Take it out of the box, plug in power, plug in Internet, and plug in computer. How hard is that? Not very and thatís all you need to do to get this router up and running. When they say plug and play this is what they meant. The hardest part of setting up the router is manually configuring your DHCP information and you really donít even have to do this. Itís also a good thing to mention that the RT314 has a built-in DHCP server. When you plug the router into the computers and the Internet connection, all you need to do is restart your computer and it automatically sets it up for you.
Here is the front view of the router; itís nice and simple, nothing to be ashamed of on your desk. The unit has 2 LEDís for each computer, a LINK LED that is on when there is an active link to each computer and there is also an ACTIVITY LED that is on when there is data being transmitted through the router to and from that particular PC.
On the back view, you can see the ports on the switch for 4 computers, the AC adapter port, the master connector for the Internet connection, and a serial port connection for updating the firmware.
Once the hardware installation was complete, we wanted to see what the web based configuration utility was. The great thing about this configurator is that the setup menu can be access from any web browser of any computer connected to the router via a http link such as http://192.168.0.1. All you do after that is enter the username and password and youíre all set for setting the stuff up. If youíre not into all that web stuff or if youíre afraid Microsoft will try to hack your router, you can telnet into it also.