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RTN
02-10-2013, 09:10 PM
Asus RT-AC56U 802.11ac Gigabit DualBand Wireless Router

http://campuslife.asus.com/index/wp-content/uploads/2013/01/RT-AC56U.jpg

Next Gen Connectivity for Fastest USB 3.0 Sharing

Wireless-AC1200 2.4GHz & 5GHz concurrent dualband gigabit router
Up to 876Mbps + 300Mbps wireless transmission
Higt-Powered antenna 150% expanded signal coverage
Asus AiCloud service: access, stream, share, sync - all on the go
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KqL4FXuEFKw

http://forums.vr-zone.com/hardware-depot/2649569-news-upcoming-asus-networking-products-announced-ces-2013-a.html
http://forums.hardwarezone.com.sg/internet-bandwidth-networking-clinic-4/%5Bnews%5D-upcoming-asus-networking-products-announced-@-ces-2013-a-4053089.html

• Network Standard
IEEE 802.11ac: up to 876 Mbps
IEEE 802.11n: up to 300 Mbps
• Antenna
Bould-in antenna x 2
• Ethernet Ports
WAN x 1,LAN x 4,RJ45 for 10/100/1000 Base T
• USB Ports
USB 3.0 x 1,USB 2.0 x 1
• USB Applications
AiCloud, Download master, AiDisk, FTP Sharing, Samba Server,
DLNA Media server, Printer Sharing, 3G/4G Sharing
• Encryption
64-bit WEP, 128-bit WEP, WPA2-PSK, WPA-PSK,
WPA-Enterprise, WPA2-Enterprise
• Dimensions
147 x 205 x 66 mm (WxDxH)
httр://campuslife.asus.com/index/10637/ces-2013-new-asus-networking-solutions/ (http://campuslife.asus.com/index/10637/ces-2013-new-asus-networking-solutions/) :rolleyes:
http://www.taiwanexcellence.org/index.php/awards/nowdt/content/3/1/102112AB-A040

Asus RT-AC56U Firmware ASUSWRT version 3.0.0.4.330/332

ftр://ftp.asus.com.tw/PUB/ASUS/wireless/ASUSWRT/RT-AC56U_3004_332.zip (ftp://ftp.asus.com.tw/PUB/ASUS/wireless/ASUSWRT/RT-AC56U_3004_332.zip) 23433 KB 29.01.2013

ftр://ftp.asus.com.tw/PUB/ASUS/wireless/ASUSWRT/RT-AC56U_3004_330.zip (ftp://ftp.asus.com.tw/PUB/ASUS/wireless/ASUSWRT/RT-AC56U_3004_330.zip) 22560 KB 22.01.2013

Linux kernel 2.6.36.4 (brcmarm) - CPU BCM4708 (1 GHz ARM Cortex-A9 Dual-Core) :confused:

Asus RT-AC56U BCM4708 (http://www.broadcom.com/products/Wireless-LAN/802.11-Wireless-LAN-Solutions/BCM4707-4708-4709) + BCM4352 (http://www.broadcom.com/products/Wireless-LAN/802.11-Wireless-LAN-Solutions/BCM4352) 2 x 2 802.11ac 867Mbps (5GHz) + 300Mbps (2.4GHz)

Asus USB-AC53 BCM43526 (http://www.broadcom.com/products/Wireless-LAN/802.11-Wireless-LAN-Solutions/BCM43526) USB port 2 x 2 802.11ac 867Mbps (5GHz) + 300Mbps (2.4GHz)

Asus PCE-AC66 BCM4360 (http://www.broadcom.com/products/Wireless-LAN/802.11-Wireless-LAN-Solutions/BCM4360) PCI Express 3 x 3 802.11ac 1300Mbps (5GHz) + 450Mbps (2.4GHz)

BCM4360 (http://www.broadcom.com/products/Wireless-LAN/802.11-Wireless-LAN-Solutions/BCM4360) supports PCIe interface and implements 3-stream 802.11ac specifications, and reaches speeds up to 1.3 Gbps.
BCM4352 (http://www.broadcom.com/products/Wireless-LAN/802.11-Wireless-LAN-Solutions/BCM4352) supports PCIe interface; implement 2-stream 802.11ac specification to reach up to 867 Mbps.
BCM43526 (http://www.broadcom.com/products/Wireless-LAN/802.11-Wireless-LAN-Solutions/BCM43526) supports USB interface; implement 2-stream 802.11ac specification to reach up to 867 Mbps.
BCM43516 (http://www.broadcom.com/products/Wireless-LAN/802.11-Wireless-LAN-Solutions/BCM43516) supports USB and reaches speeds of up to 433 Mbps with its single stream 802.11ac implementation.
http://www.broadcom.com/press/release.php?id=s637241 :rolleyes: http://www.smallnetbuilder.com/wireless/wireless-news/31778-broadcom-announces-beefed-up-socs-to-power-up-draft-80211ac-products ;)

Shikami
02-15-2013, 05:49 AM
At least this is based on a kernel that doesn't have a soft IRQ issue, I do believe. Too bad it is not the recent dual core processor with uber acceleration. Nice to see PCIe 2.0 being utilized.

RMerlin
02-15-2013, 10:03 AM
Guess the cat is out of the bag now :) I first saw references to the RT-AC56U a few weeks ago in the GPL code.

ARM based is interesting. That might explain why there's now an ARM directory on their new Asusware repo - at first I thought it was for a NAS.

RTN
02-16-2013, 08:49 PM
RT-AC67U 802.11ac DualBand Wireless-AC1900 Router

http://www.taiwanexcellence.org/index.php/images/excellence/102116AB-A040_B.jpg/500/300/1
http://www.taiwanexcellence.org/index.php/awards/nowdt/content/6/1/102116AB-A040

402 802.11ac Gigabit DualBand Wireless-AC1200 Router RT-AC56U (http://www.taiwanexcellence.org/index.php/awards/nowdt/content/3/1/102112AB-A040)
403 802.11ac DualBand Wireless-AC1750 PCIe Adapter PCE-AC66 (http://www.taiwanexcellence.org/index.php/awards/nowdt/content/3/1/102113AB-A040)
404 802.11ac Gigabit DualBand Wireless-AC1750 Router RT-AC66U (http://www.taiwanexcellence.org/index.php/awards/nowdt/content/3/1/102114AB-A040)
405 DualBand Wireless-N900 USB Network Adapter USB-N66 (http://www.taiwanexcellence.org/index.php/awards/nowdt/content/3/1/102115AB-A040)
406 802.11ac DualBand Wireless-AC1900 Router RT-AC67U (http://predict.brandingtaiwan.org/index.php/awards/nowdt/content/3/1/102116AB-A040)
407 High Power 9dbi x 2 Ant Wireless-N300 Router RT-N12HP (http://www.taiwanexcellence.org/index.php/awards/nowdt/content/3/1/102117AB-A040)
408 DualBand Wireless-N750 Gigabit USB 3.0 Router RT-N65U (http://www.taiwanexcellence.org/index.php/awards/nowdt/content/3/1/102118AB-A040)
409 Cloud 3G/4G DualWAN Wireless-N300 Router RT-N14U C1 (http://www.taiwanexcellence.org/index.php/awards/nowdt/content/3/1/102119AB-A040)
410 DualBand Wireless-AC1200 USB Network Adapter USB-AC53 (http://www.asus.com/Networking/USBAC53/)
411 DualBand Wireless-N600 Range Extender Repeater RP-N53 (http://www.taiwanexcellence.org/index.php/awards/nowdt/content/3/1/102121AB-A040)
412 Portable Wireless-N150 USB Pocket Router WL-330NUL (http://www.taiwanexcellence.org/index.php/awards/nowdt/content/3/1/102122AB-A040)
http://www.taiwantrade.com.tw/CH/download/1586061 :rolleyes:

RTN
02-24-2013, 04:06 PM
Asus RT-AC56U ASUSWRT Firmware version 3.0.0.4.339 (23465 KB 19.02.2013)

ftр://ftp.asus.com.tw/PUB/ASUS/wireless/ASUSWRT/RT-AC56U_3004_339.zip (ftp://ftp.asus.com.tw/PUB/ASUS/wireless/ASUSWRT/RT-AC56U_3004_339.zip) :rolleyes:

huotg01
02-26-2013, 04:36 PM
Guess the cat is out of the bag now :) I first saw references to the RT-AC56U a few weeks ago in the GPL code.

ARM based is interesting. That might explain why there's now an ARM directory on their new Asusware repo - at first I thought it was for a NAS.

Should it work with your version of the ASUS firmware ?

GH

RMerlin
02-26-2013, 05:14 PM
Should it work with your version of the ASUS firmware ?

GH

No. Totally different architecture. Even the CPU instruction set is different (ARM instead of MIPS). Do not even try to flash it!

Sparxxx
02-28-2013, 05:54 AM
Hmmm... so the RT-AC67U will be top of the line model?

What are the main hardware changes compared to AC66U? Besides the looks :).
Different CPU? Antenas etc?

huotg01
02-28-2013, 09:15 AM
No. Totally different architecture. Even the CPU instruction set is different (ARM instead of MIPS). Do not even try to flash it!

Is this architecture the new direction for ASUS routers ?

GH

RMerlin
02-28-2013, 09:53 AM
Is this architecture the new direction for ASUS routers ?

GH

The architecture change isn't a decision from Asus, but from the SoC maker (Broadcom), and for this particular SoC. So it depends on which SoC Asus chooses to use for a given router.

AltF4
03-01-2013, 11:45 AM
I wonder if it is going to run less hot?
My AC66U is pretty hot to the touch.

admiral2145
03-02-2013, 03:28 PM
Does anyone have this router or can someone know if the usb 3.0 transfers at full speed? I currently have a 3tb external hdd usb 3.0 and it transfers around 16 megabytes a sec...

Sent from my SCH-I605 using Tapatalk 2

RMerlin
03-03-2013, 12:54 AM
AFAIK that router isn't on the market yet.

I highly doubt it will be able to push up to 4 Gbits/s off a USB disk, considering the CPU inside the router. Current USB 3.0 routers can barely hit 300-400 Mbits.

admiral2145
03-12-2013, 07:34 PM
AFAIK that router isn't on the market yet.

I highly doubt it will be able to push up to 4 Gbits/s off a USB disk, considering the CPU inside the router. Current USB 3.0 routers can barely hit 300-400 Mbits.

Its better than the 125 mbit i get from the ac router..

Sent from my SCH-I605 using Tapatalk 2

RMerlin
03-12-2013, 07:47 PM
Its better than the 125 mbit i get from the ac router..

Sent from my SCH-I605 using Tapatalk 2

I'm talking about disk performance, not wireless throughput.

admiral2145
03-12-2013, 08:29 PM
I'm talking about disk performance, not wireless throughput.

I get about 15 megabytes a sec to my external 3.0 3tb hdd...

Sent from my SCH-I605 using Tapatalk 2

RTN
03-26-2013, 07:32 PM
Asus RT-AC56U Router Preview (http://www.techinstyle.tv/20131230254/products/networks/asus-rt-ac56u-router-preview/) :D CES 2013 Day 0 - ASUS Networking Products (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q-xghKyW_QI) (3:30)

In terms of speed, the RT-AC56U has two bands (2.4GHz/5GHz) that concurrently top at 1167Mbit/s. While not the fastest in the ASUS networking arsenal, this is more than enough to cover you even if you’re on a rare true Gigabit connection. Inside we find a fifth generation Broadcom chipset that is at the heart of 802.11ac optimisation.

You can see quite clearly that the RT-AC56U has both USB 3.0 and USB 2.0, so connect away: printers, external storage, even 3G/4G adapters. This is more than a router, it can easily become a server to share resources, something ASUS networking products are very keen on doing.
http://wikidevi.com/wiki/ASUS_RT-AC56U :cool: http://www.hub.ru/wiki/Devices_ASUS_WL_Routers#RT-AC

Asus new routers for wireless network 802.11ac up to 1.3 Gbps.

Faster wireless networks comes when Asus updates the range routers.
There are three new models of 802.11n and 802.11ac.

1: Asus RT-AC67U and delivers support for 802.11n 450 Mbps and 802.11ac for up to 1.3 Gbps.
2: Asus RT-AC56U with 300 Mbps 802.11n and 802.11ac up to 900 Mbps.
3: Asus RT-AC50U for 300 and 450 Mbps.

The new routers come with built-in switch for Gigabit Ethernet (4 +1 ports)
and supports the Asus cloud service, AI Cloud. Coming in July or September.
http://www.downloadmb.com/news/computer-utilities/system-utilities/asus-new-routers-13-gbps/ ;)

RMerlin
03-27-2013, 12:06 AM
The RT-AC67U looks like the successor to the RT-AC66U. Would love to see how the ARM CPU handles itself compared to the current MIPS ones.

maylyn
03-27-2013, 02:41 AM
The RT-AC67U looks like the successor to the RT-AC66U. Would love to see how the ARM CPU handles itself compared to the current MIPS ones.

Exactly :D

I'm going to keep pestering ASUS Singapore in return pester ASUS Taiwan HQ for one set of ASUS RT-AC56U for a early preview

RTN
04-26-2013, 08:26 AM
From what I saw in recent FW releases, I think the RT-AC67U has been renamed to RT-AC68U.
We know next to nothing about this router yet as it hasn't been officially announced.
RT─AC67U - ARM CortexA9 DualCore 1GHz :rolleyes:
RT─AC68U - ARM CortexA9 DualCore 800MHz? :confused:

RT─AC56U/AC68U - BCM4708 DualCore CortexA9 800MHZ 256MB DDR2
RT─N66/AC66 - BCM4706 MIPS74K 600MHZ 256MB DDR2
RT─N16 - BCM4718 MIPS74K 480MHZ 128MB DDR2
http://www.mobile01.com/topicdetail.php?f=110&t=3297937&last=43094408 ;)
http://forums.hardwarezone.com.sg/75025090-post25.html :cool:

RMerlin
04-26-2013, 09:53 AM
RT─AC67U - ARM CortexA9 DualCore 1GHz :rolleyes:
RT─AC68U - ARM CortexA9 DualCore 800MHz? :confused:


http://www.mobile01.com/topicdetail.php?f=110&t=3297937&last=43094408 ;)
http://forums.hardwarezone.com.sg/75025090-post25.html :cool:

They could have revised the specs either for stability or to avoid overheating issues.

Changes can always potentially happen between the public announcement at a tradeshow and the actual product launch. Once again, look at the RT-N66U for an example (and in fact, if I remember correctly it was originally announced as the RT-N76U). So, we won't know for sure until the product is actually on store shelves.

maylyn
04-26-2013, 03:50 PM
OT

Just came back from my local ASUS essence of sound event today

http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r254/maylyn22/DSC01111.jpg (http://s146.photobucket.com/user/maylyn22/media/DSC01111.jpg.html)

I have a chance to chat more with ASUS staff from ASUS TW HQ

In regards on the ASUS new routers, ASUS networking/firmware team is feverishly getting the firmware ready in time for the product launch announcement of ASUS RT-AC56U @ Computex Taipei on 4-8 June, so current ASUS RT-66U/AC66U firmware releases will kinda slow a bit.

Just take it as a pinch of salt, as all these information are hearsay until i receive more information from ASUS SG

I hope I'm provide more concrete details/specifications of this new ASUS router and other new networking peripherals nearing to Computex Taipei 2013 event

http://i146.photobucket.com/albums/r254/maylyn22/Computex2013MediaInformation.png (http://s146.photobucket.com/user/maylyn22/media/Computex2013MediaInformation.png.html)

RTN
05-15-2013, 03:46 PM
Asus RT-AC56U: http://certifications.wi-fi.org/pdf_certificate.php?cid=WFA19392

Company: ASUSTeK Computer Inc
Product: Dual-band Wireless-AC1200 Gigabit Router
Model/SKU #: RT-AC56U/
Category: Access Point for Home or Small Office (Wireless Router)
Tested Spatial
Dual-Band Concurrent
Streams 2.4GHz | 5.0GHz
_________________________________

Transmit 2 | 2
Receive 2 | 2

Asus RT-AC68U: http://certifications.wi-fi.org/pdf_certificate.php?cid=WFA19421

Company: ASUSTeK Computer Inc
Product: Wireless-AC1900 Dual Band Gigabit Router
Model/SKU #: RT-AC68U/RT-AC68R
Category: Access Point for Home or Small Office (Wireless Router)
Tested Spatial
Dual-Band Concurrent
Streams 2.4GHz | 5.0GHz
_________________________________

Transmit 3 | 3
Receive 3 | 3
http://forum.ixbt.com/topic.cgi?id=14:58696-2#38 ;)

RMerlin
05-28-2013, 12:16 PM
Hm, did guru3d jump the gun one week earlier than expected?

http://www.guru3d.com/news_story/asus_rt_ac56u_dual_band_wireless_ac1200_router.htm l

humba
05-31-2013, 04:28 PM
The RT-AC56U specs are up on a lot of sites, all published yesterday.
I wonder how they get to 1900 for a three antenna router though - 3x 80Mhz AC Channels (1300) and 3 N channels (450) only make AC1750 and we already have that in the form of the RT-AC66U. So I wonder where they get the additional 150mbit from.

RMerlin
05-31-2013, 04:32 PM
The RT-AC56U specs are up on a lot of sites, all published yesterday.
I wonder how they get to 1900 for a three antenna router though - 3x 80Mhz AC Channels (1300) and 3 N channels (450) only make AC1750 and we already have that in the form of the RT-AC66U. So I wonder where they get the additional 150mbit from.

The RT-AC56U is a dual-stream router, (300 + 866),for a total of 1200 Mbps:

https://www.asus.com/Networking/RTAC56U/

1900 is for the rumoured speed of the still unannounced RT-AC68U (http://forums.smallnetbuilder.com/showthread.php?t=11366).

802.11ac supports (amongst other things) insanely large channels (160 MHz). So expert some crazy speed being announced in the coming years as manufacturers try to reach higher rates.

RTN
06-21-2013, 12:49 PM
Asus RT-AC56U @800MHz (default):
./cpubench
This is CPU and memory benchmark for OpenWRT v0.6. This will then take some time... (typically 30-60 seconds on a 200MHz computer)
Overhead for getting time: 1us
Time to run memory bench: 1.62[secs]
Time to run computation of pi (2400 digits, 10 times): 6.64[secs]
Time to run computation of e (9009 digits): 5.22[secs]
Time to run float bench: 0.05[secs]
Total time: 13.5s

You can copy/paste the following line in the wiki table at: http://wiki.openwrt.org/HardwarePerformance
|| 2013-06-02 || ''Author'' || 1.6s || 6.6s || 5.2s || 0.0s || v0.6 || ''OS'' || ''DeviceModel'' || ''CPU model'' || ''CPU Frequency'' || ''LinkToHwPage'' ||
Asus RT-AC56U @1000MHz (overclocked):
This is CPU and memory benchmark for OpenWRT v0.6. This will then take some time... (typically 30-60 seconds on a 200MHz computer)
Overhead for getting time: 1us
Time to run memory bench: 1.51[secs]
Time to run computation of pi (2400 digits, 10 times): 5.32[secs]
Time to run computation of e (9009 digits): 4.19[secs]
Time to run float bench: 0.04[secs]
Total time: 11.1s

You can copy/paste the following line in the wiki table at: http://wiki.openwrt.org/HardwarePerformance
|| 2013-06-02 || ''Author'' || 1.5s || 5.3s || 4.2s || 0.0s || v0.6 || ''OS'' || ''DeviceModel'' || ''CPU model'' || ''CPU Frequency'' || ''LinkToHwPage'' ||
CPU:
# cat /proc/cpuinfo
Processor : ARMv7 Processor rev 0 (v7l)
processor : 0
BogoMIPS : 1599.07

processor : 1
BogoMIPS : 1595.80

Features : swp half thumb fastmult edsp
CPU implementer : 0x41
CPU architecture: 7
CPU variant : 0x3
CPU part : 0xc09
CPU revision : 0

Hardware : Northstar Prototype
Revision : 0000
Serial : 0000000000000000
Toolchains:
arm-brcm-linux-uclibcgnueabi-cc -v
Using built-in specs.
COLLECT_GCC=arm-brcm-linux-uclibcgnueabi-cc
COLLECT_LTO_WRAPPER=/root/asuswrt-arm/release/src-rt-6.x.4708/toolchains/hndtools-arm-linux-2.6.36-uclibc-4.5.3/bin/../libexec/gcc/arm-brcm-linux-uclibcgnueabi/4.5.3/lto-wrapper
Target: arm-brcm-linux-uclibcgnueabi
Configured with: /projects/toolchains_build/buildroot-2012.02-brcm/output/toolchain/gcc-4.5.3/configure --prefix=/projects/hnd/tools/linux/hndtools-arm-linux-2.6.36-uclibc-4.5.3 --build=i686-pc-linux-gnu --host=i686-pc-linux-gnu --target=arm-brcm-linux-uclibcgnueabi --enable-languages=c,c++ --with-sysroot=/projects/hnd/tools/linux/hndtools-arm-linux-2.6.36-uclibc-4.5.3/arm-brcm-linux-uclibcgnueabi/sysroot --with-build-time-tools=/projects/hnd/tools/linux/hndtools-arm-linux-2.6.36-uclibc-4.5.3/arm-brcm-linux-uclibcgnueabi/bin --disable-__cxa_atexit --enable-target-optspace --disable-libgomp --with-gnu-ld --disable-libssp --disable-multilib --disable-tls --enable-shared --with-gmp=/projects/hnd/tools/linux/hndtools-arm-linux-2.6.36-uclibc-4.5.3 --with-mpfr=/projects/hnd/tools/linux/hndtools-arm-linux-2.6.36-uclibc-4.5.3 --with-mpc=/projects/hnd/tools/linux/hndtools-arm-linux-2.6.36-uclibc-4.5.3 --enable-threads --disable-decimal-float --with-float=soft --with-abi=aapcs-linux --with-arch=armv7-a --with-tune=cortex-a9 --with-pkgversion='Buildroot 2012.02' --with-bugurl=http://bugs.buildroot.net/
Thread model: posix
gcc version 4.5.3 (Buildroot 2012.02)
http://wl500g.info/showthread.php?30444-%D1%F0%E0%E2%ED%E5%ED%E8%E5-%EF%F0%EE%E8%E7%E2%EE%E4%E8%F2%E5%EB%FC%ED%EE%F1%F 2%E8-%EF%F0%EE%F6%E5%F1%F1%EE%F0%EE%E2-%F0%EE%F3%F2%E5%F0%EE%E2&p=261151#post261151 :cool:

RMerlin
06-21-2013, 01:32 PM
The RT-AC56U seems to be in stock now at various places (seen it on NCIX amongst other things).

Good timing, cause I think I fixed my last crashing bug only this week :) Going to use my RT-AC56U as my main router for a few, and if everything looks good then I will publish builds of my FW.

pierrerion
06-30-2013, 12:08 PM
The RT-AC56U seems to be in stock now at various places (seen it on NCIX amongst other things).

Good timing, cause I think I fixed my last crashing bug only this week :) Going to use my RT-AC56U as my main router for a few, and if everything looks good then I will publish builds of my FW.

Has anyone tested this new ac router? I can't find any reviews online yet. It'll be great if you can share your review with us here.

pierrerion
06-30-2013, 12:10 PM
When is the AC68 coming to North America?

RMerlin
06-30-2013, 01:07 PM
When is the AC68 coming to North America?

The RT-AC68 isn't out yet, and won't be for at least a few months.

RTN
07-02-2013, 04:19 PM
New Beta_FW by Merlin's for Asus RT-AC56U: https://twitter.com/RMerlinDev ;)

httр://www.mediafire.com/download/4qt393iflzauma3/RT-AC56U_3.0.0.4_372.30_beta5.trx (http://www.mediafire.com/download/4qt393iflzauma3/RT-AC56U_3.0.0.4_372.30_beta5.trx)

http://forums.smallnetbuilder.com/showthread.php?t=11380 :rolleyes:

http://forum.ixbt.com/topic.cgi?id=14:58696-3#80 :cool:

RMerlin
07-02-2013, 07:36 PM
New Beta_FW by Merlin's for Asus RT-AC56U: https://twitter.com/RMerlinDev ;)

httр://www.mediafire.com/download/4qt393iflzauma3/RT-AC56U_3.0.0.4_372.30_beta5.trx (http://www.mediafire.com/download/4qt393iflzauma3/RT-AC56U_3.0.0.4_372.30_beta5.trx)

http://forums.smallnetbuilder.com/showthread.php?t=11380 :rolleyes:

http://forum.ixbt.com/topic.cgi?id=14:58696-3#80 :cool:

Those FWs are only intended for designated betatesters, and thus are password-protected for now. They are not production-ready yet.

RTN
07-19-2013, 08:03 AM
Asus RT-AC56U Firmware version 3.0.0.4.372

httр://dlsvr01.asus.com/pub/ASUS/wireless/RT-AC56U/FW_RT_AC56U_3004372.zip (http://dlsvr01.asus.com/pub/ASUS/wireless/RT-AC56U/FW_RT_AC56U_3004372.zip)

The first version of firmware for ASUS RT-AC56U

File Size 27,56 (MBytes) 2013.07.17 update

httр://support.asus.com/Download/RT-AC56U/FW_RT_AC56U_3004372.zip (http://support.asus.com/Download.aspx?SLanguage=en&p=11&s=2&m=RT-AC56U&os=36&ft=20&f_name=FW_RT_AC56U_3004372.zip#FW_RT_AC56U_3004372 .zip) ;)

Poseidon
08-01-2013, 02:10 AM
...........

haszek
08-08-2013, 01:04 PM
I've got a problem with this router (or maybe I am the one who is doing something wrong?)

When I received this router and connected old USB 2.0 hard drive it deleted some of my files and some of them had just a name with 0kb size. This hard drive has been working fine for the last 1.5years with Asus RT-n16 (tomato firmware).

Than I connected to RT-AC56U my new 1TB USB 3.0 2.5" toshiba external hard drive. I started copying files on it. It has been working fine for a week FTP and within my home network (transfers- read about 45-50 mb/s, write about 10-15mb/s).
After rebooting router doesn't see the hard drive connected to usb 3.0 so it requires disconnecting, connecting, rebooting a few times etc to make the router see the drive again (which is annoying - is it standard with all the asus usb 2.0 routers and asus firmware? or is it because it's 2.5" hard drive (no additional power supply)? or is it because it's usb 3.0?).

Yesterday my toshiba hard drive disappeared from the network, after connecting it directly to my PC again some of the files were gone and some of them were corrupted. I connected it again to the router and now hard drive is almost empty, few files left mostly empty folders....

Does anyone know what could cause that? Both of the drives were formatted as NTFS. I unmount the drive if I want to unplug it from the router but I only unplug it when router doesn't see the hard drive so than I can't unmount.

RTN
09-03-2013, 04:15 AM
HOW TO OVERCLOCK RT-AC56U

1. Navigate to http://192.168.1.1/Tools_RunCmd.asp

2. OverClock: run in the cmd window, copy paste/enter:
nvram set clkfreq=1200,800
nvram commit && reboot
- this will set CPU clock to 1200MHz and memory to 800 (for comparison - the stock is 800/533)

Stock:
nvram set clkfreq=800,533
nvram commit && reboot
Warning: your router may hang at this point. Let it stay for couple minutes, if it does not come back, power cycle.
If you cannot get the router back after power cycling, follow to restore procedure outlined above.

3. After successful reboot, you can check the clocks in the UI: http://192.168.1.1/Tools_Sysinfo.asp
# CPU

CPU Model ARMv7 Processor rev 0 (v7l) - (Cores: 2)
CPU Frequency 1200 MHz
CPU Load Average (1, 5, 15 mins) 0.09, 0.07, 0.05

# cat /proc/cpuinfo

Processor : ARMv7 Processor rev 0 (v7l)
processor : 0
BogoMIPS : 2398.61

processor : 1
BogoMIPS : 2398.61

Features : swp half thumb fastmult edsp
CPU implementer : 0x41
CPU architecture: 7
CPU variant : 0x3
CPU part : 0xc09
CPU revision : 0

Hardware : Northstar Prototype
Revision : 0000
Serial : 0000000000000000
4. openssl speed:
# openssl speed aes-256-cbc

Doing aes-256 cbc for 3s on 16 size blocks: 5298660 aes-256 cbc's in 2.98s
Doing aes-256 cbc for 3s on 64 size blocks: 1473282 aes-256 cbc's in 3.01s
Doing aes-256 cbc for 3s on 256 size blocks: 380765 aes-256 cbc's in 3.00s
Doing aes-256 cbc for 3s on 1024 size blocks: 95997 aes-256 cbc's in 3.00s
Doing aes-256 cbc for 3s on 8192 size blocks: 12042 aes-256 cbc's in 3.00s

OpenSSL 1.0.0j 10 May 2012 built on: Sat Aug 24 22:13:38 EDT 2013
options:bn(64,32) rc4(ptr,char) des(idx,cisc,16,long) aes(partial) idea(int) blowfish(ptr)
compiler: arm-brcm-linux-uclibcgnueabi-gcc -fPIC -DOPENSSL_PIC -DOPENSSL_THREADS -D_REENTRANT -DDSO_DLFCN -DHAVE_DLFCN_H -ffunction
-sections -fdata-sections -DTERMIO -O3 -Wall -DOPENSSL_BN_ASM_MONT -DSHA1_ASM -DSHA256_ASM -DSHA512_ASM -DAES_ASM -DGHASH_ASM

The 'numbers' are in 1000s of bytes per second processed.
type 16 bytes 64 bytes 256 bytes 1024 bytes 8192 bytes
aes-256 cbc 28449.18k 31325.60k 32491.95k 32766.98k 32882.69k
5. Temperature check: go back to http://192.168.1.1/Tools_RunCmd.asp
# cat /proc/dmu/temperature
I am seeing 58 degrees (that's with the cooling) BCM4708A is officially rated for 1000 MHz, so ASUS seems to deliberately
underclocking it for AC56U at 800MHz; my guess is that they are keeping full clocks for AC68
nvram set clkfreq=1000,667
nvram commit && reboot
So far I cannot find clear guidance on what are the safe temperatures for the CPU
You just re-affirmed my suspicion - your router is simply overheating (at 80 degrees).
AC56U does not have internal fan, so the only hope convection cooling (right, with those tiny holes) or add-on cooling.

My suggestion: if you can, remove the rear cover (no one sees it in the closet anyway, right?) and you can use standard
80mm case fan just standing few inch away from the router connected to 5-7 volt DC power source (does not have to be USB).
Lower than 12V power will reduce the RPM and noise while still providing sufficient cooling.

Before any overclocking, try to cool off your router to sub-60 and measure performance with VPN on - see if there is any improvement...

6. Memory: used in Asus RT-AC56U - 256 MB (ESMT M15F2G16128A) which is according to M15F2G16128A.pdf (http://www.esmt.com.tw/DB/manager/upload/M15F2G16128A.pdf)
is DDR3 capable of 667/800Mhz! I am going to try 667MHz now. so I applied 1200,667 and... it still works!

The memory in the router is rated for 667 at CL9 or 800 at CL11. Honestly I do not know which one would be more beneficial,
BUT definitely 667 is a lot better than stock 533... and for any real performance difference, we should compare stock memory
speed with maximum - that should yield something.

I would not go anywhere beyond 800 - this is not a PC, and I cannot increase any voltages... Let me try to set 800MHz... and it booted!!!!

7. VPN: So I measure the internet speed using 200Mb file download at testmy.net and this is highest ever on VPN: 22.5 Mbps
Turning VPN off, the same site: 24.5 Mbps This is, ladies and gentlemen, reason I overclock :cool:
http://forums.smallnetbuilder.com/showthread.php?t=12578 :D

RTN
09-11-2013, 08:42 AM
Merlin FW 3.0.0.4.374.33 Beta 1 (http://www.mediafire.com/download/kca2y32963124h9/RT-AC56U_3.0.0.4_374.33_beta1.zip) :) http://www.mediafire.com/asuswrt-merlin/#llun1z4o429fn

3.0.0.4.374.33 Beta 1 (9-Sept-2013):

- NEW: Merged with Asus 374_119 code from RT-AC56U GPL (newer than 374_164 from N66U)
- NEW: Added support for last seen devices on Ethernet port status (Tools-> Sysinfo)
for RT-AC56U.
- NEW: Repeater mode (was originally only in experimental builds, now available
in the regular builds for all supported routers)
- NEW: Dual WAN (was originally only in experimental builds, now available
in the regular builds for all supported routers).
Note that there are still a few issues left, such as recovery
from failover mode when the primary WAN comes back up.

- CHANGED: Enabled Syn Cookies for ARM devices (RT-AC56U)
- CHANGED: Allow selecting the Download2 folder for media server location.
- CHANGED: MIPS builds optimized for mips32r2 code generation.
A quick iperf+openvpn benchmark showed a very measurable
performance improvement. (N16/N66/AC66)
- CHANGED: Increased OpenVPN crt/key fields to allow up to
3499 characters - enough to accomodate even a 4096-bit key.

- FIXED: Samba binding to WAN interface would cause warnings
about WINS/master browser (regression in 374)
- FIXED: The ARM kernel was missing the Advanced IP Routing option,
preventing some of the "ip" command functions from
working (was breaking Astrill's plugin) (RT-AC56U)
- FIXED: Build 374 fixed the Samba priority which was set too
high, by setting it to the lowest possible, resulting in
low average Samba performance (and even lower under higher
CPU load). Now Samba will run with a default priority of
0, providing more balanced performance. (N16/N66/AC66)
- FIXED: Some fields would allow invalid characters (such as
single quotes) which might break the webui JS. There might
still be a few unprotected fields.
- FIXED: Memory leak in httpd service (Asus bug)
- FIXED: Incorrect firewall rules were created with certain schedules
on Parental Control (patch provided by Makkie2002)
- FIXED: Potential key truncation in httpd if one was to use very
large OpenVPN keys and certs in all fields of all four instances.http://forums.smallnetbuilder.com/showthread.php?t=12730 ;)

Mythic
09-12-2013, 09:42 AM
Hi. Just got myself a ac56u. And everything worked great until i flashed latest asuswrt 3004374134, then enabled VPN. Now i got the same problem as grahnen. No response from external ip inside of LAN (i guess NAT loop-back is the name for it). Tried different ports on different LAN machines, external ip, dyndns etc. works from outside LAN but not from inside, switching router and everything works so definitely router related. Changing to older firmware or to Merlin does not help, neither does factory default. Even tried factory default through WPS button and through safe mode.

thiggins
09-12-2013, 04:58 PM
Wired and wireless results are in the Charts (http://www.smallnetbuilder.com/lanwan/router-charts/bench/1226-asus-rtac56u)and Ranker (http://www.smallnetbuilder.com/rankers/router/result/1226-asus-rtac56u), folks.

samhain1
09-14-2013, 11:05 AM
So it this a downgrade from the 66U and users of the 66U should go for the 67 or 68 when they appear?

RMerlin
09-14-2013, 01:40 PM
So it this a downgrade from the 66U and users of the 66U should go for the 67 or 68 when they appear?

Depends on what you are looking for. USB 3.0 and faster CPU mean faster disk sharing and Download Master performance. The faster CPU also means faster VPN, and faster WAN to LAN performance if you use features that cause HW acceleration to be disabled.

Dual-stream wifi means slower wireless IF you have a triple stream card (not many people do).

So no, it's not a downgrade over the RT-AC66U. Simply a parallel product with its own strengths and weaknesses. For me, it was a rather major upgrade for my own specific use.

tibere86
09-14-2013, 02:03 PM
Depends on what you are looking for. USB 3.0 and faster CPU mean faster disk sharing and Download Master performance. The faster CPU also means faster VPN, and faster WAN to LAN performance if you use features that cause HW acceleration to be disabled.

Dual-stream wifi means slower wireless IF you have a triple stream card (not many people do).

So no, it's not a downgrade over the RT-AC66U. Simply a parallel product with its own strengths and weaknesses. For me, it was a rather major upgrade for my own specific use.
I read this review on Amazon, is this true?

"I was unpleasantly surprised to discover it has 128MB RAM, not 256MB like they claim on Asus website or Amazon page. It's easy to check, just turn on "telnet" under Administration -> System, then you can telnet to asus router and type "sysinfo" or "free" to check available memory.
admin@RT-AC56U:/proc/sys/kernel# free
total used free shared buffers
Mem: 126220 52464 73756 0 1384
Swap: 0 0 0
Total: 126220 52464 73756

I'm going to return it only because I feel like Asus benefits from misleading their loyal customers (and yes I like asus products but I think it's unacceptable). 128MB is twice less than ac66u."

thiggins
09-14-2013, 03:23 PM
The AC56U opened on my disk right now has an ESMT M15F2G16128A DDR3, which is a 2Gbit (256 MByte) DDR3 RAM chip.

So it has the memory as advertised.

RMerlin
09-14-2013, 04:27 PM
I read this review on Amazon, is this true?

"I was unpleasantly surprised to discover it has 128MB RAM, not 256MB like they claim on Asus website or Amazon page. It's easy to check, just turn on "telnet" under Administration -> System, then you can telnet to asus router and type "sysinfo" or "free" to check available memory.
admin@RT-AC56U:/proc/sys/kernel# free
total used free shared buffers
Mem: 126220 52464 73756 0 1384
Swap: 0 0 0
Total: 126220 52464 73756

I'm going to return it only because I feel like Asus benefits from misleading their loyal customers (and yes I like asus products but I think it's unacceptable). 128MB is twice less than ac66u."

The router does have 256 MB. Sounds like his router had a pre-release firmware on it (my initial sample from Asus with FW 3.0.0.4.367 had 128 MB available, one week later I got the FW upgrade that enabled the full 256 MB).

A simple FW upgrade would have fixed that person's router.

tibere86
09-14-2013, 06:15 PM
The AC56U opened on my disk right now has an ESMT M15F2G16128A DDR3, which is a 2Gbit (256 MByte) DDR3 RAM chip.

So it has the memory as advertised.

The router does have 256 MB. Sounds like his router had a pre-release firmware on it (my initial sample from Asus with FW 3.0.0.4.367 had 128 MB available, one week later I got the FW upgrade that enabled the full 256 MB).

A simple FW upgrade would have fixed that person's router.

Thanks thiggins + RMerlin!

savestheday
09-16-2013, 11:11 AM
Hi all,
Currently using (2) RT-N66U's in my setup. One (down the basement; crappy wifi coverage because of steel beams down there) as a pure router running Shibby Tomato and the other, running RMerlin's build, as a pure access point (upstairs).

For those of you that own it, would you say the range on the AC-56U is better than that of a N66U? I am within the 30 day return window for the second N66U and now that Amazon has the AC-56U is stock, I could return it and get the 56U.

I also use the SSHd a lot and have a VM dedicated for this purpose. I think the ARM proc in the 56U could probably serve my SSHd tunneling needs just as well.

Thx in advance....

RMerlin
09-16-2013, 01:12 PM
Hi all,
Currently using (2) RT-N66U's in my setup. One (down the basement; crappy wifi coverage because of steel beams down there) as a pure router running Shibby Tomato and the other, running RMerlin's build, as a pure access point (upstairs).

For those of you that own it, would you say the range on the AC-56U is better than that of a N66U? I am within the 30 day return window for the second N66U and now that Amazon has the AC-56U is stock, I could return it and get the 56U.

I also use the SSHd a lot and have a VM dedicated for this purpose. I think the ARM proc in the 56U could probably serve my SSHd tunneling needs just as well.

Thx in advance....

The RT-AC56U range should be either similar or worse than the RT-N66U. It only has internal antennas. I did see a slight range decrease on my Nexus 7 when I switched from an RT-AC66U to an RT-AC56U.

If you need a range increase, you will probably need to look at using third party antennas. The RT-AC68U might possible increase the range, but I'm not sure as the router hasn't been fully launched yet.

thiggins
09-16-2013, 01:21 PM
For those of you that own it, would you say the range on the AC-56U is better than that of a N66U? I am within the 30 day return window for the second N66U and now that Amazon has the AC-56U is stock, I could return it and get the 56U.
The profile comparisons say that the RT-N66U should have higher effective range since its throughput is up in the 40 - 50 Mbps range at the
endpoints of our testing.

http://www.smallnetbuilder.com/lanwan/router-charts/graph/117-2_4-ghz-profile-dn/1113-asus-rtn66u-dark-knight/1226-asus-rtac56u

http://www.smallnetbuilder.com/lanwan/router-charts/graph/118-2_4-ghz-profile-up/1113-asus-rtn66u-dark-knight/1226-asus-rtac56u

http://www.smallnetbuilder.com/lanwan/router-charts/graph/119-5-ghz-profile-dn/1113-asus-rtn66u-dark-knight/1226-asus-rtac56u

http://www.smallnetbuilder.com/lanwan/router-charts/graph/120-5-ghz-profile-up/1113-asus-rtn66u-dark-knight/1226-asus-rtac56u

savestheday
09-16-2013, 03:29 PM
Perfect. Thanks guys. I guess I'll hold onto the N66U till the RT-AC68U comes out. I don't have any AC clients (yet) so I'm in no rush for AC speeds. Hopefully the RT-AC68U with its external antennas will have greater reach than the N66U.

savestheday
09-16-2013, 03:33 PM
Btw, the entire problem that's prompting this is that when I have the Tomato router wireless active, and I use the same SSID on the RMerlin router, the RMerlin router gets "knocked out" at certain points during the day. I have to physically pull the power and reboot. If I don't have any wifi on the Tomato router, I'm fine.

Running the RMerlin router in AP mode with the same SSID as the Tomato router. (BTW, using Tomato for some of its VLAN stuff)

RMerlin
09-16-2013, 06:49 PM
Make sure they're using different static channels. Leaving either on them on Auto might be less stable.

Changing router won't help with this particular issue.

RTN
09-30-2013, 03:00 PM
Perfect. Thanks guys. I guess I'll hold onto the N66U till the RT-AC68U comes out.
I don't have any AC clients (yet) so I'm in no rush for AC speeds.
Hopefully the RT-AC68U with its external antennas will have greater reach than the N66U.

http://www.asus.com/Networking/RTAC68U/#overview :D
http://www.trustedreviews.com/asus-rt-ac68u-802-11ac-router_Peripheral_review_setup-performance_Page-2 ;)

RMerlin
09-30-2013, 03:17 PM
http://www.asus.com/Networking/RTAC68U/#overview :D
http://www.trustedreviews.com/asus-rt-ac68u-802-11ac-router_Peripheral_review_setup-performance_Page-2 ;)

Some of these test results look wrong. For instance the USB performance - I expect it to be similar to the RT-AC56U, where I can easily get twice the performance they got. In fact, their USB 3 benchmark was even slower than their USB 2...

PrivateJoker
09-30-2013, 03:30 PM
Some of these test results look wrong. For instance the USB performance - I expect it to be similar to the RT-AC56U, where I can easily get twice the performance they got. In fact, their USB 3 benchmark was even slower than their USB 2...


http://www.smallnetbuilder.com/forums/showthread.php?t=11366&page=10

I'm having deja-vu! ;)

RTN
09-30-2013, 04:14 PM
Some of these test results look wrong. For instance the USB performance - I expect it to be similar to the RT-AC56U, where I can easily get twice the performance they got. In fact, their USB 3 benchmark was even slower than their USB 2...

Maybe looks: http://forum.ixbt.com/topic.cgi?id=14:58696-5#151 ? :confused:

RMerlin
09-30-2013, 06:54 PM
Maybe looks: http://forum.ixbt.com/topic.cgi?id=14:58696-5#151 ? :confused:

What am I looking at specifically?

kosh
10-02-2013, 09:23 AM
At the latest firmware does not work l2tp connection provider Beeline(Corbina). Possibly fix it?

Burning Daylight
11-26-2013, 12:48 PM
I found out that there is an optware available for asus ac56u. Where can I get an information, how to enable and use it (preferably on Asuswrt-Merlin)? Where can I find the package list?

RMerlin
11-26-2013, 01:02 PM
I found out that there is an optware available for asus ac56u. Where can I get an information, how to enable and use it (preferably on Asuswrt-Merlin)? Where can I find the package list?

Install it the same way you would on a MIPS router:

https://github.com/RMerl/asuswrt-merlin/wiki/Initialize-OPTWARE

Asuswrt uses the mbwe-bluering Optware repo on the ARM routers.

Burning Daylight
11-26-2013, 01:08 PM
Install it the same way you would on a MIPS router:

https://github.com/RMerl/asuswrt-merlin/wiki/Initialize-OPTWARE

Asuswrt uses the mbwe-bluering Optware repo on the ARM routers.
Unfortunately, tinc package is not availiable at
http://ipkg.nslu2-linux.org/feeds/optware/mbwe-bluering/cross/unstable/
Is it possible to build my own package from source?
I have found a manual (http://www.nslu2-linux.org/wiki/Optware/AddAPackageToOptware) but maybe there is something less general? Maybe I could follow https://github.com/RMerl/asuswrt-merlin/blob/master/README.TXT steps 1-3 and the build tinc? Or maybe it is easier to build it directly on the router, whatever long it will take?

RMerlin
11-26-2013, 11:48 PM
You can't compile directly on the router, not without creating your own crosscompile development environment.

Cross compiling isn't something simple that could be explained with just a few paragraphs unfortunately. It assumes that you are already familiar with *IX compiling and development.

Burning Daylight
11-27-2013, 07:02 AM
Cross compiling isn't something simple that could be explained with just a few paragraphs unfortunately. It assumes that you are already familiar with *IX compiling and development.
I'm hoverer quite familiar with that. I could follow the manual from NSLU2-Linux (http://www.nslu2-linux.org/wiki/Optware/AddAPackageToOptware), but I thought, there is an easier way, because many people should have done this already. For example, maybe, build environment, which is described in asuswrt-merlin firmware building manual (https://github.com/RMerl/asuswrt-merlin/blob/master/README.TXT) can suit for building other packages (like tinc) also?

You can't compile directly on the router, not without creating your own crosscompile development environment.
it is a pity. Why? What is missing? I saw make in the package list...

RMerlin
11-27-2013, 09:56 AM
I'm hoverer quite familiar with that. I could follow the manual from NSLU2-Linux (http://www.nslu2-linux.org/wiki/Optware/AddAPackageToOptware), but I thought, there is an easier way, because many people should have done this already. For example, maybe, build environment, which is described in asuswrt-merlin firmware building manual (https://github.com/RMerl/asuswrt-merlin/blob/master/README.TXT) can suit for building other packages (like tinc) also?

it is a pity. Why? What is missing? I saw make in the package list...

You are missing a compiler, a linker, the 10-20 dependency packages, link libraries, headers, etc... Make is the simplest part of the whole thing: all it does is read Makefiles, and execute what's in them.

Burning Daylight
11-27-2013, 11:14 AM
You are missing a compiler, a linker, the 10-20 dependency packages, link libraries, headers, etc... Make is the simplest part of the whole thing: all it does is read Makefiles, and execute what's in them.
I see. What about build environment for firmware? Do you think it should suit for building tinc or other software? All the packages, which tinc depends on seem to be present in repo (http://ipkg.nslu2-linux.org/feeds/optware/mbwe-bluering/cross/unstable/): openssl, zlib, lzo, ncurses, readline

RMerlin
11-27-2013, 01:42 PM
I see. What about build environment for firmware? Do you think it should suit for building tinc or other software? All the packages, which tinc depends on seem to be present in repo (http://ipkg.nslu2-linux.org/feeds/optware/mbwe-bluering/cross/unstable/): openssl, zlib, lzo, ncurses, readline

It should, but it will require a fair amount of tinkering with the build system. But at least you will have the complete required toolchain for it.

calearne
12-31-2013, 10:12 AM
Can anyone explain why ASUS removed the metal around the USB 3.0 port on the new blue REV 2.00 board compared to the old red REV 1.60 board?

NEW blue rev2.00
http://i.imgur.com/usOizPs.png

http://i.imgur.com/tF7Jgpj.png

OLD red rev1.60
http://i.imgur.com/X8k8gCT.png

http://i.imgur.com/rRCHmEa.png

maylyn
12-31-2013, 02:02 PM
Can anyone explain why ASUS removed the metal around the USB 3.0 port on the new blue REV 2.00 board compared to the old red REV 1.60 board?

Interesting :o

Is all the pictures here yours or you got it off the Internet?

RMerlin
12-31-2013, 02:17 PM
My guess is they did the same as with the AC68U, and are shielding the signal between two pc board layers rather than at the surface of the pc board.

calearne
12-31-2013, 07:09 PM
Interesting :o

Is all the pictures here yours or you got it off the Internet?

I got the photos from the FCC site.

NBRP
01-31-2014, 08:27 AM
A photo posted here (http://www.coolpc.com.tw/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?f=52&t=134210) showing blue PCB still has shielding for USB3.0.
Do not know what the revision is. It's supposed the retail version recently released in Taiwan.

http://home.coolpc.com.tw/koli/ad/ASUS_RT-AC56U/ASUS_RT-AC56U_28.jpg

abescalamis
03-28-2014, 02:43 PM
Here are more pictures from the FCC website

https://apps.fcc.gov/eas/GetApplicationAttachment.html?id=2074934