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Routing Performance

All performance tests were done with Android 3.3.2.1953 app and V1.0.0.14(4258) firmware using select tests from the Version 10 Router process.

The iperf3 WAN to LAN and LAN to WAN throughput tests came in at 926 and 927 Mbps, respectively. Nova results are highlighted in the charts below, showing it ranking in a little below the middle for WAN to LAN and top third for LAN to WAN.

Routing throughput - iperf3 method

Routing throughput - iperf3 method

I'll be comparing Nova with Google WiFi and TP-Link's Deco M5 from here on; both are three node, two radio, three-pack systems.

WAN to LAN testing using the tougher HTTP method benchmarks show mixed results. Nova outperforms Deco at smaller file sizes, but drops behind on the two larger files. Both, however, trail Google WiFi significantly.

Routing throughput - HTTP Score comparison - WAN to LAN

Routing throughput - HTTP Score comparison - WAN to LAN
Plot key file size: [A] 2 KB, [B] 10 KB, [C] 108 KB and [D] 759 KB file

LAN to WAN shows essentially the same pattern. It appears Nova's single core processor can't match the quad-core Qualcomm IPQ4019 in the Deco and GWiFi.

Routing throughput - HTTP Score comparison - LAN to WAN

Routing throughput - HTTP Score comparison - LAN to WAN

Wi-Fi Performance

Nova was run through our Wi-Fi System test process, letting Nova use whichever channels and bandwidth it chose. It settled on channels 6 with 40 MHz bandwidth for 2.4 GHz and channel 40 with 80 MHz bandwidth for 5 GHz. Since each Nova node has only two radios, they all need to use the same channel in both bands so that both can be used for backhaul.

Here's what Nova looked like in the octoBox 18" test chamber.

Nova in test chamber

Nova in test chamber

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