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Wireless Performance - Profile Comparison

For the throughput vs. attenuation curve comparison, I kept things simple, including only the ASUS RT-AC87U/R and the current top-ranking AC1900 class router, NETGEAR's R7000.

The 2.4 GHz downlink profile shows the R7500 starts out with about the same throughput as the ASUS, with both above the NETGEAR R7000. But the R7500 starts to fall off after 12 dB attenuation, which is very early. This indicates the likelyhood of reduced range.

2.4 GHz Downlink Throughput vs. Attenuation

2.4 GHz Downlink Throughput vs. Attenuation

The 2.4 GHz uplink plot again shows higher starting throughput for the R7500 and ASUS vs. the R7000. This time, however, throughput for both the ASUS and R7500 starts heading downhill at about the same attenuation value. The R7500's steeper slope again indicates inferior 2.4 GHz range.

2.4 GHz Downlink Throughput vs. Attenuation

2.4 GHz Uplink Throughput vs. Attenuation

The 5 GHz downlink profile shows a similar trend for the R7500, i.e. starting out competitively, but with a steeper decline than the other compared products. In fact, the R7500 has the earliest disconnect of any AC1900 or higher class router we've tested to date.

2.4 GHz Downlink Throughput vs. Attenuation

5 GHz Downlink Throughput vs. Attenuation

The 5 GHz uplink story is pretty much the same, although it starts out lower than the R7000, but higher than the ASUS.

2.4 GHz Downlink Throughput vs. Attenuation

5 GHz Uplink Throughput vs. Attenuation

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