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ASUS RT-AX56U Wifi 6 AX1800 Dual-Band Mesh Wifi System Router £103.99 @ Amazon
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ASUS RT-AX56U Wifi 6 AX1800 Dual-Band Mesh Wifi System Router £103.99 @ Amazon

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Posted 24th Feb

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Wi-fi 6 wireless AX1800 dual Band Gigabit router 802.11AX, 1201Mbps (5GHz) 802.11AX, 574Mbps (2.4GHz) 2.4GHz/5GHz con-current dual-band, 2 fixed antennas, ofdma + MU-MIMO tech, 1024 QAM, AI protection Pro, Adaptive QoS,, a I cloud, USB3.0 for printer server, media server, USB storage, 3G/4G support, smart Connect, Mac backup, dual WAN support, access point/ repeater/media bridge mode.

Features

- Next-gen Wi-Fi 6 standard - 802.11AX Wi-Fi standard for better efficiency and throughput
- Ultrafast Wi-Fi speed - 1800Mbps Wi-Fi speed to handle even the busiest network with ease
- Optimal Wi-Fi capacity for busy network - cutting-edge ofdma & MU-MIMO technology increase Wi-Fi efficiency and reduce latency commercial-grade security - A I protection Pro, powered by Trend Micro, blocks internet Security threats for all your connected smart devices
- Better partner with mesh system - Compatible with ASUS AiMesh Wi-Fi system for seamless whole-home coverage
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this is a seriously budget wifi6 router - you'll get more out of an AC router. Suggest waiting for the true roundup of AX routers to come out... this thing is just a waste of money.
chamelion25/02/2020 07:50

Compare total throughput and specs against some of the forerunners: …Compare total throughput and specs against some of the forerunners: https://www.smallnetbuilder.com/wireless/wireless-reviews/33220-wi-fi-6-performance-roundup-five-routers-testedNext, comoare against some of the medium and higher end ac routers. You'll see that even the ac routers blow this thing out the water for 2.4/ 5ghz and total throughput.


I would look into ofdma before you write off this router. WiFi 6 isn't just throughput. Most people won't need 11Gbps of traffic going through their home. They may however have a ton of smart IoT devices which soon clog up an inferior AC-based network.
rev625/02/2020 00:15

Can you explain why?


Compare total throughput and specs against some of the forerunners: smallnetbuilder.com/wir…ted

Next, comoare against some of the medium and higher end ac routers. You'll see that even the ac routers blow this thing out the water for 2.4/ 5ghz and total throughput.
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Great price!
Good find
So as this is a single router, what is "mesh" about this?

Thanks
omarlilyo24/02/2020 20:43

So as this is a single router, what is "mesh" about this? Thanks


ASUS routers with AiMesh can be used together to create a mesh network, so you can add other units with this feature down the line if you find you need more range.
This is fantastic but it does not support Merlin, is that correct? Only the AC models do

EDIT: I may be wrong, can someone confirm?
Edited by: "JoeSpur" 24th Feb
JoeSpur24/02/2020 21:14

This is fantastic but it does not support Merlin, is that correct? Only …This is fantastic but it does not support Merlin, is that correct? Only the AC models do EDIT: I may be wrong, can someone confirm?


Looks like the only ax model to support merlin is the ax88u. asuswrt-merlin.net/about

What’s the attraction of merlin?
bazzarelli24/02/2020 21:59

Looks like the only ax model to support merlin is the ax88u. …Looks like the only ax model to support merlin is the ax88u. https://www.asuswrt-merlin.net/aboutWhat’s the attraction of merlin?


better performance than stock firmware
this is a seriously budget wifi6 router - you'll get more out of an AC router. Suggest waiting for the true roundup of AX routers to come out... this thing is just a waste of money.
Ruffuz24/02/2020 22:09

better performance than stock firmware



No so much these days, i've gone back to stock
chamelion24/02/2020 23:03

this is a seriously budget wifi6 router - you'll get more out of an AC …this is a seriously budget wifi6 router - you'll get more out of an AC router. Suggest waiting for the true roundup of AX routers to come out... this thing is just a waste of money.


Can you explain why?
rev625/02/2020 00:15

Can you explain why?


Compare total throughput and specs against some of the forerunners: smallnetbuilder.com/wir…ted

Next, comoare against some of the medium and higher end ac routers. You'll see that even the ac routers blow this thing out the water for 2.4/ 5ghz and total throughput.
chamelion25/02/2020 07:50

Compare total throughput and specs against some of the forerunners: …Compare total throughput and specs against some of the forerunners: https://www.smallnetbuilder.com/wireless/wireless-reviews/33220-wi-fi-6-performance-roundup-five-routers-testedNext, comoare against some of the medium and higher end ac routers. You'll see that even the ac routers blow this thing out the water for 2.4/ 5ghz and total throughput.


I would look into ofdma before you write off this router. WiFi 6 isn't just throughput. Most people won't need 11Gbps of traffic going through their home. They may however have a ton of smart IoT devices which soon clog up an inferior AC-based network.
Some advice please. I need a router to replace the Virgin Hub 3.0 that will do device prioritisation on my network. Budget is around £50. Any ideas as the latency when my daughter is on the iPad, I'm on the laptop and my missus is on Netflix is crazy.
Nighthawk25/02/2020 12:49

Some advice please. I need a router to replace the Virgin Hub 3.0 that …Some advice please. I need a router to replace the Virgin Hub 3.0 that will do device prioritisation on my network. Budget is around £50. Any ideas as the latency when my daughter is on the iPad, I'm on the laptop and my missus is on Netflix is crazy.


That's not much of a budget

The Asus routers are great bits of kit, however I still had issues with this and Virgin Media so ended up buying the Netgear Orbi which is phenomenal! No lag, no issues, strong wifi everywhere..... the downside is £380

The asus I had was the RT-AC86U
My main issue was it reaching all round a fairly big house, so depends on your needs.
Try looking for a used one perhaps?
Edited by: "replicant69" 25th Feb
Nighthawk25/02/2020 12:49

Some advice please. I need a router to replace the Virgin Hub 3.0 that …Some advice please. I need a router to replace the Virgin Hub 3.0 that will do device prioritisation on my network. Budget is around £50. Any ideas as the latency when my daughter is on the iPad, I'm on the laptop and my missus is on Netflix is crazy.



Checkout one of the third party firmware forums, like for Merlin. They can often recommend the best bang for your buck hardware. Either new or used from eBay/etc.

With your budget I think thats your best route (pun intended ).
Need a time machine to go back two years in time and buy again the RT-AC68U for around £80.... no chance to find the exact router anything close to that price anymore
I purchased a £70 asus 'gaming' usb wifi adaptor, had all the marketing spiel, it was massive, styled in the typical gaming red and gloss black, huge antennas.

I also purchased a £10 TP link adaptor at the same time.

I used professional wifi software to show the signal levels precisely.

Guess which one had the better signal?

And also when I opened up the huge antennas, it actually made it worse. They were purely to fool the consumer.
replicant6925/02/2020 13:02

That's not much of a budget The Asus routers are great bits of …That's not much of a budget The Asus routers are great bits of kit, however I still had issues with this and Virgin Media so ended up buying the Netgear Orbi which is phenomenal! No lag, no issues, strong wifi everywhere..... the downside is £380 The asus I had was the RT-AC86UMy main issue was it reaching all round a fairly big house, so depends on your needs.Try looking for a used one perhaps?

Not the biggest place so wifi coverage isn't an issue for me. Just need something that will help prioritise devices.
Nighthawk25/02/2020 12:49

Some advice please. I need a router to replace the Virgin Hub 3.0 that …Some advice please. I need a router to replace the Virgin Hub 3.0 that will do device prioritisation on my network. Budget is around £50. Any ideas as the latency when my daughter is on the iPad, I'm on the laptop and my missus is on Netflix is crazy.


Look on ebay at the Vr900 tplink, Used this for a while and it was excellent.
Thanks, I needed to upgrade to replace the piece of garbage router I currently have (Linksys WRT32X) I have never had so many problems with a router.
eligh312125/02/2020 13:37

I purchased a £70 asus 'gaming' usb wifi adaptor, had all the marketing …I purchased a £70 asus 'gaming' usb wifi adaptor, had all the marketing spiel, it was massive, styled in the typical gaming red and gloss black, huge antennas.I also purchased a £10 TP link adaptor at the same time.I used professional wifi software to show the signal levels precisely.Guess which one had the better signal?And also when I opened up the huge antennas, it actually made it worse. They were purely to fool the consumer.


TP link products have always been rock solid performers in my book. Can’t really go wrong.
StevenBrown25/02/2020 15:04

Thanks, I needed to upgrade to replace the piece of garbage router I …Thanks, I needed to upgrade to replace the piece of garbage router I currently have (Linksys WRT32X) I have never had so many problems with a router.


If you’re selling it I may be interested...
I would not consider this a seriously budget WiFi 6 router. In comparison to say the RT-AC86U this has a Quad core processor not dual and has the same amount of RAM and Gigabit LAN. A lot of performance here for the money and future proof.

OK is a 2 steam router not 4 steam like the RT-AC86U or say the RT-AX88U - but how many client devices are there to take advantage of more than 2 streams? Most I have seen on Wifi 5 is 3 steam clients (in PCs) and 2 stream on Wifi 6 (AX200 cards etc)

The only slight limitation I can see is it does not have 160MHz bandwidth compared with the RT-AX88U which could provide up to 2.4Gbps throughput using 2 streams but 160MHz will only come into effect if the spectrum is sufficiently uncongested.

I would also expect Merlin to support in the future as it is Broadcom chipset.

Have bought to compliment my 3 RT-AX88Us to extend the mesh. - Thanks Op.
Nighthawk25/02/2020 13:53

Not the biggest place so wifi coverage isn't an issue for me. Just need …Not the biggest place so wifi coverage isn't an issue for me. Just need something that will help prioritise devices.


I was in the same boat as you, VM hub 3 was okay for coverage but wanted the extra features. I went with the Tenda AC10U AC1200 Dual Band, got it off Amazon for £34 (I think the deal was posted here) and you can limit the upload/download of each device that connects to the network. I live in your average 3 bed semi and I now get full strength single across the house which I didn't with the VM hub in the rooms upstairs. The garden on the house is quite long, almost 20m, and this gives full signal to the bottom of the garden where my shed is, which is a bonus.

As someone in the hardware industry I really wasn't expecting much at this price point but I've been pleasantly surprised. It has guest network functionality and parental control built in also if those features are something you're looking for. You can also limit the total bandwidth used by your guests so they don't hog your bandwidth.
Edited by: "twiggy9999" 25th Feb
MasterDealer25/02/2020 15:57

I would not consider this a seriously budget WiFi 6 router. In comparison …I would not consider this a seriously budget WiFi 6 router. In comparison to say the RT-AC86U this has a Quad core processor not dual and has the same amount of RAM and Gigabit LAN. A lot of performance here for the money and future proof.OK is a 2 steam router not 4 steam like the RT-AC86U or say the RT-AX88U - but how many client devices are there to take advantage of more than 2 streams? Most I have seen on Wifi 5 is 3 steam clients (in PCs) and 2 stream on Wifi 6 (AX200 cards etc)The only slight limitation I can see is it does not have 160MHz bandwidth compared with the RT-AX88U which could provide up to 2.4Gbps throughput using 2 streams but 160MHz will only come into effect if the spectrum is sufficiently uncongested.I would also expect Merlin to support in the future as it is Broadcom chipset.Have bought to compliment my 3 RT-AX88Us to extend the mesh. - Thanks Op.


The RT-86u is Dual core for a very good reason.

The is one of the very few routers that have AES-NI which gives the RT-86u a huge boost when you set up a VPN on it.

However you cannot split Open VPN protocol so having a Dual proccessor actually means you are getting more VPN processing power from a chip which makes up 50% of the routers power rather than one that only makes up 25%.
Edited by: "The_Bounty_Bear" 25th Feb
greg66625/02/2020 13:19

Need a time machine to go back two years in time and buy again the …Need a time machine to go back two years in time and buy again the RT-AC68U for around £80.... no chance to find the exact router anything close to that price anymore


I bought mine last year for £89 from Amazon. I did exchange for an Orbi setup in the end but its surprising how often it comes up on offer
Nighthawk25/02/2020 13:53

Not the biggest place so wifi coverage isn't an issue for me. Just need …Not the biggest place so wifi coverage isn't an issue for me. Just need something that will help prioritise devices.


The AC86U will do all that.... it's one thing I loved about it, so customisable! Guest access, children, limit speeds, flexibility is amazing and easy to do!
replicant6925/02/2020 17:37

I bought mine last year for £89 from Amazon. I did exchange for an Orbi … I bought mine last year for £89 from Amazon. I did exchange for an Orbi setup in the end but its surprising how often it comes up on offer


Wow, when I check I never see such price. Need to check how to alert on it
Every time a router deal appears someone asks about replacing a Virgin hub. Are they really that bad?
The_Bounty_Bear25/02/2020 16:52

The RT-86u is Dual core for a very good reason.The is one of the very few …The RT-86u is Dual core for a very good reason.The is one of the very few routers that have AES-NI which gives the RT-86u a huge boost when you set up a VPN on it. However you cannot split Open VPN protocol so having a Dual proccessor actually means you are getting more VPN processing power from a chip which makes up 50% of the routers power rather than one that only makes up 25%.


I am looking for a router that allows me to run a VPN client (I guess that's the way to describe it) so all internet traffic goes via the VPN if I so wish, rather than have to set up a VPN client on each device on the network. I need 2.4 and 5 ghz with gigabit ethernet, just for home use.

Any routers you can suggest? Preferably one which does the VPN thing out-of-the-box rather than flashing/reloading firmware etc.
bazzarelli24/02/2020 21:00

Some more information on AiMesh - …Some more information on AiMesh - https://dongknows.com/asus-aimesh-overview/


What's the difference between mesh and setting up a slave router?
StevenBrown25/02/2020 15:04

Thanks, I needed to upgrade to replace the piece of garbage router I …Thanks, I needed to upgrade to replace the piece of garbage router I currently have (Linksys WRT32X) I have never had so many problems with a router.


I bought the same router and have issues as well. 5gz dropping randomly and 'killer prioritisation' a joke (makes 1 pc fine but kills everything else)...doesn't just prioritise game packets but ALL packets from that device/Mac address.

I tried openwrt on my wrt32x as well but had worse 5gz/wifi problems on that, than stock (even though I had nice QoS with cake installed).

Reverted back to stock but I look on my wrt32x with loathing each time I pass it in hallway. Defo looking for an upgrade.
ElBuc25/02/2020 18:01

I am looking for a router that allows me to run a VPN client (I guess …I am looking for a router that allows me to run a VPN client (I guess that's the way to describe it) so all internet traffic goes via the VPN if I so wish, rather than have to set up a VPN client on each device on the network. I need 2.4 and 5 ghz with gigabit ethernet, just for home use. Any routers you can suggest? Preferably one which does the VPN thing out-of-the-box rather than flashing/reloading firmware etc.


All the way ASUS RT-86U.

My setup is the following: OpenVPN server, when I need to access my Synology NAS from extern. OpenVPN client for one particular device (TV) so I can watch German TV without restrictions but it doesn’t affect all my other connected clients. This setup works perfectly, not sure about other router but for me ASUS only
The_Bounty_Bear25/02/2020 17:56

Every time a router deal appears someone asks about replacing a Virgin …Every time a router deal appears someone asks about replacing a Virgin hub. Are they really that bad?


I wouldn't say mine is terrible. The issue is they don't have repeater hubs like u get with sky multiroom. The upside of the virgin hub over the sky one is that you can enable router mode. Something sky have locked you out of which makes port-forwarding a pain with sky router.
ElBuc25/02/2020 18:01

Preferably one which does the VPN thing out-of-the-box rather than …Preferably one which does the VPN thing out-of-the-box rather than flashing/reloading firmware etc.



fwiw, the RT-AX56u supports Openvpn client/server out of the box according to Asus website. Appears to be powered by quad core 1.5 GHz Broadcom processor, it may be capable of 'upto' 50 Mbps openvpn speeds. (RT-AC86u with dual core 1.8 GHz Broadcom SoC can manage 'upto' 70 Mbps openvpn speeds out of the box, or 150 Mbps with RMerlin AsusWrt firmware according to PIA Blog). OpenVPN processing can only use one core btw. Aside from speed, I don't know whether the VPN functionality in the RT-AX56u is same as offered in RT-AC86u.

wikidevi.wi-cat.ru/ASU…56U

asus.com/uk/…ns/

privateinternetaccess.com/blo…pn/
Edited by: "bill888" 25th Feb
I recently updated my RT-N66U to a RT-AC86U. Other than fixing an FTP server bottleneck, what was really handy was being able to save config to file on the old device and reload on to the new device. It made the process a lot easier. I paid £124 for mine from Amazon Warehouse. (I know they've been cheaper new in the past, but couldn't wait)
Edited by: "Chris.Type.R" 25th Feb
Chris.Type.R25/02/2020 19:32

I recently updated my RT-N66U to a RT-AC86U. Other than fixing an FTP …I recently updated my RT-N66U to a RT-AC86U. Other than fixing an FTP server bottleneck, what was really handy was being able to save config to file on the old device and reload on to the new device. It made the process a lot easier. I paid £124 for mine from Amazon Warehouse. (I know they've been cheaper new in the past, but couldn't wait)


It looks like that £124 is not bad at all (At the moment).
MasterDealer25/02/2020 15:57

I would not consider this a seriously budget WiFi 6 router. In comparison …I would not consider this a seriously budget WiFi 6 router. In comparison to say the RT-AC86U this has a Quad core processor not dual and has the same amount of RAM and Gigabit LAN. A lot of performance here for the money and future proof.OK is a 2 steam router not 4 steam like the RT-AC86U or say the RT-AX88U - but how many client devices are there to take advantage of more than 2 streams? Most I have seen on Wifi 5 is 3 steam clients (in PCs) and 2 stream on Wifi 6 (AX200 cards etc)The only slight limitation I can see is it does not have 160MHz bandwidth compared with the RT-AX88U which could provide up to 2.4Gbps throughput using 2 streams but 160MHz will only come into effect if the spectrum is sufficiently uncongested.I would also expect Merlin to support in the future as it is Broadcom chipset.Have bought to compliment my 3 RT-AX88Us to extend the mesh. - Thanks Op.


Can u use mesh with Merlin firmware? Do all need to be on Merlin?
Edited by: "JoeSpur" 25th Feb
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