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RT-N56U
Extreme Wireless N Router
Ultra Slim, True Dual Band,
and Gigabit Internet
The ultra-thin and stylish RT-N56U
features a 2.4GHz and 5GHz dual
bands for an unmatched concurrent
wireless HD streaming; built-in ASUS
AiDisk and Download Master that
support HTTP, FTP, SMB, and BT
protocols for uninterrupted download
tasks; a capability to handle 300,000
sessions; and the ASUS Green Network
Technology, which provides up to 70%
power-saving solution.
User Guide
First Edition
June 2010 / E5815

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  • Page 1 User Guide RT-N56U Extreme Wireless N Router Ultra Slim, True Dual Band, and Gigabit Internet The ultra-thin and stylish RT-N56U features a 2.4GHz and 5GHz dual bands for an unmatched concurrent wireless HD streaming; built-in ASUS AiDisk and Download Master that...
  • Page 2: Table Of Contents

    Setting up the Internet connection ........11 Quick Internet Setup (QIS) with auto-detection ....11 Quick Internet Setup (QIS) without auto-detection ..14 Your ASUS Wireless Router as a 3.5G mobile router ..15 Setting up the wireless security settings .......17 Managing your network clients ........19 Monitoring your USB device ...........20...
  • Page 3 Setting up your network printer ........36 4 Using the utilities Device Discovery ..............40 Firmware Restoration ............41 Download Master ............42 5 Troubleshooting Troubleshooting ...............46 ASUS DDNS Service ............50 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) ........50 Appendices Notices ................52 GNU General Public License ..........54 REACH ................63 ASUS Contact information ..........64...
  • Page 4: Quick Look Package Contents

    A quick look Package contents RT-N56U Wireless Router Power adapter Support CD (manual, utilities) RJ45 cable Quick Start Guide NOTE: If any of the items is damaged or missing, contact your retailer. Your wireless router Internet USB LED LAN 1 ~ 4 ports...
  • Page 5: Mounting Placement

    Mounting placement NOTES: • Use only the adapter that came with your package. Using other adapters may damage the device. • Specifications: DC Power adapter DC Input: +19V with max 1.58A current; +12V with max 2A current Operating Storage 0~40 0~70 Temperature Operating...
  • Page 6: Creating Your Network What You Need

    Creating your network What you need To set up your network, you need one or two computers that meet the following system requirements: • Ethernet RJ-45 (LAN) port (10Base-T/100Base-TX/ 1000BaseTX) • IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n wireless capability • An installed TCP/IP service •...
  • Page 7: Before You Proceed

    Before you proceed IMPORTANT! • The Ethernet RJ-45 cables that will be used to connect the network devices should not exceed 100 meters. • For the best wireless signal transmission between the wireless router and the network devices connected to it, ensure that you: •...
  • Page 8: Setting Up Your Wireless Router

    Setting up your wireless router IMPORTANT! Use wired connection in setting up your wireless router to avoid possible setup problems due to wireless uncertainty. Wired connection (A) NOTE: Your wireless router has an integrated auto-crossover function, so use either straight-through or crossover cable for wired connection.
  • Page 9: Wireless Connection (b)

    If your wireless router supports the 3G function, you may use a 3.5G USB adapter to turn your wireless router into a mobile router. For more details, refer to the section Your ASUS Wireless Router as a 3G mobile router in this user manual.
  • Page 10: Onfiguring Via The Web Gui

    Configuring via the web GUI Logging into the web GUI Your ASUS Wireless Router comes with an intuitive web graphics user interface (GUI) that allows you to easily configure its various features through a web browser such as Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, or Google Chrome.
  • Page 11: Setting Up The Internet Connection

    2. The wireless router’s web GUI launches. Use the web GUI to configure various wireless settings. Setting up the Internet connection Quick Internet Setup (QIS) with auto-detection The Quick Internet Setup (QIS) function guides you in quickly setting up your Internet connection. To use QIS with auto-detection: 1.
  • Page 12 2. The wireless router automatically detects if your ISP connection type is Dynamic IP, PPPoE, PPTP, L2TP, and Static IP. Key in the necessary information for your ISP connection type. IMPORTANT! Obtain the necessary information about your Internet connection type from your ISP. NOTE: The auto-detection of your ISP connection type takes place when you configure the wireless router for the first time or when your wireless router is reset to its default settings.
  • Page 13 2. Simply Wireless Security Setting: Click to go to the wireless router’s web graphics user interface (GUI) to configure your wireless security settings. IMPORTANT! • By default, encryption is disabled and open system authentication is used in your wireless router. This renders your network unsecured against unauthorized access and malicious attacks from hackers.
  • Page 14: Quick Internet Setup (qis) Without Auto-detection

    Quick Internet Setup (QIS) without auto-detection To use QIS without auto-detection: 1. Under Internet status, click GO in the Quick Internet Setup field. 2. Select your connection type from these types of ISP services: Dynamic IP, PPPoE, PPTP, L2TP, and Static IP. 3.
  • Page 15: Your Asus Wireless Router As A 3.5g Mobile Router

    Your ASUS Wireless Router as a 3.5G mobile router Install a 3.5G USB adapter on your wireless router to turn it into a mobile router to provide a quick Internet connnection access and sharing for your wireless network clients virtually anywhere.
  • Page 16 Setting up the 3.5G Internet connection settings To set up the 3.5G Internet connection settings: 1. Key in 192.168.1.1 on your web browser. 2. On the login screen, key in the default user name (admin) and password (admin), then click OK. The wireless router’s web GUI launches.
  • Page 17: Setting Up The Wireless Security Settings

    • PIN: Key in the PIN (Personal Identification Number) code. • Dial Number: Key in your dial number. • Username: Key in your username. • Password: Key in your password. IMPORTANT! Obtain the APN service name, PIN code, dial number, username, and password from your ISP. 5.
  • Page 18 NOTE: You can set up different wireless security settings for 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands. 2.4GHz security settings 5GHz security settings...
  • Page 19: Managing Your Network Clients

    4. On the Wireless name (SSID) field, key in a unique name for your wireless network. 5. From the Security Level dropdown list, select the encryption method for your wireless network. IMPORTANT! The IEEE 802.11n 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 802.11g 54Mbps connection.
  • Page 20: Monitoring Your Usb Device

    Blocked client list and click Unblock. Monitoring your USB device The ASUS Wireless Router provides two USB 2.0 ports for connecting USB devices such as a USB storage device and USB printer, to allow you to monitor the working environment, share files, and printer with clients in your network.
  • Page 21 2. On the Network Map screen, select the USB Disk Status icon to display the information about your USB device. 3. On the UPnP Media Server field, click GO to allow UPnP (Universal Plug and Play) devices such as PS3 to access the multimedia files in your USB disk.
  • Page 22: Using Your Router As A Upnp Media Server

    Using your router as a UPnP Media Server Your wireless router allows UPnP (Universal Plug and Play) multimedia devices, such as PS3 and XBox 360, to access multimedia files from the USB disk connected to your wireless router. NOTE: Before using the UPnP Media Server function, install a wireless adapter on your UPnP device.
  • Page 23: Using Aidisk For An Ftp Server And Network Neighborhood Setup

    Using AiDisk for an FTP Server and Network Neighborhood setup AiDisk allows you to set up an FTP server and share the content of a USB disk to the clients in your network. NOTE: Before using AiDisk, ensure that you have inserted a USB disk into the USB port of your wireless router.
  • Page 24 3. Select the access rights that you want to assign to the clients accessing your shared data. 4. To create your own domain for your FTP site via the ASUS DDNS services, select I will use the service and accept the Terms of service and key in your domain name.
  • Page 25: Managing Ezqos Bandwidth

    5. When done, click Finish. 6. To access the FTP site that you created, launch a web browser or a third-party FTP client utility and key in the ftp link (ftp://<domain name>) you have previously created. Managing EZQoS Bandwidth EzQoS Bandwidth Management allows you to set the bandwidth priority and manage the network traffic.
  • Page 26 2. Click each of these four applications to set the bandwidth priority: Icon Description Gaming Blaster The router handles gaming traffic at first priority. Internet Application The router handles the e-mail, web browsing and other Internet applications traffic at first priority. AiDisk The router handles at first priority the traffic of downloading/ uploading data to/from the FTP server.
  • Page 27: Configuring The Advanced Settings

    You may enable the DHCP Server function in your wireless router so your network clients can automatically obtain IP addresses from your wireless router. NOTE: The ASUS Wireless Router can support up to 253 IP addresses for your network. To set up the DHCP server: 1.
  • Page 28 3. In the Enable the DHCP Server? field, tick Yes. 4. In the IP Pool Starting Address field, key in the starting IP address. 5. In the IP Pool Ending Address field, key in the ending IP address. 6. In the Lease Time field, key in the time that the IP addresses expire and the wireless router automatically assigns new IP Addresses for the network clients.
  • Page 29: Upgrading The Firmware

    Upgrading the firmware NOTE: Download the latest firmware from the ASUS website at http://www.asus.com To upgrade the firmware: 1. Click Advanced Setting from the navigation menu at the left side of your screen. 2. Under the Administration menu, click Firmware Upgrade.
  • Page 30: Restoring/saving/uploading Settings

    Restoring/Saving/Uploading settings To restore/save/upload the settings: 1. Click Advanced Setting from the navigation menu at the left side of your screen. 2. Under the Administration menu, click Restore/Save/Upload Setting. 3. Select the tasks that you want to do: • To restore to the default factory settings, click Restore, and click OK in the confirmation message.
  • Page 31: Sharing Files From A Usb Storage Device

    Sharing files from a USB storage device Creating a user account You need to create user accounts before you can share the files or data in the USB storage device. To create a user account: 1. Click Advanced Setting > USB Application from the navigation menu at the left side of your screen.
  • Page 32 4. In the Account and Password fields, key in the name and password of the client/computer in your network. Retype the password to confirm. Click Add to add the account to the list. Assigning access rights To assign access rights: 1.
  • Page 33 USB storage device are now shared to computers in your network. Sharing files via the FTP server The ASUS Wireless Router enables you to share files from your USB storage device via the FTP server with computers in LAN or through the Internet.
  • Page 34 To share files via the FTP server: 1. Ensure that you have set up your FTP server through AiDisk. NOTE: For more details, refer to the section Using AiDisk for an FTP Server and Network Neighborhood setup in this user manual. 2.
  • Page 35 4. From the list of files/folders, select the type of access rights that you want to assign for specific files/folders: • R/W: Select this option to assign read/write access for a specific file/folder. • W: Select this option to assign write only access for a specific file/folder.
  • Page 36: Setting Up Your Network Printer

    NOTE: To check if your USB printer is compatible with your ASUS wireless router, visit the ASUS website at www.asus.com and click Products > Networks > Printer Support List. To set up your USB Printer: 1. Run the ASUS Wireless Utilities from the support CD, then click Run Network Printer Setup Program.
  • Page 37 2. Follow the onscreen instructions to set up your hardware, then click Next. 3. Wait for a few minutes for the initial setup to finish. Click Next.
  • Page 38 4. Click Finish to complete the installation. 5. Follow the Windows OS instructions to install the printer ® driver.
  • Page 39 6. After the printer’s driver installation is completed, network clients can now use the printer.

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