File Transfer Speeds
In our file transfer test, we use a single 4GB ISO file, and transfer it from test system one to our second test system via the network. To eliminate any bottlenecks, each system is utilizing a Corsair Neutron 256GB SSD.
File transfer testing for the E8350 was good with the wired connection, but slowed down when we went to check wireless performance. LAN-to-LAN transfers came in at 112 MB/s, while the 2.4GHz band was able to produce 26 MB/s and 29 MB/s, respectively. Over on the 5GHz band, we touched 76 MB/s with 802.11ac, while the 20 and 40 MHz bands came in at 17 MB/s and 36.3 MB/s.
The Linksys E8350 AC2400 wireless router is a decent solution for those that want the very latest technology for their home network. Build quality appeared rather good; however, this router bares half the weight of the WRT1900 we looked at a few months back. Another odd feature of the E8350 is the lack of front facing LEDs that we typically see on home routers. Even with the lack of weight, the E8350 is a bulky router; it's nearly four inches tall, and carries a square footprint, so it does take up a bit of room on the desk.
Performance of the E8350 was rather good, and to be honest, it surprised me when testing the 5GHz band. As it sits right now, this solution takes top honors for wired performance and wireless 5GHz performance with numbers upwards of 470 Mbps for the 80MHz 802.11ac band. That's not to say the 2.4GHz band was bad in any way - the Linksys actually performed on par with other solutions utilizing the 802.11n feature set.
In our testing, we achieved 112 MB/s for wired transfer speed, and 952 Mbps for throughput. 40MHz allowed 149.5 Mbps for throughput, and the file transfer came in at 29.9 MB/s. Lastly, we had the 5GHz band coming in at 470.5 Mbps for throughput, and 76.1 MB/s for file transfer speed.
Like I have said in the past, adoption rates may not tick up for these solutions until we have client adapters available, but nonetheless, ASUS, Netgear, and now Linksys, have made a solution available if you want to future proof your network.
MSRP of the Linksys E8350 wireless router is listed at $249.99, with a one-year warranty. Availability of the router is quite high at this point in time, with nearly every retailer having stock.
PRICING: You can find the Linksys E8350 for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing, but can change at any time. Click the link to see the very latest pricing for the best deal.
United States: The Linksys E8350 retails for $249.99 at Amazon.
|Quality including Design and Build||85%|
|Bundle and Packaging||85%|
|Value for Money||80%|
|Overall TweakTown Rating||84%|
The Bottom Line: Like previous AC2400 solutions, the Linksys E8350 is a bit before its time, with the adoption of 802.11ac just now starting to take hold and no client adapters being deployed for the Quantenna chipset, it may be best to hold off until these solutions have matured.