The Asus WL-330 features a
browser-based configuration interface similar to those found on almost all home
routers and access points. We'd have to say that ASUS's software designers could
have picked a better colour scheme for the interface; it's just flat-out ugly,
but it works. As for the actual controls, everything you would expect is there,
and ASUS wisely chose to the list of options to just three
The Asus WL-330 is an access
point and not a router, so it needs to be configured to fit the existing
network. It ships with a default IP address of 192.168.1.1, but this can easily
be changed or set to automatic (DHCP) addressing via the configuration page.
Since the device ships with WEP encryption disabled by default, we'd recommend
that you connect to this device only with your PC via wireless adaptor until you
have configured and enabled WEP on the wireless network. For the reasons why
we'd recommend this and more about WEP, see PCstats extensive guide to wireless security.
The utility that comes on the
CD can also be used to detect and configure the access point, but offers nothing
that the browser interface does not already have. Overall, we found the Asus
WL-330 easy and straightforward to configure.
As a wireless network adaptor,
the WL-330 can be configured through the browser-based interface as well. A link
near the top of the screen switches you into adaptor mode.
The usual configuration options
are present here as well. One annoyance that we noticed immediately was that
Windows XP does not pick up on the fact that the WL-330 is a wireless adaptor.
Of course, it wouldn't since the device is actually connecting to your existing
Ethernet port, but it means you have to use the browser-based wireless network
finder included on the WL-330, which is not the most ideal solution, though it
In our tests, the wireless
range of the Asus WL-330 was adequate, which was what we had expected. The
device has two fixed internal antenna's, and is well able to provide a
signal throughout the PCstats lab - a moderately sized office,
cubicles and all. Certainly good enough for a small house, apartment
or hotel room too (and probably the rooms next to you also). Signal quality
was fine. Otherwise, once configured the Asus WL-330 just does what it's
supposed to do.