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Linksys E4200 Maximum Performance Wireless-N Router review

Cisco Linksys E4200 - Built for the Fast Lane


Design:
9
Features:
8.5
Performance:
8.5
Value:
8
THE GOOD
Stable throughput and connectivity
Practical features
Stylish design
THE BAD
Sluggish Cisco Connect setup
Lacks print server services
Expensive


Performance - 5.0GHz

Chariot and QCheck Performance Testing

   
Cisco Linksys E4200 Wireless Performance Results - 5GHz Band
Average Downlink Throughput (Mbps) - Chariot Average Uplink Throughput (Mbps) - Chariot Downlink TCP Throughput of 1MB (Mbps) Uplink TCP Throughput of 1MB (Mbps) UDP Streaming (kbps) Time to transfer 1GB Zip file
2m

73.569

92.432 72.072 85.106 998.385 (0.0% loss) 2 min 03 seconds
10m
70.454 70.190 43.243 50.000 996.840 (0.0% loss) 2 min 26 seconds
25m
59.331 72.956 42.104 37.915  995.352 (0.0% loss) N.A.
2m with WPA2-Personal 
67.472 92.662 74.074 86.957  996.843 (0.0% loss) N.A.

Pay closer attention to the average throughput results at 2 meters. Notice how the uplink numbers are significantly higher than the downstream results? This anomaly was further amplified with WPA2 encryption at close proximity. Generally, we expected the router's 5GHz results to surpass its 2.4GHz performance since it was a simple case of 3x3 versus 2x3 streams after all. At 10 meters, average throughput speeds were recorded at 70Mbps or thereabouts. At 25 meters, the E4200's downstream throughput clocked 59Mbps on average. It is not staggering fast, but at least it's almost twice as fast as test results gathered from the 2.4GHz band. However, it is apparent the E4200 was unable to breach the 100Mbps ceiling as ASUS did for distances near and far.