ASUS RT-AC68U is a powerful Wi-Fi router that houses a Broadcom Wi-Fi chipset (BCM4709). This router claims to provide speeds up to 1.3Gbps on the 5GHz frequency band and 600Mbps on the 2.4GHz frequency band. And as most advanced Wi-Fi routers go, the ASUS RT-AC68U can also double up as Wi-Fi repeater and an access point.
In this post today, we’ll explore how to set up the Repeater and Access Point mode.
WHAT IS A WI-FI REPEATER?
A Wi-Fi repeater is used to extend the Wi-Fi coverage in a specific area. They work wirelessly by connecting to the existing network, amplifying it and transmitting the signal further.
It’s advised to keep the repeater in an area where the Wi-Fi signal is strong. For instance, in a long corridor or a large space, if the signal doesn’t extend beyond a certain point, then you can install repeater to extend the coverage. This will eliminate dropped signals and dead zones.
Now that we have cleared that up let’s see how to set up the ASUS RT-AC68U as a repeater.
HOW TO SETUP ASUS RT-AC68U AS A REPEATER
Prerequisite: Make sure that the parent Wi-Fi network is already set up.
Step 1: In the case of a brand new router with no prior setup and connection history, you’ll need to first connect it to a laptop (or PC) through an Ethernet cable via the LAN port.
However, if the router has been set up previously, power it on and wait for it to start up. Once it is ready, connect to the old Wi-Fi network. Do note that there will be no internet access at this point.
Step 2: Now, sign in to the router admin page (192.168.1.1) using your username & password and head over to Administration on the left pane.
Next select Operation Mode, tap on Repeater mode and hit Save.
Step 3: The router will now scan the nearby networks.
Having located the network that you want the RT-AC68U to repeat, select it, enter the password and hit the Connect button.
Next, you’ll be prompted to enter the IP address. For an easy way out, check Yes to fill up the IP address automatically.
Click on Next when done.
Step 4: Also, if you want to have the same settings as the parent router, check the ‘Use the default settings’ checkbox. The settings include Channel bandwidth, WPA encryption method, and other such parameters.
TIP: If you want to configure it with custom settings, leave the box unchecked.
Applying the new settings may take some time. In my case, it took the router about five minutes to set up itself as a repeater, after which I could see it among my network settings and could connect to it normally with the same password.
Again, you’ll need to open the admin page via http://router.asus.com.
Also, you can take a look at some plug & play Wi-Fi extenders such as the TP-Link AC750 which makes it easy to extend the Wi-Fi network coverage.
The TP-Link AC750 is a plug-and-play Wi-Fi extender that works with any standard router. It doesn’t require any length setup process. With nearly 7,557 customer reviews, this product has been more than 58% positive reviews.
WHAT IS AN ACCESS POINT?
Apart from extending the Wi-Fi coverage area, access points can also be used to increase the number of connected users and devices. However, the access point router needs an Ethernet cable to connect to the parent modem or router. And it is this cable helps transform the wired signal into a wireless one.
QUICK FACT: Wi-Fi access points can handle approximately 60 parallel connections.
Step 1: First up, connect the ASUS RT-AC68U via its WAN port to the LAN port of parent router or modem.
Next, log in to the admin page and head over to Administration > Operation Mode, select the radio button for Access Point and hit Save.
Step 2: Now, you will be prompted to enter the IP address. A click on the Yes button will fill up the IP address and other details (you guessed it right!) automatically.
But if you wish to insert these details manually, select No and add the details.
Step 3: Now, all you need to do is think of the name of the new network and the password.
Do note that special characters and space in router passwords generally do not work well for the connected devices and you’ll experience peripherals like wireless printers failing to establish a connection.
Once everything is set up, just hit the Apply button.
BONUS POINT: SAVE ROUTER SETTINGS
Backing up your Wi-Fi router settings is a good habit, lest someday you choose to revert to the original settings. Thankfully there’s a way to backup settings in the ASUS RT-AC68U.
Head over to Administration and go to the third tab (Restore/Save/Upload Setting).
Clicking on Save will save a CFG file to your system. All you need to do is to upload the same to your chosen cloud account so that it can be easily retrieved later.
The next time you want to restore the setting to a previous iteration, upload the same file through the Restore window.
COOL TIP: You can switch the notification LED off through the on-off button at the rear.
STRETCH YOUR RANGE
Weak Wi-Fi signals can really get into one’s nerves. If it can’t be fixed by simple tweaks such as changing the location or by changing the router channels, getting a repeater is the best way to go forward
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