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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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  • Jason R.
  • 3/30/2015 3:10:57 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsTerrible router!

This review is from: 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

Pros: Looks slick

Cons: - Can not put WW-DRT on it (well, you could, but you loose the dual band and can only get the 2.4)
- Misreports the clients connected to it (network map will not show all devices connected through wired and wireless)

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

Thank you for using our product and for making an effort in posting this review. I understand that you have an issue putting in DD-WRT if I am not mistaken. You want to use an alternative Linux based firmware. It's going to work, but just like what you said you will loose the 5Ghz band. It's what we always tell our customers, once you download a firmware version outside ASUS, if it's not going to work it means that is not compatible. I know that you really want to use DD-WRT in a dual band. But this firmware is not that compatible with the router. That is why we have our own firmware that we release in our website. For further assistance or if you want to discuss this matter with me, please email me at customerloyalty@asus.com and put case # N1503101502 in the subject line for your reference.

I'm here to help you and all others with these issues, as our customer loyalty department is dedicated to bringing a resolution for all issues related to our products.

Thank you for choosing ASUS.
Mark
ASUS Customer Loyalty

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  • Scott D.
  • 3/3/2015 1:59:33 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

1 out of 5 eggsWorst WAP Ever

This review is from: 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

Pros: Wired networking appears to function as expected

Cons: Wireless is basically useless. Both 2.4 and 5 GHz network disappear frequently only to return after hard reset of router.

Same wireless issues with both stock firmware and Tomato points to faulty hardware.

Our house is cold (<70 degrees) and this unit feels like it runs hot.

Other Thoughts: Very disappointed. My 13 year old WRT54G works better. Doubt I'll ever buy Asus again.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Scotty D

I fully understand your concern with regards to the router that you have and my apology for any inconvenience it has caused you. I would like to personally assist you on this matter. Kindly email me back at customerloyalty@asus.com and place case # N150329324 in the subject line for your reference.

ASUS Customer Loyalty is dedicated in helping you and all other ASUS customers.

Thank you for choosing ASUS.

Regards,
Ana
ASUS Customer Loyalty

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  • Wayne M.
  • 1/23/2015 1:01:59 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

3 out of 5 eggsStock firmware sucks, not much better with Tomato

This review is from: 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

Pros: You can install Tomato on this router.
Supports 5 GHz band; unfortunately, none of the devices in my house support 5 GHz.

Cons: The stock firmware is unstable.
Wifi performance with Tomato is not particularly good.
I consistently got better connection speeds from my laptop with a Trendnet TEW-712BR 150 Mbps router that I bought on Newegg for $8.
The firmware install process was MUCH harder than third party firmware installs on other routers.

Other Thoughts: I cannot recommend this router. There are better devices for less money. I have also owned two Asus RT-N12 routers that were absolute junk. Asus makes great motherboards, but their Wifi products leave something to be desired.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Valued Customer,

In behalf of ASUS, I want to thank you for your effort posting this review. I understand that you have problems encountered with the router. I want to apologize as well for the inconvenience this issue have caused you. I know that your disappointed with the unit. It's unfortunate if you think the
"Product" is a huge disappointment. On the contrary, there are lots of very satisfied customers that are having positive experience using the product. I just want to tell you that all ASUS products undergo intensive quality control testing and inspections, these are isolated cases. I want to help you with this issue, kindly email it at customerloyalty@asus.com and put case # N150391338 in the subject line for your reference.

ASUS Customer Loyalty is dedicated in helping you and all other ASUS customers.

Thank you for choosing ASUS.

Regards,
Ana
ASUS Customer Loyalty

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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

This review is from: 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

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

This review is from: 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

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

This review is from: 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

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

This review is from: 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

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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  • Norm 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.

This review is from: 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

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

This review is from: 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

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)
--
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.

This review is from: 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

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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