Most of the users have no idea about how to setup Asus RT-AC68U as a repeater device. The Asus router supports various operation modes to meet different user requirements. To check which operation mode the wireless router is configured with, you will have to refer to the specification of your router on ASUS website. Likewise, the Asus RT-AC68U comes equipped with wireless router mode which is the default mode for the router device.
Amazingly, RP-AC68U offers extender functions more than you expect from an average network extender. With five gigabit Ethernet ports at back, wired devices can hop on the extended-network easily. The bar-shaped lights at the back side indicate you how strong both the 2.4GHz and 5GHz signals from the router are so that you can select the ideal placement of the device.
In wireless router/ IP sharing mode, the router connects to the Internet via PPPoE, DHCP, PPTP, L2TP, or Static IP and allows the local LAN clients and devices to access its wireless network.
While in Repeater mode, RT-AC68R wirelessly connects to an existing wireless network to extend its wireless coverage to the wide area. Functions like firewall, IP sharing, and NAT functions are disabled in this mode. Repeater mode is helpful to strengthen the weak signals of an existing wireless network.
This post will guide you on how to setup Asus RT-AC68U as a repeater.
Step 1 : Simply open any installed browser on your system. The browser can be any like Chrome, Mozilla, Safari, Internet Explorer and others.
Step 2 : Type this default URL 192.168.1.1 in the address bar of the browser, and then hit the Enter button. A login page will be displayed on your screen to access the UI of the router.
Step 3 : Now, enter the administrator credentials into the login panel which includes username and password and then press OK to login into the admin panel of your router.
In most of the cases, the default username and password are both admin. You can click on remember my credentials checkbox to save the credentials for future access.
Step 4 : Under the Advanced Settings menu tab on the left side of your screen, click on Administration option.
Step 5 : The Operation Mode tab will be shown as a selected option. Here you will be shown a list of several operation modes that are supported by RT-AC68U wireless router.
The different router modes include Repeater mode, wireless router mode (default method), Access Point (AP mode), and Media Bridge mode.
Step 6 : You have to select the Repeater mode option and then click on the Save button.
Step 7 : A list of nearby wireless networks will be shown over the screen and you can select the desired network you want to extend. Now, enter the network security key, and then click on the Connect button.
Step 8 : If you want to use the same default wireless settings as the network to be extended, then tick the use the default settings box check box. Else, uncheck the provided box.
Go down to enter the SSID (network name) and network key that this router will be using to identify and connect to the wireless network. In most cases, it is recommended to keep this box checked.
Step 9 : Finally, save the changes by clicking the Apply button. The router will now apply the settings configured by you and restart. The Asus RT-AC68U wireless repeater has now been setup successfully.
Ensure that you have connected the computer to one of the yellow ports on the Asus access point which is switched ON. After completing the booting process, you can set the Asus back to factory mode by pressing and holding the reset button for approx 3 seconds. If this is done the right way, you will see the power led blink a few times and switch off for the reset process.
Once the reset process has been completed and you have the Asus connected to the system, a web browser will automatically open which will guide you through the setup wizard.
If required, you can manually browse the address 192.168.1.1 via some installed browser which will ask for a username and password. Enter "admin" as username and "admin" as password.
Note: Remember to set a new custom username and password so that you can easily access the router for future use.
Now, it will ask you to set the connection type as "Wireless router mode (Default)".