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Wireless Competitive

For a competitive comparison, I generated a Performance table, selecting the WRT610N V1 and NETGEAR WNDR3700. I also included the dual-band, single radio WRT320N, since it is available as the Cisco Linksys E2000. Figure 7 summarizes the 2.4 GHz band results.

Keep in mind that the WRT610N is the only product in the comparison group to not be tested using the Intel 5300 client. Other reviews have shown that the Intel client has tended to help routers improve their performance in the weaker signal test locations E and F.

Wireless Competitive Comparison - 2.4 GHz

Figure 7: Wireless Competitive Comparison - 2.4 GHz

The chart clearly shows the NETGEAR WNDR3700 as the winner, except running uplink in 20 MHz bandwidth mode, where it's a toss-up among everything except the WRT610N.

Figure 8 compares the same four routers in the 5 GHz band.

Wireless Competitive Comparison - 5 GHz

Figure 8: Wireless Competitive Comparison - 5 GHz

Even though it doesn't always have the highest best case (Location A) throughput, the WNDR3700 tends to have higher throughput than the others in more test locations, especially under medium strength signal conditions.

Use the Wireless Charts to further compare and explore the E3000's performance.

Total Wireless Bandwidth Test

I've noticed that N routers sometimes can produce more aggregate bandwidth using multiple connections than they can over a single connection. So I duplicated the test I ran on the WNDR3700, running multiple simultaneous IxChariot scripts on each radio to see if the E3000 behaved in a similar way.

Figure 9 shows the setup I used for this and the Stress test that follows below. The clients are not correctly identified in the Figure 9 (reused from an old review). The standard Intel 5300 AGN was used as the 2.4 GHz client and a NETGEAR WNDA3100v2 was the 5 GHz client.

Max Bandwidth and Stress Test setup

Figure 9: Max Bandwidth and Stress Test setup

Figure 10 shows a total of 190 Mbps of throughput with four streams running downlink on each radio using 40 MHz channel mode. The WNDR3700, by comparison produced 252 Mbps of aggregate throughput running a similar test. So while the E3000 can squeeze out more bandwidth when more wireless clients are added, the WNDR3700 once again comes out on top.

E3000 simultaneous 2.4 and 5 GHz, 20 MHz channel, downlink
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Figure 10: E3000 simultaneous 2.4 and 5 GHz, 20 MHz channel, downlink

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