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SOLUTION: after flashing to latest firmware, hold reset switch for 10 seconds, reboot router. Power on and off didn't work and neither did rebooting from within the software. Hard reset worked.

Hi everyone, this is my first go with a dual band router. I have not set the router up as of yet. Does anyone have experience with this router?

My goal is to establish a regular N network for iPads, phones, netbooks, etc...
Then to have a dedicated dual band network for my main rig for full bandwidth usage.

I will pair it with the Asus USB-N53 adapter.

Specifically I am wondering if I can do the dual band net only using my MAC address so I don't have to use additional security protocols, and then I will hide the network. Is this safe? I am not sure how the dual band works, if this router selects which band to use or if it will always use both bands.

Is there a way to make my rig priority for internet usage? I only have a meager 1 Mbps dsl line frown.gif. My system isn't always using the net so other users streaming is the issue.

Thanks for the input.
Edited by Aparition - 2/19/12 at 2:30pm
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post #2 of 14
If you have QoS usually you can mark the clients as high priority with your MAC Address.

I'd say set it up with a Visible SSID with WPA2-PSK with AES Encryption.
Then put MAC Filtering, after then put it to hidden SSID.

Basically for Dual Band you will have two SSID's for your network for example in my scenario:

2.4GHZ - Teksavvy-REZ 2.4GHZ
5GHZ - Teksavvy-REZ 5GHZ

Hope that helps.
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Yes thank you. I am used to feature limited single band routers.
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So the first time I setup everything worked great. My USB-N53 saw the 2.4Ghz band and the 5Ghz band. I also setup a 2nd 2.4Ghz band for ipads and phones and etc...

I wake up this morning and the 5Ghz band is not showing.
I reset the router, updated firmware, reset again. I still cannot see the 5Ghz band.
I tried different USB ports on my system, changing the settings on the 5Ghz band in the router, nothing is working.

Any ideas?

I can see and connect to the 2 2.4Ghz bands fine, and see appropriate speeds. I checked for interference but nothing I have moved, relocated, turned off has affected the detection of the 5Ghz band.

The only thing that changed from last night is my wife installed iTunes...
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So I receive this error log from my router when trying to connect to the 5.0 Ghz band
Quote:
Jan 1 00:00:40 RT-N53 user.emerg RC RADIO: 5G RADIO restart
Jan 1 05:00:56 RT-N53 daemon.warn pppd[1931]: Timeout waiting for PADO packets
Jan 1 05:00:57 RT-N53 daemon.err pppd[1931]: Unable to complete PPPoE Discovery
Jan 1 05:01:24 RT-N53 user.notice igmp[1883]: igmp:IP_ADD_MEMBERSHIP Failed
Jan 1 00:02:13 RT-N53 user.emerg RC RADIO: 5G RADIO OFF

So the radio keeps turning off, anyone able to shed some light on this? I am assuming it is a firmware issue.

SOLUTION: after flashing to latest firmware, hold reset switch for 10 seconds, reboot router. Power on and off didn't work and neither did rebooting from within the software. Hard reset worked.

Edited by Aparition - 2/19/12 at 2:30pm
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I dunno if it was just me but the ASUS RT-N13U firmware was really buggy for myself.
Flashed DD-WRT on mine, but if yours has Tomato i'd say to flash that and see how it goes.
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post #7 of 14
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Thanks, hard resetting the router after the flash seemed to do the trick. All bands running fine for a few days now.

I agree, the Asus firmware is a little buggy, at least with initial setup. Once setup and just running, things seem peachy.
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does this work in the uk with bt infinity fibre optic broadband please answer quickly as im about to order thanks its the Asus RT-N53 Black Diamond Dual-Band Wireless-N600 Router im gonna order is this the same
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It works with fibre here in the US.

Here are the connection types
Quote:
Internet connection type: Automatic IP, Static IP, PPPoE(MPPE supported), PPTP, L2TP
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Originally Posted by Aparition View Post

It works with fibre here in the US.
Here are the connection types
Quote:
Internet connection type: Automatic IP, Static IP, PPPoE(MPPE supported), PPTP, L2TP

ok thanks for the quick reply +rep
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