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Review: Asus RP-N53 Range Extender Dual Band Wireless-N600

Wireless repeaters are more useful than some realise. Anyone with a few walls between them and a router can attest to the life giving power of the signal repeater. The problem about them is not being able to tell them apart from one another.

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Easy Setup
That’s what it says on the box – easy to set up – and it’s reasonably true! Making it work is easy enough with all the basic instructions contained in the manual. By golly, I read the manual! The only thing it doesn’t tell you is what to do with the audio jack. Even after the review, it still remains a mystery because the manual doesn’t indicate about what one can do with it. But it doesn’t matter because there’s not much reason to use your repeater for audio.

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Usual Problems
For some reason, manufacturers seem to think that a wireless repeater will be the only thing plugged into a socket. That’s why these things are so big. It would be nice if they took up less space and played nice with the other plugs that are likely to be clustered together into one spot. This wireless router shares the same problem and, as such, proper planning might be needed. As it takes up a lot of space, it requires two sockets instead of one when plugged in. Oddly, there is no workaround for this.

 

Dimensions: 45 x 31 x 85 mm
Operating Frequency: 2.4GHz/5GHz
Security: 64-bit WEP, 128-bit WEP, WPA2-PSK, WPA-PSK, WPS support

Value: 9/10
Features: 9/10
Performance: 9/10
Design: 9/10
Usability: 9/10

Verdict: Could stand to be smaller.

Total Score: 9/10

This review was written by Magnus, and can be found in the December issue of PC.com.

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