Test Methods and Equipment
Unfortunately, I couldn’t test the router together with Trendnet’s wireless card because my sample of the TEW-621PC proved to be defective. It wouldn’t appear on the notebook’s device list. So I had to use a third-party card instead. I chose a Linksys WPC300N v.2 which is based on the Atheros xspaN chipset, just like the TEW-621PC.
Here is a list of the equipment and software I used for my tests:
- Two Category 5e Ethernet cables
- Intel Centrino notebook
- Linksys WPC300N v.2 PC-card
- D-Link DWA-552
- PC based on a mainboard with an integrated Gigabit Ethernet controller
- IxChariot (High_Performance_Throughput and Throughtput scenario)
The router’s speed on the local network is indicative of its peak bandwidth.
The three following tests show the bandwidth on the WAN port. The first two tests were performed when the router’s services were disabled, but I enabled StreamEngine, firewall and inbound filter for the third test. All the tests were performed with enabled DMZ.
LAN-WAN (TEW-633GR, loaded):