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ASUS RT-AX56U Review – The best entry-level Wi-Fi 6 router for 2020

ASUS RT-AX56U

$149.99
9.2

Build Quality

9.0/10

Hardware Specification

9.0/10

Features

10.0/10

User Experience

9.0/10

Value

9.0/10

Advantages

  • Refreshed design
  • Good hardware specifications
  • Good features
  • Greater wireless coverage
  • Dual-USB port
  • Able to handle more clients
  • Powerful processor for its price range
  • Router didn't get hot/warm

Disadvantages

  • Non-detachable antennas

ASUS RT-AX56U Review Introduction

ASUS RT-AX56U is the newest Wi-Fi 6 router from ASUS. Being an entry-level router, the AX56U powered by a 1.5GHz quad-core Broadcom BCM6755 processor with a total memory capacity up to 512 MiB. This AX1800 class wireless router offers data-rate up to 574Mbps over 2.4GHz and 1201Mbps via 5GHz subsequently, thanks to its NitroQAM (1024-QAM) technology that boosts the data delivery rate up to 25%. According to ASUS further, the AX56U was designed to fit large homes and featuring ASUS’s AiMesh feature that further helps expanding the wireless coverage by revoking your old ASUS router (in condition the router supports this feature) to be paired together.

ASUS RT-AX56U standard accessories

Out of the box, the AX56U offers a unit of AX56U itself, a RJ5 ethernet cable, an adapter with three types AC power cord (swappable), a user manual guide and a warranty card.

ASUS RT-AX56U Review - Design Overview.

The AX56U rather appears in a modern, refreshed design from ASUS. I personally prefer this enclosure design over the older casing enclosure design. It appears more premium compared to previously used enclosure for their older Wi-Fi 5 routers. There are a few noticeable ventilation holes present at the side of the enclosure to allow a better heat dissipation from the component of the router.

ASUS RT-AX56 Review - I/O Modules offered

Looking at the offered ports located at the rear of the router, you will get a Gigabit WAN port, four-Gigabit capable LAN ports, a USB 3.0 port and a USB 2.0 port along with a reset port and WPS button. In addition a power switch and DC in port also present at the side of the WAN port.

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Specifications

ASUS AX56U features a decent hardware components. According to the manufacturer’s site, the specification is as follows:

Wireless Class AX1800
Processor Broadcom BCM6755 1.5GHz quad-core
Memory Flash Memory
256MiBRAM
512MiB
Wi-Fi Technology OFDMA
Beamforming: standard & universal
1024-QAM high data-rate
20/40/80MHz bandwidth
VPN Support IPSec server
PPTP server
OpenVPN server
PPTP client
L2TP client
OpenVPN client
Data-Rate 802.11n: 300Mbps
802.11ac: 867Mbps
802.11ax(2.4GHz): up to 574Mbps
802.11ax(5GHz): up to 1201Mbps
Highlighted Features AiProtection
AiMesh
Dual-WAN
MU-MIMO
Smart Connect
Download Master
Coverage Large Homes

For a better breakthrough the hardware components used in the AX56U, you can refer it over here.

User Experiences

Setting up ASUS RT-AX56U for first use

Powering the router up for first use is pretty straight-forward. With the right credentials, the process only consumes less than 5 minutes. In addition, the router can be setup both via standard method (website) or via the smartphone app, ASUS Router that available for both iOS and Android platforms.

ASUS RT-AX56U user dashboard with features i.e. AiMesh, AiProtection and etc.

Next, moving in the list of the features offered by AX56U, it appears to be similar to other Wi-Fi 5 routers from ASUS that only differs with a few new features bundled together such as OFDMA, MU-MIMO and Wi-Fi 6 mode (also known as 802.11ax mode) that can be fully utilized by picking a right Wi-Fi 6 client such as ASUS PCE-AX58BT. A few selection of wireless mode given to pick the right option to utilize it and I would be recommending to leave as auto (for novices) or N/AC/AX mixed (recommended) only. If you’re a power user and already have your own Wi-Fi 6-enabled client, then leave it as AX only.

ASUS's AiProtection as a standard feature in ASUS RT-AX56U

One of the feature I would like to highlight here is despite being an entry-level ASUS’s Wi-Fi 6 router, ASUS decided to standardize their AiProtection feature as standard for their Wi-Fi 6 routers. This means, in the future, if you purchase any Wi-Fi 6 router from ASUS, you will receive AiProtection as standard and it is free for lifetime unlike its competitor that only offers a specific period of time before a payment issued in order to use the service.

ASUS RT-AX56U Dual WAN support

I can’t imagine myself not having an internet for the whole day (if it happens) since I am an internet addict. With Dual WAN support, I can prepare an another internet backup in case if something happens.

ASUS RT-AX56U IPv6 test by TechCyn

Moving into the next part, the AX56U also features IPv6 feature as standard. This is one good move made by ASUS to allow their user to take full control over their networking gear. Based on my testing using the site, the IPv6 working perfectly. No issues here.

ASUS RT-AX56U Alexa and IFTTT support

Do you own a smart-devices in your home? Or you are planning to turn your home entirely to a smart-home? Well, the AX56U also supports Amazon’s Alexa and IFTTT. This will allow you fully have control via voice command to control all your smart-devices, thanks to this feature.

ASUS RT-AX56U Wireless scheduler by TechCyn

I am also keen to test the wireless scheduler feature. It turns out to be one of the recommended feature by me to actually fully utilize the emission of both bands only within the time that has been set by me. From the settings also, you can now utilize fully the modulation scheme to get the best speed when wireless connected (if you have a Wi-Fi 6-enabled clients, then you can experience the faster data transmission rate compared to Wi-Fi 5 clients), similar when you’re physically connected to your router.

ASUS RT-AX56U QoS and Traffic Monitor by TechCyn

Utilizing the bandwidth depends over the total numbers of clients connected to the router right? The AX56U offers a few selections of QoS to fit the usage scenarios, further. You also can manually pick the modes given to fit your most-used scenarios or the bandwidth speed can manually configure. On the other hand, one of the best feature I would like to highlight here is the Statistics of the Client’s data. This is one of the good feature that allows network administer (the individual held responsible for maintaining the router at consumer house, in other words, you) to run troubleshoot if any issues found in the home network itself. For power users, if the AX56U supports Asus-Merlin in the future, you may try to get familiar with FreshJR Adaptive QoS that can be installed in the router.

ASUS RT-AX56U Wireless Speedtest feat ASUS PCE-AX58BT

Now, I would like to share my experience in using the combination of both AX56U and AX58BT itself, a Wi-Fi 6 router with a Wi-Fi 6-certified client. I am using 800Mbps (down) and 200Mbps (up) fibre package by unifi, our fibre provider. Now, with the right tool, I can fully utilize the bandwidth regardless in any backhaul I intent to use.

Wireless Card Intel AC1200 (2×2) Intel AX200 (2×2)
Wireless Client ASUS G752VT PCE-AX58BT
Adapter Link-Rate: 2.4GHz 300Mbps 300Mbps
Adapter Link-Rate: 5GHz 867Mbps 1.2Gbps
Maximum Data Transmission Rate for 2.4GHz 113.94Mbps (down) & 132.73Mbps (up) 279.01Mbps (down) & 204.5Mbps (up)
Maximum Data Transmission Rate for 5GHz 488.11Mbps (down) & 203.49Mbps (up) 810.64Mbps (down) & 207.51Mbps (up)

I elaborate further the differences in terms of using a normal Wi-Fi 5 client against Wi-Fi 6 clients. There is significant improvement in terms of maximum bandwidth utilization for a single device with a proper wireless card in it. Although both of the cards are in the 2×2 MIMO class, however, the speed varies due to the technology used in both classes. Clearly, I able to achieve a better speed compared to my ageing laptop.

ASUS RT-AX56U's smartphone mobile app, ASUS Router

Not everyone of us can always log-in to the web dashboard of the router to configure or update the existing settings right? Now, with ASUS’s official app, now it is made possible. Just to make sure it recommended to disable remote connection permission if you’re not intending to access the router remotely. Other than that, this app really allows you to walkthrough every feature available for this model.

ASUS RT-AX56U supports OpenVPN, PPTP and L2TP as standard

Being a full time tech-geek, I use the internet for almost 12 hours a day. While browsing on the internet, I want to mask my traffic and my entire home network traffic with a dedicated VPN connection. The advantages of the AX56U are, it supports OpenVPN, PPTP and L2TP protocol as standard.

Conclusion

ASUS RT-AX56U Review - Conclusion of using ASUS RT-AX56U

Being an entry-level Wi-Fi 6 router from ASUS, the AX56U performs well in my test. Everything about the router is good. From its decent quad-core processor to its great wireless coverage. Wi-Fi 6 is slowly entering the Malaysian market and being one of them is the AX56U. Thanks to its Broadcom processor, there is a high chance that the model will be supported by Asus-Merlin in the future. Although there are a few bugs present in the preloaded firmware, ASUS’s engineer committed by patching out the bugs and release new firmware that, improves way better than before. I also realize that, unlike other ASUS routers out there, the AX56U doesn’t overheat much most probably due to its built-in heatsink and perfectly fitted ventilation holes that allows a better heat dissipation to take place. Pricing at RM689, the AX56U is one of the best entry-level 2020 wireless routers. The router is now available at most major IT retail stores now.

ASUS RT-AX56U won the best 2020 as the best entry-level Wi-Fi 6 router

Hereby, I am awarding the ASUS RT-AX56U as one of the best entry-level Wi-Fi 6 router for the year 2020.

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    • Hi mate,

      The performance should be similar to other USB 3.0 performance when plugged in to the router. The only key difference is the CPU load during file transfer. Newer router have a better processor, better USB 3.0 performance. Thanks.

    • hey man.. i need help.. curently i’m using two ax11000 at our unit.. but there seems to be quite a no of deadspots. Im guessing thick walls and whatnot plus i had no choice but to put my main router at a not so strategic place since thats where all the electronics are, modem etc..
      I had the 2nd ax upstairs as an AP.. i was planning to get 3-4 of this ax56u to do ai mesh around areas we usually do work at downstairs.. would that be a good idea? Hows the range like..

      • Wow my friend, it seems you’re having a huge budget. May I know your residence type? Because you’re saying that, you having 2 unit of ax11000 router with you. Just to confirm the problem before providing a good solution. Because I can’t simply give you suggestion that may lead to improper investment on buying an additional router to solve this issue.

  1. Hi, In terms of Wifi coverage for a double storey house, should I get this or AC86U? There will be no VPN just browsing, Netflix 4K and some light gaming

    Thanks,

    • Hi there brother Kamal,

      By any means, you should be getting AC86U instead due to its powerful processor and wider wireless coverage. Although the AX56U is an entry level AX router, it does have a decent wireless coverage. If you’re planning to futureproof your home network, get the AX router, if you wish to stay (by giving more importance to your current 802.11ac clients), then proceed with AC86U.

  2. Hello again,
    have your vpn is that working on another computer in your network behind routers.
    Have enable that but will get vpn must reboot my router for to working

  3. Hi, would you recommend this router for condo around 2600 square feet? With my current wifi router (TP-LINK Archer C1200) , i wasn’t able to get 5ghz coverage and the 2.4ghz is quite weak in my room as it is located at the far end of the house.

    • Hi there brother Jack,

      I would recommend AC86U instead if you’re concern on extending wireless coverage. If you want to future-proof your home network, then AX56U is a good choice. Do update me once you bought your router of selection.

    • Hi there brother Bengt,

      Sorry for the delay in replying you. You must use the username and the password given for your account under your surfshark web-dashboard. You can find your username and password under Surfshark > Device >Advance (Router – Setup on router) and look at the bottom of the configuration files given there. You will given your own alphanumeric username and password.

  4. Hi Arun,
    but when use ipleak.net showing my real ISP public IP adress but in my router for vpn client is blue bock mean have connecting to one surfsharks servers.
    that is strange.
    How is with your vpn showing that vpn from surfshark when use ipleak.net or your public ISP ip adress.
    Yesterday was an gays from Support Surfshark live chat helped me inn 4 hours, they are very great support. But they could not find some solution to help me thinks is an bug in openvpn.

    • Hi brother,

      Pardon me for the delay in replying your queries there, Did you follow the guide properly from the Surfshark site? Try to factory reset the router and set the router all over again. Might be a kernel panic or bugs present in the router. The latest firmware according to ASUS support site for this model is back on 17th January 2020. I used the latest firmware issued and don’t experience any issues on openvpn client via the router.

      • Hi Arun,
        Not worry of late answer too me!!
        yes doing after surfsharks guide and goes in get blue bock,
        But tryed factory reset too.
        was sitting with Surfshar support live chat tryed help me we sitting about 4 hours.
        Have installed lastest firmware was out that date too.
        when you use ipleak.net is that showing surfsharks public ip adress for you then!!
        great have little contakt with you.
        Living in sweden.

        Kind Regards

        Bengt

      • Hi brother Bengt,

        Thanks for dropping by. I am glad to assist you. I hope your problem will be solved soon. In the meantime, always opt for standalone clients, i.e. Surfshark desktop app to increase your level of privacy (do mind that I didn’t use the term anonymously as no VPN could provide that), I hope the best for you.

        Regards from Malaysia.
        -Arun-

  5. Hi,
    yes tested 8 dirrent country for surfshark could not see that ip get from surfshark but dns server can see.
    Think i will use Surfsharks app in windows 10 is great.
    Have nice evening in your country today

    Regards from med in Sweden

    Bengt

  6. Hey again,
    I get an vpn protocoll from surfshark l2tp and working but in my router says offline but could surfing on internet is that normal or that bugg in my router

  7. Hi,
    What do you think about it’s bigger brother RT-AX58U. Is it worth paying more for it? Why do you think it’s got only tri-core vs quad-core in AX56?

    • Hi mate,

      The AX56U need more cores compared to AX58U because the more cores help assisting the ‘brain’ of the router to run programs efficiently. The AX56U is a pretty standard router, since it utilizes ax technology, an additional core may help its processing ability than a dual-core router i.e. wireless signal emission. However, there is a myth saying, “the greater number of cores, the better it performs”, do not let the number of cores fool you. In my opinion, I still will go for AX58U although it has a tri-core, since it has an advantage of its 2×2:2 (802.11n) and 4×4:2 (802.11ac+802.11ax) over the AX56U only offers 2×2:2 (802.11n+802.11ac/ax).

      Regards.

  8. can you please confirm if SSh can be enables and also if wake on lan option exists in the admin panel?

  9. Hi Arun,

    Thank you for reviewing this product.
    How many devices do this router can handle without any trouble?
    I have issues with my previous router (Tenda AC6) after more than 8 devices connected, the latency is crazy unstable. (I ping from client to router, not latency in speedtest)
    I have 2 Wi-Fi 6 enabled devices at my home, do you think the RT-AX56U is great enough for me to try Wi-Fi 6? Thank you in advance.

    • Hi Adrian,

      Thank you for dropping by. Answering your question, the AX56U able to handle up to 20-to-30 clients at one time at best practice. If you’re looking for a budget, yet a Wi-Fi 6 certified router, then the AX56U is a good choice. If you will be using a Wi-Fi 6 client, wirelessly, then go for AX58U. You will get 4×4:2 MIMO antenna. It is more worthy. Both gets Merlin support now. Hope that answers your query.

      Source: https://bit.ly/3dX52IE (RT-AX58U Hardware Specification)

      • Thanks for answering. My Wi-Fi 6 enabled devices are Samsung Galaxy S10+ & Note10+. Is there any need for 4×4 MIMO?

      • Hi Brother Adrian,

        Pardon me for the delay in replying you. Answering to your queries, the answer is, Yes! It does plays important role in fully utilizing the wireless throughput. Switching from a standard 2×2 mimo to 4×4 mimo will give you a massive difference. However these differences only can be experience if your internet package is above 500Mbps (since it is standard requirement to experience 4×4) and above. To give you a real-life explanation, think of how many person you can bring with a bike with two-wheel and with a car with four-wheel from Point A to Point B. Number of person represents the data in real-time.

        Cheers.

  10. Hello Arun,

    I’m having 300mbs(down) and 100(up) internet speed in my around 1400 sqft house. Which router would you recommend? rt-ax56u or rt-ac68u

    I normally just use internet for some light gaming and netflix streaming, but I do download some large files from time to time.

    Anyway, thank you for your in-depth review.

    Regards from Taiwan

    • Hello Brother Bryan,

      Thanks for dropping by and pardon for the delay in responding towards your queries. To be frank, investing on AC routers, especially these days is not really recommended. I would strongly advice you to go for the RT-AX56U due to its better processing power and more cores. If the budget allows you to go further, then buy RT-AX58U (also known as RT-AX3000) due to its better throughput ability from its antenna (MIMO 4×4:2 – Source from https://bit.ly/2VvbSwX). If you’re under a restricted budget, then go for RT-AX56U.

      Regards from Malaysia.

  11. Hi Arun

    thanks’ for deep review 🙂

    can you help me to..:

    i have laptop with intel wireles AC9560(160hz)
    my internet package D:300 U:100
    my real test using LAN: D:350 U: 100
    wifi test only get D/U: 100

    is ASUS RT-AX56U will cure my pain?

    if it is so, does it work perfectly for b/g/n/ac client?
    yes, i’ve read the spec.,but i want hear from the tested 🙂

    if ASUS RT-AX56U is the “future” than AC68U, is there any heat issue for long running time?

    regard from your neighbour, Indonesia

    • Hi Brother Adhi,

      Pardon for the delay in responding towards your queries, before I answer to your query,
      [1]. Can I know the distance from your wireless router to your client-device? (Can AX56U cure my pain?)

      Answer to your query:
      1. Yes the AX56U is backward compatible, old device still get access to the internet.
      2. Believe me or not, the AX56U has different cooling mechanism compared to AC68U and AC86U. I’ve used the AX56U for about a week and I can’t feel any heat coming from the router.

      Regards.

      • Hi Arun

        thanks’ for your feedback regarding cooling mechanism 🙂

        sorry, please don’t get me wrong i don’t have AX56U yet.
        i get pain with my existing router, i know LAN and wireless speed can’t be in line,,but 300 on LAN, 100 on wireless?
        it’s killing me..

        so just to be make sure, does AX56U can handle better than my existing router?

        i believe your answer YES..

        i saw your review above, but we have a different wireless card..
        i don’t really expert to see the performance intel AX200 over intel 9560 when using AX560U. maybe you can..
        i believe so

      • I am getting a full 500Mbps+ over my 2×2 Intel AC 7265 although I am using 800Mbps package by unifi back in my country. I guess you shouldn’t be having problem to get a full speed over AX56U by utilizing 160MHz. May I know the router you’re using currently? Sometimes the distance in between you and the router may also cause problem.

  12. Hi Arun

    i don’t think the distance is the issue, i’ve tested right on my face..lol

    anyway, i’m using mikrotik RB962 and tenda AC10U

    i really appreciate for your help, thanks’ a lot Arun

    • If i understand your problem correctly, you are using the mikrotik RB962 as a main router and AC10U as an access point? Right? Correct me if i am wrong. I would suggest to conduct a separate wireless test for both mikrotik and ac10u to find the actual culprit.

  13. no brother, i’m using both for AP
    i’ve tested both for AP, my main router is from ISP (huawei something which have FO port)

    i tried to configure the wireless setting,but no luck ;(
    mikrotik & tenda still have the same speed

    of course i don’t use it together,,what i’m saying i have both for AP 🙂

    why do i use mikrotik for AP?
    anyway, i know mikrotik does
    i use mikrotik & tenda for AP something like trial & error.

    i mean, i don’t really get satisfied

    yes, i have the wrong path 🙂

    thanks’ Arun

    • Hi brother Adhi,

      Did you try to setup the channel width of 5GHz to 80MHz? And, do scan your environment to find the best channel. Wireless connectivity is quite sensitive. Improper tweaking may lead to discomfort when accessing to the internet via wireless.

  14. Hi, May i know, How is the speed of Openvpn, i found that you use Surfshark also. is it cut 50% of the speed of current internet provider

  15. Hi Bro Arun,
    I am helping a friend to DIY setup network for his shoplot. Since you said above, is not recommended to go for AC routers, is there still good justification to go for Asus AC88U, or just go directly for AX3000? What would be the recommendation for mesh so that all 3 floors of the shop can have strong WiFi signal and about 3 or 4 cable connection each floor? Thank you.

    • Hi Brother Din/Pak Din,

      If your client has a good budget, then go for AX3000 instead. I don’t really recommend an old model like AC88U and it is not worth for this time being. For mesh solution, I would recommend you TP-LINK’s Deco M5 or M9 or, if your client has a higher budget, ASUS Lyra Trio series would be good enough. Another alternate solution is to buy a used ASUS router that has AiMesh functionality and add the router into the network (this would be the least preferred solution). Do let me know which mesh solution that amazed you.

      • Hi Bro Arun,
        I like the idea of pairing with TP-Link Deco M9. It is not too costly for the mesh unit, and fit my friend’s budget. How well will Asus and TP-Link products pair together, base on your experience?
        Also the Deco M9 does have LAN port? If let’s say in future one of this LAN port connected to a switch to extend the wired connection, is it going to work? Thank you.

      • Hi Brother Pak Din,

        Pardon me for the delay. Answering to your question, I am pretty sure you’re acknowledge that mesh technology in between those two brands won’t work together unless one of them are sacrificed to be an access point wired to the main router (let say, ASUS as main router with disabled wireless broadcast and tplink m5 as an access point, wired directly to the ASUS). The advantage of this method is, it is cheap to implement. If you ask me, I am using an Ubiquiti’s EdgeRouter 6P and TP-LINK Deco M4 as mesh. The first node was plugged to the edgerouter and second mesh node was paired with the main AP node as OneMesh, also i can further add more compatible mesh node into the network if required.

        My experience using ASUS certainly best compared to TP-Link. But TP-LINK has an advantage over wireless compared to ASUS, probably due to their “good-bye” scheme after a year for a particular revision of a particular model, by doing so, the wireless strength remains unchanged due to no firmware issued for that model. I’ve a good experience of using ASUS’s AC68U for about two years. But in that two years, I do realize the wireless strength of the unit is slightly decreasing over the time as newer firmware were issued. There are many factors that may affecting the wireless performance, one of it being on how well/how much the code has been revised to fit the current requirement for the next firmware patch. However, in terms of security and stability, ASUS by far, the best consumer-grade routers out there outperforming giant networking manufacturers such as from Netgear, in fact I only suggest ASUS routers over TP-LINK. I am more concern towards security rather than wireless performance, so ASUS always wins here.

        Deco M9 should have two-LAN ports. I mean, brother, most mesh systems comes with a standard 2xgigabit capable LAN/WAN port so if you want to expand it, invest on a cheap switch and if you want to use an IPTV, perhaps a VLAN capable switch will be needed. This switch commonly known as a Smart-Switch. Any brands would do the trick.

        Summarizing this comment, in your friend’s case, ASUS router (say, AX56U as main router) with TP-LINK’s mesh (say Deco M9 – refer to the method explained above) will work together well.

        Hope that answers your question brother.

    • Hi Brother R Z,

      Answering to your question, without any doubt, the AX56U has a better hardware and processor compared to the AC59U. At the time being, it is better to invest on AX router instead of AC routers. I believe the price for both models should be differ slightly, but the AX56U has merlin support compared to the ac59U. Compare the single-core QCN5502 processor clocked at 775MHz and a tri-core processor that runs at 1.5GHz, better execution, better management and better feature utilization. So, AX56U > AC59U.

      • Thank you for your answer, brother Arun. Asus RT-AC59U has 4 antennas while RT-AX56U only has 2. Is there any advantage in AC59U having 2 antennas more that AX56U?

      • Hi Brother,

        Pardon for the delay in responding to your commend. No. of antennas doesn’t matter if the hardware is ‘noob’. I still prefer AX56U than AC59U.

  16. Among Asus RT-AX56U and TP Link AX10, which one will be better choice? May i know why? Thanks in advance for your answer, bro

    • Hi Brother Eric,

      Answering to your question brother, I would say go for ASUS’s AX56U. Both of the mentioned models are similar in terms of processing power but the AX56U has a better memory (RAM). Another advantageous of AX56U over AX10 are, long-term firmware support. ASUS tend to known well for issuing out firmware patches every months, if not two-interval months for their models. In fact, their old model, the AC68U still receives firmware support up until now. The AX10 on the other hand, may seem cheap, but for long term, a big NO from me. I am not against on that brand, but kissing a good-bye after one year and introducing newer revision instead of solving bugs in the current revision, not really welcomed by me. In layman term, if you want an extra security, stability, superior features and long term support, go for ASUS. If budget is your concern, go for AX10. Also note that, almost all ASUS router are embedded with AiMesh feature. In other word, you can mingle around with different models and platforms (processors) into a single network, so I would say, this is a plus point.

      Hope this answers you.

      • Hi Arun,
        Is there a big difference in range between AX 56u and AX 58u? My household has Only AC devices,IPhone XS and iPad pros And 3 Mac book pro computers connecting to the internet. We don’t do any gaming and only need a functional internet for some streaming and browsing and downloading files. You mentioned that AX58u needs at least 500 Mbps to see the benefits of 4×4 MU-MIMO benefits, I have 100 Mbps internet at present, I’m not sure we will notice the difference By paying more for AX 58u. What internet speeds are needed to maximize the speeds possible with AX 56U? I don’t want to pay for More speed for nothing.

      • Hi Sister Mei Lin,

        Pardon me for the delayed response towards your query. Answering your question, the only key difference between the ax56u and ax58u are the 160MHz channel support, WPA3 support, 4×4 MIMO for 5GHz. On paper, the ax56u and ax58u has a similar specs in terms of processing clock and cores, but the ax58u has a better offering and of course, with a higher price. I would advise you to go for AX58U if you have a better budget or stick with AX56U. Both are good routers tbh.

        Yes. I did mention that you need a suitable hardware to fully utilize the bandwidth speed starting above 500Mbps via WIRELESS. However, for wired, even a cheap router can hit 800Mbps and above, but when downloading an actual test-file, the performance differs (well, server location is one of the key affecting factor for speed-degradation during downloading process), it is also important for a router to have more cores and better clock rate for higher internet package. If you are using 100Mbps, the ax56U can hit 100Mbps both via 2.4GHz (roughly ~ 90 to 94Mbps) and 5GHz under stock wireless settings.

        In conclusion, the best router that fits your usage is the AX56U. You won’t go wrong with it.

        Hope that answers you.

      • Thanks for the prompt reply. Price between just different less than rm100, not so much also. How about wifi coverage? Does ax56u 2 antennas cover 1500ft without any mesh node? As it lacks 2 antennas compared with ax10, I’m worried its wifi performance

      • Any ‘wireless’ routers out there certainly has limitations when it comes to broadcasting wireless signal. In my situation, the AX56U quite decent when covering a double-storey house (20×70). However, the performance of the wireless quality may differ from my case since it really depends on the surrounding scenario. So I would suggest you to buy the AX56U and any cheapest gigabit-mesh units for broadcast the wireless signal while the ax56u handles the routing.

  17. Glad to get your reply. As what i understand, just buy the AX56U and see what is the coverage. If can’t fully cover whole house area, then just buy gigabit mesh unit. The gigabit mesh unit actually is pointing to TpLink deco series or another asus aimesh capable router? Using AP method?

    • Hi Brother Eric,

      You are asking me a very good question. If you have a very tight budget, I would suggest to go for a single unit of AX56U and TP-LINK Deco M4 (dual-pack). A single Deco M4 unit able to give a better coverage than a standalone “powerful” router. The downside of cheap mesh system is/are, the firmware feature is very limited and units like Deco M4 doesn’t allow you actually disable the WPS feature, which engaged in insecure of entire home network if the system were configure wrongly. Personally, I am using an EdgeRouter 6P (wired) + Raspberry Pi 4 (Pi-Hole) + A unit of Deco M4. Another possible solution is to buy an AiMesh compatible router either from the retail store or through a person (a second hand item). You must ensure that the unit you’re about to buy should always to receive firmware upgrades especially for solving issues/bugs for AiMesh feature. Hope this answers your question.

      • Hi Bro Arun,

        Need some advice here.

        I currently have Asus RT-AC68U as my main router. Thinking to setup Aimesh network for my 2.5 storey house since wifi coverage is very poor at certain areas. I am not a heavy user. Mainly use for Netflix streaming.

        What will be the most effective way to do this. Should I get RT-AX56U or should i opt for the cheaper RT-AC59U V2? Which router shall be setup as the primary router?

        Thanks for your help. Appreciate it.

      • Hi Brother Mukhliz,

        Thanks for dropping by. For your question, I would suggest you to go for AX56U instead due to the router have newer processor and powerful processor. I don’t said that the AC59Uv2 is not a good router, even if you buy the router, you have to make the AC68U as the master and the AC59U as slave (if you decide to use aimesh). If you buy AX56U, then you can make the AC68U as a slave node and the wireless signal emission from the AX56U is pretty good. It covers a double-storey house even I put the router inside an enclosed server rack. Hope that answers your question brother.

      • Greetings Bro Arun,

        Do you have any thoughts on setting up the parameters for smart connect rule? I’m experiencing frequent interruption as the wifi keeps disconnecting every 10-15mins. My main router is AX-56U while the other router, AC-68U acts as the node to the Aimesh network.

        The main router is placed at the living area while the node is placed one floor under my room (i.e. the closest router to my room is AC-68U). The signal (dBm) readings when I was at my room are as follows:

        AX-56U
        2.4g: -65
        5g: -80

        AC-68U
        2.4g: -54
        5g: -64

        Currently the parameters set on the smart connect rule is:

        Steering Trigger Condition:
        2.4g Greater -63
        5g Less -73

        STA Selection Policy
        2.4g Greater -63
        5g Less -73

        Bounce Detect:
        Window time: 180
        Counts: 2
        Dwell time: 3600

        Enable Load Balance: Disable
        Bandwith Utilization: Zero
        PHY: Disable

        Would really appreciate your expert opinion on this please.

        Thanks a lot bro.

  18. Hi Arun, I got a very good offer for ac88u, so was wondering should I get this from my friend instead of getting a new AX56u? My main requirement is better wireless coverage….

    thanks!

    • Hi Mike,

      Thanks for dropping by. Answering to your question, I would firmly suggest to get the AX56U due to the router is new with better processing ability and hardware. The wireless coverage is quite good as well. It is better to future-proof your home network with wifi6 router although later, you can slowly utilize the wifi6 tech once you start to buy more wifi6-enabled clients or become widely available. Hope that helps you mate.

      Regards,
      -Arun-

  19. Hi Bro Arun, Finally setup done after waiting for all orders to arive due to MCO delay.
    The final product, Asus AX3000 + 2 TP-Link Deco M9 as mesh node. Running for about 3 weeks now, it is impressive. No problem with WiFi performance and speed is good even with more than 30 clients connected. Thank you once again for the very lengthy explanation and sorry for taking so long to update.

  20. Hi Arun….i have an RT-AX56U, what will be ideal as Aimesh to be used with RT-AX56U since price point are pretty close among the models of (RT-AC86U, RT-AX58U/(3000), Asus Blue cave) or should i just get the same RT-AX56U another unit ….appreciate your input and thank you. Will AX-series work well with AC-Series in Aimesh …?

    • Hi Brother Francis,

      Answering to your question, please proceed with any AX routers from ASUS, perhaps based on your queries, AX58U (AX3000) will be better. Just make the AX58U (AX3000) as the main router and AX56U as the mesh node. Hope that answers your question.

      Regards.

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