Asus RT-N56U and RT-N16 Super Speed Wireless N Gigabit Router Reviews

http://t1.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcRk-hPUAztnTphTmMN-lToNlqasP0yAeNKmuUvG0tp1Chp5IcYBegToday’s world is all about getting there and getting work done as fast as possible. If one part of your operation is taking more time than it should, that one piece can slow down your entire operation. ASUS wants to help you, the consumer, to not have to worry about slow speeds with there new Dual-band Gigabit Wireless-N Routers the RT-N56U and RT-N16 Your worries are a thing of the past. Not only do you get a full 300Mbps through a wireless connection, it also supports dual bands. They have also included gigabit technology for hard wired components as well. You should expect to see lightening fast file transfers, if you happen to be working off of a central server your response times will also be great! Let’s get a good look at the new ASUS RT-N56U and RT-N16 Dual-band Gigabit Wireless-N Router and see if it is right for you:

 

Provided by: Asus

Price:

Closer Look:

RT-N56U:

 
RT-N16:

Specifications and Features:

 

RT-N56U

The revolutionary new ASUS RT-N56U is the most advanced wireless router available, challenging tradition by dramatically exceeding all expectations. This stylish network enabler combines a series of cutting-edge and powerful technologies to offer you an ideal internet and wireless package, complete with striking design.

LAN Ports WAN x 1, LAN x 4 RJ-45 for 10/100/1000 Base T
Supports Ethernet and 802.3 with max bit rate 10/100/1000Mbps and auto cross-over function (MDI-X)
Antenna 2 x internal antenna for 2.4GHz application with 3.8dBi gain
3 x internal antenna for 5GHz application with 5.1dBi gain
Memory 8 MB flash and 128 MB RAM
USB port USB2.0 x 2
Power Adapter AC input: 100V-240V (50-60HZ)
DC output: 19V/1.58A
Size 172 x 145 x 60 mm (6.77” x 5.7” x 2.36”)
Weight 330g (0.73lb)
Operating Frequency Simultaneous 2.4GHz and 5GHz
Data Rate 802.11n: up to 300Mbps
802.11a/g: up to 54Mbps
802.11b: up to 11Mbps
Encryption Supports 64/128-bit WEP
WPA-PSK, WPA2-PSK
WPA-Enterprise, WPA2-Enterprise
WPS (Wi-Fi Protected Setup)
Management Quality of Service and traffic monitor
DHCP server (up to 253 IP addresses)
Web-based administration
Firmware upgrade
Save/restore configuration file
Network Protocol Automatic IP, static IP, PPPoE (MPPE supported), PPTP, L2TP
Security Firewall: NAT and SPI (Stateful Packet Inspection), intrusion detection including logging
Logging: dropped packet, security event, syslog
Filtering: port, IP packet, URL keyword, MAC address

 

Dual-band for Lag-free Entertainment

Double your wireless performance and bandwidth with simultaneous 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands speed up to 300Mbps concurrently. While basic internet applications like browsing or file downloading can occur in 2.4GHz, wireless HD content streaming takes place in the 5GHz band at the same time, so both achieve optimized speeds and you enjoy smooth, buffer-free HD content streaming.

Gigabit Internet Surfing with Hardware NAT

Equipped with a capable hardware NAT acceleration engine and built-in Gigabit Ethernet, it gives you full Gigabit internet performance, making its WAN to LAN throughput up to 2-5 times that of traditional software-based NAT Gigabit routers.

1000Mbps internet throughput

Powerful Online Multitasking at up to 300,000 Data Sessions

Support for a massive data pipeline of up to 300,000 data sessions means the RT-N56U has around 20 times the networking capacity of other high session routers, so multiple data transfer jobs don’t slow down even during heavy load.

super speed and stable downloads

 

5GHz and 2.4GHz dual band wifi connectivity

Plug-n-surf and Hassle-free Management

ASUS EZ UI offers you an intuitive router setup without read manuals. What’s more, you can enjoy simultaneous printing and scanning by connecting an All-in-one printer to the router via the USB port. Also connect external hard disks to enjoy instant file sharing with family and friends!

plug and surf

Ai Radar Optimized and Reliable Wireless Coverage

This unique and efficient design drastically increases wireless signal coverage and quality without increasing power consumption. It intelligently adapts beam patterns to local conditions to enable higher-gain directional signal emulation. Ai Radar shapes signals to offer the strongest possible output, transforming what may be a weak omnidirectional signal to a stronger unidirectional one, improving throughput at same time.

ai radar optimized and reliable wireless coverage
Others blast signals everywhere, leading to signal loss. ASUS RT-N56U locks the wireless clients to provide dedicated and stable signals.

 

 

 

RT-N16:

 

RT-N16 has enough bandwidth and processing power to simultaneously handle file transfers and downloads, video streaming, games and VoIP calls. Advanced MIMO technology makes it all possible.

EZQoS – Easy Bandwidth Management

Simplified Setup Process

  • Press the WPS Button to easily set up a secure and protected wireless network.

AiDisk

Access and share your local disk everywhere! To share media content with friends, just open the browser, type in your DDNS address (ex. ftp://YourName.asuscomm.com )

EZ All-In-One Printer

Sharing All-In-One Printer printing and scanning functions wirelessly for multiple user simultaneously without buying a printer server. Easy installation! Just run the “ASUS Network Printer Setup” program and follow the instructions.
*For complete printer support list, please click here.

Enhanced Download Master

Download Master, a unique technology found in ASUS wireless solutions, features several innovations to simplify the download process. Turn the RT-N16 router into a wireless storage center by attaching an external hard drive via USB 2.0. Download Master runs independent to the computer system, which means it takes up zero computing resource.

24/7 Non-Stop BT Download

HTTP, FTP, BT (BitTorrent) download protocols can be download automatically from the internet. You can keep downloading even when PC is off.

Super speed for P2P download

RT-N16 can support up to 300,000 sessions for P2P download with super speed, allows more users and clients to connect to internet and ensures an ultra-stable network connection.

 

LAN Ports WAN x 1, LAN x 4 RJ-45 for 10/100/1000 Base T
Support Ethernet and 802.3 with max. bit rate 10/100/1000 Mbps and auto cross-over function(MDI-X)
Antenna 3 x external antenna
USB port USB2.0 x 2
Power Adapter AC input: 100V ~ 240V(50~60HZ)
DC output: 12V with max. 1.25A current
Size 216 x 161.9 x 40.5 mm
Weight 470g
Operating Frequency 2.4GHz ~ 2.5GHz
Data Rate 802.11n Draft: up to 300Mbps ;
802.11g: 6, 9, 12, 18, 24, 36, 48, 54Mbps;
802.11b: 1, 2, 5.5, 11Mbps
Output Power n mode: 15.8~19.5dBm
g mode: 15.5~16.5dBm
b mode: 15.8~19.5dBm
Sensitivity at 54Mbps data rate
ANT0 -75dBm
ANT1 -75dBm
Encryption Supports 64/128-bit WEP
WPA-PSK, WPA2-PSK
WPA-Enterprise, WPA2-Enterprise
Radius with 802.1x
Management
  • EZQoS (Easy Quality of Service): Allow multiple network activities (FTP, Game, P2P) to work smoothly at the asame time.
  • DHCP Server: Supports up to 253 IP addresses; Changeable DHCP lease time, IP pool, domain name; Static mapped IP
  • Web-based administration: Support IE 5.5 or later, Firefox 2.0.0.1 or later; Managed from LAN and Internet; Password Setting
  • System Event Log
  • Firmware Upgrade: Web Interface, Bootloader
  • Save/Restore Configuration File
Network Protocol Automatic IP ,Static IP, PPPoE(MPPE supported), PPTP, L2TP
Security Firewall: NAT and SPI (Stateful Packet Inspection), intrusion detection including logging

Logging: Dropped packet, security event, Syslog

Filtering: Port, IP packet, URL keyword, MAC address

 

 

 

 

Conclusion:
Currently using this router from my basement I was getting full bars to my main floor on both routers. The gigabit transfer speed was also amazingly fast as I earlier stated. I was impressed with the speeds every time through both the Gigabit hard wire connection and wireless connection speeds. The RT-N56U also looks great with its upright design and sleek black diamond finish.

Would I recommend these product? Yes, they are both very fast and very robust routers with amazing transfer speeds and throughput. If you are planning to be streaming HD within your home this will work perfectly especially through the use of the dual band technology. For the small office space this router would be a great addition to the  overall productivity if you haven’t got a network capable printer or need net work accessible storage. Having the ability of 2 USB port to utilize as you see fit makes these two routers fit for any home or office atmosphere. I also really enjoyed the option of p2p download being run directly on the router making it much easier to download and save the money it costs to run my PC 24/7 needlessly.

Pros:

  • Fast
  • Dualband
  • Price to Performance Ratio
  • NAS Ability
  • Print Server Ability
  • P2P Sharing without the need of Running a PC the Entire Time
  • Great Design (both)
  • Not Flimsy Or Cheap Looking

Cons:

  • Not at the 450Mbps Mark that Recently TRENDNET Set
 
Both received:
 

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