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ASUS RT-N56U

from  $105.99+
90
Global
Score
The best in its category. We highly recommend it.
90

The best in its category. We highly recommend it.

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Engadget Summary

If you expect your routers to be ugly and functional, Asus has a response: here's one that's stylish and functional. The RT-N56U provides speedy dual-band data throughput, and should be able to cover your whole home (or at least, say, a three-bedroom apartment). It includes fast Gigabit Ethernet, two USB ports so that you can add a hard drive and printer to your network, and straightforward, browser-based setup software. It can also function as a uPnP media server, streaming files from attached drives across your network (without requiring any configuration or setup), and can make your files available over the internet. Oh, and did we mention that it looks pretty damn hot, too?

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User Reviews

90
Finniecent
Just awesome.Bought it a few months ago in the interest of setting up a media...read more
80
jasoncalacanis
So far it's solid and stunning with awesome range. Much better than my last...read more
100
tekchip
I don't have much to write. This thing has been solid, easy to use and fast...read more
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83
Average Critic Score

Ease of use

80
 

Speed / throughput

80
 

Configurability / networking features

80
 

Reliability

64
 

Range

53
 

Durability

60
 

How It Stacks Up

80

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Critic

77
 

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80

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Critic

79
 

User

75
 
79

Engadget

79
 

Critic

84
 

User

93
 
71

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Critic

67
 

User

81
 
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How It Stacks Up

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77
 

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79
 

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79
 

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84
 

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93
 
71

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Critic

67
 

User

81
 
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