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For a competitive comparison I chose the WRT610N and the 310N's direct competitor, D-Link's DIR-655. I recently tested the latest A4 version of the DIR-655 with the Intel 5300 AGN client, so its data is as apples-to-apples comparison as I can make. The WRT610N data was taken with a Linksys WPC600N client, which throws a little variation into the comparison.

As is usually the case, there is no clear winner in all locations and modes. For downlink in 20 MHz mode (Figure 17), the WRT310 / Intel 5300 AGN pair seem to have an edge at the stronger signal Locations A, B and C and even at the strong to weak signal transition Location D. But at the toughest locations E and F, there is no clear winner.

Competitive comparison - downlink, 20 MHz channel

Figure 17: Competitive comparison - downlink, 20 MHz channel

Uplink in 20 MHz mode (Figure 18) is a real mixed bag, with each of the three products taking the lead in some locations.

Competitive comparison - uplink, 20 MHz channel

Figure 18: Competitive comparison - uplink, 20 MHz channel

Switching over to 40 MHz mode, downlink (Figure 19), the only thing that's clear is that the WRT610N / WPC600N pair don't fare well at Locations E and F. But I suspect that this is more due to an advantage provided by the Intel 5300 AGN client than a weakness in the WRT610N.

Competitive comparison - downlink, 40 MHz channel

Figure 19: Competitive comparison - downlink, 40 MHz channel

And finally, with a 40 MHz channel and running uplink (Figure 20), the pattern of no clear winner across all locations continues.

Competitive comparison - uplink, 40 MHz channel

Figure 20: Competitive comparison - uplink, 40 MHz channel

The only conclusion that I can reach from this is that these three products, which occupy the top three positions in the Open Air Wireless Charts are pretty evenly matched.

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