Linksys MAX-STREAM EA9500 Router Review
Performance Testing: USB 3.0
While USB ports have indeed been a mainstay on Wi-Fi routers for as long as we can remember, these last few years have brought forth high performance routers that also support high speed USB 3.0 ports, and not just the slower USB 2.0 variety. As most consumers know, USB 3.0 brings numerous enhancements to the table including higher bandwidth potential and increase power delivery capabilities. Having said that, as we have seen many times in the past, there are numerous devices that claim ‘USB 3.0’ support but that actually perform at the same levels as their previous USB 2.0 counterparts.
To see exactly how well the USB 3.0 port performs, we devised a very simple test that you can easily recreate. We connected an empty Seagate GoFlex Slim 320GB external hard drive to the router’s USB 3.0 port and then configured it as a network drive. The next step was simply to MS RichCopy utility to transfer data and measure the performance via wired, 2.4GHz wireless and 5GHz wireless connections.
Thanks to its extremely powerful controller the rather good USB storage performance comes as no surprise.
Performance Testing: Multi-User
Very few home networks consist of only a single device connected at any one time. Instead, most contemporary networks have multiple devices connected at all times. As such, we have devised two new scenarios to show the performance with multiple concurrent wireless connections. The first test will be using between 1 and 6 devices simultaneously in our standard Zone A, then the testing is repeated with the devices in Zone D. This should show the best case and as worst case scenarios when it comes to performance.
And just like that the Linksys EA9500 has take gold medal in all of our scenarios and tests. Yes, this router’s performance is actually bigger than its footprint and it easily justifies its rather high asking price.
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