Padavan RT-N56U Router Firmware

In this article we are going to show you how to breath some new life into your 2011 era ASUS RT-N56U Router. This topic came about after purchasing one of these routers off Craigslist for a friend in need of a router upgrade. Now to be completely honest, I originally purchased the router thinking I could install AdvancedTomato which is my go to firmware if it is supported on the device, however that is not the case here. After a few google searches it started to appear that my options were going to be limited at best. It seemed as if ASUSwrt-Merlin and this new Padavan firmware were the only two options for this device. I have run ASUSwrt and its variants in the past and while they are better than stock, they are not as good as the Tomato based firmware’s in my opinion. So with that said, it was time to give Padavan a try. To install Padavan, simply download the version for your router and upgrade the firmware as you normally would through the router web interface.

Note: it is recommended to do a factory reset after installing the new firmware.
WOW was definitely my first impression after flashing the Padavan firmware. Of all firmware’s I have tried in the past, Padavan by far has the snappiest web gui. Beyond that, it has all the bells and whistles that the other big name firmware’s have. If you are looking to extend the life of your ASUS router, take a look at Padavan you will probably be impressed.

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24 thoughts on “Padavan RT-N56U Router Firmware

      1. on the device list write padavan (wip) but do not know what it means?
        ideal would be somewhere to get an email to the author of padavanu you do not?

  1. Anyone found anything newer for the RT-N56U?
    The latest firmware of any kind I can find is the official v3. (from 2017).
    I would like to test out Padavan, but they looks to be even older or am I just reading everything wrong? The latest I can find is v3.4.3.9-099 (from 2016). Also, I find 3 different versions, but not the “full” mentioned long ago here.

  2. It seems that this router is not really supported by anyone anymore. The Padavan firmware hasn’t been updated in nearly 2 years. Asus still has no official firmware version out to fix the Kracked vulnerability on this particular model, and Merlin won’t run properly on it either.

    It’s a shame, because the hardware is pretty good and for me this router has been running awesomely for years. It looks like I will need to upgrade though. Not because there’s anything wrong with the RT-N56u, but simply because nobody has support for it anymore.

    1. If you have even basic skills using Linux, you could build your own Padavan firmware from source. This can be accomplished using this or this method.

    1. It looks to me like those are the recent builds. Maybe try contacting the developer or you could compile the source yourself.

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