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Wireless Performance - Draft 802.11ac - more

Here's the IxChariot plot for downlink. Throughput is surprisingly stable, although the location C run gets a bit wonky toward the end of its run.

Draft 802.11ac throughput IxChariot plot - NETGEAR R6300 - downlink - retest

Draft 802.11ac throughput IxChariot plot - NETGEAR R6300 - downlink - retest

Location C again has the most variation running uplink.

Draft 802.11ac throughput IxChariot plot - NETGEAR R6300 - uplink - retest

Draft 802.11ac throughput IxChariot plot - NETGEAR R6300 - uplink - retest

Maximum 11ac Throughput

I reran the multi-pair test to see how much total throughput I could squeeze from the firmware-upgraded R6300. The plot below shows the original and retest R6300 data along with the Buffalo draft 11ac pair. The new firmware has improved the total peak throughput from 413 Mbps to 496 Mbps. Throughput still peaks at five up/down pairs and falls off as more pairs are added.

Draft 11ac throughput vs. traffic pairs

Draft 11ac throughput vs. traffic pairs

Wireless Performance - 2.4 GHz 2 Stream

I used our standard test method to test the the R6300's two-stream N wireless performance with our standard two-stream client an Intel Centrino Advanced-N 6200 in a Acer Aspire 1810T notebook running Win 7 Home Premium SP1 (64 bit). 2.4 GHz tests were run on Channel 1 and 5 GHz band tests on Channel 36. As noted earlier, I did not rerun two-stream tests, so this data was taken with V1.0.0.68_1.0.16 firmware.

For performance comparison, I chose two top-performing three-stream N routers, the ASUS RT-N66U and NETGEAR WNDR4500. And I, of course, included the Buffalo WZR-D1800H draft 11ac router.

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 Two-stream 2.4 GHz.

The R6300 doesn't win any of the comparisons across all test locations, but the results aren't as bad as that might seem. If you look closely at the actual numbers, the R6300 in most cases outperforms the WNDR4500. And, as you might expect, its performance tracks the Buffalo pretty well.

The IxChariot plot summary below for 20 MHz mode downlink shows generally stable throughput with the stronger signals in locations A and C. But I wasn't able to get rid of the throughput dips and bumps by rerunning the weaker signal location D and F tests a few times.

NETGEAR R6300 IxChariot plot summary - 2.4 GHz, 20 MHz mode, downlink, 2 stream
NETGEAR R6300 IxChariot plot summary - 2.4 GHz, 20 MHz mode, downlink, 2 stream

You'll see the occasional throughput dropout on many of the other plots linked below.

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