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How to Setup and Configure Asus Router [RT-AC68U]

Setting up a wireless network has never been easier.

The following article will outline the process for setting up and configuring your new Asus router, as well as provide some general information about what you should be aware of with regards to security settings. If you’re not familiar with how wireless networks work or have never set one up before, we recommend that you read this article carefully!

How to setup and configure your Asus router

The Asus RT-AC68U Dual-Band Wireless-AC1900 Gigabit Router is a high-performance wireless router that offers a lot of great features at an affordable price. The RT-AC68U was designed with the idea to offer consumers a powerful and efficient wireless router for many different applications and use cases. To do this, the RT-AC68U includes many different features like 4 Gigabit LAN ports, USB 3.0 port, 802.11a/b/g/n/ac wireless standard support, Access Restrictions button (to restrict internet access), AsusWRT web interface support, etc.

In this article, we will guide you through the steps needed to set up your router and configure it for basic use.

Unpacking the router

unpacking RT AC68U

When you open the box, there will be a number of items inside. Here is what you should see; there may be some slightly different variations on these items in other boxes, but the basic setup remains the same regardless of changes to this package.

The following are all accessories that ship with the RT-AC68U; power adapter, Ethernet cable, and a disc that contains the installation software.

 The manual in this photo is for a different model of Asus router than the RT-AC68U. The process of setting up a router is similar regardless of which model you are using though. 

The back of the router has a number of different ports. Here is what you should see:

On this side, there are 4 LAN ports, all of which support 10/100/1000 Ethernet connections. Following that are two USB 3.0 ports and a WAN port used to connect to an Internet source (ex: cable modem). On the other side of the router, you will find a power port, reset button, and a Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) button.

On this side, there are the antennas for your network. The number and direction of these can vary based on what model of router you are using.

The RT-AC68U has 4 external Antennas that produce 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz spectrums.

This router also has an SD card slot on the back, which allows you to add external storage for media sharing or backups. You can plug an SD card into this router and it will work in a similar way as a USB drive does when plugged into your computer. This port enables a lot of additional functionality including the capability to host print servers and media server applications.

The RT-AC68U has an indicator light on the front which indicates the power for the router as well as network activity and is connected via 1000Mbps Ethernet. The Asus logo on this router lights up when it is powered on.

What you should be aware of when configuring it

There are a few different things you should be aware of when configuring the Asus RT-AC68U router for use;

1. Password protection:

It is essential that you password protect your wireless network to prevent unwanted intruders from accessing it. To do this, in the routers web browser interface (Wireless -> Wireless Security), set the ‘Security Mode’ setting to WPA2-PSK AES and then configure an appropriate password.

2. Device location:

This router was designed with mobility in mind, so it doesn’t require that all devices be located near its antennas. However, given that this is a powerful router, we recommend minimizing its distance from any connected devices (and therefore maximizing their distance from the router) when using it for maximum range and optimal performance.

3. Network mode:

By default, this router will detect which devices require a 5GHz connection and automatically change its wireless standard to 802.11ac if needed while keeping 802.11a/b/g as a fallback option for any connected devices that cannot connect at 5GHz. (This is a similar function to what iPhones have in their network settings.)

Depending on your own needs, there are two different options for the wireless setting when you use this router. The first option is to set the radio connection to ‘Both’ which will allow both 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz connections to be used for devices that are able to connect at both, and will allow 5 GHz connections for those which can only operate at 5GHz.

This router can also have its settings configured so that all internet access is available using 802.11g/b, with no wireless ac allowed.

To do this, simply select the ‘B’ radio on the Wireless -> Basic Security page.

4. Network cables:

When configuring a network by yourself, it is important that you do not connect this router’s WAN port directly to your modem/router. This will create an improper connection and may result in poor transmission speeds or instability with the network overall. To get around this, you’ll need to make use of a network switch.

The easiest way to do this is by using an Ethernet cable and connect it from one of the LAN ports on your modem/router (most likely its WAN port) to a LAN port on the RT-AC68U router. This will allow you to keep your modem/router in place while allowing you to access the internet and connect several wired devices with a single connection.

5. Network range:

If your RT-AC68U router is not properly configured, this may result in reduced network range for all connected devices which could inconvenience anyone attempting to connect from a long-distance away. To ensure that your router is configured correctly, please use the information below;

  • A) Open a web browser and type in http://192.168.1.1 – this will open your router’s settings page
  • B) Go to ‘Wireless -> Basic Wireless Settings’
  • C) Set ‘Wireless Mode’ to ‘Mixed’. This will ensure that your RT-AC68U will broadcast separate 2.4 and 5 GHz signals, and is recommended for the best range
  • D) Set ‘Channel bandwidth’ to ’20MHz’
  • E) For 802.11g/n (2.4GHz Only), set your channel number as 1~11 under ‘Wireless Channel’ or ‘Auto’. Channel 1 is recommended for the highest performance
  • F) Under ‘Wireless SSID Broadcast’, select ‘Enable’ to broadcast your router’s SSID name, and under Wireless MAC Filter, disable it by setting it to Disable. This will ensure that you do not limit connectivity to devices that are on your approved list. (Note: You can always enable MAC filtering later if you desire by selecting Enable and entering a wireless MAC filter list on the Wireless -> MAC Filter page.)

5. Connect to your network:

Now that all of these settings have been configured, you should be able to start using your new RT-AC68U router! To connect a device to your router, simply locate the network name (or SSID) that the router will broadcast and connect to it using a device such as a phone or computer. You’ll know you’ve connected successfully if you can access the internet.

6. Troubleshooting:

While most people will never need to use this feature, we have included it for your convenience in case you ever need it. In the event that you experience a problem with your wireless signal, you can try manually disabling and re-enabling the router to fix the issue. To do this, simply open a command prompt (Windows) or terminal window (MAC/Linux) and enter the following commands;

Windows:

  1. ipconfig /release
  2. ipconfig /all
  3. ipconfig /renew
  4. MAC/Linux:
  5. ifdown wlan0
  6. ifup wlan0

The process for setting up and configuring your new Asus router

The process for setting up and configuring your new Asus router is as follows:

1. Internet connection

Before you can begin setting up your new Asus RT-AC68U router, you will need to connect it to an internet source using either a network cable or Wi-Fi. If you already have a wired connection in place and are simply adding the Asus router to extend wireless coverage for mobile devices, feel free to skip this step and proceed directly to step 2.

If you are trying to set up a wireless network from scratch, the first thing that you’ll want to do is physically connect one of your computers (or another device which includes ethernet ports) into one of the LAN ports on the back of your new router using an ethernet cable After doing so, open up a web browser such as Google Chrome or Firefox and type in http://192.168.1.1 – this will open your router’s settings page

The default login for the RT-AC68U is:

Username: admin, Password: admin (If these don’t work, you can find out how to change your password here.)

Once logged in, you should see the following screen:

2. Basic configuration:

Click on ‘Network Map’ to access the network map page.

Find your router inside of a list of nearby networks which are displayed under ‘Wi-Fi Settings’. To do so, simply move your cursor towards the upper-right corner of the page until it turns into a magnifying glass, and then click on your network

3. Enable the wireless feature by clicking on ‘Wireless Settings’

1. Make sure that you have both ‘Network Map’ and ‘Wireless Settings’ selected

2. Set ‘Wireless Mode’ to ‘Mixed’. This will ensure that your RT-AC68U will broadcast separate 2.4GHz and 5 GHz signals, and is recommended for the best range

3. Set Channel bandwidth to 20MHz under Wireless -> Basic Wireless Settings (NOTE: It is recommended to use Channel Auto if using 802.11g only (2.4GHz Only))

4. Under Wireless SSID Broadcast, enable broadcasting by setting it to Enable; this will ensure that all of your devices can connect to the router

5. Under Wireless Network Name (SSID), make note of the name and change it if you wish. This is what will be broadcasted in order for other devices to see and connect to your network

6. Change Security Settings -> WPA Algorithms from TKIP+AES to  AES + TKIP  – this ensures that you are using modern encryption methods which are more secure

  • A. Change Authentication Type from Open System to Shared Key – this allows you to set a password, as well as disables Internet connection sharing for security purposes
  • B.  Next, set up a wireless MAC filter by clicking on ‘MAC Filter Settings’. This will allow you to specify a list of devices which are allowed to access your network
  • C. Lastly, enable Wireless Multimedia Capabilities – this allows you to stream media such as movies and music from the internet through your wireless connection

7. Save all changes that have been made under ‘Site Survey’ by clicking on the gear icon in the upper right-hand corner of the screen

8. Return to ‘Wireless Settings‘ and click on ‘Wireless Security’, then click on ‘Update Security Key…’

9. Enter a password that will be used for encryption purposes as well as hide your network from potential intruders (NOTE: this can also be found later in networking settings once)

10. Click on Security Key under Wireless Settings. This will bring you to the following screen:

11. Finally, restart your router by clicking on ‘Restart’ in the main menu and selecting ‘Yes’ when prompted

At this point, your RT-AC68U is set up! You can now verify its functionality by attempting to connect using a device that uses the network name (SSID) and encryption key that you created earlier

However, because there are probably other devices around which could potentially hijack your signal or invade your privacy, we recommend taking one final step: going through all of the wireless networks listed under ‘Network Map’, then deselecting them so that they won’t automatically reconnect at a later time

Of course, for your absolute peace of mind, we highly recommend that you disconnect this device from the internet entirely until you’re ready to use it.

Or if you’re just building a wireless home network and don’t plan on using any features of the router besides its basic functionality, feel free to skip ahead!

Now that your router is set up correctly, you can go ahead and configure your network so that all of the devices on it can communicate with each other.

General information about what you should be aware of with regards to security settings

When configuring security settings there are several important things to be aware of. The first is that you should select a password for encryption purposes and hide your network from intruders, this can be found later under networking settings. You should also go through all of the wireless networks listed under Network Map and deselect them so that they won’t automatically reconnect at a later time. Of course, for your absolute peace of mind, you should disconnect this device from the internet entirely until you’re ready to use it.

Additionally, because anyone who connects to your network is taking up bandwidth and therefore slowing down Internet performance for everyone else, it’s important that you set up QoS in order to prioritize bandwidth usage. This can be accomplished by going into the ‘Applications & Gaming’ tab and then selecting Bandwidth Control under Advanced Settings. You should also enable WMM to prioritize multimedia content like movies and music.

Finally, enable wireless Multimedia Capabilities to stream media such as movies and music from the internet through your wireless connection.

Additionally, because anyone who connects to your network is taking up bandwidth and therefore slowing down Internet performance for everyone else, it’s important that you set up QoS in order to prioritize bandwidth usage. This can be accomplished by going into the ‘Applications & Gaming’ tab and then selecting Bandwidth Control under Advanced Settings. You should also enable WMM to prioritize multimedia content like movies and music.

Finally, enable wireless Multimedia Capabilities to stream media such as movies and music from the internet through your wireless connection.

Conclusion

Setting up and configuring your new Asus router can be easy if you follow these steps. First, go to the Wireless Settings tab on the main menu and enter a password for encryption purposes as well as hide your network from intruders.

The next step is going through all of the wireless networks listed under Network Map and deselecting them so that they won’t automatically reconnect at a later time. For additional security measures, enable WMM to prioritize multimedia content like movies or music when streaming it over WiFi,

Then finally enabling wireless Multimedia Capabilities which will allow media such as movies or music to stream online wirelessly through your connection without interruption. With this final configuration in place, you’ve successfully set up and configured an Asus router!

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