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Asus RT-N56U


$89.00 Released May, 2010

Product Shot 1 The Pros:Performance - one of the fastest 802.11n routers available. Unique design - features a sleek, monolith like aesthetic. Lots of multimedia features - integrates a DLNA server and supports BitTorrent downloads to an attached hard drive.

The Cons:Poor telephone support from the manufacturer. Very glossy - attracts fingerprints, dust and scratches. Many of the more advanced features require a Windows PC.

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.

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More importantly, the RT-N56U supports 3G HSDPA USB dongles and it itself can function as an FTP server, a Samba server, a BitTorrent server, and even a printer-share device. Additional features include an integrated NAT firewall and a DoS detection system.

Features

  • Ultra-Thin 802.11a/b/g/n Router
  • Dual-Band Support
  • 300,000 Concurrent Sessions
  • USB Interface
  • 3G HSDPA Compatibility (USB)
  • Gigabit LAN/WAN Ports
  • FTP Server
  • Samba Server
  • BitTorrent Server
  • Printer-Share Device
  • Integrated NAT Firewall
  • DOS Detection System

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Pros
  • 4

    performance - one of the fastest 802.11n routers available

  • 3

    unique design - features a sleek, monolith like aesthetic

  • 3

    lots of multimedia features - integrates a DLNA server and supports BitTorrent downloads to an attached hard drive

  • 2

    Asus exclusive 'Ai Radar' technology - focuses the signal towards wireless clients for better reception

  • 2

    incorporates several cutting edge 'personal cloud' features - allows for file access over the Internet

  • 2

    easy and fast to set up - intuitive and responsive web user interface and first time setup wizard

  • 2

    great range

  • 2

    very stable - doesn't drop connections

  • 2

    stays cool and quiet - even under load

  • 1

    compact size with the ability to be placed vertically or horizontally

Cons
  • 5

    poor telephone support from the manufacturer

  • 0

    very glossy - attracts fingerprints, dust and scratches

  • 0

    many of the more advanced features require a Windows PC

  • -2

    online interface takes a very long time to apply changes

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