Like every other website on the planet, SmallNetBuilder uses cookies. Our cookies track login status, but we only allow admins to log in anyway, so those don't apply to you. Any other cookies you pick up during your visit come from advertisers, which we don't control.
If you continue to use the site, you agree to tolerate our use of cookies. Thank you!

Router Charts

Click for Router Charts

Router Ranker

Click for Router Ranker

NAS Charts

Click for NAS Charts

NAS Ranker

Click for NAS Ranker

More Tools

Click for More Tools

Wireless Reviews


I used our new test process, which is also used for testing wireless adapters, to test the WNCE4004 and to retest the ASUS EA-N66. The bridge had its original v1.0.0.32 firmware loaded. There have been no updates. The bridge was placed so that its front side (indicator side) faced the test chamber antennas, which were 8" away. The ASUS RT-AC66U reference router was set to Channel 153 and Auto 20/40/80 MHz bandwidth mode for 5 GHz tests and Channel 6 and 20 MHz bandwidth mode for the 2.4 GHz band run.

The Benchmark Summary shows the averages of all the measurements made in both directions. 2.4 GHz up and downlink results are balanced pretty well. But 5 GHz uplink looks like the WNCE4004's weak spot.

Benchmark Summary

Benchmark Summary

For the throughput vs. attenuation profile plots, I've pulled in the ASUS EA-N66. So this is an N900 vs. N900 bridge comparison. First 2.4 GHz downlink. The ASUS starts with a bit of an edge in the lower attenuations (higher signal levels), but falls off more quickly. Advantage here goes to the NETGEAR.

2.4 GHz downlink throughput vs. attenuation

2.4 GHz downlink throughput vs. attenuation

Same thing happens on 2.4 GHz uplink. Advantage again, NETGEAR.

2.4 uplink throughput vs. attenuation

2.4 GHz uplink throughput vs. attenuation

The NETGEAR's advantage doesn't carry through to the 5 GHz band, unfortunately. The ASUS' strong signal throughput is almost 2X the NETGEAR's. The only good thing for the WNCE4004 is that it does a bit better at the higher attenuations (lower signal levels).

5GHz downlink throughput vs. attenuation

5 GHz downlink throughput vs. attenuation

The result for 5 GHz uplink is similar, except this time the ASUS' initial throughput is 4X higher! It seems that something was preventing the NETGEAR from accessing the higher link rates it needed to achieve the ASUS' higher throughputs.

5 uplink throughput vs. attenuation

5 GHz uplink throughput vs. attenuation

Closing Thoughts

The choice between the NETGEAR WNCE4004 and ASUS EA-N66 is clear, depending on your needs. If low cost, good 2.4 GHz performance and connecting multiple devices are your priorities, go for the NETGEAR. If 5 GHz performance is your primary concern and you'd like the option to repurpose your purchase as an access point or repeater, then put the ASUS in your shopping cart.

More Wireless

Wi-Fi System Tools
Check out our Wi-Fi System Charts, Ranker and Finder!

Support Us!

If you like what we do and want to thank us, just buy something on Amazon. We'll get a small commission on anything you buy. Thanks!

Over In The Forums

Hi, I just purchased XT8. everything work fine.But....My router connected to internet is blinking blue light, while my node is white light.Anyone havi...
Hi There,Update 2020/08/14 logs:1. Fix AiMesh page Tx/Rx 0 issue.2. Add ...
ASUS ZenWiFi XT8 has landed Do note that it's not up for retail market as yet and please wait for respective region ASUS office to make the official a...
Suricata is a free and open source, mature, fast and robust network threat detection engine.The Suricata engine is capable of real time intrusion dete...
I want to use it as a modem only to connect to another router. How do I achieve this without a double NAT?My first trick was to simply turn off the wi...

Don't Miss These

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3