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Throughput vs. Attenuation (RvR)

The Rate vs. Range or RvR benchmarks look at how throughput varies with decreasing signal. This test is done on the root node, so is a best-case view and does not include any effects from backhaul links.

The 2.4 GHz downlink plot shows EnMesh and Google Wi-Fi tracking together, due to their 20 MHz bandwidth settings, and Deco running higher since it uses 40 MHz bandwidth.

Throughput vs. Attenuation - 2.4 GHz downlink

Throughput vs. Attenuation - 2.4 GHz downlink

2.4 GHz uplink shows a similar pattern except Google Wifi disconnects much earlier than EnMesh.

Throughput vs. Attenuation - 2.4 GHz uplink

Throughput vs. Attenuation - 2.4 GHz uplink

5 GHz downlink performance is a bit more difficult to parse, with most differences in the smaller attenuation values (stronger signals). EnMesh seems to be on the low side of the other two products in the early going, with all meeting up with around 30 dB attenuation.

Throughput vs. Attenuation - 5 GHz downlink

Throughput vs. Attenuation - 5 GHz downlink

EnMesh seems to do better for 5 GHz uplink in the low attenuation tests. It stayed connected one 3 dB click longer than the TP-Link and both outlasted Google Wifi by at least 12 dB.

Throughput vs. Attenuation - 5 GHz uplink

Throughput vs. Attenuation - 5 GHz uplink

Here's where the average charts might be more helpful. All three products are near the bottom of the downlink chart, but EnMesh and Google Wifi make it into the middle for uplink.

5 GHz average throughput

5 GHz average throughput

Backhaul

We also directly measure backhaul throughput, which tends to be a good predictor of mesh performance. Mesh nodes can only pass on to Wi-Fi devices attached to them—including mesh nodes—at best as much bandwidth as they receive. So if backhaul bandwidth to Hop 1 is only 100 Mbps, bandwidth available to Hop 2 can only be lower.

These tests run traffic between the root node LAN-side Ethernet port and mesh node Ethernet port. These benchmarks also show how much throughput is available to Ethernet devices you may wish to connect, using mesh nodes as wireless bridges. Hop 1 shows EnMesh at the bottom for downlink and next to last for uplink.

These results are puzzling because they seem to indicate EnMesh is using 2.4 GHz for backhaul. But the numbers, especially uplink, are higher than the maximum measured in the RvR tests. If 5 GHz backhaul is being used, the results should be much higher. The only explanation I have for these results is that bandwidth available at a mesh node Ethernet port is throttled down.

Wi-Fi System Backhaul - Hop 1

Wi-Fi System Backhaul - Hop 1

Hop 2 results are both at the bottom of each chart.

Wi-Fi System Backhaul - Hop 2

Wi-Fi System Backhaul - Hop 2

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