HOW WE TEST

PC & Tech Authority - - GROUP TEST ROUTERS -

To test the wire­less per­for­mance of each of this month’s routers, we fol­lowed our usual real-world ap­proach. In this case, we set up each one in a fam­ily home – a 1930s town­house with thick walls and plenty of in­ter­fer­ence from elec­tri­cal ap­pli­ances and neigh­bours’ wire­less net­works – and in­stalled the lat­est firmware.

We then used a Win­dows 10 lap­top equipped with a USB 802.11ac adapter to test down­load speeds by copy­ing a se­ries of 100MB data files from a NAS drive at­tached di­rectly to the router via Gi­ga­bit Eth­er­net. We car­ried out the test in three lo­ca­tions: the liv­ing room, where the router it­self was lo­cated, the up­stairs bed­room, and the up­stairs bath­room at the rear of the house.

The graphs show the down­load speeds we ob­tained from each router in each lo­ca­tion. You shouldn’t ex­pect to see iden­ti­cal re­sults in your own home, but the fig­ures give an use­ful in­di­ca­tion of the rel­a­tive per­for­mance and pen­e­tra­tion of each router.

These re­sults were then weighed to­gether with the price of the router and its fea­ture set – as de­tailed over­leaf – to ar­rive at an over­all rat­ing out of five for each router.

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