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Asus RT-N56U User Manual

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Extreme Performance in Style
Dual-band Wireless-N
Gigabit Router
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
Download Master that support HTTP,
FTP, and BT protocols for uninterrupted
download tasks; SMB server, UPnP
AV server, and FTP server for 24/7 file
sharing; a capability to handle 300,000
sessions; and the ASUS Green Network
Technology, which provides up to 70%
power-saving solution.

User Guide


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  • Page 1: User Guide

    Download Master that support HTTP, FTP, and BT protocols for uninterrupted download tasks; SMB server, UPnP AV server, and FTP server for 24/7 file sharing; a capability to handle 300,000 sessions; and the ASUS Green Network Technology, which provides up to 70% power-saving solution.
  • 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 (2) the serial number of the product is defaced or missing.
  • Page 3: Table Of Contents

    Table of contents A quick look Package contents ...............5 Your wireless router ............5 Mounting placement ............7 Creating your network Positioning your router .............8 What you need ..............9 Setting up your wireless router ........10 Wired connection ............10 Wireless connection ............11 Before you proceed ............12 A.
  • Page 4 Setting up your network printer ........42 4 Using the utilities Device Discovery ..............46 Firmware Restoration ............47 Download Master ............48 5 Troubleshooting Troubleshooting ...............52 ASUS DDNS Service ............55 Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) ........55 Appendices Notices ................57 ASUS Contact information ..........69 Networks Global Hotline Information ......70...
  • Page 5: Quick Look Package Contents

    Warranty card Manual, utility software NOTES: • 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. • Keep the original packaging material in case you would need future warranty services such as repair or replacement.
  • Page 6: Reset Button

    LAN LED Off: No power or no physical connection. On: Has physical connection to a local area network (LAN). WAN LED Off: No power or no physical connection. On: Has physical connection to a wide area network (WAN). 5GHz LED / 2.4GHz LED Off: No 5GHz or 2.4GHz signal.
  • Page 7: Mounting Placement

    Mounting placement To mount the wireless router into its stand: 1. Locate the two mounting holes at the bottom of the wireless router. 2. Latch the stand’s two mounting hooks to the wireless router’s mounting holes. 3. Slide the wireless router to direction of the arrow to secure it to its stand.
  • Page 8: Creating Your Network

    • For the best front-to-rear coverage, place the wireless router in an upright position. • For the best up-and-down 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.
  • Page 9: What You Need

    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 • Web browser such as Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, or Google Chrome NOTES: •...
  • Page 10: Setting Up Your Wireless Router

    • Use wired connection in setting up your wireless router to avoid possible setup problems due to wireless uncertainty. • Before setting up your ASUS wireless router, do the following: • If you are replacing an existing router, disconnect it from your network.
  • Page 11: Wireless Connection

    2. Using the bundled network cable, connect your computer to your wireless router’s LAN port. IMPORTANT! Ensure that the LAN LED is blinking. 3 Using another network cable, connect your modem to your wireless router’s WAN port. 4. Insert your modem’s AC adapter to the DC-In port and plug it to a power outlet.
  • Page 12: Before You Proceed

    NOTES: • For details on connecting to a wireless network, refer to the WLAN adapter’s user manual. • To set up the security settings for your network, refer to the section Setting up the wireless security settings in this user manual. Before you proceed NOTE: Before configuring your wireless router, do the steps described in this section for your host computer and network...
  • Page 13 3. From the Local Area Network (LAN) Settings screen, untick Use a proxy server for your LAN. 4. Click OK when done. MAC OS 1. From your Safari browser, click Safari > Preferences > Advanced > Change Settings... 2. From the Network screen, deselect FTP Proxy and Web Proxy (HTTP).
  • Page 14: Set The Tcp/Ip Settings To Automatically Obtain An Ip Address

    B. Set the TCP/IP settings to automatically obtain an IP address. Windows ® 1. Click Start > Control Panel > Network and Internet > Network and Sharing Center > Manage network connections. 2. Select Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) or Internet Protocol Version 6 (TCP/IPv6), then click Properties.
  • Page 15: Disable The Dial-Up Connection, If Enabled

    MAC OS 1. Click the Apple icon located on the top left of your screen. 2. Click System Preferences > Network > Configure... 3. From the TCP/IP tab, select Using DHCP in the Configure IPv4 dropdown list. 4. Cllick Apply Now when done.
  • Page 16: 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 17 3. The wireless router’s web GUI launches. Use the web GUI to configure various wireless settings.
  • Page 18: Setting Up The Internet Connection

    Setting up the Internet connection NOTE: When setting the Internet connection for the first time, press the Reset button on your wireless router to reset it to its factory default settings. Quick Internet Setup (QIS) with auto-detection The Quick Internet Setup (QIS) function guides you in quickly setting up your Internet connection.
  • Page 19 NOTES: • 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. • If QIS failed to detect your Internet connection type, click Skip to manual setting (see the screen capture in step 1) and manually configure your connection settings.
  • Page 20: Using Wi-Fi Protected Setup (Wps)

    WPS: OS Support Wireless Adapter Support ASUS/Intel wireless LAN card (except WL-167g and WL-160W) Windows Vista 32/64 ASUS WL-167g v2 driver v. or Windows 7 32/64 later Windows 2008 ASUS WL-160N/WL-130N driver v. or later ASUS/Intel wireless LAN card (not...
  • Page 21 To use WPS: 1. In the WPS field, click the red button to launch the WPS Wizard. NOTE: You may also press the WPS button on your wireless router to launch the WPS Wizard. 2. Follow the onscreen instructions to complete the wireless network setup.
  • Page 22: Setting Up The Wireless Security Settings

    Setting up the wireless security settings To protect your wireless network from unauthorized access, you need to configure its security settings. To set up the wireless security settings: 1. Key in on your web browser. 2. On the login screen, key in the default user name (admin) and password (admin), then click OK.
  • Page 23 5GHz security settings 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.
  • Page 24: Managing Your Network Clients

    Managing your network clients To manage your network clients: 1. Launch the wireless router’s web GUI. 2. On the Network Map screen, select the Client Status icon to display the information about your network clients. 3. In the Priority field under the Client List, you can set the priority packet for each client as Normal, High, or Low.
  • Page 25: Monitoring Your Usb Device

    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 26 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. NOTE: For more details, refer to the next section Using your router as a UPnP Media Server in this user manual. 4.
  • Page 27: 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 28: 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 29 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 30 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.
  • Page 31: Managing Ezqos Bandwidth

    Managing EZQoS Bandwidth EzQoS Bandwidth Management allows you to set the bandwidth priority and manage the network traffic. To set up the bandwidth priority: 1. Click EzQoS Bandwidth Management from the navigation menu at the left side of your screen. NOTE: Manually key in the uplink speed to prevent the router from detecting the wrong uplink speed from an unstable network.
  • Page 32 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. The router handles at first priority the traffic of downloading/ uploading data to/from the FTP server.
  • Page 33: 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 34 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 35: Upgrading The Firmware

    Upgrading the firmware NOTE: Download the latest firmware from the ASUS website at 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 36: 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 37: 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 38 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 39 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 40 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 41 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 42: Setting Up Your Network Printer

    USB printer. NOTES: • To check if your USB printer is compatible with your ASUS wireless router, refer to the Plug-n-Share Disk Support List at • The wireless router's printer server function is not supported ®...
  • Page 43 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 44 4. Click Finish to complete the installation. 5. Follow the Windows OS instructions to install the printer ® driver.
  • Page 45 6. After the printer’s driver installation is completed, network clients can now use the printer.
  • Page 46: Using The Utilities

    • If Autorun is disabled, run setup.exe from the root directory of the support CD. Device Discovery Device Discovery is an ASUS WLAN utility that detects an ASUS wireless router device, and enables you to configure the device. To launch the Device Discovery utility: •...
  • Page 47: Firmware Restoration

    Firmware Restoration Firmware Restoration is used on an ASUS Wireless Router that failed during its firmware upgrading process. It uploads the firmware that you specify. The process takes about three to four minutes. IMPORTANT: Launch the rescue mode before using the Firmware Restoration utility.
  • Page 48: Download Master

    5. Specify a firmware file, then click Upload. NOTE: This is not a firmware upgrade utility and cannot be used on a working ASUS Wireless Router. Normal firmware upgrades must be done through the web interface. Refer to Chapter 3: Configuring via the web GUI for more details.
  • Page 49 Address (URL). NOTES: • If you select Download using ASUS Download, you can see the download task is added to the Transfer list. The blue bars indicate the progress rate of the download tasks. • If you copy the download address, click the Assign button in the utility.
  • Page 50 FTP download Click the Assign button of the Download Master and select FTP in the Options field. Key in the FTP site address, Port number, User Name, Password. Click Download to start. BT download Save the BT seed on your computer.
  • Page 51 3. Click the Folder button to view the download file. Open the Complete folder to view or copy the finished files to your local hard disk. The incomplete tasks are kept in the InComplete folder.
  • Page 52: Troubleshooting

    Troubleshooting NOTE: If you encounter problems that are not mentioned in this chapter, contact the ASUS Technical Support. Troubleshooting I cannot access a web browser for configuring the router. • Delete the cookies and files in your web browser. To do this, follow these steps: 1. Launch your web browser, then click Tools > Internet Options...
  • Page 53 Cannot find the router: • Press the Reset button at the rear panel for more than five seconds. • Check the setting in the wireless adapter such as SSID and encryption settings. Cannot access the Internet via wireless LAN adapter. • Move the router closer to the wireless client. •...
  • Page 54 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: DNS Server 1: DNS Server 2: (Blank) SSID: ASUS...
  • Page 55: 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 56 Different ISPs may have different interval time for IP updating. 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 57: Appendices Notices

    Appendices Notices ASUS Recycling/Takeback Services ASUS recycling and takeback programs come from our commitment to the highest standards for protecting our environment. 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 for the detailed...
  • Page 58 protection against harmful interference in a residential installation. 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.
  • Page 59: Safety Information

    Safety Information To maintain compliance with FCC’s RF exposure guidelines, this equipment should be installed and operated with minimum distance 20cm between the radiator and your body. Use on the supplied antenna. Declaration of Conformity for R&TTE directive 1999/5/ Essential requirements – Article 3 Protection requirements for health and safety –...
  • Page 60 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。 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.
  • Page 61 Preamble The licenses for most software are designed to take away your freedom to share and change it. By contrast, the GNU General Public License is intended to guarantee your freedom to share and change free software--to make sure the software is free for all its users.
  • Page 62 We protect your rights with two steps: (1) copyright the software, and (2) 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 63 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 64 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. (Exception: if the Program itself is interactive but does not normally print such an announcement, your work based on the Program is not required to print an announcement.) These requirements apply to the modified work as a whole.
  • Page 65 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 be distributed under the terms of Sections 1 and 2 above on a medium customarily used for software interchange;...
  • Page 66 5. You are not required to accept this License, since you have not signed it. However, nothing else grants you permission to modify or distribute the Program or its derivative works. These actions are prohibited by law if you do not accept this License.
  • Page 67 validity of any such claims; this section has the sole purpose of protecting the integrity of the free software distribution system, which is implemented by public license practices. Many people have made generous contributions to the wide range of software distributed through that system in reliance on consistent application of that system;...
  • Page 68 free programs whose distribution conditions are different, write to the author to ask for permission. For software which is copyrighted by the Free Software Foundation, write to the Free Software Foundation; we sometimes make exceptions for this. Our decision will be guided by the two goals of preserving the free status of all derivatives of our free software and of promoting the sharing and reuse of software generally.
  • Page 69: Asus Contact Information

    ASUS COMPUTER INTERNATIONAL (America) Address 800 Corporate Way, Fremont, CA 94539, USA Telephone +15107393777 +15106084555 Website Online support ASUS COMPUTER GmbH (Germany and Austria) Address Harkort Str. 21-23, D-40880 Ratingen, Germany Telephone +491805010923* +492102959911 Website Online contact
  • Page 70: Networks Global Hotline Information

    Networks Global Hotline Information Support Working Working Area Hotline Number Languages Hour Mon. to Australia 1300-2787-88 English 9:00-18:00 Fri. Mon. to Austria 0043-820240513 German 9:00-18:00 Fri. Mon. to Belgium 0032-78150231 Dutch /French 9:00-17:00 Fri. 800-820-6655; Simplified Mon. to China 9:00-18:00 021-34074610 Chinese Sun.
  • Page 71 0044-870-1208340; Mon. to United Kingdom English 9:00-17:00 0035-31890719918 Fri. 8:30- Mon. to 12:00am Fri. (5:30am- 9:00pm PST) USA/Canada 1-812-282-2787 English 9:00am- Sat. to 6:00pm EST Sun. (6:00am- 3:00pm PST) NOTE: For more information, visit the ASUS support site at:
  • Page 72 ASUSTeK Computer Inc. Manufacturer: Tel: +886-2-2894-3447 Address: No. 150, LI-TE RD., PEITOU, TAIPEI 112, TAIWAN ASUS Computer GmbH Authorised representative Address: HARKORT STR. 21-23, 40880 in Europe: RATINGEN, GERMANY BOGAZICI BIL GISAYAR SAN. VE TIC. Authorised A.S. distributors Tel: +90 212 3311000 in Turkey: Address: AYAZAGA MAH.