Wireless Networking: Nine 802.11n Routers Rounded Up

Benchmark Results: Zap UDP

A lot of streaming media apps gravitate toward the UDP protocol for its faster performance. But the catch with streaming media is that you have very little tolerance for throughput drops. If 20 Mb/s is our expected baseline for HD video, we need to build in a buffer to allow for fluctuations. Because of this, we don’t want to see sustained results dropping under 40 Mb/s, just as a general rule. The only two routers that fail this criterion are the N1 Vision and the two TRENDnet routers, although we again forgive the 654TR since it’s a travel router.

Interestingly, Netgear again edges out the mighty WRT610N in our 5 GHz UDP test. Ruckus clumps in the mid- to upper-80s (hey, there’s nothing wrong with being stuck in the ‘80s). Even the 671BR meets expectations. So it seems that if you’ve got a 5 GHz-capable router, odds are good you’ll be pleased with the streaming media results.

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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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