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.
- Supermicro C7Z97-OCE
- Intel Xeon E3-1230Lv3
- Corsair Vengeance 16GB 1866MHz
- Kingston HyperX 240GB SSD
- Sapphire R7 240 2GB
- be quiet! Dark Power Pro 11 850W
- Thermaltake Water 3.0 Performer
- Asus PCE-AC68 Dual-Band wireless adaptor
We would like to thank our sponsors for supplying us with the equipment needed to perform these tests.
- PassMark PerformanceTest Suite
- Windows 7 Ultimate