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Routing Performance

Routing throughput was measured using our standard router test process with the NETGEAR R7300DST router loaded with v1.0.0.28 firmware. Table 3 summarizes the results and compares them to the same other two routers in the key component summary above.

The R7300DST had the lowest scores on all four tests. However, in terms of real-world performance, you probably wouldn't notice any difference in routing performance between any of these routers. All routers supported over 30,000 connections. We consider anything over 30,000 connections equal for ranking purposes.

Test Description NETGEAR R7300DST NETGEAR R7000 Linksys WRT1900ACS
WAN-LAN (Mbps) 703 931 746
LAN-WAN (Mbps) 803 942 872
Total Simultaneous (Mbps) 1306 1378 1546
Maximum Simultaneous Connections 31784 38793 35482
Firmware Version v1.0.0.28 V1.0.1.22_1.0.15
Table 3: Comparative routing performance (Mbps)

For the unidirectional tests the IxChariot chart below shows steady throughput but with the LAN-WAN (Uplink) having slightly better throughput than the WAN-LAN (downlink). As noted in previous reviews, higher uplink throughput is frequently observed in this test and is a quirk of the test process, not a reflection of router performance.

NETGEAR R7300DST routing throughput unidirectional summary

NETGEAR R7300DST routing throughput unidirectional summary

As with the previous uplink and downlink tests, in the bidirectional tests, both uplink and downlink test pairs showed fairly steady throughput. We're not sure what's causing the rapid oscillation in the uplink plot.

NETGEAR R7300DST routing throughput bidirectional summary

NETGEAR R7300DST routing throughput bidirectional summary

Wireless Performance

The R7300DST was tested using our Version 8 Wireless test process with v1.0.0.28 firmware loaded. Our standard practice is to center the router under the test antennas on the turntable, both front-to-back and side-to-side in the chamber. This method is intended to keep maximum distance between the router under test and chamber antennas as the router rotates during test. The photo below shows the Nighthawk R7300DST in position in the octoScope test chamber.

NETGEAR R7300DST in test chamber

NETGEAR R7300DST in test chamber

Let's first look at average throughput for all 2.4 GHz band measurements made for all AC1900 class routers. All three routers (R7300DST, R7000 and Linksys WRT1900ACS) rank in the lower third of the chart for downlink. The two NETGEARs do much better for uplink, while the Linksys is third from the bottom.

2.4 GHz average throughput - AC1900 class routers

2.4 GHz average throughput - AC1900 class routers

The same comparison for 5 GHz shows the R7000 and Linksys WRT1900ACS in the #2 and #1 spots respectively with the R7300DST significantly lower for downlink. The DST does much better for uplink, with the other two routers maintaining their same positions.

5 GHz average throughput - AC1900 class routers

5 GHz average throughput - AC1900 class routers

Moving along to throughput vs. attenuation plots for a more detailed look, for 2.4 GHz downlink, the NETGEAR R7300DST had highest throughput up to 12 dB of attenuation. It then maintained position between the R7000 (fastest) and the Linksys WRT1900ACS (slowest) throughout the balance of the test range. The Linksys lost its connection at 63 dB, but the other two NETGEAR routers finished the test.

For 2.4 GHz uplink again, the R7300DST again started out highest, then moved between the other two products at 27 dB and above. All three routers lost connection at 63 dB of attenuation.

2.4 GHz Downlink and Uplink Throughput vs. Attenuation

2.4 GHz Downlink and Uplink Throughput vs. Attenuation

For 5 GHz downlink, the NETGEAR R7300DST tracked below the other two products, moving slightly above the WRT1900ACS from 33 dB on. For 5 GHz uplink, all three products tracked closely at lower attenuations (higher signal) and moved slightly apart from 18 dB onward.

5 GHz Downlink and Uplink Throughput vs. Attenuation

5 GHz Downlink and Uplink Throughput vs. Attenuation

In all, there isn't a big difference in wireless performance for these three routers.

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