|ASUS RT-N56U Wireless-N Gigabit Router|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Network|
|Written by Steven Iglesias-Hearst|
|Sunday, 17 April 2011|
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ASUS Wi-Fi Router Detailed Features
So now we have had the grand tour of the RT-N56U router itself, it is time now to look at the software side of things. Setup is very simple indeed as there are no drivers etc to install, simply connect your modem to the WAN port and connect your PC to a LAN port. Then you just open your chosen web browser and you will be greeted with the following screen.
The default mode is internet sharing mode, this speaks for itself in that it distributes your internet connection to all of the computers in your home. The second mode is access point, this mode will extend a current wired or wireless network giving more range or maybe to add wireless to a wired network. After this screen your internet connection type is detected and after that you are prompted to enter wireless security settings and then you are done. More advanced users may want to explore the menu's further.
The first screen you are greeted with after the initial setup is the network map screen, from here you can get status of your wireless settings, internet connection, connected clients and attached storage. Clicking on any of the icons in the network map gives you more in depth information, in this case I have wireless security selected.
Next up is the AiDisk screen. After you have attached a USB storage device you need to come here and configure its sharing options. When you are done you will be provided a link to access the USB disk over your LAN and another link to access the USB drive from the internet.
In addition to the previous USB options, you also have UPnP Media Server that allows UPnP enabled devices on your network to access the USB storage device. The UPnP is off by default and enabling it is just one click away.
Next up are the QoS settings, this screen is rather basic and allows you to give priority to certain types of internet traffic really quickly. More advanced users will find more in depth options are available in the Advanced>WAN>QoS settings menu.
Speaking of advanced options you have more options here than you may care to look at. The RT-N56U is designed for home users and SOHO users alike so there are options to cater for many scenarios (far to many to go into detail in this review).