Edimax nMax Wireless 802.11n Gigabit Router

Testing the BR-6574n

Testing the BR-6574n

Here is our test system setup:

Host PC
Asus P6T using:
- Onboard Realtek® 8111C PCIe Gigabit LAN controller featuring AI NET2

Wireless router
Edimax nMax Wireless 802.11n Gigabit Router

Client PC
Sony Vaio using:
- Edimax Wireless nLITE High Gain USB Adaptor
- Onboard Realtek® RTL 8139 LAN controller 

Testing of data transfer rates
I will be transferring a 701MB AVI file from the host to the client PC, testing the router for data transfer rates. The transfer will be run at 802.11n mode and via gigabit ethernet. At the time of writing this review, I did not have another router to be able to draw comparisons with, but the test results will be a good indicator of performance. As the only wireless 802.11n adaptor I had to hand was the Edimax nLite USB adaptor, the maximum data rate would be limited by the wireless adaptor to 150Mbps. Full speed 802.11n offers a maximum of 300Mbps, and the router is capable of this. 


 

Testing of Wireless Signal Strength
As in the previous test, I can only test the router's wireless signal strength at 802.11g and half speed 802.11n modes. The results will still indicate the improvement of 802.11n in terms of signal strength though. I set fixed locations at set distances from the router and recorded the strength in dBm. It should be mentioned that the results shown here are not conclusive, as environmental factors can affect results. I tested in a victorian, 2 story house, with solid brick partitioning walls, and it does put any wireless network through it's paces. 

 

The router clearly offers an increase in working range when in 802.11n mode, and I did not experience any network drop outs in either 11n or 11g mode anywhere within my property, something I have experienced with other routers and wireless adaptors. The data transfer rates were entirely acceptable, and the wireless connection would have shown an increased speed if I had been able to use a full speed 802.11n adaptor.

On the next page, I will give my final thoughts and scores.  

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Most Recent Comments

15-04-2009, 07:01:29

TopSecret
A couple of weeks ago, we reviewed the Edimax nLITE USB wireless adaptor, and we were pretty impressed with it. We have now managed to get our hands on the other half of the wireless networking equation and we will be taking a very close look at it here.

http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/artic...173340790s.jpg

Read the full review here.

15-04-2009, 07:04:59

zak4994
That front panel looks so ewww.

15-04-2009, 08:33:48

Rastalovich
Price on this for the features it has make it a very good purchase.

The radio channels wouldn't really be helped by the dual 2.4/5.8 newer versions that are coming out, mainly as they're "meant" to be for media traffic devices. Only today looked at a view screen for a hd camera using the 5.8 freq to see the screen of the camera - it's pretty impressive. Ofc the 2.4g traffic doesn't afflict it. 2.4 being free for use does tend to get pretty crowded, but there are tools out there that will allow u to graphically see how busy the traffic is about u so that u can pick the best for ur setup.

Notice a trend of them looking similar to what the Apple wireless-n predicted router will look like. Believe this is coming in May. Perhaps with the wireless n-iPhones.

The price seals this unit for me. U can buy barely usefull wireless-g routers, with gigabit switches, for just under the price.

I'm w8ing for a d-link 855? unit with the dual radio, out of interest above the features also.

Great stuff.

15-04-2009, 12:39:53

BloomerzUK
Nice review.

I am thinking about upgrading from my aging Linksys Wireless G router. Would be nice to have a Gigabit network, and it's getting a bit haggered from all the wireless connections..

17-04-2009, 08:20:25

TopSecret
Thanks, and glad you enjoyed the review. Totally agreed on the price. I paid more for a 54g router a few months ago, and it hasn't got half the features of this one. As I said in the review, I would recommend this router to anyone who wants to upgrade to 802.11n and gigabit LAN.

@Zak: When you see the panel in person, it ties in really well with the router. I think these routers with the LCD displays are a bit of overkill tbh, as a router is normally shoved on a shelf, under a desk or somewhere out of direct sight.
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