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Wireless Performance - 2.4 GHz Two Stream

For performance comparison, I chose three other full "N-900" routers: the NETGEAR WNDR4500, Cisco Linksys E4200V2 and TRENDnet TEW-692GR. I didn't compare the Gen 5 Apple Airport Extreme because it doesn't support 40 MHz bandwidth in 2.4 GHz.

The comparison tables are large, so I'm going to provide links that will open them in a new window/tab to make things easier. Let's start with the Performance Table for 2.4 GHz, 2 streams. The Dark Knight is the clear winner in this round, taking all four comparisons. Of particular note is the generally higher Location D and F performance, although the Linksys E4200V2 does better in Location D in one test and is hot on the 66U's heels on the others.

The IxChariot plot summary in Figure 12 for 20 MHz mode downlink shows generally stable throughput.

ASUS RT-N66U IxChariot plot summary - 2.4 GHz, 20 MHz mode, downlink, 2 stream
Figure 12: ASUS RT-N66U IxChariot plot summary - 2.4 GHz, 20 MHz mode, downlink, 2 stream

Here are links to the other plots for your reference.

Wireless Performance - 2.4 GHz, Three Stream

Next, we'll look at the Performance Table for 2.4 GHz, 3 streams. Once again, the 66U wins all four tests and is significantly better running uplink in both 20 and 40 MHz bandwidth modes. The standout for downlink performance is in the weakest signal Location F, turning in 20+ Mbps with both 2 and 3 stream clients.

Figure 13 is the IxChariot plot summary for 20 MHz mode downlink in three-stream mode, where throughput is again generally well-behaved, as are most of the other plots (40 MHz mode, downlink gets a bit messy).

ASUS RT-N66U IxChariot plot summary - 2.4 GHz, 20 MHz mode, downlink, 3 stream
Figure 13: ASUS RT-N66U IxChariot plot summary - 2.4 GHz, 20 MHz mode, downlink, 3 stream

Here are links to the other plots for your reference.

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