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.
ASUS RT-N56U "Black Diamond" Wireless Router Review
30 November 2012
Excerpt: On deck for review today is the ASUS RT-N56U “Black Diamond” Dual-band Gigabit Wireless-N Router . ASUS has a broad stable of networking equipment including wireless adapters, wireless routers, wired networking gear and even some power line networking gear. Released in late 2010, the RT-N56U is one of the lower cost offerings in ASUS’ Dual Band N series and can be found online for around $99 .
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.
ASUS RT-N56U Dual-Band Wireless-N600 Gigabit Router
30 January 2012
Summary: When I think of ASUS, the first thing that comes to mind are their award winning motherboards and video cards. In the past, I wouldn't have even considered recommending them to people asking me my opinions about routers. With the ASUS RT-N56U, my opinion has changed. While I have been happy with the transmission rate of my D-Link router, with the ASUS RT-N56U my speeds have increased noticeably.
Pros: » Good signal strength, » Dual USB ports for sharing external storage, printers, or other devices, » Great performance, » Gigabit wired connections, » Dual band 5GHz & 2.4GHz wireless-N, » Great wireless range
Cons: » Scheduler could be better, » No external antennas or connections to add your own
Asus RT-N56U Dual-Band Gigabit Wireless-N Router Review
4 October 2011
Excerpt: In fact, we'll have to admit that Asus really did manage to provide little something for everybody with their new wireless-N router, whether we're talking about a person looking for a networking solution whose design will complement that of their home entertainment center or one searching for a very versatile router, capable of delivering just about anyone might expect from it in terms of range and security, not to mention some very interesting extras.
Pros: - very attractive, stylish exterior design;, - built-in activity LEDs for all supported networks (wired or wireless) and the USB connectors;, - dual-band support;, - extensive set of available features;, - built-in Torrent download client;, - built-in AiRadar feature for improving beam pattern;, - very good data throughput in most conditions;, - friendly user-interface;, - very good level of reliability;, - doubles as access point;, - built-in UPnP and Samba servers;
Cons: - exterior case is a bit fingerprint-friendly;, - admin menu can prove to be a bit stuffy, in certain cases;
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.