Wireless Performance - 5 GHz
For 5 GHz, it's tougher to call a clear winner.
Wireless Performance comparison - 5 GHz
Again, the throughput vs. location plots below make it easier, or in this case just as difficult, to see the differences among the routers.
Throughput vs. location - 5 GHz
Throughput stability was again generally good.
D-Link DIR-827 IxChariot plot - 5 GHz, 20 MHz, downlink
The highest throughput with a single test stream of 76 Mbps was obtained in Location A, downlink in Auto 20/40 mode. Running simultaneous up and downlink tests squeezed out higher throughput, 75 Mbps in 20 MHz mode and 103 Mbps in Auto 20/40.
Here are links to the other plots if you'd like to check them out.
- 5 GHz / 20 MHz uplink
- 5 GHz / 20 MHz up and downlink
- 5 GHz / 40 MHz downlink
- 5 GHz / 40 MHz uplink
- 5 GHz / 40 MHz up and downlink
Folks looking for Ubicom-based router with screaming wired routing speed and pretty good wireless performance would do well to zero in on the DIR-827. But you might wait until D-Link does something about the 827's price. Like any good capitalist, D-Link is trying to profit while it can from gotta-have-it-now buyers.
At around the lowest $150 price I've seen, it's almost twice as expensive as the single-band DIR-657. And both the NETGEAR WNDR3800 and Cisco Linksys E3200 are $20-$30 less expensive for new product and refurb'd E3200s from the Cisco store going for $80!