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Routing Performance

NOTE!Testing Notes:
WAN to LAN tests are all run with LAN endpoint in DMZ
LAN to WAN tests are run with LAN endpoint not in DMZ, except UDP Stream

The ADMtek chip looks like it provides more throughput than most users will ever need. The only weakness in the routing engine seems to be in the UDP streaming handling, which looks like it has trouble keeping up with a 500kbps stream rate. I don't think this will be noticed in real life performance, however.

Update 7/30/2002 - The Performance test results have been republished, using a new test method for SPI+NAT routers. This has dropped the top LAN to WAN measured speed slightly and significantly lowered the WAN to LAN speed.

LAN to WAN test results with the LAN endpoint in DMZ are:

  • Throughput - 1.5Mbps
  • Response Time - 543mS avg / 545ms max.

For more information on the new test methods, read the "How we Test" page linked above, and the SMC 7004VBR review Performance section.

Routing Performance Test Results

Test Description Transfer Rate (Mbps) Response Time (msec) UDP stream
Throughput (kbps) Lost data (%)
WAN - LAN 1.44 556 (avg)
557 (max)
496 0
LAN - WAN 14.5 55 (avg)
162 (max)
492 0
Firmware Version V1.1 Release 00
See details of how we test.

Wrap Up

NETGEAR has done a nice job with the FR114P, packing fast SPI-based routing, schedulable firewall rules, blazing fast routing speed, and a parallel-port print server into a next-generation router with a street price of under $100. It's definitely one to put on your short list!

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