I've been using Total Simultaneous TCP/IP and UDP throughput as performance differentiators in the V4 process. The comparison charts of AC1900 class routers show the WRT3200ACM suprisingly low in the ranking. Table 2 above shows unidirectional throughput isn't particularly high either. I suspect this is due to the relatively high number of retries for the TCP/IP tests and packet loss for the UDP benchmarks.
The top-ranked D-Link DIR-879 had 23 total TCP/IP retries in the bi-directional test vs. 18,013 for the WRT3200ACM. Packet loss for the bi-directional UDP test was 50% down and 61% up for the Linksys vs. 0.01% for both directions for the D-Link.
I was expecting more out of 160 MHz. Seems like a waste to use an entire UNI band just to get a 20-30% performance boost at best - and that's assuming you don't have any radar nearby that might kick you off at any time, with the issues that involves. People using more sensitive network applications (VoIP/gaming/streaming) might want to avoid using a DFS channel, unless they know there's in an area where they never get kicked by a radar.
You'd have to wonder how much lobbying backed by purely marketing purposes is starting to have a direct impact on IEEE decisions these days...
I wonder why we are not seeing 160MHz support on smartphones, since they tend to not use 3-4 stream radios, they would benefit from 160MHz.
Also is there any chance of 160MHz with 1024QAM anytime soon? This should be useful for users who use apps such as folder sync which can backup their data while a phone is charging. If the charger is close to the router, they can get faster backups.
Always appreciated the HW design of the WRT's - it was the SW that was the big let down...
I've seen a few little nitpicks in the software that seem stupid, but I guess you're referring more to performance type stuff.
Wow... DHCP reservations and the network map are *SO* broken
See the following...
Speaking about range - little tip for 2.4GHz - set the radio to 20MHz channels, and run it in B/G/N mode (rather than auto) - helps much with both range and speed for that band...
When you run 160Mhz, you have to run AC only on 5Ghz. All my wireless devices are AC, so I disabled the 2.4Ghz network.
My main gripes so far are:
1) network map is really buggy
2) dhcp reservations are really buggy
3) wireless bridge mode can't do a static ip and it generates a new mac address every time it connects to the main router, so you can't even use the buggy dhcp reservations to get a static ip
4) admin page keeps you signed in unless you actually sign out. Even if you close the browser, it still keeps you logged in.
5) network map icons have a crock pot and a coffee maker, but no AVR???
6) since the wireless bridge generates a new mac address every time it connects, the network map gets flooded with bogus entries while you reboot multiple times / setup everything
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