Excerpt: It's small chassis is entirely black with a glossy finish and 'diamond' patterned reflective surface, although this unfortunately attracts fingerprints. There are separate blue status LEDs at the front for both the Asus RT-N56U Black Diamond's 2.4GHz and 5Ghz wireless networks, and the entire router is small and unobtrusive.
Conclusion: While the RT-N56U only supports cable Internet connections, you can connect it to an ADSL modem’s LAN port to boost your connectivity, or configure it as a repeater if you face issues with your wi-fi not reaching everywhere. It might sound a bit overwhelming as there’s just so much you can do and configure with this router, but trust me it never gets confusing.
Summary: This new stylish router from Asus promises flexible dual-band lag-free entertainment, supports wireless-N Gigabit internet surfing with hardware NAT and features twin USB ports for multi-role usability.
ASUS RT-N56U review: One of the best looking dual-band wireless routers you will ever see
Good Gear Guide.au
9 June 2011
Summary: The ASUS RT-N56U takes router styling to a whole new level. It's slim and (we think) good looking; most importantly, it has plenty of features and performs very well. Its simultaneous dual-band Wi-Fi worked well in our tests and produced fast speeds, especially from close range. We do wish the router's Web interface was faster and a little better laid out, but you quickly get used to it.
Pros: Simultaneous dual-band Wi-Fi, Gigabit Ethernet, USB storage ports, printer sharing, good wireless speed
Cons: Web interface a little slow and takes time to get used to, power adapter is flimsy
ASUS RT-N56U Dual-band Gigabit Wireless-N Router Review
12 May 2011
There is a lot to the ASUS RT-N56U. First, you’ll notice its notably attractive style, and it has some pretty good performance to match. Not only that, the RT-N56U allows you to attach an external hard drive to one of its two USB 2.0 ports and access it over the local network, or from afar over the internet. The RT-N56U makes is easy to setup and configure, but also has advanced options that will keep the enthusiasts happy too.
Summary: The RT-N56U is a strong performer—its 2.4GHz radio delivered fabulous throughput at range—and it has some great features. Whether you think it’s pretty or pretty ugly, there’s no question that it would be a better value if at least one of its radios supported a guest network.
Pros: Great long-range performance on the 2.4GHz band; dual USB ports; very good GUI.
Cons: No guest network; meh short-range performance on the 2.4GHz band.
Conclusion: Important: In this section I am going to write a brief five point summary on the following categories; Performance, Appearance, Construction, Functionality and Value. These views are my own and help me to give the ASUS RT-N56U Dual Band Wireless-N Gigabit Router a rating out of 10. A high or low score does not necessarily mean that it is better or worse than a similar router that has been reviewed by another writer here at Benchmark Reviews, which may have got a higher...
Pros: Great performance, Very unique stylish looks, Good throughput, Range is good for home use, Simultaneous Dual-Band (2.4/5GHz) operation, 2x USB 2.0 ports for printers and storage, Easy effortless setup, Intuitive and well laid out menus, Gigabit LAN and WAN ports (with own status/activity LED's), Lightweight but sturdy construction
Cons: Protruding wires ruin the look, Price slightly high for most home users, Finger print magnet and hard to clean properly