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ASUS RT-N18U router review and testing

ASUS Company has a pretty serious player in the market of networking equipment. It is enough to look at the variety of devices produced under this brand in the stores. Moreover, the manufacturer pays equally great attention both home and corporate segments. To first one includes the routers of class N150, N300 and N450, and the second - N600, N900, AC1200 and more. Of course, this division is rather relative, and it all depends on the complexity of the organization of the network under certain conditions. However, this classification is simplifies the choice for the average user.

We did such remark, since most wireless equipment is aimed at mainstream users and complies with standards N150, N300 and N450. However, it should be understood that in such a fast-growing digital world, the devices that are currently ranked as traditional business segment, tomorrow can begin actively used in home. Therefore we try to give attention to more productive solutions. In particular, this report will be devoted to wireless router ASUS RT-N18U, which corresponds to the class of N600, that is, its maximum speed of data exchange via Wi-Fi can be up to 600 Mb/s.

ASUS RT-N18U

The specs:

Producer

ASUS

Model

RT-N18U 

WAN

Type

Gigabit Ethernet (10/100/1000 Мb/s)

Q-ty of ports

1

Auto MDI/MDI-X

yes

Fixed IP

yes

Dynamic IP

yes

PPPoE/Russia PPPoE

yes

PPTP

yes

L2TP

yes

IPSec

no

BigPond Cable

-

Ability to manually set MAC

yes

Ability to manually set MTU dimension

-

LAN

Type

Gigabit Ethernet (10/100/1000 Mb/s)

Q-ty of ports

4

Auto MDI/MDI-X

yes

Manual interface locking

no

WLAN

Antenna

Quantity

3

Type

external

Ability to change the antenna/ connector type

yes

Forced assignment of the operating antenna number

no

Manual wireless interface locking

yes

WPS support

yes

Operation frequency

2,4 GHz

Supported standards and speeds

802.11b

up to 11 Mb/s

802.11g

up to 54 Mb/s

802.11n

Standard mode

up to 450 Mb/s

Using technology TurboQAM

up to 600 Mb/s

Region/ number of 2.4 GHz channels   

1-13

Ability of manual speed assignment

yes

Max output capacity

-

Operation with another AP

WDS (bridge) support

yes

AP support

yes

WDS + AP support

yes

Ability to work in client mode

yes

Wireless repeater

yes

Security

Locking of broadcasting SSID

yes

Binding toMAC addresses

yes

WEP

yes, up to 128 bit

WPA-Personal

yes

WPA2-Personal

yes

WPA-Enterprise

yes

WPA2-Enterprise

yes

802.1x (via Radius)

yes

Firmware capabilities

Administration

Admin password

yes

Ability to change the measurements Login

yes

WEB-interface

yes

WEB- interface via SSL

no

Personal utility

yes

Telnet

yes

SSH

no

COM-port

no

SNMP

no

Ability to save and download the configuration

yes

Built-in DHCP server

yes

Static DHCP according MAC

yes

UPnP support

yes

Supported WAN protocols 

IPSec

yes

PPTP

yes

PPPoE

yes

L2TP

yes

Traffic shaping (traffic limit)

-

NAT

one-to-many NAT (standard)

-

one-to-one NAT

-

Ability to disconnect NAT (operation in mode of router)

-

Ability to operate in mode of bridge

-

DNS

Built-in DNS-server (dns-relay)

no

Support of dynamic DNS

yes

Clocks 

Synchronization of clocks

yes

Manual time initialization

yes

Utilities

ICMP ping

yes

Traceroute

yes

Nslookup

yes

Resolving

-

Log 

Login of firewall execution

-

Wireless Login

yes

DHCP Leases Login

yes

Port Forwarding Login

yes

System Log Login

yes

Storing inside the device

yes

Storing on the external Syslog-server

-

Sending to email

no

Routing

Statistic (manual record assignment)

-

Presence and abilities of built-in filters and firewall 

Capabilities of SPI (Stateful Packet Inspection)

Support of SPI (Stateful Packet Inspection)

yes

Ability to use SPI in algorithms

-

Presence of filters/firewall 

on LAN-WAN segment, Internet access restriction

yes

on WLAN -WAN segment, Internet access restriction

yes

on LAN-WLAN segment

no

Supported filter types 

With SPI

-

According MAC-address

yes

According source IP- address

yes

According destination IP- address

yes

According protocol

yes

According source-port

-

According destination-port

-

Time reference

yes

According application

no

According URL

yes

According domain

-

According word

yes

Operation with lists of URL for the locking

no

Actions 

allow

yes

deny

yes

log

no

Virtual servers 

Creation

yes

Providing of various public/private ports for virtual servers

yes

DMZ assignment

yes

DMZ-traffic assignment on port level

yes

Power

PSU type

external, Input AC: 110 - 240 В, 0,6 А, 50-60 Hz; Output DC: 12 V, 1,5 А

802.1af (PoE) support

no

Additional information 

USB ports

1 x USB 3.0

1 x USB 2.0

Connection of external USB HDD, Flash (Samba(Storage) / FTP-server/media-server)

yes

Connection of WEBcam (video surveillance)

no

Connection of 3G-modems

yes

Connection of USB-printer

yes

Firmware version

3.0.0.4.374_4983

Dimension

207 х 150 х 37 mm

Weight

520 g

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