5Ghz band again until I reboot the router or power it off for awhile.

Looking at ASUS's website it was almost impossible figuring out what the warranty period was but I think it's just 1 year so I am out of warranty.

Other Thoughts: I figured I'd write this review to re-enforce other recent reviews that this router was pretty good but seems to have a hardware over-heating problem after a couple years of use. I most likely won't be buying another ASUS product per this experience. I've had many other wireless routers and I also purchased my cisco/linksys router at the same time as this router which is also dual band and it's still working like a champ. This is the first router that I had a failure on. I only have needed to upgrade my routers because I wanted greater speeds or different bands to lower the chance of interference.

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  • 9/2/2014 2:39:17 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat Low
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsIt did work great.

Pros: Worked great, had decent range, Nice interface. Would rarely need a reboot.

Cons: Seems to of died after 1yr 6m. It started losing range and slowing down. Drop connections became more frequent. Felt like it was overheating.

Other Thoughts: Expensive router to die in less than 2 years.

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  • 8/18/2014 6:48:29 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsHad for 1yr 6 months

Pros: None, mine is slow, drops connections, and has lower than average range, its garbage.

Cons: NAS is slow (too slow for streaming movies even 480p), everything is slow, can't handle too many connections (starts to overheat/drop/go slower), worst ASUS brand product I have owned.

DO NOT BUY THIS LOOK ELSEWHERE!.

Other Thoughts: I really thought this was gonna be awesome cause I am a big Asus fan, but its hardly awesome. They should re brand this to a no name brand.

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  • 8/6/2014 9:49:33 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsFailed in 3 months

Pros: Loaded right up and went to work.

Cons: Unit failed in 3 months and the Asus website is not even remotely set up for returns. In fact they make it impossible and don't even try to call because you get sent to voice mail and told to leave a message to which they never respond.

Thanks to NewEgg for handling this for me.

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  • 8/5/2014 10:55:09 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsThis router WAS great

Pros: Works well in the beginning with good range, speed and features

Cons: After a few months, the range slowly decreases and it starts to drop the connection.

Other Thoughts: When I first bought the router for my father's home, I thought it was great and we both loved all the features. I went off to my fall semester thinking I set him up well, but when I came back I experienced the sad truth. The range no longer reached my room (which it used to perfectly), so I had to set up my computer in the basement, which is closer to the router. This was at about 4-5 months after I bought the router.

Now, it is about 6 months old and I am starting to lose my connection in the basement (which is only about 15-20 feet away from the router). Soon it will be only a wired router, since I am sick of having constantly dropped signal. It is getting to the point where watching YouTube is not possible. Gaming or other applications that require a constant connection are simply no longer possible do to the stutter lag as the router drops signal every few seconds.

All in all, I would suggest you leave this page and find a router that will work longer than 4-6 months. I tried everything from upgrading the firmware to moving my whole entire desk and computer to another room, and the router still fails me. I feel as if Asus has cheated me out of my purchase.

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  • 7/28/2014 6:48:40 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsRouter overheats

Pros: Small router, looks nice, works well when it doesn't overheat

Cons: Over the last 6 months, the router would cut out intermittently. Over the last week, the router overheats almost every hour and the internet dies. I have to manually unplug/replug to reset the router. When I touch the surface of the router, it is VERY hot.

Other Thoughts: I had a 10 year old Linksys router before this, and it had no issues. It only supported a/b/g, but the connection was rock solid.

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  • misterMcCoonie
  • 7/21/2014 4:54:15 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsReliable

Pros: Never crashes. Still blazing fast 2 years later.

Cons: Need to keep the firmware up to date (i.e. bleeding edge) to avoid issues with the web interface.

Other Thoughts: I have this on 24/7, and have for the past two years, connecting a server, several wireless clients, and my main machine. The web interface would experience the inability to display correctly on earlier firmware, but has since been fixed.

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  • 6/28/2014 10:27:02 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood Router

Pros: Pretty simple review since it just works. I was able to get everything connected easily, and it's worked wonderful for the past 6 months I've had it. Has not dropped a connection once in almost 6 months.

Cons: None thus far. The 5GHZ signal is a bit weak, but I think that's more my house with very thick walls. Apparently 5GHZ does not like going through walls.

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  • Phil
  • 6/22/2014 1:38:34 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsFailed in 2 years, 1 month

Pros: Fast when it worked. Incredible connectivity range

Cons: Router completely broke down and will no longer load 192.168.1.1 even when using a wired connection. I hit the "reset" button on the back to restore factory default conditions and now it get can't past the welcome screen, nor will it let me browse the web even if using a wired connection.

Days before this I had observed the wireless connection get weaker (5 bars for the past 2 years now down to 2/3 bars), and the wireless internet came to a complete crawl (under 1mbps for download and upload and numerous timeouts). The only way to get the router to a somewhat usable speed was to remove the wireless encryption (brought it to 5mbps/1mbps), wired connections got 120mbps/30mbps.


Build quality is clearly an issue here. Many people below this review are like me and have owned this router for about 2 years and are now experiencing catastrophic failure. This is called planned obsolescence and I will NOT be supporting the ASUS brand anymore.

Other Thoughts: This went from being a fantastic router to a complete rip-off. I have 10 year old routers that still work.

For what it's worth my 2 and a half year ASUS monitor has also broken down on me. It now suffers from extreme light bleed. This company carriers a premium price but their products are not what they used to be.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Phil,

Did you make some changes to your network settings? For product support, please reach out to me at cl-celeste@asus.com and include case#N140702795 in the subject line. Also, please provide me the serial number of your router. ASUS Customer Loyalty is here to listen and respond to your concerns and to help you with a positive ASUS experience.

Sincerely,
Celeste
ASUS Customer Loyalty

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  • Boose Foddle
  • 6/20/2014 6:36:39 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsToo small overheats

Pros: It worked a few months ago

Cons: It is overheating no and cutting out when it gets hot enough.

Other Thoughts: This is the only router I have EVER owned that has done this. I am very disappointed with it and will not waste my money on an asus router again. EVER..

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

How are you using this router? How many clients are connected? On a typical day, how many clients use the internet? If you’d like to share additional thoughts with us pertaining to this product, please contact me at cl-celeste@asus.com and include case#N140727767 in the subject line. Also, please provide me the serial number of your unit. I encourage you to reach out to our Customer Loyalty Team for further assistance with your ASUS products. We provide continuous technical support and continuous communication at no cost to you. ASUS Customer Loyalty is here to listen and respond to your concerns and to help you with a positive ASUS experience.

Sincerely,
Celeste
ASUS Customer Loyalty

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