The Revision 11 test process was used to test the RAXE500, using V184.108.40.206_2.0.35 firmware for the tests. I'll be comparing the RAXE500's performance with its 6E competition the ASUS GT-AXE11000 and Linksys Hydra Pro 6E.
As noted in the Linksys review, I had to create a different set of Charts to use the new set of benchmarks. So all Wi-Fi 6 and 6E routers are found in the Wi-Fi Router Charts, Finder and Ranker. You can get to them all, and the older charts, finder and rankers, using the Tools link in the site navigation bar.
Routing Benchmark Results
Routing throughput shows the RAXE500 right with the pack for both downlink and uplink. Any differences you see here are inconsequential. All of today's routers can max out a gigabit Ethernet connection.
Routing throughput results
The new benchmarks still include latency, which is generally pretty low. The RAXE500's score of 52.6 equates to 19 ms of latency to top the 90th percentile chart. (This benchmark means 90% of the measured values are equal to or less than the value shown.) Remember, this is the round-trip latency (measured by ping) from LAN Ethernet port to WAN Ethernet port, i.e. through the router.
Routing latency scores
Having gone through the benchmarks in excruciating detail in the Linksys Hydra Pro 6E review, I'm going to streamline things and focus my observations around the throughput vs. attenuation (aka RvR) benchmarks. Keep in mind channel bandwidth used for the following benchmarks are 20 MHz @ 2.4 GHz @ , 80 MHz @ 5 GHz and 160 MHz @ 6 GHz.
2.4 GHz downlink shows the NETGEAR tracking above the ASUS GT-AXE11000 for the entire test range. Maximum throughput of 248 Mbps is slightly above the ASUS' 244 Mbps.
2.4 GHz throughput vs. attenuation - downlink
2.4 GHz uplink shows the RAXE500 again tracking above the ASUS for the entire test range. It even manages to eke out one more test point than the ASUS at 66 dB of attenuation. Maximum throughput of 244 Mbps is slightly above the ASUS' 236 Mbps.
2.4 GHz throughput vs. attenuation - uplink
5 GHz downlink again shows the NETGEAR (981 Mbps) starting out above the ASUS (850 Mbps) until the 27 dB attenuation test. After that, the two track closely for the rest of the test run. The Linksys runs far below, starting at 563 Mbps and declining from there.
5 GHz throughput vs. attenuation - downlink
5 GHz uplink has the ASUS finally pulling ahead of the NETGEAR with a peak throughput of 923 Mbps vs. the NETGEAR's 895 Mbps. Linksys again trails significantly with a best effort of 785 Mbps.
5 GHz throughput vs. attenuation - uplink
6 GHz downlink shows all three routers pretty evenly matched, but with the NETGEAR tracking slightly lower than the ASUS and Linksys. Unfortunately for the RAXE500, its peak throughput of 1759 Mbps, which is one of the ranked parameters, is the lowest of the three (Linksys @ 1936 Mbps, ASUS @ 1822 Mbps)
6 GHz throughput vs. attenuation - downlink
6 GHz uplink clearly shows the Linksys' superior throughput for the entire test run. But again, the RAXE500 tracks below it and the ASUS for most of the run. Peak throughputs for the Linksys, ASUS and NETGEAR are 2059, 1641 and 1601 Mbps, respectively.