The results were for the most part what was to be expected. From a wireless G card to the router we received an average speed of 35.74 Mbits/Sec. In ideal situations this same device could hope to obtain speeds of 54 Mbits/Sec. Taking into different forms of packet loss, 35 Mbits/Sec isn’t too shabby at all. In fact, when switched to the other form of testing in which hard drive write speed is removed from the equation; the average transfer speed went up to 83 Mbits/Sec.
For wire to wire testing the speeds were much more impressive, but that is too be expected with Ethernet instead of wireless transfer. With a wired connection we experienced an average speed of 457.7 Mbits/Sec when writing to a drive and an average of 801.2 Mbits/Sec when writing was removed from the equation. These are much better speeds, and when looking at the fact that the Ethernet card used was Gigabit, the 801.2 Mbits/Sec is not too shabby at all, it is amazing how much hard drives can limit transfer speeds.
Finally we get around to testing the thing that everyone has been waiting for, the new AC routing protocol speeds! In order to do this we had to have an AC capable device obviously, so we chose to use the Western Digital My Net AC Bridge. Using the bridge we obtained an average speed of 186.8 Mbits/Sec with the hard drive in the equation and a whopping 443.3 Mbits/Sec without it. The difference here between the two different types of tests was the largest of any of our testing, but we don’t know a reason as to why.