|Average Downlink Throughput (Mbps) - Chariot||Average Uplink Throughput (Mbps) - Chariot||Downlink TCP Throughput of 1MB (Mbps)||Uplink TCP Throughput of 1MB (Mbps)||UDP Streaming (kbps)||Time to transfer 1GB Zip file|
|2m with WPA2-AES|
|113.991||96.953||82.474||72.072||1,046.068 (0.0% loss)||37 seconds|
|114.598||90.943||70.176||72.072||1,072.328 (1.2% loss)||N.A.|
Linksys's downstream performance on the 5GHz (AC) band is similar to the D-Link DIR-865L on most counts. The EA6500 is relatively fast, but it isn't quite fast enough as the ASUS RT-AC66U by comparison. And although the router was superseded by Netgear's R6300 on the 2.4GHz charts, the EA6500 was able to prove its mettle with a healthy showing of 134Mbps and 114Mbps at 2 meters and 10 meters respectively. If you could look at the graph below, the R6300 barely breached the 100Mbps mark across all the tested distances. One thing we have to take into account is that the R6300 was tested in bridge mode with two R6300 units, while the EA6500's results were gathered using the Netgear's 802.11ac USB adapter. Transfer of the 1GB file was equally zippy. It only required approximately 35 seconds to push the file from host to client at the 2-meter mark. Conversely, the EA6500's uplink speeds were less impeccable compared to its downlink numbers. The Linksys router managed an average upstream throughput of 98Mbps at 2 meters, and 91Mbps at 25 meters. On the bright side, security encryption (WPA2) had lesser impact on the router's throughput, unlike its 2.4GHz results. As for UDP streams, packet loss was only detected at a range of 25 meters.