For our next test, we turned off the built-in Wi-Fi on our Alienware M17XR4and connected it to a Netgear R6300 802.11ac Router configured as a Bridge to each of the wireless AC routers in our test suite. Let’s check out what true 802.11ac wireless networking can do. Again, we used LAN Speed Test (LST) to check the throughput of our 1MB and 100MB data packets.
Test Results: It is when we look at the throughput speed tests under wireless-AC do we really get a sense for the true speeds of these next-generation routers. Here we the Netgear R6300 continues to set the pace with the fastest Average Read Speeds in our test suite. The ASUS RT-AC66U isn’t exactly chopped liver and is only 7.5% slower than the Netgear R6300. The ASUS’s Read Speeds are a little more concerning as they AC66U was 36% slower than our fastest router, the Buffalo WZR-D180H.
Test Results: Again we see ASUS RT-AC66U lagging slightly in our 100 MB Data Packet speed tests. While increasing its speeds significantly over its own wireless-N speeds – by 106% to be exact –the ASUS RT-AC66U still trails both the Netgear R6300 and Cisco Linksys AC1750 by 30%. As you can see, all of these routers do an incredible job of transferring data with the 802.11ac wireless protocol.