Setup and Options:
The WL-330gE is very easy to setup. Asus has designed the device to run off of wall power or from a USB port. They also provide you will both cables. A short [6-inch] Ethernet cable connects you to the WL-330gE for your initial setup and configuration. Once completed though you can run un-tethered with the exception of the need for power.
To get started you open your favorite browser and head over to the default IP address listed on the bottom of the WL-330gE. You can also use the provided WLAN AP utility to find the WL-330gE if you do not want to change your IP Address scheme to match the one used by default. It will give you the option to open the configuration page right from the discovery screen.
Once there you are greeted with a login screen, for now use the default login.
As you can see there are tabs for each of the four major modes as well as an advanced link at the bottom left. We will cover the advanced mode configuration after we cover the major modes of operation. The default mode is gateway mode with the Hot Spot mode off.
Setup this way you can plug your WL-330gE into a cable or DSL modem and be off and running pretty quickly all you need to do is setup the wireless encryption type [Open, WEP-64, WEP-128, and WPA-Personal].
If you enable Hot Spot Mode you create a new method for connection. At this point all wireless access points within range will show up for you to connect to. Once you have the external connection you can either remain connected Via the Ethernet cable or connect to the wireless on the WL-330gE. Once done you are behind your own private firewall with an encrypted private connection for your data and system. This makes using the local coffee shop Hot Spot less risky to be sure. Plus you can have multiple connections so you can allow your friends to connect into the WL-330gE and share the single connection to the public AP.
The next mode is AP this sets the WL-330gE to operate as a simple wireless access point. You can choose your wireless security level just as with the gateway mode.
The next mode is adapter mode. This mode requires you to remain tethered via the Ethernet cable but in all other ways acts like a simple wireless adapter.
Repeater mode allows you to extend the range of any wireless device by re-broadcasting the signal. This gives you additional range and can be useful for extending your wireless coverage.
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