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Performance - Locations

Thought I'd never get to this, eh? Let's start with the best case, which is with no AFCI breakers on either end of the connection in all locations. To make these runs, I moved the "Local" adapter from an outlet in my office, right next to the door, to an outlet in the hallway, just outside my office, which is not on an AFCI breaker. Each plotted result is the average of a one minute IxChariot run.

Figure 12 shows that the Belkin pair yield almost 3 times the throughput of the NETGEAR HomePlug AV pair when plugged into the same outlet. But in all other test locations, the NETGEAR HomePlug AV adapters produce 9 - 10 Mbps higher throughput.

Six Location Throughput Comparison - Transmit, No AFCI

Figure 12: Six Location Throughput Comparison - Transmit, No AFCI

Figure 13 shows receive results. Note that the Belkin adapters fall to a little below 12 Mbps. The Belkin pair also beat the NETGEARs in Location B as well as Location A.

Six Location Throughput Comparison - Receive, No AFCI

Figure 13: Six Location Throughput Comparison - Receive, No AFCI

Figures 14 and 15 show performance when the "Local" adapter was plugged into the outlet next to the door in my office (and behind an AFCI breaker). In this data set, the Location B outlet is also behind an AFCI breaker.

You can see in Figure 14 that the NETGEAR HomePlug pair manages to maintain at least 10 Mbps of throughput in all locations. But the Belkin pair is severely impacted and would not even reliably connect in test Locations E and F!

Six Location Throughput Comparison - Transmit, Local & Loc B AFCI

Figure 14: Six Location Throughput Comparison - Transmit, Local & Loc B AFCI

Figure 15 shows receive results, where the Belkin pair also don't connect from Location D.

Six Location Throughput Comparison - Receive, Local & Loc B AFCI

Figure 15: Six Location Throughput Comparison - Receive, Local & Loc B AFCI

The one other data point is I have to quantify the effect of an AFCI breaker is a test run with the "Local" adapter not behind an AFCI breaker, but the Location B adapter behind an AFCI breaker. For transmit, throughput was reduced from 39.7 to 18.2 Mbps and for receive, speeds dropped to 14.6 Mbps from 52.8 Mbps!

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