Testing Wi-Fi routers with TR-398 standard- Which one has the best performance?

Allion Labs / Ryan Huang

Computers, smart phones, and IoT devices are an indispensable part of our lives. But in order for the devices to deliver their fullest performance, stable Wi-Fi connections are needed. TR-398 is launched specifically to test the performance of Wi-Fi routers. In this article we are going to test some of the notable brands in the market and see how well they perform when being tested with the TR-398 approach.

Test Setup
Test Instrument

Routers on the market, which one is the best?


Allion Performance Test of 5 Notable Routers
  1. Maximum Connection Test

Maximum Connection Test Results

2. Maximum Throughput Test


Maximum Throughput Test Result

3. Airtime Fairness Test – 5GHz


Airtime Fairness Test 5GHz Test Result

4. Range versus Rate Test


Range Versus Rate Test – Downlink Test Result

Range Versus Rate Test – Uplink Test Result

5. Spatial Consistency Test


Spatial Consistency Test – Strong Signal

Spatial Consistency Test – Medium Signal Test Result

Spatial Consistency Test – Medium Signal Test Result

6. Multiple Association/Disassociation Stability Test Result


Multiple Association/Disassociation Stability Test Result

7. Stability Robustness Test


Stability/Robustness Test Result

8. AP Coexistence Test


AP Coexistence Test Result

Summary

Final Results


The Performance of Each Router (Test cases 6.1.1, 6.4.1, 6.4.3 are not tested in this experiment)

We can derive from the test results that the 5 routers scored below average for each performance test. Since TR-398 is a relatively new standard, routers on the market may not have been designed or calibrated based on the TR-398 standard yet. But with the release of TR-398, we believe more vendors and manufacturers will start to strive for better performance and mitigate potential issues.

Allion knows the key to exceptional performance!

As the Authorized Test Lab of Wi-Fi Alliance, Allion is the only test lab in Asia to offer complete testing solutions for Wi-Fi certifications. We are extending our capabilities of Wi-Fi certification testing to TR-398 services. Our goal is to help vendors test the performance of their devices and enhance the overall user experience. Contact us now to learn more.