ASUS RP-AC56 Dual-Band Wireless AC1200 Range Extender Review

Testing & Methodology


It took me a little while to come up with a testing scenario for the WiFi range extenders as I wanted to provide relevant information on both how to do it right and wrong. But I think I’ve come up with a good solution and I hope you all agree.

At first, I’ll place my router as far from the test system as possible and run a couple baseline tests to have something to compare the results to. Once the baseline tests are in, I’ll move the range extender around to three different locations. The first being closer to the router, the next about midway between the router and the system that connects through WiFi, and lastly I’ll move the WiFi extender closer to the receiving system and further away from the router.

Even though it wouldn’t be needed to place a range extender like this in multiple locations, I’ll still continue to do so for comparison reasons. Why isn’t it needed? Because the RP-AC56 will show the signal strength directly on the device and thereby allow me for an easy setup with an optimal placement without any further testing.

Some of these scenarios will give me a better performance, some will give me a worse performance. Which is best will be seen on the following pages.

Hardware

We would like to thank our sponsors for supplying us with the equipment needed to perform these tests.

 

Software

  • PassMark PerformanceTest Suite
  • Windows 7 Ultimate