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Routing Performance

Since I had new firmware, I retested routing performance using our standard router tests. All tests were done with the SPI firewall disabled in order to let the IxChariot tests complete.

The results in Table 1 show an increase in throughput, but a decrease in number of simultaneous sessions handled.

Test Description New
Throughput
(Mbps)
Previous
Throughput
(Mbps)
WAN - LAN
148
92
LAN - WAN
157
92
Total Simultaneous
150
116
Maximum Simultaneous Connections 72 128
Firmware Version
1.4.23NA
1.1.15NA
Table 1: Routing performance

These results, while certainly fast enough for any connection that the 854T might be applied to, rank it last in throughput among other routers with gigabit WAN and LAN ports. But the ability to handle 72 simultaneous connections puts it in the current #2 spot behind the D-Link DIR-655.

Figure 6 shows what the throughput variation looks like on the simultaneous routing test. It looks pretty well behaved, but with a ~30% cyclic variation on long continuous transfers.

WNR854T simultaneous throughput test results
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Figure 6: WNR854T simultaneous throughput test results

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