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Written by Hank Tolman   
Monday, 03 October 2011
Table of Contents: Page Index
Rosewill Wireless-N WiFi Adapter RNX-N180UBE
Closer Look: Rosewill RNX-N180UBE
RNX-N180UBE Detailed Features
Features and Specifications
Testing and Results
Close Proximity Test
Obstructed Distance Test
HTPC Obstructed Test
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

Testing & Results

Testing Methodology

To test the performance of the Rosewill RNX-N180UBE Wireless N Adapter, I will be using NetPerf. I will also use the old-fashioned method of transferring files directly from a "server" machine across the network. The server shares a wired connection with the router so there are no bandwidth restrictions or bottlenecking issues from that end.

For the testing setup, I first tested the RNX-N180UBE using a laptop placed in my office, the same room where the router is located. I then moved into my bedroom and tested again. The final tests were conducted using my HTPC in my entertainment center in the living room. Each of the tests was conducted at least five times, but most were conducted many more times than that. The idea behind this was to get the very best results for use. Keep this in mind as you look at the results. They will not likely represent the performance you will experience day and in and day out with the RNX-N180UBE or any other adapter for that matter. The reason I chose not to average the results was that they were widespread and inconsistent based on all those factors we talked about earlier. The only fair way of assessing one adapter against the others is to use the best results.

Laptop System:

  • MSI A6200 MS-1681
  • Intel Core i3 M330 (2.13GHz)
  • 3GB DDR3 RAM 1333MHz
  • Atheros AR9285 Wireless N Adapter
  • O/S: Windows 7 Home 32-bit

HTPC System:

  • Motherboard: ASUS P8H67-I Deluxe mini-ITX
  • CPU: Intel Core i3-2100 (3.1GHz)
  • RAM: 2x4GB Kingston DDR3 1333MHz
  • WiFi: AR9002WB-1NG Wireless N Adapter
  • O/S: Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit

Server:

  • Motherboard: ASUS Sabertooth P67
  • CPU: Intel Core i5-2500K (3.3GHz)
  • RAM: 2x4GB Kingston DDR3 1600MHz
  • O/S: Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit
  • Wired to router through GbE Connection

Router:

  • Rosewill RNX-EasyN4 Wireless N 2T2R Router
  • Chipset: Ralink 3052
  • Data Rates: Up to 300Mb/s
  • Frequency Band: 2.4GHz (2.4 - 2.484GHz)
  • 11 Channels at 20MHz or 40MHz Bandwidths



 

Comments 

 
# Long winded articleMatt 2011-10-20 00:54
It's truly amazing how the folks whom write articles like this love to repeat themselves with product specs and info.
Even the conclusion who much of the same info from the main part of the article.
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# RE: Long winded articleDavid Ramsey 2011-10-20 07:59
That's because many readers don't read the main part of the article; rather, they read the introduction and the conclusion.
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# Compare against more popular adapters?WhyNot 2011-10-20 03:36
I'd rather see this adapter compared to more common/well known brands such as Linksys, Netgear and Belkin in adition to the 2 tested. That's another sticking point...just 2 other products, one of which by the same manufacturer? Not a great sampling at all and far below what I've come to expect from BMR.
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# RE: Rosewill Wireless-N WiFi Adapter RNX-N180UBEThe Techno Alien 2011-10-20 13:11
I hope it works good with Back|Track 5.
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# N180UBE vs UAWIFI UA3TrackJACK 2012-07-17 00:47
Received the adapter today. Purchased from amazon, pretty cheap ONLY 18 bucks + shipping, I like most about it, fast, almost no drops but when compared to my cars wifi adapter UA3 the range is totally different from the UA3. UAWIFI gets at least double distance plus its much more stable. Still not a good idea to compare 20$ card to 100$ but the UA3 at the moment is the best for me.
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