|ASUS RT-N66U Dual Band Wireless-N900 Gigabit Router|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Network|
|Written by Steven Iglesias-Hearst|
|Tuesday, 06 March 2012|
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ASUS RT-N66U Detailed Features
So now we have had the grand tour of the RT-N66U 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. The configuration of the RT-N66U is browser based so open your chosen web browser and you will be greeted with the Quick Internet setup screen, follow the steps and you will be up and running in no time.
During the setup process your internet connection type is detected and after that you are prompted to enter wireless security settings and then you are done. When you next login to the router you are greeted by the network map shown above. All sorts information and shortcuts to various functions can be found here, each of the boxes in the middle of the screen can be clicked and information/options relating to it will be displayed in the right hand pane.
You can have up to six guest networks active (3x 2.4GHz/3x 5GHz) to provide internet access to guests. There are further options available in the form of a walkthrough to assist you setting up and configuring guest networks.
Next up is the Traffic Manager tab which has options for QoS. There are two modes, automatic and user define, which are selected using the drop down box in the top right corner. The text in the image above talks about auto mode and user define mode goes into much more detailed and tailored settings (too much to squeeze into a 600px image). Also in the Traffic Manager section is a Traffic Monitor which helps you to monitor the following types of network traffic: Internet: All Internet traffic. Wired: Network traffic from wired to wireless network and to the Internet. Wireless: Network traffic from wireless to wired network and to the Internet.
The parental control screen shown above allows you to control internet time limits for connected devices.
Next up is the USB application screen, each mode is described in the above image. From here on in are the advanced settings of the RT-N66U but we must draw this section to an end otherwise we would be here all day. It is important to note that the RT-N66U is a very powerful router that is simple to set up and has lots of advanced configuration settings for power users too.