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Results - 2.4GHz Extender

Once in extender mode, we'd expect about 50% throughput at best, and that's about what we saw. The image below shows the comparison of all the dual-band extenders for 2.4 GHz downlink.

2.4GHz Wireless Downlink Results

2.4GHz Wireless Downlink Results

Again, the Amped Wireless SR20000G is on top with nearly double the throughput of the next closest competitor and 49% of its wired throughput. The Edimax comes in last with a third of the throughput of the top competitor and half of the second place competitor. Let's look at uplink.

2.4GHz Wireless Uplink Results

2.4GHz Wireless Uplink Results

2.4 GHz uplink seems to provide a much more level playing field. You can see that all extenders are very close, with the exception of the Edimax. Percentage of wired throughput ranges from 36% and 37% for the Amped Wireless and Edimax respectively, to exactly 50% for the WN3500RP and 53% for the Linksys and WN2500RP.

Results - 5GHz Bridge

On 5 GHz I saw roughly 72 Mbps downlink and 79 Mbps uplink throughput available with my laptop for the extender to pass along. We'll add the Linksys RE2000 in here for comparison sake. Let's look at how each extender did on downlink while being used as a bridge.

5GHz Wired Downlink Results

5GHz Wired Downlink Results

The Amped Wireless SR20000G again has nearly double the throughput of the other extenders. It's the only extender with Gigabit ports, and it did exceed the capacity of a 10/100 port. The rest of the extenders are all very similar. Let's look at uplink.

5GHz Wired Uplink Results

5GHz Wired Uplink Results

5 GHz uplink shows much more variation. The SR20000G is on top again, but it's followed by the Linksys, the Edimax and the two NETGEARs are last. The placing is definitely a change from what we've seen so far. Remember that these devices usually are used as extenders and not bridges, so let's see how they did in extender mode.

Results - 5GHz Extender

Again, in extender mode we're hoping for about 50% throughput at best. This is where the results got surprising. Let's take a look at 5 GHz downlink first.

5GHz Wireless Downlink Results

5GHz Wireless Downlink Results

All devices are relatively close to each other, the SR20000G is on top again, however it sees 42% of its wired throughput. The Linksys and two NETGEARs show an unexpected 70% of their wired throughput. Let's look at uplink.

5GHz Wireless Uplink Results

5GHz Wireless Uplink Results

5 GHz uplink shows a very consistent throughput range for all of the extenders, but a very inconsistent percentage of reduction of wired throughput. In the real world, you wouldn't be able to tell the difference between these extenders in uplink throughput in extender mode.

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