|ASUS EA-N66U Wireless-N450 Ethernet Adapter|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Network|
|Written by Steven Iglesias-Hearst|
|Sunday, 25 March 2012|
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Dual Band Wireless-N Detailed Features
So now we have had the grand tour of the ASUS EA-N66 3-in-1 Ethernet adapter, 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 to the wired device you wish to make wireless (Ethernet adapter mode) and press the WPS button to connect to your router. If your router doesn't support WPS then you will need to connect it to your computer's LAN port and set it up using the web based setup utility detailed in this section.
The interface is also very nice looking, it's one of the things I like about ASUS, they always put in a lot of effort to ensure the visuals are above standard. The first time you connect the EA-N66 Ethernet adapter to your computer (assuming you aren't connecting with WPS) and open you browser, it should automatically redirect to the setup page. From here you will choose a network you would like to connect to and go through the normal steps of connecting to a wireless network. The adapter is then ready to serve as a wireless Ethernet Bridge for your preferred network enabled device (PC, XBOX 360, PS3, HDTV, TiVo, Satellite/Cable receiver to name but a few.).
When connected to a computer you can access the setup utility by typing asusrouter.com into the address bar of your browser. From here you can view connection status and other important data relating to the connection. The blue icons above the table of information are clickable and provide more specific information relating to them.
In the administration screen you can switch between operation modes, this can also be done by clicking the quick internet setup button in the top left corner. Repeater mode can extend your wireless range by connecting wirelessly to your router and repeating the signal, I predict this mode will increase latency though as the data is effectively being re-routed. Access point mode requires you to hook the EA-N66 to a LAN port on your switch/router/computer and will provide wireless network access.
System log is exactly that; connection changes, system errors and other network activity will be logged. The log will only be good for that session; it will not be stored once the device is powered down. Date and time are automatically synchronized once you connect to the internet, or they can be manually synchronized in the system tab of the administration section.