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Wireless Performance - 2.4 GHz, Three Stream

Figure 9 shows the wireless Performance Table for the four routers for 2.4 GHz and 20 MHz mode, but now using the Intel 6300 Ultimate N three-stream client. The 692GR seems to like this mode better and was even able to complete Location F test runs, although with very low throughput

Wireless performance table - 2.4 GHz, 20 MHz mode, 3 stream
Figure 9: Wireless performance table - 2.4 GHz, 20 MHz mode, 3 stream

This time, best case throughput for the 692GR was 102 Mbps in Location A running downlink in 40 MHz bandwidth mode. And when running simultaneous up and downlink tests in that mode, I measured 130 Mbps of total wireless throughput. I'm again not showing the 40 MHz bandwidth mode tables

Figure 10 shows the IxChariot plots for 20 MHz mode downlink in three-stream mode. Throughput variation is still very high, but at least there is no ramp-up effect at the start of each run.

TRENDNet TEW-692GR IxChariot plot summary - 2.4 GHz, 20 MHz mode, downlink, 3 stream client
Figure 10: TRENDNet TEW-692GR IxChariot plot summary - 2.4 GHz, 20 MHz mode, downlink, 3 stream client

Here are links to the other plots for your reference.

Wireless Performance - 5 GHz, Two Stream

Since there are more recent (and popular) options for 5 GHz three streamers, I kept the 5th Gen Airport Extreme, but subbed in the Cisco Linksys E4200 and NETGEAR WNDR4000 for the DIR-665 and TEW-691GR.

Figure 11 shows the wireless Performance Table for the four routers for 5 GHz and 40 MHz mode, using the Intel 5300 two-stream client. I chose to show 40 MHz bandwidth mode for the 5 GHz comparison, since many of you will want to run that way for maximum throughput.

Wireless performance table - 5 GHz, 40 MHz mode, 2 stream
Figure 11: Wireless performance table - 5 GHz, 40 MHz mode, 2 stream

As is typically seen, none of the products reach to the weak signal test location F. The 692GR looks like the weakest performer, eking out only 70 Mbps of best case throughput. Running simultaneous up and downlink tests bumped that up to only 85 Mbps of total throughput.

Figure 12 shows the IxChariot plots for 5 GHz, 40 MHz mode downlink. That wonky oscillating throughput we saw earlier in the 2.4 GHz tests is back and looks worse, with higher variation. Note also the ramp-up affect at the beginning of some test runs.

TRENDNet TEW-692GR IxChariot plot summary - 5 GHz, 40 MHz mode, downlink, 2 stream
Figure 12: TRENDNet TEW-692GR IxChariot plot summary - 5 GHz, 40 MHz mode, downlink, 2 stream

Here are links to the other 5 GHz, 2 stream plots for your reference.

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