Routing throughput was measured using our standard router test process loaded with the router using V126.96.36.199232 firmware. Table 3 summarizes the results and once again includes the NETGEAR R7000 and ASUS RT-AC68U for comparison.
All three routers have plenty of routing throughput for most any of us. So while there are differences in the numbers, routing throughput is a wash. The EA6900's one weakness is that it did not hit the limit of our Simultaneous Connection test. Still, almost 16,000 sessions should be plenty.
|Test Description||Linksys EA6900||NETGEAR R7000||ASUS RT-AC68U|
|WAN - LAN||923.6 Mbps||931.4 Mbps||754.5 Mbps|
|LAN - WAN||844.2 Mbps||941.7 Mbps||824.6 Mbps|
|Total Simultaneous||1135.1 Mbps||1378.3 Mbps||1226.8 Mbps|
|Maximum Simultaneous Connections||15,833||38,793||33, 263|
Table 3: Routing throughput
The IxChariot unidirectional composite plot for the EA6900 shows near Gigabit wire-speed throughput in both directions.
Linksys EA6900 routing throughput unidirectional summary
The EA6900 simultaneous up/downlink benchmark plot shows a slight preference for WAN > LAN before the two directions battle it out for most of the test. The one minute averages show that throughput is pretty evenly divided between up and downlink.
Linksys EA6900 routing throughput bidirectional summary
As noted at the top of this review, I tested wireless performance using our standard wireless test process, which can test only up to AC1750 class routers.
The EA6900 is Wi-Fi Certified for 802.11a,b,g,n and ac. It defaulted to Auto channel mode on both 2.4 and 5 GHz radios upon power-up. The 2.4 GHz radio defaulted to Auto (20/40 MHz) Channel width, while the 5 GHz radio defaulted to 80 MHz. The router comes with the same 2.4 and 5 GHz SSIDs set, so you'll need to change at least one if you want your clients to be able to select the band they connect to.
WPS appeared to be enabled on the 2.4 GHz band only.That's where the Win 7 test client connected when both SSIDs were the same and a WPS pushbutton test completed with a WPA2/AES connection. After logging into the router and changing the SSIDs to different values, I found that I could get a WPS pushbutton session prompt only on the 2.4 GHz radio.
I then ran 40 MHz Coexistence and Fat channel intolerant tests, which both passed. Setting the Fat Channel intolerant bit caused the router to immediately fall back to 20 MHz rates. But it did not resume using 40 MHz bandwidth when I cleared the bit on the test client. Moving the router to Channel 8 with another network on Channel 11 for the 40 MHz coexistence test also caused the EA6900 to immediately stop using a 40 MHz channel width. When I moved the EA6900's channel back down to 6, it switched right back to using the wider channel.
For throughput testing, the router was first reset to factory defaults and Channel 6 was set for 2.4 GHz and Channel 153 for 5 GHz. 20 MHz bandwidth mode was set for 2.4 GHz and 80 MHz mode was set for 5 GHz. The test client was connected using WPA2/AES encryption.
The router's antennas were positioned 8" from the chamber antennas in the 0° and 180° test positions. Because of the EA6900's width and the tight quarters in the test chamber, the closest antenna in the 90° and 270° positions was more like 6 to 7 inches from the chamber antennas. The 0° position for the router had the front facing the chamber antennas.
The EA6900's Benchmark Summary below shows the average of throughput measurements made in all test locations. Filtering the Router Charts to show only AC1900 and AC1750 class routers has the EA6900 ranking in the bottom third of the chart with its 78 Mbps 2.4 GHz average downlink throughput. Compare this to 96 Mbps for the best router for this benchmark, the NETGEAR R7000.
The EA6900 moves up a few spots in the ranking for 2.4 GHz average uplink even though the 78 Mbps average is the same as downlink and the best router's throughput—this time the ASUS RT-AC66U—is 95 Mbps.
NETGEAR R7000 Benchmark Summary
The EA6900 fares better when comparing Average 5 GHz results. Its 261 Mbps downlink average earns it top-rank among all AC1900 and AC1750 routers tested so far. But its 219 Mbps average uplink puts it below the other two AC1900 routers, but above all AC1750's.