We tested the performance of the WL-500G Deluxe router with firmware 18.104.22.168 and with the following hardware:
- A desktop computer based on a Pentium 4 520 and an ASUS P5AD2 Premium mainboard with an integrated LAN adapter PCIe 88E8053 Gigabit LAN from Marvell and a wireless network adapter WiFi-g™ IEEE 802.11g from ASUS.
- A Roverbook Wl-510 notebook with a 10/100Mbps Ethernet adapter and two USB-WiFi adapters attached by turns: MSI UB11B (IEEE 802.11b) and TRENDnet TEW-424UB 802.11g.
We used all possible combinations of wired and wireless connections. To measure the traffic, we used the NetIQ Chariot version 5.9 (3186) suite with the template Throughput.scr and the default settings. The test was performed for 30 seconds. The speed of all the tested wireless devices was set to the possible maximum; we controlled them through their exclusive utilities rather than with Windows Zero Kit; the distance between the participating devices didn’t exceed 5 meters. Unfortunately, none of the three wireless cards we used in our tests supported Afterburner technology, so we couldn’t check the manufacturer’s claims of a 35% increase of the bandwidth. So, here are the results of our test session.
1. The WL-500G is used as an Ethernet switch in a fully wired connection.
As you can see, the data-transfer rate is quite high in this case.
2. The desktop computer is connected to the WL-500G with cable, and the notebook is connected to the network via the MSI UB11B (802.11b).
This is a rather high speed for an 802.11b connection, if we don’t count in the duplex mode. But the latter reproach is more about the MSI adapter.