ASUS RT-AX53U Review: All-Around Home/Office Router

ASUS RT-AX53U Review HGPH
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Routers can be considered as an integral part of any household or office. You have to have them in this day and age if you’re planning on connecting your devices to the web. With that said, living in an area filled with WiFi signals can be quite the problem nowadays. To combat that concern, we have the newest standard, the 802.11ax also known as WiFi 6. ASUS have been releasing routers with the latest standard and you might wonder, are they worth purchasing? What we have here now for review is the ASUS RT-AX53U router, a typical ASUS router, in shape and form, that uses the 802.11ax standard. Is it worth buying? Let’s find out!

ASUS RT-AX53U Review – Router Specifications

Model Name
RT-AX53U
Network Standard
IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g
WiFi 4 (802.11n), WiFi 5 (802.11ac), WiFi 6 (802.11ax)
IPv4, IPv6
AX technologyYes
Antenna
Ex-antennas*4
Transmit/Receive
2.4GHz 2×2
5 GHz 2 x 2
Processor
Dual-code
Memory
128 MB Flash
256 MB RAM
Boosts speed
OFDMA (Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiple Access)
Beamforming: standard-based and universal
1024-QAM high data rate
20/40/80 MHz bandwidth
Operating Frequency
2.4G Hz / 5 GHz
Ports
RJ45 for Gigabits BaseT for WAN x 1, RJ45 for Gigabits BaseT for LAN x 3,USB Port x1
Button
WPS Button, Reset Button, Power Switch
LED Indicator
Power x 1
2.4G x 1
5G x 1
LAN x 3
WAN x 1
USBX1
Power Supply
AC Input : 110V~240V(50~60Hz)
DC Output : 12 V with max. 1.5A current
Package contents
RT-AX53U
RJ45 x1
Adapter x1
QSG x1
Warranty Card x1
Product Weight (g)346g
AiMesh
AiMesh : No
Primary AiMesh router : No
AiMesh node : No
Router APP
ASUS Router APP : Yes
Game
Game Boost/acceleration : No
Alexa
Support Alexa skil : Yes
IFTTT
Support IFTTT : No
AiProtection
AiProtection : AiProtection Classic
Malicious site blocking : Yes
Two-Way IPS : No
Infected Device Prevention and Blocking ; Yes
Parental Control
Parental Control : Yes
Customized Internet schedule : Yes
Traffic Control
Adaptive QoS : No
Bandwidth limiter : Yes
Traditional QoS : Yes
Traffic Monitor : Yes
Real-time traffic monitor : Yes
Wired Traffic Monitor : Yes
Wireless Traffic Monitor : Yes
Website history : No
Wireless
IPv6 : Yes
MU-MIMO : Yes
Wi-Fi Encryption : Open system, WPA/WPA2-Personal, WPA/WPA2-Enterprise, WPA3-Personal
UTF-8 SSID : Yes
Guest Network : Yes
WPS : Yes
Wi-Fi MAC address filter : Yes
Wireless scheduler : Yes
Airtime fairness : Yes
RADIUS Server : Yes
Universal beamforming : Yes
Explicit beamforming : Yes
IGMP snooping : Yes
WAN
Internet connection Type : PPPoE, PPTP, L2TP, Automatic IP, Static IP
Dual WAN : Yes
WAN Aggregation : No
3G/4G LTE dongle : Yes
Port triggering : Yes
DMZ : Yes
DDNS : Yes
Let’s Encrypt : Yes
LAN
DHCP Server : Yes
IPTV : Yes
LAN Link Aggregation : No
Manually assign IP address : Yes
VPN
L2PT : Yes
OVPN : Yes
PPTP : Yes
VPN Server IPSec : Yes
OVPN : Yes
VPN Server PPTP : Yes
VPN Fusion : No
USB application
3G/4G LTE dongle : Yes
HDD hibernation : Yes
Safely Remove disk : Yes
AiCloud : No
Download master : Yes
AiDisk : Yes
Media Server : Yes
Time Machine : Yes
Samba Server : Yes
FTP Server : Yes
Shared Folder privileges : Yes
Administration
Operating mode : Access Point, Media Bridge, Repeater, Router
Operating system : ASUSWRT
Free OS upgrade : Yes
Firewall : Yes
Wake on LAN (WOL) : Yes
SSH : Yes
Configuration backup and restore : Yes
Diagnosis tools : Yes
Feedback system : Yes
System log : Yes

ASUS RT-AX53U – At A Glance

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Most of the interface is at the rear part of the RT-AX53U. Here, you can find the reset button, the power switch, the port for the power cable, WPS button, a USB 2.0 port, a WAN port, and three LAN ports.

ASUS RT-AX53U Review – 802.11ac Speed Test

RT-AX53UDevice 1 (Host)Host FrequencyDevice 2 (Client)Client FrequencyAverage SpeedNotes
ControlPC (Wired)Laptop (Wired)112 MB/svia RT-AX53U
Laptop (Wired)PC (Wired)112 MB/svia RT-AX53U
Test 1PC (802.11ax)5Laptop (802.11ac)521.8 MB/sw/in 1m
Laptop (802.11ac)5PC (802.11ax)522.5 MB/sw/in 1m
Test 2PC (802.11ax)5Smartphone (802.11ac)522.0 MB/sw/in 1m
Smartphone (802.11ac)5PC (802.11ax)520.6 MB/sw/in 1m
Test 3Laptop (802.11ac)5Smartphone (802.11ac)521.5 MB/sw/in 1m
Smartphone (802.11ac)5Laptop (802.11ac)516.5 MB/sw/in 1m
Test 4Laptop (Wired)PC (802.11ax)544.8 MB/sw/in 1m
PC (802.11ax)5Laptop (Wired)41.3 MB/sw/in 1m
Test 5Laptop (Wired)Smartphone (802.11ac)531.2 MB/sw/in 1m
Smartphone (802.11ac)5Laptop (Wired)30.5 MB/sw/in 1m
Test 6PC (802.11ax)2.4Laptop (802.11ac)2.45.9 MB/sw/in 1m
Laptop (802.11ac)2.4PC (802.11ax)2.46.4 MB/sw/in 1m
Test 7PC (802.11ax)2.4Smartphone2.43.9 MB/sw/in 1m
Smartphone2.4PC (802.11ax)2.45.0 MB/sw/in 1m
Test 8Laptop (802.11ac)2.4Smartphone2.44.0 MB/sw/in 1m
Smartphone2.4Laptop (802.11ac)2.43.0 MB/sw/in 1m
Test 9PC (802.11ax)5Smartphone (802.11ac)50.54 MB/s
35m~40m + wooden wall
Smartphone (802.11ac)5PC (802.11ax)51.25 MB/s
35m~40m + wooden wall
Test 10Laptop (802.11ac)5Smartphone (802.11ac)51.46 MB/s
35m~40m + wooden wall
Smartphone (802.11ac)5Laptop (802.11ac)51.06 MB/s
35m~40m + wooden wall
Test 11PC (802.11ax)2.4Smartphone (802.11ac)2.40.38 MB/s
35m~40m + wooden wall
Smartphone (802.11ac)2.4PC (802.11ax)2.40.54 MB/s
35m~40m + wooden wall
Test 12Laptop (802.11ac)2.4Smartphone (802.11ac)2.40.41 MB/s
35m~40m + wooden wall
Smartphone (802.11ac)2.4Laptop (802.11ac)2.40.45 MB/s
35m~40m + wooden wall

Works Even With Lots Of WiFi Signals

The test was done with only one device being 802.11ax compatible and in an area with 20+ existing WiFi signals. I was able to get a maximum of 40 MB/s here with the PC using an ASUS PCE-AX58BT.

I also checked the maximum distance that the router can cover. Also, I found that both 2.4Ghz and 5Ghz signals were still readable even at a distance of 35 to 40m and with wooden wall between the router and the tethered device. As expected, the router exhibited slow speeds at this range.

With that said, the router can be deemed as good enough if you’re planning on having it as a main unit in your 2-storey house or in a wide office room.

ASUS RT-AX53U Review – Other Router Features

Easy To Setup

ASUS WRT

The RT-AX53U is a surprisingly easy router to setup. Just plug in the router, access the router’s setup page (http://router.asus.com), plug in the passwords and you are good to go. The dashboard (ASUSWRT) is also incredibly intuitive and clean. You can do the setup even with just a smartphone.

ASUS AiProtection

ASUS AiProtection

ASUS AiProtection is a feature that comes with the ASUS RT-AX53U and what it does is it blocks malicious pages from loading. Aside from that, it also helps in keeping your network safe and secure by also blocking infected devices. You can choose to enable it to grant your whole network another level of protection.

I personally like this feature as there are times where-in some sites load sneaky pop-ups that can be used to attack your devices. With AiProtection on, you get a warning that this certain page cannot be loaded due to some security issues. Given that its also powered by Trend Micro, the system is updated regularly to combat new threats.

ASUS USB Features

ASUS USB Router

Another good thing about the RT-AX53U is that it can definitely act as a hub for your home or office. You can use the USB port to plug in a printer or a large storage device to make them available for use for the whole network.

The USB port can also be used to plug in and use USB network dongles.

ASUS RT-AX53U Review – Verdict & Conclusion

ASUS RT-AX53U Review

Honestly, there’s almost nothing bad with the RT-AX53U. On the contrary, it’s a pretty great router with features that greatly enhance its use. If you have the latest phones and devices, you can take advantage of the stability offered by the WiFi 6 or 802.11ax. For features, I really found the AiProtection to be a real and practical boon as it automatically shields devices connected to your network from shady websites.

For faults, I can name only two: it has one less port for wired connections compared to other ASUS models and its USB 2.0. ASUS routers have always had at least 4 wired ports and this is the first one that I’ve encountered with just 3. Not too much of a hassle since most devices are wireless nowadays, but still something to think about. Additionally, the USB 2.0 can be seen as a weak link given that USB 3.0 should be expected.

RT-AX53U Review Award

If you’re planning on getting a new router for your new home or office, best include the ASUS RT-AX53U to your list. It’s easy to setup, highly customizable, and has a lot of features aside from being a hub for your home or office.

ASUS RT-AX53U Pricing & Availability

The ASUS RT-AX53U has an SRP of PhP 4,390 and can be bought from various stores located in the Philippines. You can also get it via online stores.

For alternatives, you can check out the ASUS RT-AX56U. If you prefer a gaming router, you can also read our review of the TUF AX3000 Review.

For more details, check out the RT-AX53U’s spec page here.