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Dymo 1768960 Label Manager Label Maker
  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggs Unreliable garbage. 11/04/2014

This review is from: Dymo 1768960 Label Manager Label Maker

Pros: USB connectivity, installed without issue on both PC and Mac. Includes software on readable drive.

Cons: Failed after about 1/3rd of a tape cartridge, still fails to print after all basic troubleshooting; swapping in new cartridge, re-seating battery, etc.

Other Thoughts: Wish I never bought it.

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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
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

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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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
  • Owned For: more than 1 year

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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PHILIP K.'s Profile

Display Name: PHILIP K.

Date Joined: 08/09/05

  • Reviews: 7
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  • First Review: 10/03/09
  • Last Review: 11/04/14
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