Rated 3 out of 5 by 3
Rated 2 out of 5 by MVSERV I expected better, certainly for Asus
I've recently upgraded my broadband packe with virgin media and have a 50mb service, the router virgin provide is excellent except that it lacs a number of features I need like keywork blocking, vpn and parental controls.
So I went into svan and after taking the advice of the assistant bought this router which on paper looked perfect.
in our house we have around 8 devices using a mix of wired and wireless connections mainly for streamin on demand services simultaneously which it did well except fpr the lack of functions.
The Asus AC56U was tempremental with both wired and wireless with streaming services, streaming would start then after 10 seconds or so just drop the stream, regular checks of download speeds showed up 1 or 2 mb download, but sometimes went up to 20 when it felt like it.
I am relativley savy with networking and turned ebery function off all QOS, Parental controls etc, however nothing worked consistantly.
WiFi was poor, even thpugh I manually forced the channel to the clearest one the download was poor even with 5g signals.
I updated the firmware to the latest version which was easy to do, but made little difference.
I am taking this unit back to scan tomorrow, its not up to the job which is a shame as asus have put some work into the styling and the user interface which is easy to use and looks good.
I'm looking at the TP-LINK Archer C5 which seems to have very similar spec and better range with having larger aerials, hopefully this will do the job.
As stated by the previous reviewer there are pleanty of similar complaints on the web.
29 May 2015
Rated 2 out of 5 by StretfordEndGaz Do not purchase if you like WIFI
Lets start with the good points :), This is a very nice looking unit that fits nicely around the house :)
Using this router as both a Wired & on the 5ghz wifi connection is awesome, if this was all you wanted from the router, then you can definatly do NO WORSE than buy this product.
For a wired router i would have no problems recommending this product, however, this is not what i bought it for.
The 2.4ghz wireless channel is at best awful, I have barely been able to get a ookla speed test done without the wireless crashing on my phone, both my partner and daughter have complained that the pages on their phones keep crashing, the sites are slower to load.
The problem is on my laptop i didn't see these problems the reason being i was on the 5ghz (as best as i could tell)
I will be returning this unit to scan on Friday (working away from home) and then back to the drawing board, at the moment i will be staying wit my stock BT home hub 5 until a better unit can be found.
The problems above are well documented when you search for the AC56U + 2.4ghz wireless problems, it would seem another problem that ASUS know about but as of yet (time of writing) they have not managed to sort out.
Sad really because for 2 parts of the 3 this unit can do it does it VERY well.
And for that reason im giving it 2 from 5 :)
08 March 2015
Rated 5 out of 5 by Pixela Excellent Router
I very good well built router there are a few points that need to be addressed with this router first off do not upgrade the firmware the stock firmware out of the box is the best by far no issue with the 2.4G band with this version very easy to setup no issue at all if you are using Virgin broadband also works well with the PS4 too
20 January 2014