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Wireless Performance - 5 GHz

For 5 GHz, it's tougher to call a clear winner.

ireless Performance comparison - 5 GHz

Wireless Performance comparison - 5 GHz

Again, the throughput vs. location plots below make it easier, or in this case just as difficult, to see the differences among the routers.

Throughput vs. location - 5 GHz

Throughput vs. location - 5 GHz

Throughput stability was again generally good.

D-Link DIR-827 IxChariot plot - 5 GHz, 20 MHz, downlink

D-Link DIR-827 IxChariot plot - 5 GHz, 20 MHz, downlink

The highest throughput with a single test stream of 76 Mbps was obtained in Location A, downlink in Auto 20/40 mode. Running simultaneous up and downlink tests squeezed out higher throughput, 75 Mbps in 20 MHz mode and 103 Mbps in Auto 20/40.

Here are links to the other plots if you'd like to check them out.

Closing Thoughts

Folks looking for Ubicom-based router with screaming wired routing speed and pretty good wireless performance would do well to zero in on the DIR-827. But you might wait until D-Link does something about the 827's price. Like any good capitalist, D-Link is trying to profit while it can from gotta-have-it-now buyers.

At around the lowest $150 price I've seen, it's almost twice as expensive as the single-band DIR-657. And both the NETGEAR WNDR3800 and Cisco Linksys E3200 are $20-$30 less expensive for new product and refurb'd E3200s from the Cisco store going for $80!

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