What this product does
The RT-N14U is the first Asus best value router that supports AiCloud app to let you sync, share, stream and access your content connected to router’s USB port via your Android and iOS mobile devices and any other computers anywhere you can access the internet. With the USB port you can also share the printer, storage or 3G-4G cellular network.
- Based on wireless n300, stylist black diamond
- Cloud supports with AiCloud
- Fast Ethernet interfaces
- Versatile USB port for storage, printer or failover 3G share
- Multiple guest networks
- Easy to setup with Asuswrt UI management
It is wondering why Asus introduced new standard router based on wireless N300 wifi technology early year of 2013 when markets are overwhelmed with various models of routers based on latest generation of wifi technology (wireless ac) with the speeds of up to 1300Mbps. Probably Asus would like to target home users that demand standard wifi network that supports cloud features for seamless connection to their Android, iOS and other tablet computers. Indeed, this router is specifically designed for Cloud with exclusive Asus AiCloud apps. Asus AiCloud app allows you sync, share, stream and access your USB connected storage anywhere you can access the internet in the palm of your hand.
The Asus RT-N14U includes one USB port you can attach a USB disk storage to the router and then configure from your mobile devices (Android or iOS) that connects wirelessly to the router; the AiCloud app will automatically guide you through the setup process. With the AiCloud app you can access your home network and data via a personalized web-link and is accessible via your Android and iOS or other smart-phones while on the go, everywhere.
This is a new era of cloud, where data is available anywhere you require accessing them from your mobile devices, Android or iPad or any tablet computers. Not just that, should you have multiple online web-cloud services you can sync the data all of them to keep update. This is the demand of the cloud era.
You may learn more detail about Asus AiCloud by watching this video introduction (courtesy by Asus and YouTube).
Compare with D-link 826L
Asus RT-N14U is not the only standard routers available in the market with cloud features. For example you can mention D-link DIR-826L wireless N600 dual band gigabit router. This is a very economical router with the price under $50 in Amazon. Most recent new D-link routers come with this cloud features such as D-link DIR-868L. See also D-link compared with Asus.
- Based on wireless N600 wifi technology, simultaneous dual band
- Speeds of up to 300Mbps each band
- Gigabit interfaces
- USB SharePort
- MyDlink Cloud management
What is the main cloud features for this D-link 826L router? D-link offers cloud services that allows your data stored in your disk storage connected to the router’s USB port as your personal cloud. With this feature you can access your data anywhere you have interne access from your mobile devices including Android or iPad or other smart-phone devices. Store your media and document library in your personal cloud while you can control your personal data and home network securely.
Watch this D-link 826L video introduction to help you understand what this router is all about (courtesy by D-link and YouTube):
To help you understand the differences between the routers, the table below shows you spec differences if any.
|Asus RT-N14||D-link DIR-826L|
|Wifi technology||Wireless N300 single band 2.4GHz||Wireless N600, simultaneous dual band|
|Speeds||Up to 300Mbps||Up to 600Mbps; 300Mbps each band|
|Ethernet ports||4x 10/100Mbps; 1x 10/100Mbps WAN port||4x Gigabit LAN and 1x Gigabit WAN port|
|USB port||1x USB 2.0||1x USB 2.0|
|Guest network||Yes, 3x Guest networks||1x Guest zone each band|
|Cloud feature||AiCloud services||MyDlink cloud services|
|Price||Under $75||Under $60|
You can see the main differences between the two routers, D-link 826L offers dual band simultaneous and gigabit interfaces while Asus N14U offers single band and fast Ethernet ports. The main difference is the 3G share capability offered by Asus while D-link 826L isn’t.
In situations where wired broadband internet is not available, you can use USB modem and share the cellular network with others. The good think is that you can install both wired broadband and 3G to create such a failover system to the 3G when wired broadband is interrupted, and it works vice versa. Mostly Asus high performance routers (such as Asus RT-AC66U, RT-AC56U and the latest AC68U) come with 3G share capability.
For small to medium home, you may also consider the newer model of Asus RT-ACRH13 with MU-MIMO technology. Click here for comparison between Asus RT-ACRH13 vs Linksys vs Netgear.
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