Wireless Networking: Nine 802.11n Routers Rounded Up

Benchmark Results: IxChariot Throughput

All right, enough of real world file copying. Let’s see what the esteemed IxChariot has to say.

Linksys and ZyXEL again stomp the 2.4 GHz yard, but this time around TRENDnet’s 671BR jumps out with a great location 1 result, even edging out the Asus N16 overall. Netgear’s WNDR3700 starts to push a little higher in the ranks here. Belkin’s N150 nudges aside the N1 Vision and tells the fancy pants router to go home and check itself in the mirror.

Over on the 5 GHz side, Netgear whips out a surprise win, making it the only router to break 100 Mb/s in IxChariot and even beating Linksys and Ruckus when averaged across all three locations. Still, check out that tight Ruckus grouping in the 58 to 68 Mb/s range. There’s a lot to be said for a router that will deliver good results everywhere rather than great results only when the conditions are exactly right.

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  • Dandalf
    I'd buy the Linksys if it didn't have a bloody spoiler on it. Chavviest router I ever saw.
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  • madskillz12_1
    £20 cashback on the Linksys until 30/4/10 as well. You'd be mad not to.
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  • daglesj
    Belkin routers are a joke. I bought a low end one as a spare. It couldnt get a speed of higher than 2Mbps. Any other router would get 6Mbps+. After several attempts of getting a sane response from Belkin India, one of their techs finally admitted that model has an issue with the Firewall. Switch it off and speed goes back up. He said a firmware update would sort it. Nearly a year later...yup no firmware. A couple of my customers have the new Belkin N spec routers. Really bad.
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  • chronicbint
    Surprising, I am on my second Belkin N router and they have all worked perfectly well.
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  • hairystuff
    I've realised with Belkin routers they sometimes have multiple revisions of the same product code/model number, some of the revision work really well and others are pure trash, I've noticed this with D-Link aswell but generally the differences are marginally acceptable.
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  • gagaga
    I'm not normally a fan of Apple gear, but I can get 14MB/s (equal to 112Mb/s) from my airport extreme (the older 2 aerial one) on big files.

    Guessing the laptop (Vaio TZ) has a big influence - that has three separate aerials and the top-end Intel card, and the fact mine is the only 5GHz network in the area...
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  • Accurim
    What did you use with the WRT610N? I'd be interested in getting it based on the benchmarks but I'd have to get the same client adaptor also.

    I believe you did your testing with a laptop also, if I were to get a desktop adaptor would this be fine:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16833124342
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