ASUS RT-N56U

90
Global
Score
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?

from $129+

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Breakdown

Ease of use
8.0
Speed / throughput
8.0
Configurability / networking features
8.0
Reliability
6.4
Range
5.3
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Specs

RT-N56U

Type
Wireless router
WiFi
yes (Simultaneous dual-band)
Ethernet
10/100/1000 [Gigabit] (4 ports)
USB
yes
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Specs

RT-N56U

Type
Wireless router
WiFi
yes (Simultaneous dual-band)
Ethernet
10/100/1000 [Gigabit] (4 ports)
USB
yes
View Full Specs
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