System Features - Configuration
The Configuration page is just that - the section where you can configure every component of the router. All broadband routers have such a configuration/admin page, but by necessity the WL-700gE has a far more complex one. ASUS have broken it down into Basic and Advanced configuration, depending on how brave you're feeling!
The main page of Basic configuration gives a summary of the router's current settings - what applications are active, whether any printers are connected, and the number and status of any connected hard disks. From this page, as well as from the main page, you can install the necessary client utilities to get full access to the router's applications, like Download Master. You also have access to information about the wireless adaptor, active DHCP lease details, port forwarding and system logs. To be honest, there's not much you can do in Basic - it's more for information than anything else.
Click into Advanced Settings and you're immediately swamped with options. Under Wireless you've got a full run-down about the adaptor, with the option to change the SSID, channel, mode, and all authentication/security/encryption options. You can also modify Access Control to enable/disable MAC filtering, connect the router to a RADIUS server for advanced wireless authentication and even modify the broadcast settings - power, speed and performance thresholds.
IP Config gives configuration options to modify the WAN and LAN ports, DHCP service, customise QoS bandwidth management and set up a Dynamic DNS (DDNS) service for those users with a registered domain name and dynamic WAN IPs (which is most of us using broadband).
NAT Setting lets you enable port triggers for inbound ports you wish to allow, define a Virtual Server, where inbound connections are redirected to a specified IP address, and even create a virtual DMZ, where one computer on your local network is exposed to all incoming internet traffic (useful for hosting a game or web server).
Internet Firewall lets you configure the router for WAN access, set up LAN-to-WAN or WAN-to-LAN filtering to block or customise internet access at preconfigured times and dates, and even set up URL filtering, to block access to particular URLs from the LAN.
Applications lets you enable/disable the router's inbuilt applications - Download Master, Download Daemon, Download Share, Photo Album and Media Server, as well as do some basic configuration like specifying the port range and default seeding time for the BitTorrent client, and the default web server port. You can also configure the settings for an attached USB webcam, enabling to run via a web interface, and even turning it into a security camera controlled by the router, which can enable motion detection and email alerts. And finally, locally-attached USB printers can be configured and shared out - ready for connection from UPnP-enabled clients.
Disk Management gives a graphical rundown of all attached disks, along with their corresponding physical and volume properties. If you attach an external USB drive to the router, it will be visible here, and you can also enable mirroring - a very useful way of making a complete backup of the system and providing ongoing data protection.
Share Management lets you create and configure network shares based on drive volumes. By default, the pre-installed drive has a volumed called MYVOLUME1 and is shared out as MYSHARE1. You can create shares if there are disks with unshared volumes or edit existing shares, configuring network file protocols and share authentication. You can also set up users for User Based Share Access (USBA) to require authentication to the shares, and the router can be configured to join a particular Windows Workgroup, or accept AD domain usernames.
Finally, System Setup lets you set the device up as either a gateway or just an AP, change the machine name, set the regional language and time/date options, system time, upgrade the firmware or view the system/error logs.