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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

Obstructed Distance Test

I don't know about the rest of you, but I don't always use my laptop in my office on the same desk as my PC. In fact, that is almost never the case. I do use the laptop in other rooms in the house pretty often, however. For this test, I set the laptop on my nightstand in my bedroom for the tests. Then I played Angry Birds on my phone while they were running. Here are the results.

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As you can see, obstructed file transfer speeds over a distance are much slower than when the laptop was in the same room as the router. That being said, the Rosewill RNX-N180UBE, which was slower in the unobstructed tests, was faster in the obstructed tests. This is significant because it is the more likely of the two scenarios.

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The Rosewill RNX-N180UBE wins again in the small files transfer test when the laptop is located in a room seperate from the router. The speeds here are not very impressive, but RNX-N180UBE pulls ahead nonetheless.

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NetPerf shows the same ordering as the previous two obstructed tests. When the laptop is not extremely close to the router, the RNX-N180UBE gains the advantage.

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Latency again prefers the RNX-N180UBE and at only a slightly increased time from the unobstructed tests. In reality, even 11ms is very low latency and it is unlikely that you would be able to differentiate between the two.



 

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# 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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