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Routing Performance

NOTE!Testing Notes:
WAN to LAN tests are all run with LAN endpoint in DMZ
LAN to WAN tests are run with LAN endpoint not in DMZ, except UDP Stream

No, that's not a typo in the throughput results. Both Qcheck and Chariot confirm that this sucker really does run at about 15Mbps!! Although this is really a ... ahem ... matching of manhood type of number, and speed far beyond that of your puny little "broadband" connection, it's unprecedented for any routing product that I've ever seen.

I personally think this is mainly D-Link's way of making a point to its competitors vs. providing a product benefit that's really going to make a difference to 99.9% of the people who will buy this product! Don't get me wrong, this is impressive performance! But as I said, since most broadband connections run at 1.5Mbps MAX (on a good day, with following wind, no sunspots, etc.), they'll have a hard time using a tenth of the 604's horsepower!

Update 7/2/2002 - I found a problem with the Qcheck endpoint that was causing the UDP streaming tests to fail in both directions. After I corrected the problem, the tests showed results in both directions were just ducky!

Update 7/30/2002 - The Performance test results have been republished, using a new test method for SPI+NAT routers. This has dropped the top LAN to WAN measured speed slightly and significantly lowered the WAN to LAN speed.

LAN to WAN test results with the LAN endpoint in DMZ are:

  • Throughput - 2.9Mbps
  • Response Time - 279mS avg / 346ms max.

For more information on the new test methods, read the "How we Test" page linked above, and the SMC 7004VBR review Performance section.

Routing Performance Test Results

Test Description Transfer Rate (Mbps) Response Time (msec) UDP stream
Throughput (kbps) Lost data (%)
WAN - LAN 2.9 275 (avg)
349 (max)
499 0
LAN - WAN 13.6 58 (avg)
109 (max)
501 0
Firmware Version V1.1 30 May 2002
See details of how we test.

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