ASUS RT-AC68P AC-1900 Wireless Router Review

ASUS Router Configuration GUI

Below is the default screen that you will see on initial connection to the WiFi router. I’ve got to admit I really enjoy their clean interface, it’s fresh and definitely easy to navigate and understand. On the “Welcome” page you will see some basic specifications of the router and a GO button to continue to get setup.

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The first thing on tap is setting up the router login name and password. It’s HIGHLY recommended to change the router login name, in addition to the password.

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After the Internet Setup, which was fast enough that I could not grab a screenshot is the Router Setup configuration. From, here, you’ll setup your Wireless settings. Again, it’s highly recommended to change the default names “ASUS and ASUS_5G” to something else. If you keep the default names, you are telling the world you don’t know jack about technology and configuring a wireless router that makes you a prime target for hackers.

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After applying the settings it will take a few minutes for all of the changes to be made.

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This is the main screen of the router and the screen in which you will come to after logging in going forward. From here you have a dashboard-like interface that quickly gives you a look at the entire configuration and status of the router. You can see your WAN connection and status, Security Level set for your WiFI, how many clients are connected and if there are any USB drives or printers attached. You can also see the SSID’s and configurations for the WiFi’s along with Firmware version information and more.

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At the top right of the page there are alerts and activity notifications informing you of what’s happening. As you can see here, there is an exclamation mark indicating an issue.

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Upon clicking the warning, you can see that it’s alerting us of a new firmware update being available.

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We’ll go ahead and click Update Now to test the functionality of an upgrade.

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The firmware upgrade process was quick and easy. It downloaded it in a couple minutes and then it took about 3 additional minutes for the firmware to be upgraded.  The final screen indicated that we should reboot the router to startup the device with the new firmware version.

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A closer look at the clients and USB devices can be seen below. I attached an old WD MyBook external drive to see the functionality. I like how it shows the available drive space at a glance here.

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