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RT-N12 Series
Superspeed Wireless N Router
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  • Page 1: User Guide

    User Guide RT-N12 Series Superspeed Wireless N Router Downloaded from manuals search engine...
  • Page 2 Product warranty or service will not be extended if: (1) the product is repaired, modified or altered, unless such repair, modification of alteration is authorized in writing by ASUS; or () the serial number of the product is defaced or missing. ASUS PROVIDES THIS MANUAL “AS IS” WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND,...
  • Page 3: Table Of Contents

    Table of contents Overview Package contents ..................5 Hardware features ..................6 Setting up your wireless network Positioning your router................11 What you need ...................12 Setting up your wireless router ............12 Wired connection ................13 Wireless connection ................15 Before you proceed ................17 Disable any configured proxy servers.
  • Page 4 Upgrading the firmware ..............39 Restoring/Saving/Uploading settings ........40 4 Using the utilities Device Discovery ..................41 Firmware Restoration ................42 5 Troubleshooting Troubleshooting ..................44 ASUS DDNS Service ..................48 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) ..........48 Appendices Notices ......................50 Networks Global Hotline Information ..........64 ASUS Contact information ..............66 Downloaded from
  • Page 5: Overview

    RT-N1 HP models. This manual discusses features for both models. • If any of the items is damaged or missing, contact ASUS for technical inquiries and support. Refer to the ASUS Support Hotline list at the back of this user manual.
  • Page 6: Hardware Features

    Hardware features Front Downloaded from manuals search engine...
  • Page 7: Status Indicators

    Status indicators Status Indication No power or wireless signal is disabled System ready Power Flashing slowly Rescue mode Flashing quickly WPS in progress No power Wireless system ready Wireless Flashing Transmitting or receiving data (wireless) No power or no physical connection Has physical connection to an Ethernet network Wide Area...
  • Page 8 Rear (RT-N12 D1) Label Description Press this button for more than five seconds to restore the system to its factory default settings. Reset Press this button to power on/off the wireless router. Power Insert the AC adapter into this port to connect your router to a power source.
  • Page 9 Rear (RT-N12 HP) Label Description Press this button for more than four seconds to establish a secure wireless connection with a WPS-supported wireless device. Connect RJ- Ethernet cables to these ports to establish LAN connection. LAN1-LAN4 Connect an RJ- Ethernet cable to this port to establish WAN connection.
  • Page 10: Bottom Panel

    Bottom panel Item Description Mounting hooks Use the mounting hooks to mount your router on concrete or wooden surfaces using two round head screws. Air vents These vents provide ventilation to your router. NOTE: Mounting the wireless router to a wall is not recommended as it reduces wireless performance.
  • Page 11: Setting Up Your Wireless Network

    • For the best upward and downward wireless coverage, place the wireless router in an inclined position. • Always update to the latest firmware. Visit the ASUS website at to get the latest firmware updates. Downloaded from
  • Page 12: What You Need

    • Use a wired connection when setting up your wireless router to avoid possible wireless setup issues. • Before setting up your ASUS wireless router, do the following: • If you are replacing an existing router, disconnect it from your network.
  • Page 13: Wired Connection

    Wired connection NOTE: Your wireless router supports both a straight-through or crossover cable when setting up a wired connection. To set up a network using a wired connection: 1. Insert your wireless router’s AC adapter to the DC-In port and plug it to a power outlet.
  • Page 14 RT-N12 HP IMPORTANT! Ensure that the LAN LED is blinking.  Using another network cable, connect your modem to your wireless router’s WAN port. . Insert your modem’s AC adapter to the DC-In port and plug it to a power outlet. Downloaded from manuals search engine...
  • Page 15: Wireless Connection

    Wireless connection To set up your wireless network: 1. Insert your wireless router’s AC adapter to the DC-In port and plug it to a power outlet.  Using the bundled network cable, connect your modem to your wireless router’s WAN port. .
  • Page 16 RT-N12 HP Downloaded from manuals search engine...
  • Page 17: Before You Proceed

    Before you proceed NOTE: Before configuring your wireless router, apply the steps described in this section to each computer on the network to avoid problems connecting to the wireless network. A. Disable any configured proxy servers. Windows ® 1. Click Start > Internet Explorer.
  • Page 18 . From the Local Area Network (LAN) Settings window, uncheck Use a proxy server for your LAN. . Click OK then Apply. MAC OSX 1. From your Apple Safari browser, click Safari > Preferences > Advanced. On the Proxies item, click Change Settings...
  • Page 19: Configure Tcp/Ip Settings

    Configure TCP/IP settings to automatically obtain an IP address. Windows ® 1. Click Start > Control Panel > Network and Internet > Network and Sharing Center > Change adapter settings. . On the Network Connections window, click on Local Area Connection.
  • Page 20 . Tick Obtain an IP address automatically. 7. Click OK. MAC OSX 1. Click Apple Menu >System Preferences > Network . Click Ethernet on the left panel. . On the Configure IPv, item select Using DHCP. . Cllick Apply. Downloaded from manuals search engine...
  • Page 21: Disable Dial-Up Networking

    Disable dial-up networking Windows ® 1. Click Start > Internet Explorer. . Click Tools > Internet Options > Connections tab. . Tick Never dial a connection. . Click Apply then OK. Downloaded from manuals search engine...
  • Page 22: Network Configuration Using The Web Gui

    GUI Logging in to the web GUI Your ASUS Wireless Router uses a web-based user interface that allows you to configure the router using any web browser such as Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari, or Google Chrome.
  • Page 23: Setting Up The Internet Connection

    . The wireless router GUI provides access to various configuration settings. Setting up the Internet connection NOTE: When setting up the Internet connection for the first time, press the Reset button on your wireless router to reset it to its factory default settings. Downloaded from manuals search engine...
  • Page 24: Quick Internet Setup (Qis) With Auto-Detection

    Quick Internet Setup (QIS) with auto-detection The Quick Internet Setup (QIS) feature guides you in quickly setting up your Internet connection. To use QIS with auto-detection: 1. Launch a web browser such as Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari, or Google Chrome. .
  • Page 25 . Key in a new administrator password to prevent unauthorized access to the router. Click Next. . Select Wireless router mode, Repeater mode, or Access Point (AP) mode. Click Next. NOTE: To set up a wireless network with Internet access, use Wireless router mode.
  • Page 26 . The wireless router will attempt to identify your connection type. If needed, select the necessary connection type and key in any necessary information required, such as your ISP user name and password. IMPORTANT! Obtain the necessary information about your Internet connection type and additional login information from your Internet Service Provider.
  • Page 27 . In the Wireless setting screen, key in a network name (SSID) and assign a security key for your wireless connection. Click Apply. 9. A summary of your network settings will be displayed. Click Next to continue. Downloaded from manuals search engine...
  • Page 28 10. Read the Wireless Network Connection Tutorial. Click Finish. Downloaded from manuals search engine...
  • Page 29: Setting Up Wireless Security

    Setting up wireless security To protect your wireless network from unauthorized access, you need to configure your router’s security settings. To set up the wireless security settings: 1. Key in on your web browser. . On the login screen, key in the default user name (admin) and password (admin), then click OK.
  • Page 30 . On the Wireless name (SSID) field, key in a unique name for your wireless network. . From the Authentication Method dropdown list, select the encryption method for your wireless network. The IEEE 0.11n standard prohibits using High Throughput with WEP or WPA-TKIP as the unicast cipher. If you use these encryption methods, your data rate will drop to IEEE 0.11g Mbps connection.
  • Page 31: Tx Power Adjustment (For Rt-N12 Hp Only)

    Tx Power adjustment (For RT-N12 HP only) Tx Power adjustment refers to the milliWatts (mW) needed to power the radio signal output of the wireless router. The RT-N1 HP router can support a maximum transmission power of 00 mW. To adjust TX Power adjustment: 1.
  • Page 32: Creating Your Guest Network

    Creating your Guest Network Setting up a Guest Network provides wireless Internet connectivity for temporary visitors while restricting access to your private network. To create your guest network: 1. Click Guest Network on the navigation panel. . Click Enable. . To configure additional options, click any of the items listed. Downloaded from manuals search engine...
  • Page 33 . Assign a wireless name for your temporary network on the Network Name (SSID) field. . Select an Authentication Method. . Select a WEP Encryption method. 7. Specify the Access time or click Limitless. . Select Disable or Enable on the Access Intranet item. 9.
  • Page 34: Using The Traffic Manager

    Using the Traffic Manager Managing QoS (Quality of Service) Bandwidth The Quality of Service feature allows you to set the bandwidth priority and manage network traffic. To set up QoS: 1. Click Traffic Manager on the navigation panel and click the QoS tab.
  • Page 35 . If you want to prioritize specific network applications and network services, click User-defined Priority on the upper- right hand corner. . Adjust the values as needed. Click Apply. Downloaded from manuals search engine...
  • Page 36: Monitoring Traffic

    Monitoring Traffic Click the Traffic Monitor tab to view real-time or historical bandwidth information of your Internet, Wired, and Wireless connections. Downloaded from manuals search engine...
  • Page 37: Configuring Advanced Settings

    Configuring Advanced settings Setting up the DHCP Server Your wireless router uses DHCP to assign IP addresses automatically on your network. You can specify the IP address range and lease time for the clients on your network. To configure the DHCP server: 1.
  • Page 38 IP address will expire. Once it reaches this time limit, the DHCP server will then assign a new IP address. • ASUS recommeds that you use an IP address format of (where xxx can be any number between  and ) when specifying an IP address range.
  • Page 39: Upgrading The Firmware

    Upgrading the firmware Download the latest firmware from the ASUS website at To upgrade the firmware: 1. Click Administration from the navigation panel. . Click the Firmware Upgrade tab. . In the New Firmware File item, click Browse. Navigate to the downloaded firmware file.
  • Page 40: Restoring/Saving/Uploading Settings

    Restoring/Saving/Uploading settings To restore/save/upload wireless router settings: 1. Click Administration on the navigation panel. . Click the Restore/Save/Upload Setting tab. . Select a task from the configuration options: • To restore to default factory settings, click Restore, and click OK once prompted. •...
  • Page 41: Using The Utilities

    Device Discovery and Firmware Restoration utilities will be added to your applications. Device Discovery Device Discovery is an ASUS WLAN utility that detects any ASUS wireless routers available on the wireless network and allows you to configure the device.
  • Page 42: Firmware Restoration

    To launch the Device Discovery utility: • Click Start > All Programs > ASUS Utility > RT-N12 Wireless Router > Device Discovery. When you set the router to Access Point mode, you need to use Device Discovery to get the router’s IP address.
  • Page 43 IP address: 19.1.1.x Subnet mask: ...0 . From your computer’s desktop, click Start > All Programs > ASUS Utility > RT-N12 Wireless Router > Firmware Restoration. . Click Browse to navigate to the firmware file, then click Upload. The Firmware Restoration utility is not used to upgrade the firmware of a working ASUS Wireless Router.
  • Page 44: Troubleshooting

    Troubleshooting If you encounter problems that are not mentioned in this chapter, contact ASUS Technical Support. Troubleshooting I cannot access the router GUI for configuring the router. • Delete the cookies and temporary files in your web browser. To do this in Internet Explorer : 1. Launch your web browser, then click Tools > Internet Options.
  • Page 45 Authentication: • Use a wired connection to connect to the router. • Check the wireless security settings. • Press the Reset button at the rear panel for more than five seconds. Cannot find the router: • Press the Reset button at the rear panel for more than five seconds.
  • Page 46 The ADSL Modem “Link” light is ON (steady and not blinking) and means Internet access is possible, but I still cannot browse the Internet. • Restart your computer. • Check if the WAN LED on the wireless router is on. • Check the wireless encryption settings. • Check if the computer can get an IP address (using both a wired or wireless connection). •...
  • Page 47 The following are the factory default settings: User name: admin Password: admin Enable DHCP: Yes (if WAN cable is plugged in) IP address: Domain name: (Blank) Subnet Mask ...0 DNS Server 1: DNS Server 2: (Blank) SSID: ASUS Downloaded from manuals search engine...
  • Page 48: Asus Ddns Service

    2. I did not register the ASUS DDNS for the router I bought six months ago. Can I still register it? Yes, you can still register the ASUS DDNS service for your router.
  • Page 49 Different ISPs may have different interval times for updating IP addresses. 6. Is the ASUS DDNS service free, or is it just a trial version? The ASUS DDNS service is a free and embedded service in some ASUS routers.
  • Page 50: Appendices

    We believe in providing solutions for you to be able to responsibly recycle our products, batteries, other components, as well as the packaging materials. Please go to http://csr.asus. com/english/Takeback.htm for the detailed recycling information in different regions.
  • Page 51 This equipment generates, uses and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio communications. However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular installation. If this equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or television reception, which can be determined by turning the equipment off and on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of...
  • Page 52: Safety Information

    Safety Information To maintain compliance with FCC’s RF exposure guidelines, this equipment should be installed and operated with minimum distance 0cm between the radiator and your body. Use on the supplied antenna. Declaration of Conformity for R&TTE directive 1999/5/EC Essential requirements – Article  Protection requirements for health and safety –...
  • Page 53 Operation is subject to the following two conditions: (1) this device may not cause interference, and () this device must accept any interference, including interference that may cause undesired operation of the device. Radio Frequency (RF) Exposure Information The radiated output power of the Wireless Device is below the Industry Canada (IC) radio frequency exposure limits.
  • Page 54 警語 經型式認證合格之低功率射頻電機,非經許可,公司、商號或 使用者均不得擅自變更頻率、加大功率或變更原設計之特性及 功能。低功率射頻電機之使用不得影響飛航安全及干擾合法通 信;經發現有干擾現象時,應立即停用,並改善至無干擾時方 得繼續使用。前項合法通信,指依電信法規定作業之無線電通 信。低功率射頻電機須忍受合法通信或工業、科學及醫療用電 波輻射性電機設備之干擾。 Authorised distributors in Turkey BOGAZICI BIL GISAYAR SAN. VE TIC. A.S. Tel: +90 1 11000 Addrress: AYAZAGA MAH. KEMERBURGAZ CAD. NO.10 AYAZAGA/ISTANBUL CIZGI Elektronik San. Tic. Ltd. Sti. Tel: +90 1 7070 Address: CEMAL SURURI CD.
  • Page 55: Licensing Information

    GNU General Public License Licensing information This product includes copyrighted third-party software licensed under the terms of the GNU General Public License. Please see The GNU General Public License for the exact terms and conditions of this license. We include a copy of the GPL with every CD shipped with our product.
  • Page 56 We protect your rights with two steps: (1) copyright the software, and () offer you this license which gives you legal permission to copy, distribute and/or modify the software. Also, for each author’s protection and ours, we want to make certain that everyone understands that there is no warranty for this free software.
  • Page 57 Activities other than copying, distribution and modification are not covered by this License; they are outside its scope. The act of running the Program is not restricted, and the output from the Program is covered only if its contents constitute a work based on the Program (independent of having been made by running the Program).
  • Page 58 c) If the modified program normally reads commands interactively when run, you must cause it, when started running for such interactive use in the most ordinary way, to print or display an announcement including an appropriate copyright notice and a notice that there is no warranty (or else, saying that you provide a warranty) and that users may redistribute the program under these conditions, and telling the user how to view a copy of this License.
  • Page 59 a) Accompany it with the complete corresponding machine- readable source code, which must be distributed under the terms of Sections 1 and  above on a medium customarily used for software interchange; or, b) Accompany it with a written offer, valid for at least three years, to give any third party, for a charge no more than your cost of physically performing source distribution, a complete machine-readable copy of the corresponding source code, to...
  • Page 60 . You may not copy, modify, sublicense, or distribute the Program except as expressly provided under this License. Any attempt otherwise to copy, modify, sublicense or distribute the Program is void, and will automatically terminate your rights under this License. However, parties who have received copies, or rights, from you under this License will not have their licenses terminated so long as such parties remain in full compliance.
  • Page 61 If any portion of this section is held invalid or unenforceable under any particular circumstance, the balance of the section is intended to apply and the section as a whole is intended to apply in other circumstances. It is not the purpose of this section to induce you to infringe any patents or other property right claims or to contest validity of any such claims;...
  • Page 62 Each version is given a distinguishing version number. If the Program specifies a version number of this License which applies to it and “any later version” , you have the option of following the terms and conditions either of that version or of any later version published by the Free Software Foundation.
  • Page 64: Networks Global Hotline Information

    Networks Global Hotline Information Support Working Working Area Hotline Number Languages Hour Australia 100-77- English :00-0:00 Mon. to Fri. Austria 00-001 German 9:00-1:00 Mon. to Fri. Belgium 00-7101 Dutch /French 9:00-17:00 Mon. to Fri. Simplified Mon. to China 00-0- 9:00-1:00 Chinese Sun.
  • Page 65 9:00-17:00 Mon. to Fri. 00-19071991 :0-1:00am Mon. to Fri. (:0am- 9:00pm PST) USA/Canada 1-1--77 English 9:00am- Sat. to Sun. :00pm EST (:00am- :00pm PST) For more information, visit the ASUS support site at: Downloaded from manuals search engine...
  • Page 66: Asus Contact Information

    ASUS COMPUTER INTERNATIONAL (America) Address 00 Corporate Way, Fremont, CA 99, USA Telephone +11079777 +1100 Website Online support ASUS COMPUTER GmbH (Germany and Austria) Address Harkort Str. 1-, D-00 Ratingen, Germany Telephone +9100109* +91099911 Website Online contact
  • Page 67 ASUSTeK Computer Inc. Manufacturer: Tel: +--9-7 Address: F, No. 10, LI-TE RD., PEITOU, TAIPEI 11, TAIWAN ASUS Computer GmbH Authorised representative Address: HARKORT STR. 1-, 00 RATINGEN, GERMANY in Europe: EEE Yönetmeliğine Uygundur. Downloaded from manuals search engine...
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