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Throughput Results

As promised for those to whom throughput is everything, I've also ranked the products according to total uplink and downlink throughput (Figure 27) as well as for uplink (Figure 28) and downlink (Figure 29) separately. Not surprisingly, the products using Super G Turbo rank the highest, with the ZyXEL XtremeMIMO taking top place for total average throughput in all three cases. The ZyXEL did a little better than the similarly-designed D-Link and TRENDnet products, but with only around 7% difference between highest and lowest WQS, most users probably wouldn't notice the difference.

Throughput - uplink and downlink, Mbps

Figure 27: Throughput - uplink and downlink, Mbps
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The second tier of products with similar total throughput include the two Belkin Airgo-based products and the NETGEAR RangeMax. Highest to lowest total throughput in this group has only a 5% difference, with a 15% step down between the top-throughput group and this one. The Buffalo Hi Power pair is in its own group, followed by the Ruckus and Airlink101 products bringing up the rear of the total throughput ranking.

Throughput - uplink, Mbps

Figure 28: Throughput - uplink, Mbps
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It's interesting to note that the throughput rankings don't change around as much as the WQS rankings when you look at uplink and downlink numbers separately. But it's safe to say that the Atheros VLocity-based products (ZyXEL, TRENDnet and D-Link) all have better downlink than uplink throughput, while there's not much difference between up and down for the other products.

Throughput - downlink, Mbps

Figure 29: Throughput - downlink, Mbps
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