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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

ASUS USB-N53 Detailed Features

So now we have had the grand tour of the USB-N53 adapter itself, it is time now to look at the software side of things. Setup is very simple indeed and there is a small utility to install that will make the most of the USB-N53's features. Once you have it installed you will be greeted with the following screen.


The survey screen is the first you will encounter, from here you can search for and connect to available wireless networks. Once you have connected to a wireless network its details will be highlighted yellow as shown above. Although the configuration utility shows me as connected on the 802.11a band I can assure you it was connected via the 802.11n band. In the next few screens I will talk through the basics of setting up a connection, it is much simpler to use the windows utility but this way you get more options.


Once you have selected the network you would like to connect to and have clicked connect you will get this screen, for the most part you will want to leave these options as they are.


Clicking advance in the previous screen will bring you here, once again unless you know what you are doing it would be best to leave these settings as they are. For the testing part of this review I changed power output from auto to 100% and wireless mode from 2.4GHz + 5GHz to 5GHz.


Next you must select the authentication and data encryption of the chosen network. Since my wireless network is using WPA-2-PSK authentication the data encryption needed to be changed from TKIP to AES in the drop down box, I failed to notice this the first time round and was left wondering why it wasn't connecting.


Once you have set up your connection it is saved in the configuration screen, this allows you to manage multiple connections in one convenient location.


Clicking the Status icon brings you to this screen which has lots of detailed information on your current network connection, much more in depth than the windows 5-bar signal strength system.


Following the status screen is the IP Config screen. There is also a handy Ping utility built in too.


The Ping utility will only take numerical IP addresses (no text addresses like windows command prompt) but it does allow you to set different parameters. To demonstrate I sent a ping request to the IP address of using the ASUS utility and also using the windows command prompt.




# 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?
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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 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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