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Wireless Performance - Draft 802.11ac

I covered the draft 802.11ac performance in Part 1. Here's a comparison of downlink performance to get you started before you jump over there to read the full story.

Draft 802.11ac throughput vs. location comparison - downlink

Draft 802.11ac throughput vs. location comparison - downlink

Wireless Performance - 2.4 GHz 2 Stream

For performance comparison, I brought in the other three draft 11ac routers tested so far, the NETGEAR R6300, Buffalo WZR-D1800H and ASUS RT-AC66U.

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.

As discussed in the overview, the EA6500 is tough to beat running uplink and that's what the tables show for both 20 and 40 MHz bandwidth modes. Downlink comparisons are both won by the ASUS. But if you look at the table, performance for all four products is more alike than different, although the ASUS' throughput seems to hold up better in Location D.

The IxChariot plot summary below for 20 MHz mode downlink shows similar throughput in Locations A, C and D. But even weakest signal Location F measures out at a respectible 14 Mbps.

Cisco Linksys EA6500 IxChariot plot summary - 2.4 GHz, 20 MHz mode, downlink, 2 stream
Cisco Linksys EA6500 IxChariot plot summary - 2.4 GHz, 20 MHz mode, downlink, 2 stream

Throughput variation is moderately high on the other plots linked below. But you won't see a lot of large or long throughput dropouts.

Wireless Performance - 2.4 GHz 3 Stream

Next, we'll look at the Performance Table for three-stream 2.4 GHz.

The EA6500 isn't nearly as impressive in this mode, with the ASUS taking three out of four comparisons. That's not to say that the EA6500's Location A (strongest signal) uplink performance isn't impressive—it's just that the ASUS is more so. Best number for the Linksys is 202 Mbps running uplink in 40 MHz bandwidth mode. But the ASUS does even better with 231 Mbps.

The IxChariot plot summary below for 20 MHz mode downlink shows a long dip during the Location F run and a Location D trace that breaks away from the Location A and C pack.

Cisco Linksys EA6500 IxChariot plot summary - 2.4 GHz, 20 MHz mode, downlink, 3 stream
Cisco Linksys EA6500 IxChariot plot summary - 2.4 GHz, 20 MHz mode, downlink, 3 stream

Curiously, the simultaneous up/downlink plots often don't produce throughput higher than the best uplink runs. This could be due to the fairly high variation in the uplink streams you'll see in the plots linked below.

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