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Written by Steven Iglesias-Hearst   
Tuesday, 06 March 2012
Table of Contents: Page Index
ASUS USB-N53 Dual Band Wireless-N300 USB Adapter
Closer Look: ASUS USB-N53 Adapter
ASUS USB-N53 Detailed Features
Testing and Results
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

Closer Look: ASUS USB-N53 Adapter

In this section we will be looking at the USB-N53 hardware, it seems these days that manufacturers are trying to win us over with looks. It is a proven fact that when faced with buying something we know little about, it is in our nature to buy what looks the best, even though it might not necessarily be the best. Hopefully, by the end of this review you will have a better understanding of the USB-N53, enabling you to make a more educated decision.

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Inside the box is a basic package; you get a software and user guide CD, a flexible positionable USB extender cable and the USB-N53 USB adapter itself.

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The diamond design on the face of the USB-N53 is part of ASUS' black diamond line of networking products and really makes them unique indeed. Just like the RT-N56U before it, the USB-N53's face is made of glossy plastic and it is an absolute magnet for fingerprints and is very difficult to clean without leaving smudges or lines. Just make sure your paws are clean before you handle it, as the good looks can be easily tainted.

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Lots of important information can be found on the flip side of the ASUS USB-N53 Dual Band Wireless-N300 USB Adapter.

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On the side of the ASUS USB-N53 (towards the left) is the WPS button, the WPS button (wireless protected setup) allows you connect a wireless device securely without having to enter any configuration. This might seem like a novel idea but is entering a security key really that difficult these days? I think not.

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The one problem I have found with the USB-N53 adapter is that the end cap, while removable, will not re-attach to the adapter anywhere else while it is in use. This means you could quite easily misplace or lose it.

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Shown above the ASUS USB-N53 has two hidden blue staus LED's that shine through the plastic body when the adapter is in use, one is a small dot on the left above the ASUS logo and the other is a four point star that is positioned about 1/3 of the way in from the right. Although I may not have captured it very well they really add to the USB-N53's good looks.



 

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# RE: ASUS USB-N53 Dual Band Wireless-N300 USB Adapterwhynotv2 2012-03-07 03:32
"Price is slightly high for most home users". I'm only making note of that simply because how many home users actually match brands of router and adapter? It would be more informative if a brand or two of router was used that "most home users" actually use (Linksys, Belkin, D-Link, Netgear, Motorola...) rather than a $200+ router which is more than slightly high for most home users :)
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# RE: RE: ASUS USB-N53 Dual Band Wireless-N300 USB AdapterSteven Iglesias-Hearst 2012-03-07 12:56
The RT-N66U is actually $179.99 and is aimed at enthusiasts, as is the USB-N53 Adapter.
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# RE: RE: ASUS USB-N53 Dual Band Wireless-N300 USB AdapterSteven Iglesias-Hearst 2012-03-07 13:15
I guess the main point I was trying to get across is that if ASUS were to lower their margins then they would widen their audience.
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# 2.4 and 5 Ghz at once?linuxwarrior 2012-06-22 14:12
Will it connect to the same access point in 2.4 AND 5 Ghz at the same time to improve throughput? I am thinking of the Asus RT-N56U.
Will I get a 600Mpbs link between the two?
Thanks
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# RE: 2.4 and 5 Ghz at once?Steven Iglesias-Hearst 2012-06-22 14:24
No, it's one or the other.
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# I'm confusedMichael G 2012-11-03 19:44
How exactly can your Pros mention great performance but in you Cons you say it doesn't meet the 300Mbits speed reported? If they report the it will achieve 300Mbits (in ideal conditions, of course) then that is the bar that has been set. It appears that UDP performs the best and you didn't get speeds half of the 300Mbps the unit reported.
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# RE: I'm confusedSteven Iglesias-Hearst 2012-11-04 04:46
You will never get rated speeds unless you test in a scientifically controlled environment. Regardless of ratings it still performed very well for a wireless USB adapter.
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# speed from routerDon 2012-12-26 23:08
Confused about speed from the router. Using speedtest.comcast.net as the test site, I get 26 Mb/s using my laptop with the built-in network. I was assuming I would get close to that being a few feet away and line of sight to the router and have a full 5 bars (100% signal strength according to a network gadget). I only get 5 Mb/s, on both bands. Also, went to neighbor and got only 10 Mb internal but the same 5 Mb with the N53. This normal behavior for these devices? At a loss...
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# RE: speed from routerSteven Iglesias-Hearst 2012-12-27 03:01
Sorry to hear that Don.

The first thing I would do is check for different drivers. What Router are you using and is it compatible with B, G or N for wireless networking?
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