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

Final Thoughts

The USB-N53 mirrors and extends (literally) the near-flawless experience we've had with ASUS' networking products.  They're super easy to setup and takes minutes at most, the UI is clean, organized, user-friendly, easy to use, and works great.  The USB-N53 has looks that match some of ASUS' venerable routers, the RT-N56U and the RT-N66U which delivers a simple splash of eccentricity to a simple form factor.   ASUS has kept the included configuration utility to a low profile that is very unobtrusive while still providing useful tools and configuration options.  One of the cool features is the ability to create a "soft AP" where the USB-N53 can be used to extend your Wi-Fi network or to create a small guess connection which allows limited access to guests, a pretty slick feature for a USB wireless adapter.  ASUS also offers monitoring to track the quality of the connection as well as the configuration details.  IP Release and Renew buttons are there to keep you out of the command window, a nice touch, one of many that make the overall experience that much better.



The overall performance was very good, with 5GHz connections offering nearly 90Mb/s throughput anywhere in my house, even through two external walls.  Both frequencies offered little performance attenuation, and the connection quality was very stable.  The ability to position the USB-N53 using the included USB adapter also helps you make the most of the available signal no matter where you are.  We were a little surprised to see the throughput on the 2.4GHz connections not exceed that of the integrated wireless performance in our test notebook, but still provided nearly 30Mb/s which enough to make good use out of most consumers' internet connections.


Priced at around $35, the USB-N53 has alot going for it.  Dual-band connectivity in a USB stick is great by itself, but its performance, ease-of-use, unobtrusive utilities, and soft AP modes give the USB-N53 serious value and versatility.  Considering that decent PCI and/or USB network adapters cost around $25-30 and offer far less feature-wise and are significantly more involved to setup and use, the USB-N53 is priced very competitively.  Today you can take it home, after rebate, for under $30, which for an adapter that can provide you with no-sacrifice wireless gaming for a desktop or laptop, fantastic range, and ease-of-use is a great value.


The Good

  • Quick and Easy Setup
  • Simple, functional design
  • Dual-band connectivity
  • Soft AP Mode
  • Great range and transfer speeds
  • Good overall value

The Bad

  • Perhaps a little on the large side for a USB adapter

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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.