Asus Black Diamond RT-N56U Wireless Router
The ASUS RT-N56U looks more like an offbeat interior decoration, with its glossy crosshatched pattern and upright stance. The truth is, the ASUS RT-N56U is one of the best-performing routers currently on sale - the eye-catching design is just icing on the cake. This router delivers incredible wired routing performance with a measured throughput of 802.4 Mbps WAN to LAN in SmallNetBuilder's testing, which comes very close to taking full advantage of Gigabit Ethernet's theoretical limit. Wireless throughput is impressive overall, with up to 84 Mbps in 2.4 GHz mode and 86 Mbps in 5 GHz mode. These numbers are on par with the flagship offerings from other manufacturers, and the RT-N56U is an especially strong performer in the 5 GHz band. Two USB 2.0 ports on the RT-N56U can be used to connect a printer to the network. This eliminates the need for a wireless print server, and can simplify printer sharing. Whether you're a fan of the styling or not, there's no doubt that this is an excellent router.