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ASUS RT-N53 Dual Band Wireless N600 SOHO Router, DD-WRT Open Source support, Fast Ethernet, 5 Guest SSID, Parental Access Time control to Each User

  • Up to 300+300Mbps Wireless Data Rates
  • Guest Network Access
  • Easy Universal Repeater
  • Clever Wall-mount Design
  • Parental Control- Track your kids' activities online and offline
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 2 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 2 years


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  • clayton t.
  • 8/14/2014 1:23:52 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsdied after a few month, very bad support

Pros: dual band when it worked

Cons: After a couple of months, wifi and internal website would die every few days. Tried factory reset, new BIOS, etc. but still only work for a few days then die.

Sent it in for RMA, and especially noted wifi/webite die in a few days after working normally. But Asus only did a quick check, and sent it back without doing anything.

So the problem still happens after I got it back. Called support many times, each support person just say reset again and again.

I asked for another RMA. I called every days of this week, 4 diff ppl promised to process RMA, but still nothing. I asked to speak to RMA technician. 3 diff ppl promised they will get a technician to call me, still nothing.

Other Thoughts: Asus support people are incompetent and are lairs.

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  • N.I. B.
  • 7/9/2014 12:01:13 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent function after firmware update.

Pros: 1. Small thin form factor. Attractive.
2. Very easy setup via a wizard.
3. Easy to reconnect if it's settings are changed or it's moved to a different location. 192.168.1.1 and click on the internet status box, which will say disconnected, to reconnect.
4. Reasonable price.
5. Stable and fast after a firmware update.
6. It's blue lights are small and subdued.
7. Allows saving and reloading of all settings.

Cons: 1. Update firmware!, Update firmware! Update firmware! Am I emphatic enough? Goat into rockstar with the update.
2. It's thin, attractive form factor is also a problem. It's light, so the cables which are connected to the right side of the unit (as you face it) pull it down. I finally velcroed the base to my computer table.
3. This is a feature rich unit. There are literally hundreds of settings. Fortunately the wizard will get you easily connected, but for advanced users, don't throw the manual away.
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Other Thoughts: In contrast to other reviewers, I found firmware upgrading to be easy. Just go to the ASUS support site, for the RTN53 device.

http://www.asus.com/Networking/RTN53/HelpDesk_Download/

Download and unzip the newest firmware file. Then use your browser to open the router firmware settings 192.168.1.1. The password and user logins are admin.. Go to 'Administration" select the tab firmware update and use the browse function to locate the downloaded and unzipped file. Flashing is then automatic. There is a firmware check function as well, and it's a good idea to use it before flashing. If yo screw up flashing, the included disk has a rescue function.

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  • Philip K.
  • 6/23/2014 2:28:10 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsRabbit hole

Pros: - Pretty design
- Neat blinky blue LEDs
- Awesome advertised feature set

Cons: - Firmware flashing is a nightmare.
- Poor signal strength
- 5GHz radio is spotty at best, even with clear LOS
- Vulnerabilities and other bugs that were "patched" by ASUS firmware updates are unavailable because you essentially need to run this router stock to work.

Other Thoughts: If your router is giving you trouble, try this:

This is what I did--it's not documented anywhere, but it worked :/

Prerequisites for this method:
- Windows PC running Windows 7
- Wired Ethernet adapter

1) Download and install ASUS Utility from ASUS support website
2) Download or otherwise obtain an old firmware file; RT-N53_1.1.1.1.40.trx
3) Power off and disconnect all Ethernet cables and power cord from the router
4) In explorer, navigate to Control Panel\Network and Internet\Network Connections
5) Disable *all* network adapters in Windows (you will reenable them later)
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6) Enable only the adapter you will use to connect to the router; change the IP of the adapter to 192.168.1.10 (the last octet, 10, I believe to be arbitrary; but for good measure don't use 1)
7) Connect your RT-N53 to your PC with an ethernet cable
8) Connect the power cord to the router
9) Press and hold the reset button (I did for about 15-20 seconds)
10) While continuing to hold reset, press the power button
11) Allow 45 seconds+ for router to come online
12) Launch the Firmware Restoration application installed by the ASUS Utility
13) Select the RT-N53_1.1.1.1.40.trx and click Upload
14) Let the utility do its thing for a few minutes
15) Try to visit http://192.168.1.1 in a browser
If you arrived at the basic auth prompt; congrats, if not, now, this is where I was getting the weird "Firmware Updated" message on grey.

17) Thanks to a tip; I tried this seemingly silly, completely undocumented method:
18) Power off the router, wait about 20 seconds
19) Hold the WPS button
20) While holding the WPS button, push the power switch on
21) Continue to hold the WPS button until you see 1 LED blinking--I held the WPS down for about 10 seconds
22) Let go of the WPS button, allow router to boot
23) After waiting about 2 minutes; try to visit http://192.168.1.1 in a browser
If you arrived at the basic auth prompt; congrats, go reenable your adapters and cry for joy; if not, sorry it didn't work; you could attempt to flash a different firmware, or repeat the steps above waiting more time for the router to complete tasks

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  • Philip K.
  • 6/22/2014 9:53:45 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsJust terrible.

Pros: Hasn't broken anything its connected to.

Cons: 9 out of 10 firmware updates to this router have broken my wireless radios. 2.4GHz and 5GHz transfer rates become nil, whereas I'd be pulling 4.3MB/s on transfers from the internet on wired, I'm lucky to see 50kb/s on wireless.

Other Thoughts: Don't bother with this thing. It's outdated, ASUS support clearly doesn't QA/QC worth a squat.

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  • Richard B.
  • 5/22/2014 6:55:40 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBlack diamonds of AWESOME

Pros: *works, and then some
*affordable

Cons: So freaking sweet it hurts to look at it.

Other Thoughts: Those one eggers are full of it. This is the best dual band router you are going to get for the price it is on average[it is usually on sale for about half off]. Stable and pretty all day every day. I also pairs well with the ASUS N53 adapter, which is also a freaking beast.

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  • EM T.
  • 4/19/2014 8:38:45 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

1 out of 5 eggsDo not get this because it's Cheap!

Pros: - Very easy to setup and get online
- Slim Design
- Look high tech
- Hardly take up any space
- Very nice UI website, best I have used
- Offer 2.4Ghz and 5G
- Built - In Antenna

Cons: I didn't buy this at NewEgg but at a Store, I Return it a week later. I would be right next to this Router and Wireless Range is not even full bar. Test the wireless speed when my Laptop is next to this router and it is very good.

However, after bring my Laptop downstairs and test, speed drop from 20Mbs to 1.5Mbs. 5G is buggy would sometime not show up, even when I manage to connect to 5G, it have terrible signal and speed. I get constant Lag in game and wireless keep dropping.

Got frustrated and go buy a NETGEAR 6300 instead. 2.4Ghz Wireless speed is only 10Mbits but excellent Range. 5G I only get 2 - 3 Bars but speed is amazing for Wireless, 28Mbs and I was suprised because that is my Ethernet Speed.

Other Thoughts: Do not get this, it is cheap for a reason. Even if you try get newer ASUS Model I would not recommended either since ASUS is new to Router Business, Their 3.0 USB port Model have Interference with Wireless Network if you plug in Hard Drive because it is not Shielded. I'm gonna stay away from ASUS now.

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  • Mark B.
  • 4/17/2014 6:21:09 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsPromising, but something seems to be lacking past this great design.

Pros: Great design, blue lights are subtle and not blinding. The speeds are fanastic with my connection when it is up.
Full of robust features, oh and the router interface is very easy to work with.

Cons: None of my devices are seeing the 5Ghz network, the connection drops 7-8 times a day. I have to reboot it often, all of my wireless devices lose connection at random parts of the day. Yet the router never power cycles, connection drops. 10-20 seconds later it will reconnect.

Other Thoughts: I have a simple network. Motorola SB6120 on Cox ISP, 50

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  • Anonymous
  • 3/16/2014 12:33:40 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

3 out of 5 eggsDissapointed

Pros: - cool design
- user friendly interface
- easy to setup
- firmware easy to obtained

Cons: - almost every setting need to reboot router
- the first DNS never register, only the second was captured by the router setting
- frequent disconnection for wireless user
- never actually detect 5ghz of any of my devices (not all devices have the ability to get the signal - so I was told)

Other Thoughts: - I have the latest firmware Version 3.0.0.4.374.4561
- I never successfully change the router password after reboot

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  • Nirad G.
  • 2/28/2014 1:28:26 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsAwful

Pros: Industrial design is cool-looking

Cons: This router will disconnect when I try to watch streaming 1080p video. I have 50mbps connection to my home, but this thing can't keep up with it. If you have more than one person connected to the network, you will experience frequent bottlenecks and interruptions.

Other Thoughts: I should have done my research. I just thought I would review this before looking for a replacement.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Nirad,

Can you tell me which firmware version your router is currently on? To discuss your concerns about your unit, please reach out to me at cl-celeste@asus.com and include case#3507331 in the subject line. Also, please provide me its serial number. ASUS Customer Loyalty is here to listen and respond to your concerns and to help you with a positive ASUS experience.

Sincerely,
Celeste
ASUS Customer Loyalty

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  • Anonymous
  • 2/5/2014 10:58:51 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsWaste of Money

Pros: 0

Cons: Unreliable, bottlenecks my speed, has to be reset constantly.

Other Thoughts: This router is the worst thing I've ever purchased. It bottlenecks my speed, disconnects clients, and the 5ghz just flat out doesn't work after a while. This thing has to be power cycled at least once a day to be functional. Don't waste your time or money on this piece of junk.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Lain_GoTech,

Could you please provide me the version number installed on this router?If you'd like to discuss this topic with me, please email me at cl-celeste@asus.com and include case#3507326 in the subject line. Please provide me the serial number of your unit. I encourage you to reach out to our Customer Loyalty Team for further assistance with your ASUS products. ASUS Customer Loyalty is here to listen and respond to your concerns and to help you with a positive ASUS experience.

Sincerely,
Celeste
ASUS Customer Loyalty

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