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802.11b Wireless Performance Test Results

Test Conditions


- WEP encryption: DISABLED
- Tx Rate: Automatic
- Power Save: Disabled
- Test Partner: SMC 2655W Access Point

Firmware/Driver Versions

AP f/w:
1.4f.4
Wireless client driver:
2.0.9.107 (WinXP)
Wireless client f/w:
No Info

Test Description Signal Quality (%) Transfer Rate (Mbps) Response Time (msec) UDP stream
Throughput (kbps) Lost data (%)
Client to AP - Condition 1 100 4.7
[No WEP]
4.5
[w/ WEP]
3 (avg)
4 (max)
495 0
Client to AP - Condition 2 100 4.6 3 (avg)
4 (max)
497 0
Client to AP - Condition 3 100 4.6 3 (avg)
4 (max)
499 0
Client to AP - Condition 4 100 4.7 3 (avg)
6 (max)
499 0
See details of how we test.

Closing thoughts

There are a lot of factors that come into play to get a good wireless connection and power is only one of them. The SMC2532W-B could give you the edge you need to fix your particular WLAN nightmare, but don't overlook the other methods outlined in my Wireless LAN Performance Improvement NTK.

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