|ASUS USB-N53 Dual Band Wireless-N300 USB Adapter|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Network|
|Written by Steven Iglesias-Hearst|
|Tuesday, 06 March 2012|
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Testing & Results
To test the ASUS USB-N53 Adapter we are using the Passmark Performance v7.0 Advanced Network Test. This test measures throughput between two clients connected to the router to be tested. In order for this test to work one PC must be set up as 'Client' and the other must be set up as the 'Server'. Each test is run five times with the highest and lowest result omitted and the remaining three results averaged to give a final result.
At Benchmark Reviews we like to be comprehensive so you will find results here for many different configurations such as WLAN to LAN (Wireless G 54Mb/s), WLAN to LAN (Wireless N 150Mb/s) and finally WLAN to LAN (Wireless N 300Mb/s). To eliminate any variables Test System 1 was always set to 'Server' and results were monitored and recorded on the 'Client' system (Test system 2). In these tests the ASUS USB-N53 adapter was connected on the 5GHz band.
Test System 1
Test System 2
There are many variables that are difficult to avoid which can interfere with your wireless network, such as neighbouring wireless networks and every day household appliances. Since this is the case you will never see maximum throughput saturation in this uncontrolled testing environment. I like to present my results like this as it gives a true indication of real world usage and as such Wireless speeds are lower than maximum potential.
Equally important as speed is range when looking at wireless internet, sure you get faster speed with wires but you also lose portability. The next three tests look at wireless G, Wireless N150 and Wireless N300 speed and range. Points 1~4 are downstairs rooms and points 5~8 are upstairs rooms. This gives a good idea of what sort of coverage we can expect in a fairly sized three bedroom house.
The wireless G test shows that while throughput is not excellent the signal strength of the router is very promising indeed, the integrated Wireless G adapter was able to deliver a consistent speed at all test points.
When we tested throughput with the Belkin Wireless N150 USB Adapter the speeds were much more promising but not as close to 150Mb/s as I was expecting, the windows connection status dialog showed that the Belkin USB adapter was connecting between 75 ~ 120Mb/s but actual throughput was much lower. Throughput was not as consistent as the Wireless G throughput in all of the locations. As we see it here, the further away you get the worse the throughput is.
When we tested throughput with the ASUS USB-N53 Wireless N300 USB Adapter the speeds were very good but not as close to 300Mb/s as I was expecting. The ASUS configuration utility and the windows connection status dialog showed that the USB-N53 was connected at 300Mb/s throughout all of the locations, but as you can see actual throughput was much lower. The results for the ASUS USB-N53 follow a similar pattern to the N150 results, albeit at higher speeds but still taper off the further away you get from the router.