ASUS Announces RT-N18U 2.4GHz 600Mbit/s High Power Router

High-performance Wi-Fi router features TurboQAM technology, Gigabit Ethernet and USB 3.0 port, ideal for online gaming and multitasking

 

RT-N18U (2)

ASUS today announced RT-N18U, a high-powered 2.4GHz 802.11n Wi-Fi router that uses TurboQAM™ technology for speeds of up to 600Mbit/s. RT-N18U features 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.

 

Fast, reliable and powerful

At the heart of 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.

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[1], and also ensures backwards compatibility with older Wi-Fi standards. AiRadar makes RT-N18U the ideal solution for multi-room usage.

[1] Actual performance may vary as a result of network conditions and environmental factors

 

Ultimate 4-in-1 flexibility

As well as the default wireless router mode, 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 RT-N18U is a three-step process that takes just 30 seconds[2]. 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.

2 ASUS-tested and verified setup time. Actual duration may vary by ISP, specific connection type, location and other factors.

 

Availability and Pricing

ASUS RT-N18U will be available this coming September 2014 with an SRP of PhP 5,490.00.

 

 

Author

Irwin Allen Rivera loves his wife's cooking so much he's now twice the man he used to be. His English essay won a Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Award for Literature in 2012. His philosophical-horror story appeared in Philippine Speculative Fiction 8 (2013). He was managing editor and lead writer of Sites and Symbols 2 (2005), a coffee-table book about buildings in UP Diliman - his alma mater (BA Philosophy; MA Creative Writing continuing). He worked at the UP Diliman Information Office before shifting to web content writing. His sudden fiction, "Notwithstanding Pigs," initially a Friendster testimonial, appeared in Philippines Graphic (2006) and in Very Short Stories for Harried Readers (2007). He used to write for www.technoodling.net.