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Wireless Security, Wireless Performance - Competitive Comparison

I tested for throughput reduction with wireless security set to WEP, WPA/TKIP and WPA2/AES and found just about a 50% drop when using WEP and WPA/TKIP. (Figure 7). You can also see a 10% drop when using WPA2 / AES, which is unusual to find with most current draft 802.11n designs.

Security mode comparison - 2.4 GHz, 20 MHz channel, downlink
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Figure 7: Security mode comparison - 2.4 GHz, 20 MHz channel, downlink

Wireless Performance - Competitive Comparison

I haven't tested many draft 11n bridges and even fewer with the open-air method. But Figure 8 shows the other two products that I have relevant data for, the NETGEAR WNHDE111 and D-Link DAP-1522. Unfortunately, I have WNHDE111 data only for 5 GHz, 40 MHz mode, so I'll start there.

Competitive comparison - 5 GHz, 40 MHz channel, downlink

Figure 8: Competitive comparison - 5 GHz, 40 MHz channel, downlink

The WNHDE111 clearly outperforms the others in the first three locations, both down and uplink (Figure 9). But the WET610N is the only one of the three products to connect and run the test at Location D.

Competitive comparison - 5 GHz, 40 MHz channel, uplink

Figure 9: Competitive comparison - 5 GHz, 40 MHz channel, uplink

To save you time, I again turned to my throughput summary tables (Tables 1 and 2) to help you easily compare products across the four combinations of bands and modes tested. The charts were generated by going through each six-location comparison plot and putting an X in the product's box that had the highest throughput for each test. If throughput differed by 1 Mbps or less, then both products got an X.

Product 2.4GHz /20 2.4GHz / 40 5GHz / 20 5GHz / 40
A B C D E F A B C D E F A B C D E F A B C D E F
Linksys WET610N X X X X X X       X X       X X           X    
D-Link DAP-1522 X           X X X       X X                    
NETGEAR WNHDE111                                     X X X      

Table 1: Best downlink throughput summary

The take-away is that the WET610N has the most "bests", although the DAP-1522 does better in some locations in 2.4 GHz / 40 MHz and the WNHDE111 clearly wins in Locations A-C in 5 GHz, 40 MHz mode.

Product 2.4GHz /20 2.4GHz / 40 5GHz / 20 5GHz / 40
A B C D E F A B C D E F A B C D E F A B C D E F
Linksys WET610N X X X X X X X X X X X     X X X           X    
D-Link DAP-1522             X           X                      
NETGEAR WNHDE111                                     X X X      

Table 2: Best uplink throughput summary

If you want to see the actual six-location plots, just click on the links below.

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