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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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The RT-N53 dual-band router is from the award-winning Black Diamond series of ASUS routers. The dual-band connectivity enables both 2.4GHz and 5GHz wireless transmissions. 5GHz makes content streaming incredibly smooth, which is especially useful when watching videos through Web sites like hulu or other high-definition media sites. 2.4GHz offers compatibility with most devices, and both transmissions can run simultaneously to deliver essential compatibility with performance. Featuring an exclusive built-in 2 internal antenna, the RT-N53 features Ai Radar, for omnidirectional circular coverage as opposed to a limiting horizontal signal for optimal connectivity wherever the router is placed, especially useful for multi-level houses or buildings.

With multi user support up to five SSIDs, connect up to four wireless networks on 2.4GHz and one wireless network on 5GHz. Customize each user's bandwidth and access privileges for each network. The RT-N53 router also features robust parental controls for you to set time and Web site access for each SSID. Product setup is CD free and quick. The Graphical User Interface (GUI) to customize settings is intuitive for users at any level. Boasting a standalone wall-mountable design, the RT-N53 router has a unique lattice glossy style that suits any room or office with a modern appeal.



  • newegg Dual-band for Lag-free Entertainment The RT-N53 doubles your wireless performance and bandwidth with simultaneous 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands, with speeds up to 300Mbps concurrently. While basic internet applications like browsing or file downloading can occur in 2.4GHz, wireless HD content streaming takes place in the 5GHz band at the same time, so both achieve optimized speeds and you get to enjoy smooth, buffer-free HD content streaming.
  • newegg 4-Network-in-1: Provide Extra Networks The RT-N53 can provide 4 wireless networks over the 2.4GHz band, which provides separated connection priorities and access rights. For example, High priority and both network (private and Internet) access are perfect for managers, while middle priority and private network work great for staff, and low priority and internet access only for friends and guests. Protect computers from unauthorized access, hacking and virus attacks.
  • newegg Plug-n-surf and Hassle-free Management ASUS QIS and EZ UI offer you an intuitive router setup without reading manuals. Open your browser, then the QIS wizard will guide you to quickly connect to the Internet, regardless of what OS you use. The intuitive user interface provides a graphical network map, making wireless setup, QoS and client management clear and simple.
  • newegg Universal Repeater - Extend Your Signal in the Simplest Way With ASUS Universal repeater support, you can use the RT-N53 way to repeat your wireless signal to far away locations from the central access point. Scan for the Wi-Fi signal and link to the SSID you want to repeat. *Please take note that all repeaters, including this Universal Wireless Repeater mode, will sacrifice half of the bandwidth available from the primary router for clients wirelessly connected to the repeater. Currently, the RT-N53 only supports the 2.4GHz repeater setting.
  • newegg Parental Control The RT-N53 features URL filters and Time of Day rules allowing you to track your kids’ activities online and offline and control your kids’ computer time.
  • newegg Clever Wall-mount Design Mount the RT-N53 to the wall to save space and reduce cable clutter.


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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 2 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 2 years


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  • Mark W.
  • 9/1/2014 5:19:31 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

2 out of 5 eggsGoes down 2x per week

Pros: Sleek design and stays cool. Love the Gbit ports and I use the stock firmware (not DD-WRT).

Cons: Just stops accepting traffic 2x per week. For what I use it for it's OK but man since this is a recurring pattern with this device the leadership and management in ASUS should be retrained on how to develop a product that should run 24x7 w/o a hiccup.

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  • Nicholas D.
  • 8/25/2014 6:14:12 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsDoes NOT seem to support DD-WRT, 5Ghz band disappears, 2.4Ghz signal unreliable

Pros: - The 2.4Ghz is works *most* of the time
- It looks pretty

Cons: - 5Ghz band disappears an hour after boot
- 2.4 Ghz band sometimes fails to connect to the Internet, causing all devices to lose Internet connectivity
- Cannot find ANY form of DD-WRT support depsite it being explicitely stated in the title
- Signal is weak, even though I'm mere feet from the router

Other Thoughts: I bought the ASUS RT-N53 after seeing the long list of features for a good price (one of which was out-of-the-box DD-WRT support). It's also marked with a Reader's Choice Award, and I found few terrible reviews of the router.

When I received the router and hooked it up, I was thoroughly disappointed. Not only does DD-WRT not officially support the RT-N53, I could not find any way to do it through ASUS. Basically, the title of the router was a blatant lie, but I was somewhat willing to let this go.

That is, if the router worked, I would have let it go. As I've listed above, I've had problems with both the 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz bands, which I have been unable to resolve. The 5Ghz band disappears from all devices, and the 2.4Ghz band likes to lose Internet connectivity from time-to-time.

I expected far better than this from an ASUS product that seemed so highly lauded at first glance. I am resorting to speaking with ASUS support, and I will update my review if I can resolve the issues. If not, I will likely stay away from ASUS routers from now on.

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  • TayBian Y.
  • 8/23/2014 3:28:20 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Aesthetics

Cons: I've owned this for 9months now. Initially it was great. Now, the wifi and wired connection goes down daily. Needing to reset a couple of times a day. I've had nothing but good Asus routers (WL-520gu and gc series) but this one takes the turkey award. It's a pain to flash this either. I've not been able to get the firmware restoration to work. So I'm stuck with this low-performing piece.

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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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