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The Xsens Asus as a Wireless Access Point

Reasons for this configuration

When the Xsens capture system needs to be integrated into an existing network, it is best practice to configure the Asus router in “Access Point” mode.  This allows it to work without disruption to existing network services. Example reasons:

  • You are working from home and need your computer to work with the Xsens capture system as well as your home internet connection.
  • You want to use the Asus as the wireless access point on your studio’s corporate network, integrated with several other computers, servers, and existing routers.
  • You bring your Xsens capture system to a client site, and you want to connect your laptop and Asus to the existing network for Internet access and capture without disrupting their existing network.

Configuring the Asus in Access Point mode will avoid IP conflicts and routing issues on existing networks.  This configuration does require that an existing DHCP server is running on the network, however most corporate and home networks have that enabled by default.

Stand-Alone Setup?

If you are using the Xsens Link as a stand-alone setup, with just a laptop and the capture suit, then we recommend configuring the Asus as a Router.  Instructions for this can be found here: https://base.xsens.com/hc/en-us/articles/115003592234-Resetting-the-Asus-access-point-to-router-mode

Procedure

Step 1 – Download Asus Device Discovery Tool

This is a tool that you will need later during configuration.  It is best practice to download this now in case Internet access is accidentally disrupted while doing this procedure. 

You can download the Asus Device Discovery Tool from the Asus website:

https://dlcdnets.asus.com/pub/ASUS/wireless/RT-AC68U/Discovery_v1480.zip

Extract and install the utility.  You can run the utility now if you like, but it will not show any devices until you’ve completed the reconfiguration of the Asus into access point mode.

 

 

Step 2 – Disconnect all devices

Unplug your computer’s ethernet cable from your network.  This may be your home network or a corporate network.  Plug the ethernet cable from your PC into one of the yellow ports on the Asus.  The only ethernet connection on the Asus should be your PC.  You can use the ethernet to USB adapter that comes with your Xsens kit. If you are connected to your LAN via WiFi, please disconnect from any WiFi networks. 

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Step 3 – Reset the Asus

Press and hold the RESET button on the back of the Xsens Asus until you notice the blue light above the power logo start to blink on and off. It will take about 4 seconds.

After the Asus has rebooted (which takes about 3 minutes), a web browser on your PC should automatically start and open to and Asus setup page. If the web browser doesn't open automatically, disconnect the ethernet and reconnect OR open a search engine and type 192.168.1.1.  

 

 

Step 4 – Configuring Access Point mode

On the first setup page, click “Manual Setting”

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Create a login username and password. Press “Next".

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Choose “Access Point (AP) mode” and press “Next”.

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For the LAN IP Setting, choose YES for both and press “Next”.

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Create a network name and password for the 2.4 and 5GHz SSIDs. Press “Apply”. 

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The configuration is now complete, and you will see a summary.

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Step 5 – Reconnect network cable

You can now connect your Asus to your existing home router. Make sure that you are connecting a YELLOW port from the Asus to a LAN port on your home router. 

Note: You should have two ethernet cables now plugged into the Asus yellow ports. One is connected to your PC and another one is connected to you LAN router.  

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Step 6 – Running Asus Device Discovery Tool

On step 1 you installed the Asus Device Discovery tool.  You should now run it.  It will reach out on to the network and look for your new Asus wireless access point and show it in the device list.

To run the Asus configuration website, click "configure".  It will automatically open a browser and open the page.  You can also manually type the IP address into any web browser.

Note: Your IP address will be different than the one in the screenshot below. If your IP is 192.168.1.1, then the Asus isn't being recognized as a client of your home local area network. Wait a couple minutes, then press "Search" again. Make sure the Asus is plugged into a LAN port on your home router. 

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Step 7 – Disabling 2.4ghz

Often 2.4ghz signals can interfere with the proper operation of the Xsens capture system.  Unless you require it, it is best practice to disable the 2.4ghz band in the Asus wireless access point.

If it is not open already from step 6, open the Asus configuration website.

Type in the username and password you created in Step 4, when you started the “Manual Setting” setup.

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This is the main page of the Asus access point configuration.

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Under the “Advanced Settings” section, select the “Wireless” option, then click the “Professional” tab.

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From the drop-down list, make sure the band “2.4” is selected. Then, for the setting “Enable Radio” choose “No”.  Scroll to the bottom and press “Apply”.

To double-check that 5ghz is enabled, you select “5ghz” from the menu, and verify that the “Enable Radio” option is set to “Yes”. Or, you can confirm this by checking if there is a blue light on above the 5ghz on the face of the Asus itself. 

 

 

Step 8 – Using WPS to connect your Xsens suit

Under the “Wireless” section, click on the “WPS” tab. Switch the frequency to 5.0ghz and toggle ON the “Enable WPS” button.

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Select the option that says “Push button”, but don’t push the “Start” button just yet…

Go to your Link body pack, turn it on, and wait for the light on the body pack to go solid white. This indicates that it is completely booted, but has not made a wireless connection.

Hold the light button down on the body pack until you hear a double beep. Now return to the WPS page and press “Start”.  It may take several minutes while the body pack searches for the new Asus wireless access point.

When the body pack makes a successful connection to the new Asus wireless access point, you will hear the body back make the happy sound “doo doo DOO”. You can now open MVN and start your mocap session with an internet connection.

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Note: For some VPNs, you may require a Meraki (https://meraki.cisco.com/) to have an Xsens hardware connection via the Asus access point. If this is the case, let your IT department know that the IP address of the Xsens Asus access point is assigned by your LAN router and this it will need to be included in the VPN. 

 

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