Linksys MAX-STREAM EA9500 Router Review
ignal Strength Tests
A good strong signal is a prerequisite of high performance wireless networking. If a device can barely send or receive a signal, the transfer rates will be very low as both devices will opt for a slower connection speed to compensate. To test signal strength, we use inSSIDer, a program which can graph the signal strength of all wireless signals being received by the computer’s wireless NIC. Unlike in most tests, the lower number, the better the performance.
Those antennas may not be the largest to ever grace a wireless router but if they do handicap this router it is not noticeable. Based upon these results this router really could be called the ‘Long Ranger’ as it reach is rather impressive.
We use synthetic performance testing to show the potential performance of a given wireless configuration. For this test, we have chosen the LAN Speed Test utility. This free program can measure both transmission and reception performance, and do so in an easy to use and highly repeatable way. For clarity’s sake, we have averaged both the transmission and reception performance into one aggregate number.
We must admit that we were expecting good performance from this router but these results did blow us away. Simply put this is the fastest router seen to date.
Real World Tests
For real-world testing, we have taken 10GB worth of small and large files and transferred them from one wireless connected computer to a second computer connected via wired Ethernet. This test was done via the MS RichCopy utility. For clarity’s sake, we have averaged both the transmission and reception performance into one aggregate number.
If the device supports wired transmission, wired Ethernet to wired Ethernet real-world performance will also be included using the same 10GB of data used for the wireless test.
This router is not merely optimized for synthetic tests, and rather its real world performance is easily the best that we have seen from any consumer-oriented router. Color us impressed.