Asus RT-N56U Dual-Band Gigabit Wireless-N Router comparison

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Asus RT-N56U Dual-Band Gigabit Wireless-N Router

Asus RT-N56U Dual-Band Gigabit Wireless-N Router
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Asus RT-N66U Dark Knight Double 450Mbps N Router

Asus RT-N66U Dark Knight Double 450Mbps N Router
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Asus RT-AC68U Dual-band Wireless-AC1900 Gigabit Router

Asus RT-AC68U Dual-band Wireless-AC1900 Gigabit Router
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Linksys EA4500 Media Stream N900 Smart Wi-Fi Router

Linksys EA4500 Media Stream N900 Smart Wi-Fi Router
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Price $89 to $118 at 6 stores $111 to $150 at 6 stores $164 to $221 at 5 stores $104 to $129 at 5 stores $143 to $207 at 6 stores
CNET editors' rating
Editors' choice 4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.8 (4.0 stars)
4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.2 (4.0 stars)
Editors' choice 4.5 stars Spectacular
    Overall score: 9.2 (4.5 stars)
4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.3 (4.0 stars)
4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.2 (4.0 stars)
Average user rating 2.5 stars out of 53 reviews 3.5 stars out of 12 reviews 3.0 stars out of 13 reviews 2.0 stars out of 19 reviews 2.5 stars out of 10 reviews
Release date October 21, 2010 December 23, 2011 September 24, 2013 April 09, 2012 July 31, 2012
The Bottom Line The Asus RT-N56U is arguably one of the best true dual-band 300Mbps home routers on the market. Though not perfect, the Asus RT-N66U Dark Knight Double 450Mbps N Router would make an excellent network gateway for home and small-office environments. For advanced and professional users, the Asus RT-AC68U Dual-band Wireless-AC1900 Gigabit Router is worth every penny thanks to its stellar performance, solid build, and bounty of useful features. Running Cisco Connect Cloud firmware, the Linksys Smart Wi-Fi Router EA4500 makes an excellent router for those who want a fast and advanced home network that's easily manageable from anywhere. The Asus RT-AC66U is an excellent router and is currently one of the best options among those that support the latest 802.11ac Wi-Fi standard.

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Packaged Quantity 1
1
Info unavailable Info unavailable 1
Frequency Band 2.4 GHz
5 GHz
2.4 GHz
5 GHz
Info unavailable Info unavailable 2.4 GHz
5 GHz
Routing Protocol Info unavailable Static IP routing
Info unavailable Info unavailable Static IP routing
Compliant Standards IEEE 802.11g
IEEE 802.11a
IEEE 802.11n
IEEE 802.11b
IEEE 802.3
IEEE 802.11g
IEEE 802.11a
IEEE 802.11n
IEEE 802.11b
Info unavailable Info unavailable IEEE 802.11ac
IEEE 802.11g
IEEE 802.11n
UPnP
IEEE 802.11a
DLNA CERTIFIED
IEEE 802.11b
IEEE 802.3u
Remote Management Protocol HTTP
HTTP
Info unavailable Info unavailable HTTP
Network / Transport Protocol L2TP
PPTP
PPPoE
L2TP
PPTP
DDNS
FTP
PPPoE
Info unavailable Info unavailable PPTP
NTP
FTP
L2TP
DDNS
PPPoE
Dimensions (WxDxH) 6.8 in x 5.7 in x 2.4 in
13.8 in x 10.6 in x 5.9 in
Info unavailable 6.9 in x 1.1 in x 7.5 in
8.1 in x 5.9 in x 1.4 in
Data Link Protocol Ethernet
Gigabit Ethernet
IEEE 802.11b
IEEE 802.11n
IEEE 802.11a
IEEE 802.11g
Fast Ethernet
Ethernet
Gigabit Ethernet
IEEE 802.11b
IEEE 802.11n
IEEE 802.11a
IEEE 802.11g
Fast Ethernet
Info unavailable Gigabit Ethernet
IEEE 802.11ac
IEEE 802.11a
Fast Ethernet
Ethernet
Gigabit Ethernet
IEEE 802.11b
IEEE 802.11n
IEEE 802.11g
Data Transfer Rate 300 Mbps
450 Mbps
Info unavailable Info unavailable 1300 Mbps
Product Description ASUS RT-N56U - Wireless router - None - 802.11 a/b/g/n - Desktop
ASUS RT-N66U - Wireless router - 802.11 a/b/g/n - Desktop
Info unavailable Info unavailable ASUS RT-AC66U - Wireless router - 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac - Wall-mountable
- Desktop
Weight 11.6 oz
Info unavailable Info unavailable 0.7 lbs
15.9 oz
Enclosure Type Desktop
Desktop
Info unavailable Info unavailable Wall-mountable
Desktop
Power AC 120/230 V
Info unavailable Info unavailable Info unavailable AC 120/230 V
Features DHCP server
FTP server
Samba support
Packet filtering
BitTorrent Client
Built-in 2 port Hi-Speed USB hub
URL filtering
IP address filtering
Quality of Service (QoS)
EZ UI
Syslog support
Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS)
Auto-uplink (auto MDI/MDI-X)
MAC address filtering
UPnP Media Server
Firmware upgradable
Stateful Packet Inspection (SPI)
Interrupt status port (ISP)
Dual-band for Lag-free Entertainment
NAT support
IPv6 support
Traffic Control
IPv4 support
DoS attack prevention
On/off switches
URL filtering
Print server
microSD card slot
DLNA Media Server
Syslog support
MAC address filtering
Stateful Packet Inspection (SPI)
NAT support
Info unavailable Info unavailable P2P client
Samba support
FTP server
DNS proxy
IPv6 support
Virtual server support
DoS attack prevention
URL filtering
Static IP mode
Parental control
Bandwidth control
DLNA Media Server
Network monitoring
ASUS AiRadar
Stateful Packet Inspection (SPI)
IPSec passthrough
VPN support
IPv4 support
Quality of Service (QoS)
DMZ port
Auto-uplink (auto MDI/MDI-X)
UPnP Media Server
Device Type Wireless router - None - 4-port switch (integrated)
Wireless router - 4-port switch (integrated)
Info unavailable Info unavailable Wireless router - 4-port switch (integrated)
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