Like every other website on the planet, SmallNetBuilder uses cookies. Our cookies track login status, but we only allow admins to log in anyway, so those don't apply to you. Any other cookies you pick up during your visit come from advertisers, which we don't control.
If you continue to use the site, you agree to tolerate our use of cookies. Thank you!

Router Charts

Click for Router Charts

Router Ranker

Click for Router Ranker

NAS Charts

Click for NAS Charts

NAS Ranker

Click for NAS Ranker

More Tools

Click for More Tools

Wireless Features

The Test

I followed the Azimuth-based test procedure to test each card with a Linksys WRT54G V5 802.11b/g wireless router. I chose this router because it is probably one of the most widely-used 11b/g routers, with typical 802.11g performance. I did make one key change to my normal test procedure.

Instead of making direct connection to each card, I used the Near-Field Antenna (NFA) to couple the cards under test into the Azimuth ACE. I did this because the Linksys WPC54G uses a unique mini-connector that didn't fit any of the adapter cables that Azimuth provided. So to ensure as much of an apples-to-apples comparison as possible, I used the NFA with all cards.

Figure 7 shows how the NFA was attached to notebook / Cardbus cards. Because plastic housing tends to vary in height, I attached the NFA to the bottom surface of each card's antenna area. Since the NFA is very sensitive to how far it is from a signal source (they really do mean near!), attaching it to the bottom provided a more consistent board-to-NFA distance.

NFA attached to bottom of Cardbus card

Figure 7: NFA attached to bottom of Cardbus card

Figure 8 shows the NFA coupled to the dipole antenna of the EnGenius USB adapter. Can't get much closer than that!

NFA attached to dipole antenna

Figure 8: NFA attached to dipole antenna

Testing the internal Intel 2915ABG in my Fujitsu P7120 notebook called for a little experimentation, since I didn't know where the antennas were. So I fired up IxChariot and moved the antenna around while watching throughput until I found the little buggers! Figure 9 shows where the NFA finally ended up.

NFA attached to dipole antenna

Figure 9: NFA attached to notebook

Note that the WRT54G router was directly connected via a cable from one of its antenna connectors to the Azimuth system.

More Wireless

Wi-Fi System Tools
Check out our Wi-Fi System Charts, Ranker and Finder!

Support Us!

If you like what we do and want to thank us, just buy something on Amazon. We'll get a small commission on anything you buy. Thanks!

Over In The Forums

Hi guys, please to point me in the right direction if I missed something, but amidst all the "devices losing connection to router" and "router losing ...
Hi all... I have a stock 88U running in wireless router mode, latest asus firmware. I've noticed when I add static IPs and apply, I get logged out at ...
I'm currently using an AC68U as my primary router with several media bridges (AC66U, AC56R, Buffalo H1300) around the house connecting via AC wireless...
Hi, can anyone advise me where I can purchase an Asus RP-AX56 WiFi 6 repeater from?It's on the Asus website: RP-AX56 FAQ | Networking | ASUS GlobalAS...
I plan to make available a beta version of the next kamoj add-on - if there is enough interest.N.B: Voxel firmware is a pre-requisite, not an option!I...

Don't Miss These

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3