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Benchmark Results: PerformanceTest UDP

Wireless Networking: Nine 802.11n Routers Rounded Up

Now we finish where we started, with Linksys stealing the show and ZyXEL putting in a strong bid for runner-up. Netgear’s WNDR3700 practically drops off the map here. And what happened to D-Link? Well, we ran into a bizarre little software glitch. For some reason, PerformanceTest reported back D-Link UDP results well above 2,000 Mb/s, which is obviously impossible. Along with these stratospheric scores, CPU utilization rocketed above 80 percent. No other router exhibited this oddity, and we reran the test several times, always getting similar numbers. D-Link claims it has been unable to replicate our results in its own lab. Anyway, we threw the numbers out as obviously being meaningless. In the 5 GHz scores, only Netgear’s repeated client adapter lethargy comes as a bit unexpected after some of its other excellent scores under Zap.

Linksys again shows how to do it up right with its terrific CPU efficiency, although Ruckus just might deliver more bang for the processor cycle buck. Either way, you can’t go wrong.

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