Tyler's Router Test System Specifications
- Motherboard: ASUS Z170 Premium - Buy from Amazon
- CPU: Intel Core i5 6500 - Buy from Amazon
- Cooler: Noctua NH-U12S - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- Memory: Klevv CRAS 16GB (4x4) DDR4 3000 - Read our review
- Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- OS Storage: Intel 730 480GB SSD - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- Secondary Storage: Intel 750 400GB U.2 SSD - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- Case: Thermaltake P5 - Buy from Amazon / Read our review
- Power Supply: Thermaltake Toughpower Grand 1200 - Buy from Amazon
- OS: Microsoft Windows 10 - Buy from Amazon
Knowing that this is a Qualcomm AC2600 platform, we can compare this solution other with similar specs. In our LAN throughput testing, the Athena was able to push 944 Mbps, right in line with expectations.
WAN to LAN came in at 906 Mbps, just a touch slower than the TRENDnet device we tested last month.
Moving to wireless throughput, the Amped device was one of the very few solutions that allow you to manually change the bands between 20 and 40MHz. With that, we had more control over testing and were able to reach 175 Mbps on the 20MHz band and 286 Mbps on the 40MHz band.
Switching over to the 5GHz band, the Athena device did quite well, producing a peak throughput of 405 Mbps followed up by 260 Mbps on the 40MHz band and 122 Mbps on the 20MHz band.
In our Multi-User test, we use three identical smartphones with the latest MU-MIMO chipset. This test requires the router to handle three simultaneous throughput streams with the results below for each band.
When testing throughput over three devices with the 2.4GHz band, results, as you can see above, were hit and miss. As you can see, we have two devices (red and green) that are sharing the same performance while the purple device trails off.
Moving over to 5GHz, we can see MU-MIMO working fully with all three of our devices following the same throughput curve for the entire duration.
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- Page 1 [Introduction & Pricing, Availability and Specifications]
- Page 2 [Router Details]
- Page 3 [Test System Setup and Performance]
- Page 4 [Benchmarks –Storage Performance & Final Thoughts]