WNDR4000 Vs Asus RT-N56U Wireless Dual Band Routers - Which One Meets Your Need

Published: 18th May 2011
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The Netgear WNDR4000 N750 and Asus RT-n56u Black Diamond are wireless N dual band simultaneous gigabit routers which are designed for high speed gaming and streaming HD video with larger network coverage. Should you need to choose, which one is best to meet your needs?

In selecting the best value wireless router, you should consider all the features the router can support to meet your needs. Should you need a wireless environment to deliver high speed, fast responsive gaming and smooth High Definition video streaming, you should choose the high performance router. The router should be powered by the latest wireless N technology which supports dual band, Quality of Service (QoS) and larger network coverage.

There are many wireless N dual band routers available in the market today you can install to power your high performance wireless environment for gaming and streaming HD video such as Netgear WNDR4000 N750 router and Asus RT-N56U Black Diamond. Both are high performance routers which support simultaneous dual band to let you connect all types of wireless clients that operate in mix bands (2.4GHz and 5GHz). If you require a high performance router, which one is best to meet your need?

Do You Need High Performance Router?

Home wireless routers which are categorized into high performance routers are designed to deliver high-speed, fast responsive gaming and to cover longer distance network coverage. They are also designed for jitter-free HD video streaming. The prices of those routers are typically more expensive (up to three times) than the prices of standard routers which are designed for ‘work’ only. Therefore, if you mainly use the network for ‘work’ (and maybe for ‘play’), then you don’t need to spend more money for high performance router. You can consider wireless N150 router which the price is half or even one third as much as the price of the high performance router such as the Medialink N150 wireless router which is currently #1 best seller in Amazon for router category.

High Speed

Let’s back to the WNDR4000 and Asus RT-N56U comparison, we know that both are high performance wireless N dual band routers. Mostly users give positive reviews regarding the speed, the routers provide solid connections. WNDR4000 supports 3 spatial data streams delivering high speeds up to 450Mbps on 5GHz band. While Asus RT-N56U is powered by N600 technology delivering the speeds up to 300Mbps each bands. Off course those speeds are in ideal conditions, in the real world they never reach those speeds.

For wired connections, both routers support gigabit Ethernet ports for both LAN and WAN interfaces. For optimal wired speeds, you can connect the gigabit LAN Ethernet ports to any of computers with gigabit-NIC ready. If you subscribe to cable Internet services, you can install Surfboard SB6120 DOCSIS 3.0 cable modem (with Gigabit Ethernet port) for optimum data throughput between the router and the modem.

USB Interface

The other main difference between WNDR4000 N750 and Asus RT-N56U regarding the value is about the USB interface the routers include. Netgear WNDR4000 N750 includes one USB port to let you connect the external shared storage. Unfortunately, you cannot use this port for hosting a USB shared printer. if you require to share the printer across the network you need to purchase a separate print server or you can share the printer in a traditional way via the computer.

Unlike the WNDR4000, the Asus RT-N56U includes two USB ports to let you host both shared storage and printer concurrently. This router gives you the best value for your high performance wireless network in home or in small office, you don’t need to purchase separate print-server to share the printer across the network.

Guest Network

The last but not the least the difference between the two routers regarding the security is about guest network. WNDR4000 N750 router supports the guest network but the Asus RT-N56U doesn’t. With guest network feature, you can create separate network name (SSID) each bands to grant access to your guests without providing access to your local network. This is a good solution in order not to compromise your private network for public access.

If secure guest network feature is very important for you, Netgear WNDR4000 is your router. However, for the best value in providing the capabilities of sharing the storage and the printer at the same time, Asus RT-N56U is your best router to meet your business needs.

Ki Grinsing was graduated from ITS Surabaya with the additions of MCSE and CCNA certifications. For full articles with networking diagrams please visit WNDR4000 N750 router and Asus RT-N56U N600 router.

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