Setup and WebUI
Unlike some of the other wireless routers we have tested from ASUS, we did not see a setup wizard in the UI. This was something of a disappointment as I have felt that ASUS was on the right track with their wizards in previous models.
Of course, with as simple as ASUS has made their UI, I imagine that they felt there was little need for a setup wizard to be forced into the RT-N56U. What you see above is the basic Welcome screen. It is setup to allow you to see your device and network "at a glance". We have it disconnected for these images, but you will also see your Internet connection in addition to systems on the network and USB devices directly attached.
After the Network map we come to the AI Disk Wizard. In order to use this handy little feature you will have to have a USB device attached. Once you do the Wizard will be visible to you.
AiDisk is a very streamlined way to setup basic file sharing from your RT-N56U. It is a great feature and one that is becoming more common place in home networking gear. After you click the "Go" button it is just a few steps and you will have a very inexpensive NAS complete with wireless.
As you can see from the steps shown here, you do not have to do much to get the AiDisk up and running.
ASUS gives you multiple options for security right from this simple wizard. You can also head into the advanced section for more granular control.
The Universal Plug and Play feature is one that is both a benefit and a danger. On the one hand it can make setting up a media server (with the use of the AiDisk feature) a snap. On the other, it can be a security hole and one that can be exploited.
For Quality of Service, ASUS is giving you a very visual way to shape your traffic. All you have to do is click the Icon of the items you want to give priority and you are set.
Of course, you cannot get by on the simple wizards alone. ASUS has made sure to include more advanced options for greater control over your RT-N56U and also to allow the more experienced users to feel at home, too.
As with most ASUS routers we have worked with, the next item up on the list are the wireless pages. These are pretty standard with the exception of the extra band you can configure. For those of you that are not familiar with the 5GHz range, it is excellent for connecting HTPC and other high traffic systems. When using this you are not impacting your regular network at all.
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