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Introduction

Updated 6/6/2013: Corrected AiCloud inaccuracies

ASUS Router Features

Like many other router manufacturers, ASUS uses the same interface and feature set across its product line. It's been a long while since we took more than a passing glance at the controls that ASUS provides for its popular routers. So, using the RT-N66U as the vehicle, let's go for a drive.

Logging into the admin interface for the first time launches a wizard just as before. You don't have an option to skip the wizard and it makes you enter a username and password, but allows you to continue to use the default (admin / admin). Detection of my DHCP WAN connection type was very quick.

RT-N66U Setup Wizard

RT-N66U Setup Wizard

Part of the wizard is wireless network setup. As Tim did in his review, I chose to not enable wireless encryption because I wanted to test WPS. But when I attempted to connect to the router, my client didn't indicate that it had found a WPS-enabled router and just let me connect unsecured.

I found that the wizard had set the WPS mode to Configured, but with no security enabled. So I had to reset WPS to take it out of Configured mode so that my client could execute a WPS PIN session, which ran successfully.

To check this for sure, I reset the router to factory default and attempted to connect a wireless client without running the Wizard first. The client properly started a WPS session, which concluded with a WPA2/AES connection. Upon logging into the interface, I was then forced to run the Wizard.

After you complete the wizard, subsequent logins take you to the Network Map, which provides clickable shortcuts to key setup features. The image below shows the Network Map as you come into the admin interface, with the right-side box showing my Wireless Status. You may notice the internet is disconnected; at this point I had disconnected it from my WAN for testing.

Network Map showing Internet Status

Network Map showing Internet Status

Feature Summary

Before diving further into the user interface, here's a summary of the Dark Knight's features compiled from its data sheet and admin interface. Again, these features are common across all ASUS' routers running currently-available firmware, including the RT-AC66U, RT-N56U, RT-N65U and others.

Routing

  • Static and Dynamic IP, PPPoE , PPTP, L2TP WAN connections
  • MTU/MRU adjust (PPPoE only)
  • DHCP Server w/ lease time setting, default domain and primary/secondary DNS
  • DHCP Client list
  • DHCP reservation
  • Multicast routing and forwarding
  • UDP proxy
  • Switch jumbo frame enable
  • UPnP enable/disable
  • IPv4 Static Routes
  • IPv6 support: Native; Native w/DHCP; Tunnel 6to4; Tunnel 6in4; Tunnel 6rd
  • DDNS support for asus.com, dyndns.org, tzo.com, zoneedit.com
  • Five level bandwidth-based QoS for upand download traffic.

Firewall

  • Firewall enable/disable
  • DoS protection enable
  • Virtual Server/port forwarding for single or multiple ports with TCP, UDP or both protocols forwarded. Separate source and destination ports, not schedulable
  • Triggered port forwarding for single ports, TCP or UDP, not schedulable
  • URL, keyword and network service filters
  • Per client internet access scheduling
  • DMZ Host
  • RTSP passthrough
  • PPPoE relay
  • Ignore Ping Packet from WAN port
  • Outbound port filtering: black/white list with port range, source/destination IP, protocol and day/time filter

VPN

  • PPTP server
  • PPTP, L2TP,IPsec passthrough (default enable)

Management

  • Remote Management with user configurable port, including HTTPS
  • Ability to only allow access to certain IPs
  • Syslog server support
  • Command line interface via Telnet (default disable)
  • Reboot and reset to factory default
  • Save/restore settings
  • Logs: System console, DHCP, Wireless, port forwarding, routing table

Wireless

  • WEP, WPA / WPA2 Personal and Enterprise (RADIUS) support
  • Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) support, pushbutton and PIN
  • Auto, N-only, Legacy modes
  • Auto and manual channel set
  • Transmission rate set
  • SSID broadcast enable/disable
  • Radio enable day/time schedule
  • WDS bridging / repeating
  • Multicast transit rate
  • Transmit power adjust
  • Beacon period, RTS threshold, DTIM interval adjusts
  • Transmit burst (default enable), multicast forwarding (default disable), WMM APSD (default enable) enables
  • Wireless client isolation (from each other)
  • Scheduled wireless enable/disable
  • AP/router mode switch
  • Four Guest networks per radio
  • Wireless MAC address filtering (allow or deny based on MAC address)
  • WMM disable

USB applications

  • AIDisk - share files on USB through the internet
  • uPnP server
  • iTunes server
  • Samba file sharing
  • Network Printer server
  • 3G/4G modem backup mode
  • Download Master

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