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09-03-2015


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ASUS RT-AC56U router: review and testing

In previous reviews we have already got acquainted with a variety of wireless routers of company ASUS: ASUS RT-AC66U, ASUS RT-AC87U, ASUS RT-N18U and others. These models are equipped with external antennas and have enough extensive functionality.

ASUS RT-AC56U

This material will have the description of a novelty ASUS RT-AC56U, which can much better fit in almost any interior thanks to a neat vertical design and built-in antenna. The router supports the latest standards, including IEEE 802.11 ac at a frequency of 5 GHz. In addition, it is equipped with ports USB 2.0 and USB 3.0, which allows you to connect a variety of equipment: modems, printers or external hard drives.

Producer

ASUS

Model

RT-AC56U

WAN

Type

Gigabit Ethernet (10/100/1000 Мb/s)

Q-ty of ports

1

Auto MDI/MDI-X

yes

Fixed IP

yes

Dynamic IP

yes

PPPoE/Russia PPPoE

yes

PPTP

yes

L2TP

yes

IPSec

yes

Ability to manually set MAC

yes

Double WAN

yes

LAN

Type

Gigabit Ethernet (10/100/1000 Мb/s)

Q-ty of ports

4

Auto MDI/MDI-X

yes

Manual interface locking

no

WLAN

Antenna

Type

inner

Ability to change the antenna/ connector type

no

Forced assignment of the operating antenna number

yes

Manual wireless interface locking

yes

WPS support

Button press

PIN-code

Operation frequency

2,4 and 5 GHz

Supported standards and speeds

802.11 a

up to 54 Мb/s

802.11 b

up to 11 Мb/s

802.11 g

up to 54 Мb/s

802.11 n

up to 300 Мb/s

802.11 ac

up to 867 Мb/s

Another AP operation

Support for WDS (bridge)

yes

AP support

yes

Support for WDS + AP

yes

Channel width

20/40/80 MHz

Security

Locking of broadcasting SSID

yes

Connection to MAC-addresses

yes

WEP

yes, up to 128 bit

WPA-Personal

yes

WPA2-Personal

yes

WPA-Enterprise

yes

WPA2-Enterprise

yes

802.1x (via Radius)

yes

Firmware capabilities

Administration

Modes

wireless router

media-bridge

access point

Admin password

yes

Login modification/addition

yes

WEB-interface from WAN

yes

IP filtration at access to WEB-interface

yes

WPS tuning

yes

Telnet

yes

Connection to server NTP

 

yes

Authentication methods

HTTP

HTTPS

HTTP+HTTPS

Supported WAN protocols

 

IPSec

yes

PPTP

yes

PPPoE

yes

L2TP

yes

Traffic shaping

-

NAT

one-to-many NAT (standard)

yes

one-to-one NAT

-

Ability to disconnect NAT (operation in mode of router)

yes

Ability to operate in mode of bridge

yes

NAT pass through

PPTP, L2TP, IPSec, RTSP, H.323, SIP, PPPoE

DNS

Built-in DNS-server (dns-relay)

yes

Support of dynamic DNS

ASUS DDNS

Clock

Clock sync

yes

Manual time setting 

yes

Utilities

ICMP ping

yes

Traceroute

yes

Nslookup

yes

Resolving

no

Log

Login of firewall execution

no

System Log

yes

Wireless Login

yes

DHCP Leases Login

yes

IPv6 Login

yes

Port Forwarding Login

yes

Login of active connections

yes

Storage inside the device

yes

Storage after device reboot

no

Storing on the external Syslog-server

no

Sending to email

no

Routing

Statistic (manual record assignment)

yes

Presence and abilities of built-in filters and firewall   

Protection from DoS

yes

Presence of filters/firewall

on LAN-WAN-segment

yes

on LAN-WLAN-segment

no

Supported filter types

According URL

yes

According word

yes

According time

yes

According application

yes

According MAC-address

yes

According source IP-address

yes

According destination IP-address

yes

According source-port

yes

According destination-por

yes

According protocol

yes

Firewall IPv6

yes

Actions

allow

yes

deny

yes

log

no

Virtual servers

Creation

yes

Providing of various public/private ports for virtual servers

yes

DMZ assignment

yes

DMZ-traffic assignment on port level

yes

Power

PSU type

Input parameters: 100 - 240 V, 0,8 А, 50-60 Hz; output parameters: 19 V, 1,75 А

Support for 802.1af (PoE)

no

Additional information

USB ports

1 x USB 2.0

1 x USB 3.0

Connection of external USB HDD, Flash (Samba(Storage) / FTP-server/media-server)

yes

Connection of WEBcam (video surveillance)

no

Connection of 3G/4G-modems

yes

Connection of USB-printer

yes

Firmware version

3.0.0.4.374_5656

Dimension

147 x 205 x 66 mm

Weight

406 g

Warranty

3 years

Producer website

ASUS

Product page

RT-AC56U

Package and content

ASUS RT-AC56U

Model ASUS RT-AC56U is shipped in a small cardboard box, decorated with quite colorful content. Its face side has some features of new product:

  • support for wireless Wi-Fi networks with a frequency of 2.4 and 5 GHz;
  • availability of ports USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 for connecting an external drive, printer, or modem;
  • ability to use of branded apps for Android and iOS.

ASUS RT-AC56U

On the back side has an illustration of other features of the wireless router:

  • intelligent amplification of signal AiRadar identifies the position of the receiver and focuses the signal t for a stable coverage and optimum throughput capacity;
  • technology ASUS AiCloud allows you to create your own cloud server to synchronize data between different devices, including access to the service ASUS WebStorage.

Below is a diagram describing the purpose of the interface connector panel. Near there is a table describing the advantages of the different classes of routers. As you can see, the model ASUS RT-AC56U belongs to the class of AC1200, which ensures a higher level of performance than the currently popular N300/N600.

ASUS RT-AC56U

Supplied set of router contains all the necessary components:

  • power supply (input parameters: 100 - 240 V, 0.8 A, 50-60 Hz, output parameters: 19 V, 1.75 A);
  • the power cord;
  • User's Guide
  • warranty card;
  • CD with drivers and software.

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