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ASUS RT-AC56U Dual-band router uses 802.11ac and packs a 800MHz processor

ASUS announced RT-AC56U concurrent dual-band router. It supports the 802.11ac WiFi and uses a dual-core 800 MHz processor with 256MB DDR3 memory. Wow, this router’s specs is really like a computer. If you like features like continuous downloads of files even when PC is off, you should take a look at this. It will be available from August 2013 at RRP S$279. Read on for the specs and Press Release.

 

PR ASUS RT-AC56U

Here is the Specifications

RT-AC56U-specifications

Press Release

ASUS Launches the RT-AC56U Dual-Band Wireless AC1200 Router

Delivers up to 1167Mbit/s with 150% wider coverage thanks to ASUS AiRadar technology, plus faster data sharing via USB 3.0

Singapore (15 July, 2013) — ASUS today announced the RT-AC56U concurrent dual-band router, which supports new-generation 802.11ac Wi-Fi. It uses a dual-core 800MHz processor and 256MB onboard DDR3 memory to ensure strong performance in 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands. Powerful hardware translates into 867Mbit/s on 5GHz and 300Mbit/s via 2.4GHz, or a total of 1167Mbit/s as the two frequencies can work simultaneously.

ASUS AiRadar beamforming technology enhances mid to long range connectivity

Exclusive ASUS AiRadar technology intelligently strengthens connections based on the number of devices linked to the RT-AC56U and their position relative to the router. High-powered transmission amplification and beam packaging optimize signal stability and delivery in any direction.

Compared to similar routers that do not feature ASUS AiRadar, the RT-AC56U extends Wi-Fi coverage by up to 150%, making it a good choice for larger homes and offices.

USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 ports for server functionality and fast sharing

The RT-AC56U includes one USB 3.0 port and one USB 2.0 port, the former working up to ten times faster than the latter. Customers can easily turn the router into a file, printer, or 3G/4G server thanks to its USB connectivity, and share data and resources for greater efficiency. USB 3.0 delivers high speed file sharing and HD content streaming from router-connected devices.

Bundled Download Master software allows for downloads to continue directly to connected USB storage from the RT-AC56U even when all associated PCs are powered off. Non-stop downloads save customers time, especially with ever-larger high definition multimedia files.

User-friendly interface and designed for the cloud

The ASUS AiCloud app works with the RT-AC56U, allowing customers to access the router from wherever internet is available using Android and iOS smart devices. The free app supports mobile sharing, streaming, and syncing of content across different devices.

The RT-AC56U uses the latest version of the ASUSWRT firmware, which enables 30-second setup with no disc media required. ASUSWRT offers access to the two concurrent transmission bands with their combined 1167Mbit/s bandwidth, as well as various router management functions that are all presented in an intuitive and easy to understand manner.

AVAILABILITY & PRICING

SRP: $279

Available: Mid August 2013

About ASUS

ASUS is a worldwide top-three consumer notebook vendor and maker of the world’s best-selling and most award-winning motherboards. A leading enterprise in the new digital era, ASUS designs and manufactures products that perfectly meet the needs of today’s digital home and office, with a broad portfolio that includes motherboards, graphics cards, optical drives, displays, desktop and all-in-one PCs, notebooks, netbooks, servers, multimedia devices, wireless solutions, networking devices, tablets and smartphones. Driven by innovation and committed to quality, ASUS won 4,168 awards in 2012 and is widely credited with revolutionizing the PC industry with its Eee PC™. ASUS has more than 12,500 employees around the globe with a world-class R&D team of 3,800 engineers. Company revenue for 2012 was approximately US$14 billion.

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  • R

    I tot AC66U is out already? SRP: $339?
    still hesitating to buy this modem router anot..dunno it can replace my current singtel mio router anot

  • joeteh

    Thanks for the feedback. I am checking with ASUS. Will update again (BTW, the PC show recently, the RT-AC66U is selling at S$299 :) )

  • joeteh

    Hi, R,

    This is the differences between AC66U and AC56U (from ASUS)

    RT-AC56U vs RT-AC66U

    RT-AC56U: Lower temperature and lower power consumption compare to RT-AC66U.

    Dual-core processor [User interface and start up speed is faster as compare
    to RT-AC66U only single core processor]

    1x USB 3.0 [Faster transfer speed for ext-HDD act as AI cloud storage
    and improve over steaming media over cloud. RT-AC66U only come with 2x USB 2.0]

    1x USB 2.0
    [Same as RT-AC66U]

    2.4Ghz: 300mbps:
    RT-AC66U is faster and provide up to 450mbps on 2.4Ghz

    5Ghz: 867mbps :
    RT-AC66U is faster and provide up to 1300mbps on 5Ghz
    Wireless Antenna:
    RT-AC66U coverage is better due to detachable antenna and user can replace a dual-band antenna to enhance wider coverage.