Currently, the ASUS RT-N56U is one of the cheapest ASUS routers available. Does this mean it’s bad or outdated?
The short answer: it’s not bad but outdated. This is also why I don’t want to cover the usual categories in this review and instead keep it short and simple.
The ASUS RT-N56U was released in late 2010 and is – in a way – a low-budget version of other ASUS routers with a better design (at least in my opinion). It comes with dual bands (2.4GHz and 5GHz) which can reach a maximum speed of 300Mbps and 4 LAN-ports as well as 2 USB 2.0 ports. Additionally, it does not offer some features newer ASUS models have like the AiCloud or guest networks.
Despite its age it works pretty well. Some of my friends are still using this model and from what I’ve seen and heard there were nearly no complaints. The coverage is far above average for this price and should have you covered (hah!) if you’re living in an apartment. The same applies to the wireless connection stability and speed. You get a solid performance with very few problems.
The home router is not without issues, though. Its interface reacts pretty slowly to changes which can consume quite a bit of time when you’re trying to configure it. Compared to other current and more expensive routers (like the ASUS RT-AC68U or the Linksys AC3200) it obviously can’t keep up.
The ASUS RT-N56U is a good router for a lower budget. As long as you don’t plan to cover a large house/apartment and a dozen different devices at the same time with it you should be fine. With that said if I were you I’d still pick the NETGEAR N750 WNDR4300 over it anytime. It won’t cost you more money, was released two years later and performs way better.