HH Testing Platform and SANDRA XI Network Tests
How we configured our test systems:
When configuring our test systems for this article, we set up a dekstop and laptop system on the same network with the TRENDnet TEW-631BRP. The desktop was connected to one of the 100Mbps ports whereas the laptop was connected using the TRENDnet TEW-621PC Wireless CardBus card bus. In each test, no security encryption was employed and Windows Firewall was disabled on each system as well.
AMD Athlon X2 5200+
Asus M2N32-SLI WS Pro
(NVIDIA nForce 590 SLI)
2x2GB OCZ PC-6400
WD1500 "Raptor" HD
nForce Drivers v15.00
Core 2 T5500
Lenovo 3000 C200
The first half of our evaluation is going to consist of synthetic network bandwidth testing courtesy of SANDRA. In this test, the program requires at least two machines to be on the network, with SANDRA automatically identifying the second system as the host.
With Windows reporting that we had a successful 300Mbps connection, the Network Bandwidth testing showed an average bandwidth more along the lines of 100Mbps, which is spot on. Yes, the laptop connects via a 300Mbps connection, but the router's LAN ports are all 100Mbps, so that is the highest possible result we can hope to record. Nonetheless, even 100Mbps wirelessly is a serious boost compared to 54Mbps. We should also note, ratings for bandwidth are absolute peak and are not representative of real world results. With networking performance, there are a multitude of factors that can affect the actual performance. In our next test, we'll try to give an idea of more real world results.