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Wireless Performance - 2.4 GHz

The 2.4 GHz radio is two-stream only, hence only this detail section. For performance comparison, I chose two other simultaneous dual-band "N750" routers with three-stream 5 GHz radios: the original Cisco Linksys E4200 and NETGEAR WNDR4000.

The comparison tables are large, so I'm going to provide links that will open them in a new window/tab to make things easier. Let's start with the Performance Table for 2.4 GHz. You can't really judge the winner in each benchmark by looking at the yellow-highlighted products because the two other routers were tested with our older process that used six test locations vs. the four-location test used on the EA3500.

Instead look at the location colums for each benchmark. You see significantly higher throughput in 40 MHz bandwidth modes and highest in throughput in Locations A, C and D in most 20 MHz mode benchmarks. The EA3500 doesn't seem to do as well as the original E4200 in the weakest signal test location F, however. So this could indicate reduced range compared to that product. But note also that the older routers were tested with an Intel 5300 adapter, which could also contribute to the performance difference.

The IxChariot plot summary below for 20 MHz mode downlink shows generally stable throughput.

Cisco EA3500 IxChariot plot summary - 2.4 GHz, 20 MHz mode, downlink
Cisco EA3500 IxChariot plot summary - 2.4 GHz, 20 MHz mode, downlink

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