Updated 7 Apr 2016

Asus

RP-N53 (N600)

Snapshot: The Asus RP-N53 (N600) is a dual-band WiFi range extender that has a WPS button for easy protected setup and a signal strength indicator. How did it perform?

RP-N53 (N600)
Consumer score
SCORE
Price guide

$154

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Test results

Overall score
67
Performance
?/10
Ease of use
?/10

Good points

  • OK performance.
  • Easy to use.
  • Dual-band.
  • Good throughput speed on 2.4GHz.
  • OK throughput speed on 5GHz.
  • Has a WPS button for easy protected WiFi setup.
  • Has an on/off button.
  • Has WEP/WPA/WPA2 encryption.
  • Has signal strength indicator.
  • Creates a unique SSID by default.

But

  • Significant loss in throughput speeds on 5GHz.
  • No router mode.

How we test

Overall score:

• Performance (60 percent)
• Ease of use (40 percent)

Performance based on throughput speed on 2.4 and 5GHz bands, comparing the loss in throughput speeds when connecting to the range extender versus connecting to the router.

Ease of use based on assessment of installation, software install/installation wizard, menu layout and configuration.

Prices are based on an online price survey in August 2015.

Key data

Model

Price guide
$154

Specifications

Type
Wall plug
Antenna type
Internal
Number of antennas
2
Dimension HxWxD (mm)
85x55x55
Weight (g)
93

Features

Dual-band
WPS button
On/Off button
WEP/WPA/WPA2
Ethernet port
Router mode
×
Signal strength indicator
Connection between router and extender (GHz)
2.4 and 5
Connection between extender and PC (GHz)
2.4 and 5
Creates unique SSID by default