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Asus USB-N53 review

Dual-band wireless N adaptor to boost your Wi-Fi

Our Verdict

For

  • Dual band
  • Great range
  • Fast wireless speeds

Against

  • High price
  • Design could put you off

Anyone who has an Asus RT-N56U Dual Band Wireless-N Router will recognise the striking design of the Asus USB-N53 dual-band 300Mbps wireless N adaptor.

Of course it's performance that counts with a wireless adaptor, and the Asus USB-N53 does very well, and goes some way to justify its higher than average price. Being dual-band, you get both 2.4GHz and 5GHz bands - as long as you have a capable router - and interference from other wireless signals is kept to a minimum, which is a godsend in the modern home when almost everything is Wi-Fi enabled.

It works well and we were streaming HD content as well as surfing the internet on our test laptop without any stuttering. There was also a noticeable increase in range compared to our test laptop's built-in wireless receiver, although streaming media became a bit less consistent when a few walls were placed between the receiver and the router.

The Asus USB-N53 wireless N adaptor comes with some handy software that turns your PC into an access point, although we did have a few problems with the set up process hanging in Windows 7 64bit.

Tech Specs

Product TypeWi-Fi Adapter
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11n
ISM BandYes
UNII BandYes
Wireless Transmission Speed300 Mbps
Brand NameAsus
Form FactorExternal
Device SupportedDesktop Computer
Host InterfaceUSB
ISM Maximum Frequency2.48 GHz
UNII Maximum Frequency5.80 GHz
Height26 mm
Width96 mm
Depth12.4 mm
ManufacturerASUS Computer International
Product ModelUSB-N53
Product NameUSB-N53 Wi-Fi Adapter
Manufacturer Part Number90-IG1Y002M00-0PA0-
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://uk.asus.com
Marketing Information

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.

Weight (Approximate)20 g