Setup WiFi on the Asus RT-AC66U
The Asus RT-AC66U router is considered a wireless router because it offers WiFi connectivity. WiFi, or simply wireless, allows you to connect various devices to your router, such as wireless printers, smart televisions, and WiFi enabled smartphones.
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Before we get started there is a little bit of background info that you should be familiar with.
Your wireless network needs to have a name to uniquely identify it from other wireless networks. If you are not sure what this means we have a guide explaining what a wireless name is that you can read for more information.
An important part of securing your wireless network is choosing a strong password.
Picking a WiFi channel is not always a simple task. Be sure to read about WiFi channels before making the choice.
You should almost definitely pick WPA2 for your networks encryption. If you are unsure, be sure to read our WEP vs WPA guide first.
Login To The Asus RT-AC66U
To get started configuring the Asus RT-AC66U WiFi settings you need to login to your router. If you are already logged in you can skip this step.
To login to the Asus RT-AC66U, follow our Asus RT-AC66U Login Guide.
Find the WiFi Settings on the Asus RT-AC66U
If you followed our login guide above then you should see this screen.
This guide starts on the Network Map page of the Asus RT-AC66U router. To configure your WiFi settings, click the link on the left side of the page labeled Wireless. Then some choices appear at the top of the page, pick the one titled General.
Change the WiFi Settings on the Asus RT-AC66U
You should now be on a page very similar to the one you see above.
- First is the SSID. This is your networks name. This name should be an original name. Enter a name here, but avoid using personal information in the name. If you need more information on this topic, check out our guide titled Wireless names.
- Next is the Hide SSID. If you leave this at the default setting of No, you network is completely visible to all the other networks around you. If you choose to hide it by choosing Yes, you are hidden only from your good neighbors. If a hacker wants to check for networks, they have all the scanning tools necessary.
- Now skip down to the Control Channel drop down box. You can change the channel you transmit your data on if you want. In the United States there are 11 channels that you can choose from. Of those 11 channels there is only room in the spectrum for three channels that do not overlap each other, channels 1,6, and 11. Make sure to choose one of these three channels. For a more detailed reason of why you should only use these three channels, check out our guide titled WiFi channels.
- Under that is the Authentication Method. As you can see there is a whole list of different authentication methods. WEP vs. WPA is a great guide to look at to learn the differences in those methods. We highly recommend using WPA2-Personal for home networks.
- Now we come to the WPA Encryption. There are two different encryption methods you can choose here. There is TKIP, this is the older of the two and some big flaws have been found. The other is AES, this is much newer and has not yet been cracked. We recommend using AES if at all possible.
- The last thing you should change is the WPA Pre-Shared Key. This is a very important step. This is your password that you use to access your network. Create a strong password, at least 20 characters long. Avoid using personal information, this is much easier to guess. Avoid using any word that you find in a dictionary. Hackers have programs that can check for dictionary words quite quickly. We do recommend using symbols, numbers, and capital letters within the password. For help in creating a strong password, check out our guide titled How to choose a strong password. Creating a strong password can be a lot of fun.
That's it, nothing else needs to be changed. Just click the Apply button and you are finished.
Possible Problems when Changing your WiFi Settings
After making these changes to your router you will almost definitely have to reconnect any previously connected devices. This is usually done at the device itself and not at your computer.
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