Asus has released a new high power router featuring speeds of up to 600Mbps – the Asus RT-N18U Router. The RT-N18U is a high powered 2.4GHz WiFi 802.11n router that uses TurboQAM technology, and powerful hardware specifications, intelligent wireless technology for maximum multi-room coverage, a user-friendly interface and exclusive built-in applications. The RT-N18U is supremely versatile, with both USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 ports plus Gigabit Ethernet connectivity, making it the perfect choice for discerning users who demand the ultimate 2.4GHz wireless performance. Check out the rest of its features, specifications, and price, as well as availability below.
Asus RT-N18U Router Features
Fast, reliable and powerful
At the heart of the Asus RT-N18U is a powerful but energy-efficient ARM® Cortex™-A9 processor running at 800MHz that ensures fast and responsive performance. The 128MB of Flash memory and 256MB of DDR3 RAM further enhance multitasking performance and allow up 300,000 concurrent data sessions — making RT-N18U ideal for multimedia applications such as HD video streaming, online gaming and file sharing.
The Asus RT-N18U uses TurboQAM technology to provide a speed boost of up to 33% compared to standard 802.11n devices, increasing the maximum speed from 450Mbit/s up to 600Mbit/s.
With modern ultra-fast broadband connections, good LAN-to-internet performance is crucial for speed and reliability. RT-N18U is equipped with Gigabit Ethernet connections plus a hardware NAT acceleration engine that gives users full Gigabit-class internet performance. The throughput of RT-N18U’s hardware NAT is between two and five times faster than a traditional software-based NAT.
Fast, reliable and stable connections are guaranteed by ASUS AiRadar technology, an intelligent combination of high-power amplification, RF tuning and universal beamforming that improves coverage by up to 150% compared to standard 11n models , and also ensures backwards compatibility with older Wi-Fi standards. AiRadar makes RT-N18U the ideal solution for multi-room usage.
Ultimate 4-in-1 flexibility
As well as the default wireless router mode, the Asus RT-N18U can also be configured to operate in three other useful modes, making it incredibly versatile. Range extender mode improves the wireless coverage of an existing wireless router, access point (AP) mode is used to add wireless access to an existing wired network, and media bridge mode is handy for adding wireless capability to wired network devices, such as games consoles or TVs.
Two USB ports — one USB 2.0 port at the rear and one convenient front-mounted SuperSpeed USB 3.0 port — allow users to share printers and 3G/4G dongles easily, or connect USB storage devices for high-speed file sharing or audio and HD video streaming.
Advanced features, simple setup
Setting up the Asus RT-N18U is a three-step process that takes just 30 seconds . Simply connect it to the network and open a web browser to start the Quick Internet Setup wizard. The intuitive graphical interface of the ASUSWRT dashboard makes it simple to configure the advanced networking features, such as quality of service (QoS) prioritisation. QoS allows users to optimize, control and monitor the internet bandwidth usage for any application. Other advanced features include network mapping and a traffic monitor for checking internet data usage.
ASUS AiCloud transforms USB-attached storage into a personal cloud server, for easy remote file access and media streaming from a laptop, smartphone and tablet. AiCloud can also automatically synchronize USB-connected storage with other compatible ASUS routers, for easy sharing of large files with family and friends.
Asus RT-N18U Router Specifications
|Network Standard||IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n, IPv4, IPv6|
|Data Rate||802.11b : 1, 2, 5.5, 11Mbps
802.11g : 6,9,12,18,24,36,48,54Mbps
802.11n : up to 450Mbps
802.11n TurboQAM：up to600Mbps
|Antenna||Detachable antenna x 3|
|Encryption||64-bit WEP, 128-bit WEP, WPA2-PSK, WPA-PSK, WPA-Enterprise , WPA2-Enterprise , WPS support|
|Firewall & Access Control||Firewall: SPI intrusion detection,DoS protection
Access control: Parental control, Network service filter, URL filter, Port filter
|Management||UPnP, IGMP v1/v2/v3, DNS Proxy, DHCP, NTP Client, DDNS, Port Triger, Universal Repeater, System Event Log|
|VPN Support||IPSec Pass-Throuth
|WAN Connection Type||Internet connection type : Automatic IP, Static IP, PPPoE(MPPE supported), PPTP, L2TP
WAN Bridge support
Multicast Proxy support
Multicast Rate Setting support
- support BT, NZB, HTTP, ED2K
- support encryption, DHT, PEX and magnet link
- upload and download bandwidth control
- download scheduling
- Image: JPEG
- Audio: mp3, wma, wav, pcm, mp4, lpcm, ogg
- Video: asf, avi, divx, mpeg, mpg, ts, vob, wmv, mkv, mov
- User definable rules for IP/MAC/Port. Upload and Download bandwidth management.
- ACK/SYN/FIN/RST/ICMP with Highest priority
- 2.4GHz guest network x 4
．Printer Server: multifunctional printer support(Windows nly), LPR protocol support
．File server: Samba and FTP server with account management
．PPTP VPN server
|Ports||4 x RJ45 for 10/100/1000/Gigabits BaseT for LAN, 1 x RJ45 for 10/100/1000/Gigabits BaseT for WAN
USB 2.0 x 1
USB 3.0 x 1
|Button||WPS Button, Reset Button, Power Button|
|LED Indicator||PWR x 1
Wi-Fi x 1
LAN x 1
WAN x 1
USB x 2
|Power Supply||AC Input : 110V~240V(50~60Hz)
DC Output : 12 V with max. 1.5 A current
|OS Support||Windows® 8.1
Windows® Server 2003
Windows® Server 2008
Mac OS X
Mac OS X 10.1
Mac OS X 10.4
Mac OS X 10.5
Mac OS X 10.6
Mac OS X 10.7
Mac OS X 10.8
Linux Kernel (Support Ubuntu only)
|Dimensions||207 x 150 x 37 mm (WxDxH)|
|Package Content||1x RT-N18U 2.4GHz 600Mbps High Power Router
1x RJ-45 cable
1x Power adapter
1x Warranty card
|Router Special Features||3G/4G data sharing, AiCloud, Printer server, Download Master, AiDisK, Multiple SSIDs, Parental Control|
|Operation mode||Wireless router mode
Range extender mode
Access point mode
Media bridge mode
Price and Availability
The Asus RT-N18U Router is now available with a current retail price of $169.99 here.