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ASUS RT-N18U wireless router to hit store shelves next month for less than 6K

By Lionell Go Macahilig - on 26 Aug 2014, 5:13pm

ASUS RT-N18U wireless router to hit store shelves next month for less than 6K

ASUS RT-N18U (front)

Previewed last June, ASUS revealed that the RT-N18U router will hit the local store shelves next month (September) for PhP 5,490. Powered by an ARM Cortex-A9 processor clocked at 800MHz and coupled with 256MB DDR3 RAM and 128MB flash memory, the RT-N18U can handle up to 300,000 concurrent data sessions. This capability makes the router an ideal solution for multimedia applications such as HD video streaming, online gaming, and file sharing. In addition, the RT-N18U utilizes TurboQAM technology to boost its speed by up to 33%, increasing from 450Mbps to 600Mbps. The RT-N18U also boasts up to five times faster LAN-based Internet connection, thanks to its hardware NAT acceleration engine.

ASUS RT-N18U (rear)

Harnessing ASUS AiRadar technology, the RT-N18U combines high-power amplification, RF tuning, and universal beamforming to achieve improved wireless coverage by up to 150%, much better than standard 11n models. Apart from being a wireless router, the RT-N18U can also function as a range extender, access point (AP), and a media bridge. In addition to LAN ports, the RT-N18U also comes with two USB ports (1x USB 2.0, 1x USB 3.0) to accommodate printers, 3G/4G dongles, and external storage devices. The RT-N18U supports ASUS AiCloud which transforms USB-attached storage into a cloud-based server. Other features of the RT-N18U includes a Quick Internet Setup wizard, QoS prioritization, network mapping, and traffic monitoring.