TRENDnet TEW-631BRP Router and TEW-621PC PC Card

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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. 

HotHardware's Test Systems
AMD & Intel Inside!

 

System 1:
AMD Athlon X2 5200+
(2.6GHz)

Asus M2N32-SLI WS Pro 
(NVIDIA nForce 590 SLI)

2x2GB OCZ PC-6400

GeForce 8800 GTX
GeForce 8600 GT
On-Board Ethernet
On-board Audio

WD1500 "Raptor" HD
10,000 RPM SATA

Windows Vista Ultimate 64-Bit

nForce Drivers v15.00
NVIDIA Forceware v158.24
DirectX 10

System 2:
Core 2 T5500
(1.67GHz)


Lenovo 3000 C200
(Centrino Duo)

1GB  DDR2

Intel Extreme
Intel Pro/Wireless 3945ABG
On-board Audio

Hitachi Travestar 80GB
5,400 RPM SATA

Windows Vista Business 32-Bit
Intel INF 8.0.1.1002
NVIDIA Forceware v94.24
DirectX 9.0c

SiSoftware SANDRA
Network Bandwidth Test

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.

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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.


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