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I agree, faster than WNDR3700 and e4200 *** UPDATE,
This review is from: ASUS Dual-Band Wireless-N 600 Router (RT-N56U) (Personal Computers)We are a heavy intenet using famiily. If we aren't streaming Netflix or Roku, we have phones and computers all competing for bandwidth. I tried the new Linksys e4200, it was OK until too many people logged on wirelessly and started hogging bandwidth. The e4200 would really drop down in speed while it tried to deal with all of the wireless activity. So, I tried the WNDR3700 (v.98 firmware) The WNDR3700 has a fast processor and can handle a lot of wired and wireless users simultaneously. But, the WNDR3700 seemed to "hang" about once an hour for reasons unknown. When I say "hang", it might take 5 seconds to load a web page instead of the usually instantaneous load speed. It got a little annoying.
So, I picked up the ASUS RT-N56U router after reading all the reviews and tests on smallnetbuilder dot com. I have to say that this router is ridiculously fast (at least twice as fast as the WNDR3700) and has better reception throughout my entire house. In a location that I used to max out at about 7MB/s with the WNDR3700. I can now sustain 31MB/s in the same location. I have pretty much- 5 bars of wireless reception where I used to have 2 or 3 bars.
The ASUS RT-N56U is pretty easy to set up and I like the physical appearance too. Throw in the fact that it is smokin' fast and has great coverage and I think I got a heck of a deal for $127.
by the way, I just noticed that another reviewer was having problems with iPhones not connecting. Our iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPad, and Android phones are logging on fine, no issues.
*** UPDATE 3/28/11 So far, the RT-N56U is performing perfectly and all DD-WRT bridges are connecting at highest rate. I am running firmware 220.127.116.11
I tried to update to the beta 18.104.22.168 as well as the 22.214.171.124 firmware and all of a sudden some laptops had very laggy connections. Instead of instantaneous webpage loads, it would take literally 5 seconds to load??? So, I reverted back to 126.96.36.199 and all devices are running wide open again.
+++ UPDATE 4/30/11 Still running perfectly since new with no reboots. Simply awesome.
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Posted on Oct 6, 2011 2:26:32 PM PDT
ASUS Support says:
Dear Valued Customer,
We are glad you have had a great experience with our router. We strive to make continuing improvements to our router products. If you have any feedback about your current RT-N56u, or any suggestions for our future products, please let us know at Networking_Support@asus.com.
Thank you for your support.
Asus Networking Support
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Initial post: Apr 8, 2011 2:43:41 PM PDT
188.8.131.52 update is for Russia only. ( this caveat is listed clearly on the update) If you are not in Russia and tried to upgrade your firmware to 184.108.40.206--then this might explain the problems you encountered.
In reply to an earlier post on Apr 8, 2011 3:21:22 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Apr 12, 2011 3:30:10 AM PDT
That would explain it, how about the lag issues with 220.127.116.11?? I wonder what changed from 18.104.22.168 to 22.214.171.124 to cause the lag issues??
In reply to an earlier post on May 7, 2011 7:34:21 PM PDT
Not sure if I'm getting necessarily "laggy" connections... But I see this router taking a relatively long time (anywhere from 5 - 30 seconds) to load larger pictures on websites. My previous router (a linksys WRT330N) would load pages with pictures of nearly any size almost instantly. With the RT-N56U and the speed/ signal strength/ throughput I'm getting I can't see there being any reason for pictures to load as slow as they do.
I've sent ASUS a message regarding the subject, wondering if their are settings internally to tweak to allow for quicker picture/page loads.
Seems to happen on both 126.96.36.199 and 188.8.131.52.
In reply to an earlier post on May 8, 2011 3:28:45 AM PDT
I think the firmware is the issue. I am currently running 184.108.40.206 and everything runs perfectly. I switched to 220.127.116.11 and the newest 18.104.22.168 and I had the issues you describe. It is starting to look like you have to "experiment" with a firmware build that works for you and just stay with that. I suggest try 22.214.171.124 and a firmware previous to 126.96.36.199 and see if that works.
In reply to an earlier post on May 8, 2011 8:25:28 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 9, 2011 10:25:05 AM PDT
Ah, appreciate the response,
Updated to 188.8.131.52 (had no idea they updated the firmware yet again in the last couple days of tinkering) and saw markedly increased load speeds now taking about a maximum of ~2-3 seconds for large pictures. It still doesn't load quite like a remember (previously... *bam* and the whole picture would be loaded; currently... top quadrant loads, followed quickly after by middle, then bottom), but at least it's leaps and bounds over previous loading rates.
I may try reverting back to 184.108.40.206 just to see how it differs, but for now, I'll let it settle and get a feel for it.
Cheers AK! Thanks!
****UPDATE: Seems the slow load speeds have returned. Reverted back to 220.127.116.11 and same problem. ASUS has yet to respond so I'm kinda befuddled by the whole predicament. Wondering what to do. Happens on multiple computers, multiple browsers, only next step is to start playing with settings and see what happens =/ will report back if anything seems to improve it
In reply to an earlier post on May 11, 2011 3:07:25 PM PDT
Elias Aoude says:
Is your routers QoS feature enabled? I had a similar problem with a D-Link DIR-655. I was experiencing sporadic, slow performance with the QoS feature enabled, but as soon as I disabled QoS speeds returned to normal.
In reply to an earlier post on May 11, 2011 4:49:11 PM PDT
I was all excited after your QoS comment and disabled my QoS and updated to 18.104.22.168 Unfortunately, that didn't solve the problem so I reverted back to 22.214.171.124 and everything worked perfectly again. Thanks anyway.
In reply to an earlier post on May 18, 2011 6:43:32 AM PDT
Well after much to do and hullabaloo, I think I finally figured it out.
The question: why does it take an excessive amount of time for pictures to load when switching to an ASUS rt-n56u
Simple answer: it wasn't the router (or at least not entirely)
Previously I was running a Linksys WRT330N router with a Linksys WEC600N Expresscard adapter when everything was smooth and fast to load.... It seems the ASUS router doesn't like playing to it's full potential with the linksys adapter.
Recently picked up a Intel 6300 Mini-PCI Express card to "upgrade" my internal wifi capabilities (that had it's own set of problems... but finally the dust is settling) and low and behold the ASUS is flying high once again. It just seems Linksys and ASUS don't like playing nice with one another. As a side note, now that I think about it, multiple "DNS Lookup" errors and random "You are not connected to the internet despite modem/router being "full green" status" problems have also disappeared.
Btw, tried the QoS idea. And didn't seem to notice much/any difference. But if it works for you, it may work for others.
Moral of the story ... Linksys is the route of all evil. :P Or atleast for me it seems.
Posted on Sep 16, 2011 5:12:20 AM PDT
AK i just bought this router a few days ago i wanna put dd-wrt on it and the last thing i wanna do is kill it do u think you could walk me though it i went to the ddwrt site and looked for asus rt n56 but its not even in there database??
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 16, 2011 12:42:11 PM PDT
The ASUS RT-N56U is not DD-WRT supported. In my post I stated that the ASUS router has no issues connecting to my Linksys WRT54G Routers running DD-WRT and configured as bridges. Trying to install DD-WRT on the ASUS will brick it for sure. Regards...