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@Gordon Would be interesting how the Netgear R6300 compares in performance, that is the one of the two Netgear ac routers being released. I think the other is the R6200.
Not too impressed with the performance.
26MBytes a second is about what I routinely get from my 802.11n stuff in the same room. I've seen 35MB/second sustained when sat in the bedroom above the lounge where the router is.
Kit: Cisco E5200 on 5GHz, HP Elitebook with Intel 3x3 WiFI card (factory fit) so using a 450MHz connection.
Agree 100% Zeus, it is available yet but we'll be chasing it up as soon as it is. Cheers.
@gagagaga We've never seen performance of that level from any 802.11n equipment so if you've achieved that (megabytes, not megabits) then it's a minor miracle and I wouldn't be leaving that setup in a hurry.
@Gordon394Actually sold the HP a week or two ago. The Samsung 900X3B was just too tempting with the vat back and PC world offers.
Just tested that against the Cisco, 5GHz, same room. The Samsung is Intel WifI too but only 2x2 so 300GHz max.
Results ... power saving on (the default Samsung setting) I get around 12MB/s on a large file copy. At max power setting it bounced around 21-22MB/s.
Interestingly that's a peak around 60% of the max theoretical rate which tallys with the HP at 60% of 450. There are no other 5GHz networks anywhere near me.
I've been using Wifi since the days when a 802.11b base station with a single LAN in was £130 so got to know what works. I find the Apple stuff most variable - the first dual band gigabit airport extreme was awesome - 2x2 at 22MB/s in the early days of N but the later simultaneous dual band routers never got much past half that. I picked up one of the Dlink routers too after the TR review - great for filling the WiFI holes but the throughput never gets close to the Cisco unless you're sat next to it.
If you don't have one in the office, i'd recommend TR invest in a top endish HP or thinkpad with 3x3 radios for benchmark testing WiFi gear - anything since Core 2 days with the Intel 5300 would do.
The other point of course is a legal one ... have the rules for channel bonding on N changed in the UK in the past year or two? Even if they have, most base stations with outdated firmware / settings will default to one channel on N if told they are in the UK - you need channel bonding to get anything over half the theoretical max. Using Ireland or France as your country fixes that little problem...
Thanks for the extra info. We do all testing on laptops with 3x3 radios, but haven't used the Cisco. We're actually very keen to see what it does with 802.11ac.
I believe channel bonding isn't allowed in the UK, but that is an interesting (and sneaky) way around it. We'll have a play with that and see how if there are updates, but it is obviously not something we can widely promote!
PS glad you like the D-Link (SmartBeam, I presume?) that has certainly been the best of the affordable 2.4GHz routers we've seen and the coverage is exceptional.
I'm not too worried about upgrading my wireless performance. I moved from a WRT54G to a WRT160N which meets our needs, not least because I installed a CAT6 line to feed our networked TV, NAS and media streamers upstairs. Music streams adequately enough via our current router.What I do want to know is when manufacturers are going to cotton on to the fact that many domestic consumers need 8 ports on their router...hell I'd settle for 6 ports! We have a WHS, Popcorn Hour A100, Tivo, Wii and (with the feed to to upstairs and a spare port for cabling in emergencies) have to have a switch fun off the router to have sufficient ports..
You might be interested in the new routers Western Digital (yes, the hard drive manufacturers) are releasing soon. According to the blurb:
"The My Net N900 router features wireless performance up to 900 Mbps (450 + 450 Mbps on the 2.4 and 5 Ghz bands combined) and includes 7 LAN and 1 WLAN Gigabit Ethernet ports for up to 10/100/1000 Mbps wired speeds."
It's the only consumer router I know that has more than four ports.
I don't think there's a real need for manufacturers to put more ports on the back of their routers. The small group of people who do need this can pick up a 5 port gigabit switch at Maplin or PC World or some such for £30.
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