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

Performance - more

Group 2 contains the four lowest-ranked products. The Edimax disconnected so early (yes, I retested it multiple times), the data points from 21 to 39 dB had to be zero-filled. Otherwise, the ranker would have skipped the 2.4 GHz range ranking, which uses the 39 dB measurement point for 2.4 GHz. (5 GHz range ranking uses the 30 dB value.) This would have incorrectly ranked the product higher. I also had to zero-fill the last point for the NETGEAR WAC505 so it would be included for range ranking. It also tracked below the D-Link and Edimax on this benchmark.

2.4 GHz Downlink Throughput vs. Attenuation - Group 2

2.4 GHz Downlink Throughput vs. Attenuation - Group 2

For 2.4 GHz uplink, the Edimax again starts out strong, but hits a wall early when it disconnects. The NETGEAR once again tracks below the other products, except for Edimax, throughout most of the test run. I had to zero-fill two points for the NETGEAR in this benchmark, too.

2.4 GHz Uplink Throughput vs. Attenuation - Group 2

2.4 GHz Uplink Throughput vs. Attenuation - Group 2

The Edimax looks like a totally different product in the 5 GHz downlink benchmark, running along with the D-Link throughout the plot. The Open Mesh and NETGEAR never achieve the throughput the others show, even with strong signals.

5 GHz Downlink Throughput vs. Attenuation - Group 2

5 GHz Downlink Throughput vs. Attenuation - Group 2

The Open Mesh A40 gets even worse for 5 GHz uplink, but the NETGEAR does not. I explained the reason for the A40's behavior in the Open Mesh review; lower link rates. The Edimax CAP1200 does quite well in this benchmark.

5 GHz Uplink Throughput vs. Attenuation - Group 2

5 GHz Uplink Throughput vs. Attenuation - Group 2

Peak Wireless Throughput

For our peak wireless performance tests, the octoScope Pals are configured as 4x4 AC devices and left to negotiate their best connection, with 10 dB of attenuation applied on 2.4 GHz. The latter is necessary so the 2.4 GHz Pal isn't overloaded. These tests are weighted to account for only 10% of the ranking score, 5% each for 2.4 and 5 GHz. All tested APs are shown in these charts.

2.4 GHz Peak Wireless Throughput comparison

2.4 GHz Peak Wireless Throughput comparison

The interesting thing in these charts is that both 3x3 APs (Open Mesh A60 / Ubiquiti UAP-AC-PRO) aren't always at the top of each chart. The NETGEAR WAC505's results are surprising, given its poor showing with a two-stream client.

5 GHz Peak Wireless Throughput comparison

5 GHz Peak Wireless Throughput comparison

I don't pay much attention to these benchmarks, since you're unlikely to encounter these bandwidths in everyday use. But the numbers show what a 2x2 AC connection is capable of with a good client and high signal level.

Closing Thoughts

I suppose it shouldn't be a complete surprise that TP-Link's EAP225 turned out to be the top performer, since the company has a history of producing routers with good wireless performance that are priced well below the competition. If you're looking to add an Ethernet-connected AP to beef up your wireless LAN, the EAP225 is worth a try. It's both cheaper than the Ubiquiti UAP-AC-Lite and you can set it up and manage it via web browser.

If you're looking to set up a larger WLAN with more than a few APs, other APs might be a better choice. Jim Salter's upcoming review will provide better insight into making that choice.

More Wireless

Zyxel logo

Wi-Fi Mesh System Secrets - Here's how to get the most out of your whole home mesh WiFi system.

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

Featured Sponsors




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

Have, for the first time, upgraded to Asuswrt-Merlin firmware on the 86U. Will I have to download a file of a newer version of AM everytime or will th...
Is there a way to schedule QoS rules / bandwidth limit?A simple way is: adjust priority according to time.A more general way is to apply different rul...
Per my title I've always wondered how much the specs on newer routers really matter in everyday usage. For example I own a few routers and was wonderi...
To use multihop VPN I need to be able to enter a server address with @ Server Address and Port: x.x.x.x@xLater versions beyond around 380.65 prompt wi...
Hi guys, i got 3.0.0.4.380_8228 asus last firmware. but before I hade merlin firmware and same results, I live in an hotel at the time, and the signal...

Don't Miss These

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3