ASUS USB-N53 Black Diamond Dual-Band Wireless-N600 USB Adapter Review

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Wi-Fi connectivity doesn't even come into question when purchasing a notebook PC these days. However, the performance of the on-board wireless adapter often reveals some room for improvement. The ASUS N-53 Black Diamond offers both the raw speed of 5GHz stream and simultaneous 2.4GHz connectivity to give users seriously quick throughput in any situation, while taking up a single USB port. Throw in hotspot functionality, real-time monitoring, and one-touch WPS connectivity, and you have the makings of a road warrior's best friend or the savior of a gamer who doesn't want to run long lengths of Ethernet to reach his gaming machine.

 

Overview

ASUS USB-N53 Dual-Band Wireless-N600 USB Adapter

The ASUS USB-N53 is a dual-band USB adapter that provides flexible dual-band connection for lag-free streaming and high performance networking. It also has a superior antenna design for extensive wireless coverage. With the bundled USB cable, you can flexibly adjust the antenna to receive the strongest signal. A friendly user interface utility allows you to install and use the application easily, making the USB-N53 a fantastic router both at home and on the road.

  • Flexible Dual-band connection for lag-free streaming and high performance networking
  • Power signal transmission for extensive wireless coverage
  • Contains a USB cable that allows you to adjust the adapter for enhanced reception
  • WPS Button

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Specifications

Network Standard
IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n
Interface
USB 2.0
Antenna
2 x on-board PCB antenna
Operating Frequency
2.4GHz/2.4G~2.4835GHz/5.1~5.8GHz
Operation Channel
11 for N. America, 13 Europe (ETSI) 
Data Rate
802.11 a/b/g/n: downlink up to 300Mbps, uplink up to 300Mbps (20/40MHz) 
Output Power
b mode: 18.5~21.5 dBm
g mode: 16.5~19.5 dBm
n mode: 16.5~19.5 dBm
a/n mode: 12.5~15.5 dBm 
Modulation
64QAM, 16QAM, QPSK, BPSK, CCK, DQPSK, DBPSK, OFDM
Utilities
Mobile control center, Wireless setting, Mobile manager, Site survey, WPS support 
Security
64-bit WEP, 128-bit WEP, WPA2-PSK, WPA-PSK, WPA-Enterprise, WPA2-Enterprise, WPS Support
Certificates
CE, FCC, C-Tick, IC, NCC, Wi-Fi
Dimensions
96 x 26 x 12.45 mm (LxWxH) 
Weight
20 g (Device Only)
Environmental
Operating Temperature: 0°C to 40°C (°F to °F)
Storage Temperature: -10°C to 70°C (°F to °F)
Operating Humidity: 15%° to 95% (Non-condensing)
Storage Humidity: 15%° to 95% (Non-condensing)
OS Support
Windows® 7 32bit/64bit
Windows® Vista 32bit/64bit
Windows® XP 32bit/64bit
Package Content
Support CD
Warranty Card
USB Extension Cable
Notes
  • Actual data throughput will vary from network conditions and environmental factors.
  • All specifications are subject to change without notice. Please check with your supplier for exact offers. Products may not be available in all markets.
  • PCB color and bundled software versions are subject to change without notice.
  • Brand and product names mentioned are trademarks of their respective companies.
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Packaging

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The box neatly unpacks to reveal a warranty card, a simple user manual, a driver/utility disc, and a USB extension cable which allows angling of the USB-N53 to receive the best signal or to position it upwards if you don't have much room to the sides/back of your computer.

 

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# Michael Chatman 2013-08-31 18:52
After days of working through the ASUS RTN66U router documentation, which is a poor Taiwanese to English translation, I was able to finally get it to work. It still doesn't work just right with my Vonage Box, or my Sony HDTV direct connected.

Then I bought a ASUS USB-N53 Dongle for my PC. I am now on the third day of trying to get it to work. Maybe it's just me. Maybe I am the dumb one. But after installing the ASUS drivers and utilities the Dongle finds the Router just fine, the router won't provide a LAN address for the ASUS USB-N53 to connect to. Mind you you can see the device in Windows XP, but it has a very odd predefined address, that will never connect with my router.

No way to configure the right address. No technical information to trouble shoot the problem. It seems like I am the only one with the problem.

If you like to spend days to configure network components ASUS is the way to go. There is good power and lots of parameters to configure. How you find them, what their values mean, are a different story. Good luck.