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Asus RT-N18U vs TP-Link Archer C5

8.15 in
1.46 in
Asus RT-N18U Router
Asus RT-N18U
9.57 in
1.28 in
TP-Link Archer C5 Router
TP-Link Archer C5
Available colors
User rating
35
4.0 out of 5
35 user ratings
5 stars
37 %
4 stars
34 %
3 stars
22 %
2 stars
5 %
1 stars
0 %
87
3.7 out of 5
87 user ratings
5 stars
42 %
4 stars
18 %
3 stars
21 %
2 stars
5 %
1 stars
11 %

Full Comparison

Connectivity

Asus RT-N18UAsus RT-N18U
TP-Link Archer C5TP-Link Archer C5
Communication modeFull-Duplex
N/A
Number of LAN ports44
Number of WAN ports11
USByesyes
Total USB ports22
Number of USB 2.0 ports12
Number of USB 3.0/3.1 ports10
Connectivity technology
N/A
  • Wireless
  • Wired
Number of USB 3.1 ports
N/A
0

Design

Asus RT-N18UAsus RT-N18U
TP-Link Archer C5TP-Link Archer C5
Colour of product
  • Black
  • Grey
Black
Active cooling (fan)nono

Dimensions

Asus RT-N18UAsus RT-N18U
TP-Link Archer C5TP-Link Archer C5
Width8.15 in9.57 in
Height1.46 in1.28 in
Depth5.91 in6.32 in
Weight1.15 lb1.12 lb
Number of units11
Rack-mount designnono

Features

Asus RT-N18UAsus RT-N18U
TP-Link Archer C5TP-Link Archer C5
Built-in DSL modemnono
File serverVia USBVia USB
Built-in printer serveryesyes
Designed for wall mountingyesyes
Mobile app for controlling featuresyesyes
Battery operated
N/A
yes

Communication

Asus RT-N18UAsus RT-N18U
TP-Link Archer C5TP-Link Archer C5
Management interface
  • Telnet
  • Web/network
Web/network
6to4yesno
Communication protocol
  • IPv6
  • Multicast
  • Quality of Service
  • Wireless Multimedia Extensions
  • IPv6
  • Quality of Service
  • Wireless Multimedia Extensions
Data link layer
  • Ethernet
  • Fast Ethernet
  • Gigabit Ethernet
  • IEEE 802.11b
  • IEEE 802.11g
  • IEEE 802.11n
  • Ethernet
  • Fast Ethernet
  • Gigabit Ethernet
  • IEEE 802.11a
  • IEEE 802.11ac
  • IEEE 802.11b
  • IEEE 802.11g
  • IEEE 802.11n
Number of simultaneous connections30000
N/A
Wireless standards
  • IEEE 802.11a
  • IEEE 802.11b
  • IEEE 802.11g
  • IEEE 802.3
  • IEEE 802.3ab
  • IEEE 802.3u
  • IEEE 802.11n
  • IEEE 802.11a
  • IEEE 802.11ac
  • IEEE 802.11b
  • IEEE 802.11g
  • IEEE 802.3
  • IEEE 802.3ab
  • IEEE 802.3u
  • IEEE 802.3x
  • IEEE 802.11n
Jumbo frames supportyesno
Mobile broadband supportyesno
Type of mobile supportUSB modem
N/A
Mobile HSUPAyes
N/A
Mobile HSDPA (turbo-3G)yes
N/A
Mobile 4G (LTE)yes
N/A
Mobile 3Gyes
N/A
Mobile 2G (GSM)yes
N/A
Throughput WAN-LAN800.0 Mbps841.0 Mbps
VoIP (SIP)nono
Wireless networkyesyes
2.4GHz wireless networkyesyes
2.4GHz data transfer rate600.0 Mbps300.0 Mbps
5GHz wireless networknoyes
External antennayesyes
Detachable antennayesyes
MIMOyesyes
Number of antennas32
Total wireless data transfer rate600.0 Mbps1200.0 Mbps
Wireless security
  • WEP
  • WPA-PSK
  • WPA
  • WPA2-PSK
  • WPA2
  • WPS
  • WEP
  • WPA-PSK
  • WPA
  • WPA2-PSK
  • WPA2
  • WPS
Frequency band
N/A
  • 2.4 GHz
  • 5 GHz
Network / transport Protocol
N/A
  • TCP/IP
  • PPTP
  • L2TP
  • IPSec
  • PPPoE
  • FTP
  • DHCP
  • DDNS
5GHz data transfer rate
N/A
867.0 Mbps
Beamforming
N/A
no
MU-MIMO
N/A
no

Compatibility

Asus RT-N18UAsus RT-N18U
TP-Link Archer C5TP-Link Archer C5
DynDNSyesyes
Support for alternative firmware
  • DD-Wrt
  • OpenWrt
  • DD-Wrt
  • OpenWrt
Target audienceHome usersHome users

Memory

Asus RT-N18UAsus RT-N18U
TP-Link Archer C5TP-Link Archer C5
Included flash memory128.0 MB16.0 MB
Maximum flash memory128.0 MB16.0 MB
Included RAM256.0 MB128.0 MB
Maximum RAM256.0 MB128.0 MB

Power

Asus RT-N18UAsus RT-N18U
TP-Link Archer C5TP-Link Archer C5
Operational Power Consumption (min-max)< 18
N/A
Power over Ethernet (PoE)nono
Min operating temperature
N/A
0 °C
Max operating temperature
N/A
40 °C

Security

Asus RT-N18UAsus RT-N18U
TP-Link Archer C5TP-Link Archer C5
DMZyesyes
VPN protocol
  • IPSec
  • L2TP
  • PPTP
  • OpenVPN
  • IPSec
  • L2TP
  • PPTP
VPN clientyesno
Encryption Algorithm
N/A
  • 128-bit WEP
  • 64-bit WEP
  • WPA
  • WPA2
  • WPA-PSK
  • WPA2-PSK

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